Vietnam has undergone radical changes in recent years, and its booming economy is now racing towards modernity. Nowhere is this more obvious than in Ho Chi Minh City, a cosmopolitan melange of fast-paced motos, lavish shopping centres, upscale hotels, bustling markets, vaunted restaurants, and moving museums. Then there's the impressive capital of Hanoi, where you can stroll through its historic Old Quarter, visit the UNESCO-listed Imperial Citadel, and duck into the fascinating mausoleum of the country's revolutionary leader, Ho Chi Minh. However, it's hard to escape the allure of the striking landscape: from the great mountains of the west, to the shimmering South China Sea, and the thriving deltas of the Red River and the Mekong, there's wonder to spare in this nation. Adventure enthusiasts can wander through the atmospheric cave systems in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, leisure seekers can go on a luxury cruise in the remarkable Halong Bay, and beach buffs can stretch out on the pristine white sands of Nha Trang. Whatever you do, you have to spend some time exploring Vietnam's cuisine, as this country has a superstar reputation when it comes to food. Discover countless street-food tours and top cooking schools where you can take classes, and learn how to make delicate spring rolls, fragrant phở soup, and bánh mì sandwiches.