My wife and i spent almost a month travelling across Vietnam in September 2012.
We were bit afraid of Vietnam after reading many bad storied about touts and scams. I studied extensively about Vietnam before starting our trip. We took some precautions and never had any bad experience. I found Vietnamese people very friendly and cheerful. It was a memorable trip and wish to go back again in future. Our journey started in Vung Tau and ended in Hanoi. I used agoda.com for my hotel bookings and Sincafe for most of the local tour.