Some 1,600kms separate the dramatic mountains along the Chinese border - reaching over 3,000m and where snow is not unknown - to the tropical Mekong Delta lying between the warm waters of the Gulf of Thailand and the South China Sea.
Diversity! Vietnam boasts not only some of Southeast Asia's best natural sites, with the 'Tonkinese Alps' and incredible Halong and Bai Tu Long Bays of the north, past the stunning, pristine beaches and fascinating Central Highlands region to the picturesque beauty of the Delta, but in bustling Saigon and graceful Hanoi, 2 of the regions great cities and in imperial Hue and well preserved Hoi An, 2 of it's most historic towns.
Geography: the country's improving, but still basic, transport infrastructure and relative lack of tourist facilities outside of the most popular destinations can make Vietnam relatively difficult for independent travel and indeed the sheer size of the country makes even organized tours less than easy. It would take months to try and see everything!
We don't think it's worth trying, so All Points East's Vietnam circuits consists firstly of the more classic, Hanoi to Saigon route, taking in some of the 'main sites' but with the added dimension of detours to much less visited but equally interesting areas, along with a 2nd itinerary concentrating on the rarely visited, but seriously spectacular, northern mountains region and a 3rd taking in Saigon and the Delta region before travelling up the Mekong to Cambodia.