Ho Chi Minh City has exotic food, colonial architecture, and memories of war, writes Guy Wilkinson.
Markets, festivals and hip shops vie for attention with the big ticket sites such as Angkor Wat.
Turn a potentially daunting city tour of chaotic Saigon into a fun fling with motoring nostalgia.
Get to this tropical treat before the crowds do and you will be rewarded with pristine reefs, luxe villas and foodie adventures.
Vietnam Airlines' competitive business fares (currently from $4400 return to Paris via Hanoi or Saigon) make this airline an attractive option.
A shuttlecock, soccer ball or hacky sack can bring tourists and locals together in a fun and good-natured game of life.
Some resorts make it hard to even contemplate venturing out.
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.