Lonely Planet highlights five best experiences during Vietnam trip

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(VOVWORLD) - Brekke Fletcher, a writer for the world's leading travel magazine Lonely Planet, has chosen Vietnam as a culinary destination to explore for the Elsewhere section.
Lonely Planet highlights five best experiences during Vietnam trip - ảnh 1A corner of Lan Ha Bay.

Fletcher spent 9 days discovering the diverse cuisine of various regions in Vietnam together with photographer Thanh Huynh.

She said riding a scooter through the streets of Hanoi in Vietnam is one of those things she's always wanted to do but was too afraid to attempt. 

"To be anonymous, another helmeted figure in the middle of a million little dramas and comedies happening on a million bikes moving through this amazing city – every second is pure joy,” she wrote, highlighting hopping on a Vespa as the first in the most outstanding experiences in her trip. 

On her first night in Ho Chi Minh City, Fletcher climbed on the back of a scooter and headed into the city centre to taste the diverse flavors of the market, like a Chinese roasted duck and a French baguette.

Fletcher then visited Ben Tre province and island-hopped on a small-boat tour in the Mekong Delta, which included a stop at an artisan workshop and lunch with a local farming family.

Lonely Planet highlights five best experiences during Vietnam trip - ảnh 2The trans-Vietnam Thong Nhat train. 

Taking the slow train to Hue is another outstanding experience. Fletcher described the rail journey to Hue as among the most beautiful in Southeast Asia. Visitors could enjoy coastal and rural views and buy snacks from vendors who hop on along the way. 

Fletcher cruised the glorious waters in the less-touristy area of Lan Ha Bay and took in stunning scenery. She then kayaked into a sea cave and sipped cocktails while the sun set.

And on the last night, she decided to dine with a Hanoian family and savored some Cha ca, a freshwater fish marinated in a slew of fragrant spices that's a specialty of the city.