This is a land of resilient people who're looking well past the 'American War' and charging futurewards while still retaining their heart. When you look at the landscape – stunning coastline with inviting beaches, jungled mountains, beautiful national parks, vibrant cities – it's easy to see why the locals may readily smile.
Wrap your taste buds around the flavours of Vietnam
Vietnam's capital, Hanoi, melds Asia and France. It's home to buzzing swarms of motorbikes and the slow rhythms of tai chi in the shores of Hoan Kiem Lake. The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and 'Hanoi Hilton' (Hoa Lo Prison) are worth a visiting here. In the south, Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) is the Asian/French business heart of the country and underneath it lies the Cu Chi Tunnels.
Beyond the metro bustle, rewards on your holiday in Vietnam could include: a cruise on Halong Bay with its 3,000 islands; a snooze in a beach chair at Nha Trang and an exploration of the bewitching Mekong Delta.