Say what you will, but Vietnam is probably the quintessential Southeast Asian destination. Nevermind the fact that the Vietnamese conical hat has been misused (and abused) by tourists, becoming a “symbol” of intrepid travel in the region, even in places completely unrelated to the country.
Yes, most visitors are bound to get caught up in the fast-flowing streets of popular tourist spots like Ho Chi Minh or Hanoi, but there is definitely more to the diverse country. In fact, it’s in the rural areas — the highlands, rivers, rice terraces and padi fields — where you can find hill tribes and other ethnic groups, allowing you to truly experience the culturally-rich country.
The next time you’re visiting Vietnam, set aside more time to explore these unspoiled rural areas and beautiful landscapes that will take up more than just a weekend.