Currently the planet's hottest new seafront destination, the east coast of Vietnam offers the gorgeous beaches and luxury bungalows often associated with the Maldives - with more local colour and culture to boot.
The 20-mile stretch of shoreline between Da Nang and Hoi An, which is increasingly dotted with sophisticated retreats. The Nam Hai is one of them - a palatial five-star complex with a wonderfully indulgent spa (thenamehai.com).
When to go
November-March is the dry season. April and May offer cooling showers.
The region's accessibility. Where once, a trip to Da Nang meant a road transfer, the city's modern airport - which was expanded in 2011 - means you'll be on the beach almost as soon as you've got off the plane.