Population: 92 million
Capital: Hanoi
Approximate number of tourists per year: 7.5 million

Whilst it might not be first choice for many wishing to book a holiday in Southeast Asia, Vietnam is one of the most beautiful countries on earth. The staggering beauty of this fascinating country is no better understood than by taking a trekking holiday in Sapa or a boat cruise in Halong Bay. Both these regions are in the north of the country. Halong Bay is a 600 hundred square mile paradise of beautiful sea dotted with 1960 karst islands that just out of the water to create a different vista every few minutes. The only way to see the bay is to take one of the many cruise boats that sail in the area. Sapa in the mountainous region to the north west of the nations capital is where travellers can witness the incredible rice terraces vice into the hillsides.

The capital, Hanoi is more old school Vietnamese and therefore the base of the country’s communist government. Saigon or Ho Chi Minh City to give it its newer less glamorous name, is a huge modern vibrant city, full of life, food and fabulous boulevards. Vietnam is definitely Southeast Asia’s home of the motorbike and some 37 million are on the streets every day. A secular country by nature there is a strong representation of Christianity here, the most being Catholics.

The fabulous Mekong Delta is home to 17 million people and some of the most amazing scenes of humanity. Floating Markets, such as Cai Rang are world famous, but the tiny rivulets and streams that are formed as the Mighty Mekong reaches the end of its two thousand seven hundred mile ride from the Himalayas provide some of the highlights.

Vietnam is home to an astonishing 54 ethnic minority tribes. That they have survived at all is something of a miracle; that they have hung on to their traditional way of life is almost beyond belief. It is not surprising in anyway that Vietnam is the fastest growing tourist destination in Asia.

Following a highly successful 25-year career as a singer/songwriter and musician, Keith pulled out of the rat race and moved to Southeast Asia in 2008. First living in Thailand, he moved to Cambodia and then relocated to Ho Chi Minh City in early 2013. He started the Saigon Districts website, turning it into the fastest growing site in Vietnam. After careful consideration, he decided to cover not just Vietnam but the whole region that he loves so dearly. Keith has had work published in magazines and websites in the UK, Europe, USA, Australia and Asia. He has written for the BBC and has appeared on TV and radio in many different countries. His great loves are music and travel, but he writes on a whole range of subjects. InSeAsia.com is a labour of love as Keith travels round the region garnering subject matter. Read more about the website here.