Vietnam is a sensational culinary destination showcasing cooking techniques learned during French colonial rule applied to wonderful local ingredients. From rich coffee to abundant local dishes, one never tires of visiting produce and food markets or making impromptu stops at superb restaurants. The culinary aspect of Vietnam is the tip of a traveling experience that spans mountainous scenery enlivened by verdant green terraced rice paddies, unspoiled beaches and racy urban centers embracing all that is modern and new. From imperial citadel cities to war tourism sites and jungle treks, Vietnam is one of the most complete Asian countries to explore.