The landscape in Vietnam is nothing short of striking. It's home to two major river deltas, the Mekong and the Red River, and between them a patchwork of green rice paddies and sky and a thriving floating world that survives upon the rivers themselves. And it has a splendid a coastline that runs the eastern length of the country along the South China Sea that is sprinkled with fantastic beaches, less touristy still than Thailand, where white sand meets turquoise water, and opportunities for diving and snorkeling abound. Vietnam is also home to lively cities like Hanoi, in the north, where the French influence can be tasted in the delicious fusion food and café culture, and throbbing Ho Chi Minh City, in the south. And from the serene natural beauty of Halong Bay to the tailor-made shopping in Hoi An to the delicious food throughout, Vietnam's diversity can keep visitors happily entertained for longer than their vacations last.