The best way to see Vietnam is to buy a hop-on-hop-off bus ticket or take the train along the coast, from North to South (or vice versa). The rich, historical Hanoi and the breath-takingly beautiful Halong Bay are the jewels of Northern Vietnam (and Sapa is definitely an untouched diamond). The bustling ex-capital city of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) is an overflowing centre of Vietnamese culture, food and traffic, along with being the gateway to the famous Cu Chi tunnels.
But in between the past and present capitals are a handful of exciting and exotic cities that should make it on to your itinerary: Hue, Hoi An, Danang, Da Lat and my new favourite city in the whole world: Nha Trang.
Given our time constraints we randomly decided to make Nha Trang our pit stop between the two major cities. The day we arrived in Nha Trang, I was already happy enough to have clean clothes (our luggage finally arrived) and a good-looking room without going broke (thank you Agoda). But while checking-in after sunset, little did I know that the next morning, in fact the next three days, were going to be the highlight of Southeast Asia trip.