UNESCO World Heritage site Ha Long Bay, in northern Vietnam, is an alluring and breathtaking spectacle, says Jon Dean.
There are some places you go to, very few and far between, where the sheer unadulterated majesty of nature is almost literally breathtaking. Spots that seem so ethereal and far removed from normal life you have to pinch yourself to make sure it’s not a dream.
The UNESCO world heritage site of Ha Long Bay in north eastern Vietnam really is one of those places – a vast maze of mysterious islands jutting from lurid, emerald green waters to create a stunning seascape of epic proportions.
Getting there is no piece of cake however – it’s a bit of a trek even when you make it to ‘Nam, albeit an incredibly enjoyable one.
First stop, the ancient city of Hanoi – an oriental metropolis at its finest.