In August 2012 Callum and I visited Vietnam.  The original plan was to see the whole country from Halong Bay to Ho Chi Minh, but the monsoon season was upon us and we couldn’t cross into the north of Vietnam from the north of Laos because of washed out roads.  We tried and had to turn around.  So, we entered Vietnam at Vinh and made our way south.  It is always in our plans to go back to Vietnam and see the northern half, and perhaps revisit some of our favourite places in the south.  Vietnam is a gem of a country and in my top three favourites that I’ve visited so far.