Open up the throttle through some of Vietnam’s most beautiful scenery on a road trip just 70km from Hanoi.

It’s one of the most popular attractions in northern Vietnam, and yet we’ve never been there. So, avoiding the standard tour buses, we do the trip by motorbike.

Southwest of Hanoi, Hoa Binh offers peace and beauty.

With the north-south train line, who needs the car or the motorbike for a day trip when you can just as easily do it by train?

Five things you must do when you visit Vietnam

Are you headed to Vietnam in the coming weeks or months? The Asian nation is one of the most beautiful on Earth, so it’s definitely worth your time travelling there at some point in your lifetime. So, let’s look at five things every explorer should do when they visit Vietnam.

Matt Cowan and Mike Palumbo explore the land where the oddest-looking fruit in Vietnam is grown, the dragon fruit.

Thomas Barrett heads down the now defunct train line from Dalatto Thap Cham and meets the last remaining train driver. Photos and translation by Pham Thu Nga

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