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.

You can’t make anyone relax on their holiday. But resorts like The Anam certainly give it a decent go.

Founded by the French in 1919, Ba Na Hills is located in the Truong Son Mountains west of Danang and once had more than 200 villas. Now only a few ruins remain.

Six Senses Ninh Van Bay is a secluded luxury resort on the East Sea. Only accessible by a 20-minute boat ride, as you approach the resort you slowly fall off the map. The ride is a buffer between you and the rest of the world.

With the north-south train line, who needs the car or the motorbike for a day trip when you can just as easily do it by train?

Matt Cowan eats and drinks his way back in time in Myanmar’s former capital.

If you’re new to Hanoi, or not so confident on a motorbike but want to get out of the city, a trip to Dai Lai Lake might be exactly what you’re looking for.

Cu Lao Pho

Vu Ha Kim Vy heads to an island which once was an international port of Ho Chi Minh City.

Five things you must do when you visit Vietnam

Are you headed to Vietnam in the coming weeks or months? The Asian nation is one of the most beautiful on Earth, so it’s definitely worth your time travelling there at some point in your lifetime. So, let’s look at five things every explorer should do when they visit Vietnam.

After a restful night aboard the Victoria Express, we arrive at Lao Cai Station as night fades into day. We are welcomed by our driver and start the one-hour journey to Sapa as the sun comes up. Even though it’s early, it’s a lovely way to start a relaxing weekend getaway in this former hill station.

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