In addition to the obvious connection to the war and recent arms embargo lift, Vietnam also has something to offer in the way of luxury living. The latest evidence of that is thanks in large part to Maria Cristina Motta and Marcio Kogan of the acclaimed Brazilian architecture firm MK27 Studio, which designed the beachfront villas at Caye Sereno.
The properties themselves are certainly gorgous, offering a rich design mix of sustainable, modern and simple opulence. But they also afford some amazing views of Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO world heritage site that's been featured and replicated in such films as Tomorrow Never Dies.
Located on a secluded beach and marina peninsula, this exclusive residential community consists of 18 villas. Each was created with innovative materials and the idea of integrating it as organically as possible into the surrounding landscape.
In various configurations, these 3- to 6-bedroom units range between a spacious 7,000 and sprawling 12,000 square feet in size, starting in the $3 million range. (Not bad for your own private villa!)
Although much of the allure of such a remote retreat is getting away from it all, you'll still have access to your own infinity pool and expansive deck, with a gym, yoga studio, tennis court, video games room and 27 holes of golf right nearby.
Eat what you want. Play how you want. Or just relax and do absolutely nothing. However you choose to do this exotic locale, at the end of the day, it's really all about the island-dotted water views.