History, food, landscape and people combine to make Vietnam a destination that will captivate any traveller. The impact of Japanese and Chinese trade, French occupation and American intervention has left its stain on Vietnam, smeared over a period of more than two thousand years of recorded history. The slow-paced hill tribe villages of Sapa, the limestone cliff-studded Halong Bay, the faded elegance of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, the old imperial capital of Hue with its royal palaces and palatial mausoleums, the perfectly preserved town of Hoi An, the French-inspired boulevards and buildings of Ho Chi Minh City and the floating markets of the Mekong Delta – from north to south this long slip of a country has so much to offer.