I'm tentatively planning a trip to Vietnam. This choice is guided mainly by how much I enjoy Vietnamese food, and a desire to explore SE Asia more after a really wonderful trip to Thailand three years ago. The little research I've done has shown me how little I know about the sheer breadth and depth of Vietnamese culture and food! Basically, from a Chowhound perspective, where should a total novice go in Vietnam to get a good intro to the food, which obviously varies from place to place? I'd have about two weeks, or a little longer.
My research also shows that Vietnam's climate changes from region to region, so I need to know where I should go in order to figure out if early December is a good or bad time for a trip, based on the weather. Any thoughts on that welcome, too!