Home to three UNESCO world heritage sites and oodles of delicious food, the centre of Vietnam is what holiday highlights are made of

First explore the ancient imperial city of Hue, nestled on the picturesque Perfume River. Though severely damaged during the Vietnam War, it’s now an incredibly beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Where there were once kings, there’s now food fit for royalty. Hue is famed for its delicate and complex cuisine, so set aside a whole day to eat your way around the city before exploring the Demilitarized Zone to the north. Head south to Hoi An, Vietnam’s most peaceful and charming fishing town. Here you can wander amid crumbling Japanese buildings, have some cool clothes tailored on the cheap, dine on the beach and set off on a tourist-free tour of the Central Highlands.