What surprised me by far the most about Vietnam was the food.  A Seurat canvas of flavours, Vietnamese food combines sweet, sour, tart, crunchy, soft, spicy, fresh, smokey elements in a sophisticated way that is simply genius.  That’s before you even consider the intriguing blend of Eastern and Western cuisine…who would have thought that a stew with fresh baguette could be called ‘Authentic Vietnamese’ fare?