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North Vietnam
Socialist Republic of Vietnam

Halong Bay
3,000 islands rising from the sea, create Magnificent Halong Bay and is one of the natural marvels of Vietnam. The bay was listed as World Natural Heritage by UNESCO, as this is an area of outstanding natural beauty.

DESTINATION INFORMATION

Halong Bay stands for "Dragon descending to the sea". According to the legend, the Bay was created when an immense dragon plunged to Earth and its mighty tail carved the stone seabed violently. Before the creature flew away, it left behind the thousands of islands we can see today.

Halong Bay covers an area of 1,500 square kilometers and there are pleasant beaches as well as peaceful coves scattered over the islands. The bay is a huge marine reserve and on the islands lives a wide variety of birds and animals including bantams, monkeys and iguanas.

Haiphong
Haiphong is Vietnams 3rd largest city and on of the country's most important seaports. However, the city is a relatively sleepy place with little traffic and many beautiful French-colonial buildings.

It is a nice stopover on the way to the Halong Bay and you can take a boat here to the bay or continue to to Halong City, the real gateway to the famous bay.

Cat Ba
Cat Ba is the largest island in the Halong Bay area and has some beaches to explore. The little city on the island is growing fast and standard accommodation is now readily available.

Half of the island has been declared a National Park and is an ideal gateway to visit the famous Halong Bay.

Sapa
Nestled high in the Tonkinese Alps near the Chinese border, Sapa was built as a hill station during French colonial days and served as a retreat from the stifling Hanoi summers.

It is a beautiful area about 1,500 above see level with steep terraced rice fields, raging rivers and astounding waterfalls. Sapa also has an amazing diversity of flora, ranging from flowers to tropical and temperate fruit.

The area is home to various ethnic minorities and a highlight of each visit is a trek to local hill tribe village. On Sundays, the colorful weekly market is definitely worth a visit.

Sapa is also the starting point for climbers and scientists who want to climb Mount Fansipan, the highest mountain in Indochina at 3,143 m.

Mai Chau
This is a rural village located towards the mountains of Laos. It is a beautiful area and most people here are ethnic White Thai, distantly related to tribes in Thailand, Laos and China. The area invites for trekking and one can make day trips from Mai Chau or mount longer treks to remote villages.

 

 
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