Towering limestone pillars and tiny islets topped by forest rise from the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. Designated a World Heritage Site in 1994, Halong Bay's scatter of islands, dotted with wind- and wave-eroded grottoes, is a vision of ethereal beauty and, unsurprisingly, northern Vietnam.
Ha Long Bay, Vietnam! My son and I are two countries into our six-country, three-week trip through Asia. We've planned a lot of amazing adventures, but I was most looking forward to Ha Long Bay, and it didn't disappoint. It's simply stunning in every direction, and we splurged by booking this cabin with a private patio with @HeraCruises.