Vietnam is a long thin country. The distance between the two main cities, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, is about 1,300 miles. A great way to visit the country is by bus. In Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi it is easy to purchase bus tickets all the way south or north. The convenient part of the process is you can choose to get off at cities along the way including Nha Trang, Hoi An, Hué and Mui Ne. It cost me $16.00 in 2005. Thanks to @Shamalkumal, who just returned from Southeast Asia, I have been informed the price now ranges from $20-25.
The route follows the coast and affords many incredible views. At night shrimp boats were lit up on the water with a fluorescent light to attract fish. Unfortunately, this was a site I could not capture in a photograph, but I was able to get a few nice scenes from the bus.
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