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While competition for visitors is stiff in Southeast Asia, the best things to do in Vietnam truly offer something for everyone. From idyllic sun-soaked beaches and vertiginous mountains to hyperactive cities and characterful rural towns, the country hosts numerous alluring destinations. Getting around is easy and affordable, as flights connect the most popular spots, while buses and trains link the rest. However, the motorbike is king here, and those willing to jump on two wheels will be spoiled for choice of where to go and what to see. As you explore this gorgeous country, you’ll also be treated to some of the most delicious and diverse cuisine around. Northern, central and southern Vietnam are each home to their own distinct gastronomic traditions, and even certain cities within these regions have their own local specialities. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.