Oddly, while everyone knows about vietnam because of the war but I'm more attracted to the culture instead.
Thanks to everyone who replied, it really helps in building my plans and confidance on this idea of mine. :):) Since my 3rd trip to Japan last year, I've been really bummed out on where to go next since all of my trips are 80% solo and unless I really have a passion to go to a place, I don't go unless its with a friend.
Hopefully, things will come together nicely :laugh::laugh:
There are two very enticing photos in part of the downloadable Lonely Planet Vietnam guide (.pdf format); you can download individual chapters or the whole book (well, at least here in Australia!). The country is pretty accessible and quite different to the ultra-modern world that most of us live and work in; in some respects it's like stepping back a few centuries! I would expect a few surprises. Might be best to go on an organised tour rather than solo; it seems to me that many solo travels pose the most perplexing questions in forums (e.g. lonelyplanet.com/thorntree).
What is your genre, landscape, people, architecture, mountains, festivals, night scenes? At the time mine was people and architecture (now, for a long time, the landscape). I can recall having been overwhelmed for a few days until I got my marbles back!! I was initially even fearful of the place (many beggars and touts that I can recall). Keep your wits about you and be wary of flashing expensive camera gear around in big-note cities like Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh.