Ho Chi Minh City has exotic food, colonial architecture, and memories of war, writes Guy Wilkinson.
I shake the stump of a local man who has lost his forearm, and enter a courtyard packed with American armaments.
With attentive staff, generous meals, an impressive spa and comfy, affordable rooms.
In the mountains of central Vietnam, a colossal pair of hands lifts a golden thread of walkway high above the clifftops, as if the mountain itself has sprouted limbs.
When Anthony Bourdain and John McCain came to Vietnam's famous bay, this is the way they chose to cruise it.
Vietnam's capital is a honking, hooting, swerving, heart-stopping, nerve-wracking roller derby of people and machines.
Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam's most populous and one of south-east Asia's fastest-growing cities.
Ethereal landscape meets bustling food markets; this former French colony is an exotic destination that taps all the senses. Tranquil beauty lingers from jade-coloured waters to soaring limestone islands in the north, majestical wonder surrounds old imperial palaces and bluey hill-tops around Hue, giving way to multi-storey department stores, mega-coffee houses and endless bustle of traffic in the big city life of Ho Chi Minh.