Vietnam is made up of three distinct areas. The north (more or less the region formerly known as Tonkin) is further sub-divided into three regions with beautiful singsong names: Tay Bac, Dong Bac and Dong Bang Song Hong. Discover Hanoi, the stunning Halong Bay and its inland counterpart, Ninh Binh, exploring the mountains and meeting the people who inhabit the regions of Sapa, Bac Ha and Coc Ly. Come across people from the Hmong, Dao, Tay or Yi ethnic groups, often dressed in their traditional outfits, the most beautiful of which can take months to create. In the central province, formerly Annam, explore Hue, the ancient imperial capital; the charming city of Hoi An; the communities within the
UNESCO recognised space of gong culture; the Highlands and the city of Dalat; the largest cave in the world in Phong Nha; the beautiful beaches of An Bang or Nha Trang; and, for those interested in the Vietnam War, the Demilitarised Zone in the Danang region is another must-see. In the south, previously Cochinchina, lies Ho Chi Minh City, the Mekong Delta and the island idyll of Phu Quoc, near the Cambodian border.Make use of this Vietnam travel guide to help you plan your perfect trip.