What Vietnam lacks in wildlife attractions it makes up for with some spectacular scenery, on land and sea.
The towering limestone seascapes of Halong Bay are magical at any time of day and year, whether it's a fog-shrouded morning or a golden-tinged sunset over the bay.
To the south of Hanoi lies the so-called Dry Halong Bay and the scenery around the Tam Coc River, Mai Chau and Ninh Binh.
To the north of Hanoi is a mountainous region of extreme beauty bordering China, especially around Ha Giang and Sapa.
The world's largest cave was only discovered in the last few years and is located in the Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park.
Further south the Mekong Delta is a beautiful region of vast waterways and narrow channels criss-crossing rice paddies and the so called 'rice-bowl' of Vietnam.