The country is long and narrow with tropical forest, beaches, and mountains. It was the last two weeks in November 2009 when we last visited Vietnam. The weather was a bit overcast at times but the temperatures were not extremely hot with little rain. Vietnam was an easy country to visit with good lodging and inexpensive food. We found that the most challenging thing for a visitor is crossing busy streets with hundreds of bicycles, motor scooters, and motorcycles sharing the roads. My tip: Find a local and cross with him or her. A place not to miss is Ho Long Bay, a World Heritage Site.