Ho Chi Minh city
FORMERLY known as Saigon, the Vietnamese capital is especially popular with backpackers but offers a lot also for those who enjoy their creature delights. Museums reflecting the country's turbulent history, theatres, amusement centers, culture parks and an amazing eco beach provide savvy travelers with a variety of choices. Those who like a resistance act can enjoy the underground tunnels used by the Viet Cong fighters while Vietnamese street food is simply irresistible. And at a $160 per night in a 5 star hotel, resistance is futile and no backpack is needed.