Acclimatize in the capital, Hanoi; see the sights, wine and dine and prepare for the long ride south. Head to nearby Ninh Binh, ga teway to the striking scenery of Tam Coc and Hoa Lu, and the funky gibbons of Cuc Phuong National Park.
Experience Hue, imperial capital of old, then head up and over ( or under) the mighty Hai Van Pass to Danang, gateway to China Beach. Hoi An is the place for some time out - sightseeing, shopping and sunning yourself on the beach.
Head to the golden sands of Quy Nhon for some relaxation. Enter NhaTrang, the biggest, and brashest, beach resort in Vietnam, and try a hedonistic boat trip to nearby islands. If it's all too much, carry on south to Mui Ne Beach, a tropical idyll with smart resorts, blessed-out budge options, towering dunes and crazy kite surfing. Finish up in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), where you can indulge in sophisticated shopping, delectable dining and the liveliest night scene in the country.