With a history of colonial rule and over 54 distinct ethnic groups, the cultural makeup of Vietnam is fascinating. From food culture to family culture, there is so much to discover by immersing yourself in the way of life of the Vietnamese.
In Vietnam's cities and towns, you'll quickly get a feel for modern-day Vietnam by finding a streetside cafe or restaurant, ordering the most popular thing on the menu, and spending a good few hours people-watching. In more rural areas, there is no better way to understand Vietnam's unique cultural diversity than staying in a homestay. Hiking between the various ethnic minority villages of Sapa, Mai Chau, or Ha Giang might just be the highlight of your trip.
Traveling north to south, spending time in various destinations in Vietnam, is the best way to understand this diverse country.