Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

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Cruising to Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

You're cruising along, enjoying the sunshine on deck, when you are suddenly greeted with the sight of 2,000 islands rising out of the horizon in front of you. Stretching far as the eye can see is an idyllic paradise of a world. Welcome to Halong Bay.

Its beauty is legendary throughout Vietnam and beyond, but it's not the only magical element to this place. The name Halong Bay actually translates into "where the dragon descends into the sea" and upon first glance, you can easily understand why.

Designated a World Heritage site in 1994 and deservedly so, you can expect to encounter stunning wave-eroded coves here as well as perfect stretches of sand.

The city gateway - Halong City - is a sprawling mass of high rise hotels and karaoke bars where you'll find all manner of entertainment. But it's the natural beauty that takes centre stage here, and cruising the islands is the best way to experience it.

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