The French colonial period left a permanent mark on the country's architecture and cuisine, with graceful buildings and baguette stalls in every town. Yet there is always a unique Vietnamese twist on proceedings.
It is exactly this combination of European elegance with South-East Asian exoticism that makes Vietnam such a beguiling travel destination. And, as you would expect from a long, thin country straddling the South China Sea, Vietnam is blessed with more than its fare share of idyllic beaches. For the last word in Vietnamese luxury, check-in to Amanoi, a tranquil retreat overlooking the azure waters of Vinh Hy Bay and a stone's throw from beautiful Nui Chua National Park.