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India, Far East & Australasia / Vietnam

Chris Caldicott, Travel Writer and Freelance Photographer at Ultratravel; Vanity Fair and Vogue

"There has never been a better time to visit this long, thin, coastal country. Stretching from the spectacular scroll-painting like islands of misty Halong Bay, to the lush tropical waterways of the Mekong Delta, scattered in between are hundreds of miles of white sand beaches, forest covered hills, enchanting ancient cities and laid-back rural towns. You can stay in fabulously atmospheric French -colonialera hotels like the Hanoi’s Metropole, Art Deco classics like La Residence in the old imperial capital of Hue or cutting-edge new designer resorts like Six Senses on the paradise island of Con Dao, Amano’i in the hills of Nui Chua National Park and the Four Seasons near the utterly delightful old trading port of Hoi An. Vietnamese food is always sublime; from humble street stalls to cool cafés and gourmet restaurants, and there are excellent handson cookery schools, with guided tours of lively, action-packed street markets piled high with succulent produce."