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What have been the highlights of your time in this country? Best trips or experiences?

Incredible restaurant and food culture. The warm, friendly, and pro-American Vietnamese people. Visiting central and southern Vietnam -- beaches, mountains, forests and jungles. Taking quick, cheap flights across all of Southeast Asia and East Asia. Do a street food tour and then a Hanoi architecture tour. Talented and supportive local staff at the embassy. Knowing that you're working in a country that is growing in importance to the United States and the international community from a strategic perspective. - Dec 12, 2017
We enjoyed traveling out of Hanoi to Danang and Hoi An - charming little town and beautiful seaside village with pristine beaches. We have also been taken aback by the honesty of the Vietnamese. It's by far the most honest culture we've experienced. Yakushi! Weekly massages and facials at Yakushi. $15 for a 90 minute massage has been decadent. - May 4, 2016
Awesome regional travel, saving money, affordable household help (our first time ever having helpers) - Aug 14, 2015
Motorbiking the northwest loop (Hanoi to Sapa, Dien Bien Phu, then return to Hanoi from the west). - Mar 13, 2015
Touring the country. I highly recommend excursions outside of Hanoi to see the rest of Vietnam. Much of the population remains rural which is easy to forget in the loud, congested, increasingly polluted capital. - Aug 12, 2014
Halong Bay's reputation is not misguided: plan 2 to 3 days of cruising to discover this magic place. Bicycling in the country-side around Hanoi is a real breather. - Dec 13, 2011
We've been able to travel to many places around Vietnam and SE Asia - Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia. - Aug 23, 2011
Travel to Bangkok and Saigon for extended weekend trips. You can save money if you can live a local lifestyle. - May 23, 2010