Vietnam is a country with many faces, from the unrivalled chaos found in its major cities, to the tranquility of the rural regions in the north and everything in between. It's has multiple areas of unbelievable natural beauty as well as one of the longest coastlines in South East Asia with some stunning beaches.
The cuisine is world famous and for good reason, you'll find interesting and varied dishes throughout the country with many regional specialities on offer.
It's the perfect location to hire or purchase a motorbike and lose yourself in the freedom of it's well ridden bike routes, the Ho Chi Minh trail being a particular favourite (although we didn't manage to complete it so it's still on our bucket list).
Most people just visit Cat Ba Island to take a boat tour around Lan Ha and Halong Bay but you should spare an extra day to explore Cat Ba National Park, Cat Ba town and the gorgeous sandy beaches on the island itself.
What I thought would be a quick meal for one turned out slightly differently when I met 6 Vietnamese gangsters.
Phong Nha in Vietnam is home to the biggest and most spectacular caves in the whole world. It's a magical place that should definitely be on your bucket list.
We absolutely loved our boat trip around Lan Ha Bay and Ha Long Bay. The scenery was out of this world and the spots we visited were beautiful and secluded.
Wondering what's the best way to get from Hanoi to Cat Ba Island? Wonder no more, here's the best and cheapest way.
Hanoi is a chaotic kaleidoscope of sights, sounds and smells and has a rich and fascinating history. We loved it!