Those who have ever travelled from North to South Vietnam understand its cultural diversity. I had the pleasure of meeting people, particularly in areas off the beaten track, where I was welcomed with openness and warmth. The far North is inhabited by over 50 ethnicities and beautiful and unique landscapes boast gleaming lush green rice paddies, mid-summer. You can walk through the most beautiful colonial town in the country, the coastal town Hoi An in Central Vietnam, colourfully lit up by hundreds of lanterns at night. In the South, the river courses of the Mekong Delta lead you to the famous and vibrant “floating markets” and have a chat with a local fisherman.