Exploring the highlights of Ha Long Bay

Emerald waters, otherworldly mountains, forested islands and caves are the highlights of Vietnam’s much-photographed Ha Long Bay.

The five best beaches in Vietnam's south

From Nha Trang with its lively stretch of sand lined with food stalls to the largely undiscovered gem of Ghenh Rang, we round up the best beaches in Vietnam's south.

A five-minute guide to Hanoi

Vietnam’s chaotic capital will seduce travellers who get under its skin and explore the historic quarters and fast-developing arts scene. 

How to spend a day in Hoi An, Vietnam

Stop at this central city for its traditional wooden architecture, laid-back atmosphere and standout culinary scene.

Photo gallery: Thailand

Ostensibly the border between Thailand and Laos, the Mekong river serves more as a thread connecting the two cultures, making it a complex and fascinating prospect for visitors, far from the busy streets of Bangkok

Hanoi: through the eyes of travel writers

A surprising choice perhaps, but Vietnam’s historic second city is like nowhere else on Earth.

The world's five best cities to visit, as voted for by 57 travel writers

Of all the cities in the world, which ones are truly special? Which ones are having a moment? And which keep true city lovers coming back for more? To find out, we asked our regular contributors to name their favourites — and to tell us why.

National Geographic Traveller (UK) competition: Win a 16-day adventure to Vietnam

National Geographic Traveller (UK) has teamed up with Exodus Travels to offer a once-in-a-lifetime adventure to the magical country of Vietnam

Where to stay in Hoi An

Vietnam’s coastal resort has a range of lush digs that deliver serious bang for your buck.

Do it now: Where to go caving

Cool, dark and mysterious, caves offer the chance for a true adventure, so don your hard hat and discover what lies beneath.

A journey through history on board Vietnam's Reunification Express train

Vietnam’s North-South railway transports travellers along a timeline of the nation’s history, across its religious and cultural divides.

Ho Chi Minh City: Trees a crowd

Vietnam's biggest city is home to thousands of trees, whose days are numbered — in more ways than one

Where to eat in Ho Chi Minh City

With its diverse districts and thriving street food scene, chef Luke Nguyen shows us a few of his foodie finds in the Vietnamese city

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