Who needs all those hotspot tourist destinations when there’s so much more to see in Vietnam? Here’s a list of 10 alternative places to visit over the coming year.

Mui Ne has been a popular beachside destination for years, especially among water sports enthusiasts and holidaymakers looking to get away from Ho Chi Minh City for a few days.

If you’re heading to Taipei, then after you’ve visited the standard tourist traps, for a real taste of Taiwan, make your way to the outskirts.

From utopian dream to tourist attraction. Such is the fate of this housing complex on the outskirts of Hanoi. Emily Arntsen heads to Hanoi’s very own ghost town.

I have my father to thank (or chastise) for Paul Simon’s opening line to his song Graceland when it enters my head as I cross Rach Mieu Bridge to Ben Tre Province.

Past Halong Bay is an island that has all the beauty of the bay, but without the tourists.

Why go to Hanoi’s best known craft village on a tour when you can just as easily go there by yourself?

Just off the coast of Hoi An, The Cham Islands mix tropical paradise with a growing fishing trade, and are perfect for a day trip or a few-day retreat from the world beyond.

Open up the throttle through some of Vietnam’s most beautiful scenery on a road trip just 70km from Hanoi.

It’s one of the most popular attractions in northern Vietnam, and yet we’ve never been there. So, avoiding the standard tour buses, we do the trip by motorbike.

Vietnam has its mountain motorbike loops around the northeast and northwest. So does Thailand - especially the country’s far northwest.

There are seven days in a week, but unfortunately I’m here for just one. Work dictates that getting on a flight somewhere isn’t an option. Enter a staycation at Le Méridien Saigon; it ticks everything on the list for an awesome stay away from home — great location along the Saigon River, five-star amenities, luxurious rooms, and fantastic buffet options.

This peaceful village and its people, just outside Hanoi will charm the socks off you.

Twenty years after its handover to China, Hong Kong still contains reminders of British colonial rule, but for how long?

Southwest of Hanoi, Hoa Binh offers peace and beauty.

Edward Dalton takes it easy with a day trip to the birthplace of Ly Thai To.

It’s uncertain how many resort reviews are written at poolside bars, but this adds another to the tally. It’s mid-June at Amiana Resort Nha Trang, and while text messages from Saigon bring news of heavy rain flooding the streets there, the only water here is the gentle swell lapping up against the shore just metres away from the bar.

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