Situated on the eastern coast of the Indochinese peninsula, Vietnam stretches 1,000 miles from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. A socialist republic, it opened its doors to travellers only a few years ago and now offers an intriguing mix of traditional charm and emerging development. Traveller Justine Shapiro starts her journey by celebrating the New Year at the TET Festival in Ho Chi Minh City. From there she ventures up the coast taking in the unspoiled beaches of Lang Co and the city of Hue. After a bicycle tour of the capital Hanoi, she ends her journey in the remote highlands near the Chinese border.