Travel Geeks: Vietnam — 14 May 2019

What's the best way to really discover Vietnam? Our panel of experts will have all the answers, from the best time to visit to seeking out those hidden gems Thursday, 4 April 2019

By National Geographic Traveller (UK)

An internationally acclaimed cuisine; a lush, Eden-like landscapes peppered with temples and hillside villages; tranquil turquoise bays and paradise islands, and booming cities that thunder along to an entirely different rhythm — Vietnam sparkles in the minds of travellers. This Southeast Asian country, steeped in complex history and timeless traditions, has long featured on the itineraries of gap year-ers and backpackers, and with a case as compelling as Vietnam's, it's plain to see why. But this is a country that can overwhelm with its dazzle and variety. So what's the best way to really discover it? Our panel of experts will have all the answers — from the best time to visit to a first-timer's must-sees, and from where to get the best street food to seeking out those hidden gems worth going off-piste for.

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Uyen Luu, food writer and photographer 
Uyen is a London-based Vietnamese food writer, stylist and photographer who keeps a blog on Vietnamese cuisine, holds supper clubs in her studio and is the author of My Vietnamese Kitchen, published by Ryland Peters & Small.

Chris Leadbeater, freelance travel writer
Chris is a regular contributor to National Geographic Traveller and also writes for publications including The Telegraph and The Independent. He's covered Vietnam in depth, exploring as far north as Hanoi and as far south as the Mekong Delta.

Gary Latham, travel photographer
Gary is an award-winning travel photographer who's worked extensively in Vietnam. He's also been leading photography tours to the South East Asian country for five years.

Moderated by

Maria Pieri, editorial director, National Geographic Traveller (UK)
Curious traveller and family travel expert Maria has been the editorial director at the magazine since its inception. She'll be presiding over our panel, adding her own tips and tales along the way.

Event details

When: Tuesday 14 May 2019 from 18.00 to 20.00
Where:Wallacespace Clerkenwell, 18 Clerkenwell Green, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 0DP
Tickets: £10 — includes a free glass of wine, a beer or soft drink, plus nibbles.

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