Halong Bay

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Halong Bay is a World Heritage Site and Vietnam’s most popular tourist destination. Take an overnight cruise around the Bay’s 2,000 beautiful islets, stopping to see the shimmering lights in Hang Sung Sot Cave, go diving in the clear water or simply enjoy the scenery.

For a slightly less crowded experience, head to Cat Ba Island to cycle around its peaceful countryside or travel on to the equally beautiful Lan Ha Bay.

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  • Ho Chi Minh City

    Ho Chi Minh City

    Previously known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City changed its name after Vietnam unified following the Vietnam War...Read more
  • Hanoi


    Vietnam’s capital is a riot of blaring horns, stunning architecture and delicious street food...Read more
  • Sapa

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  • Hoi An

    Hoi An

    Hoi An is one of Vietnam’s most attractive cities, due in part to the preservation of historic buildings in its Old Town (Hoi An avoided being bombed in the Vietnam War)...Read more
  • Mekong Delta

    Mekong Delta

    The Mekong Delta is Vietnam’s breadbasket, with 70% of the country’s fruit and 50% of its rice grown here...Read more
  • Phu Quoc

    Phu Quoc

    Phu Quoc is an idyllic island that offers beaches, diving and kayaking to those looking to escape the bustle of Vietnam’s cities...Read more
  • Hue


    Charming Hue was once the capital of the Nguyen dynasty and is a great place to explore the history of Imperial Vietnam...Read more
  • Dalat


    Dive into a bit of adventure with a guided canyoning experience at the Elephant and Pongour Waterfalls near to the city of Dalat in Vietnam’s central highlands...Read more
  • Con Dao Islands

    Con Dao Islands

    This remote archipelago off the southern coast is Vietnam’s premier spot for viewing sea life...Read more
  • Phong Nha Caves

    Phong Nha Caves

    Home to the largest and third largest cave in the world, Phong Nha is a wonder of ancient karst and underground worlds...Read more
  • Fansipan Mountain

    Fansipan Mountain

    At 3,143m, Fansipan is the highest mountain in the Indochinese Peninsula...Read more

Vietnam north to south

Cities, Mekong Delta and Halong Bay
Approx. 10 days
Hanoi (2 days) → Halong Bay (1) → Hoi An (2) → Ho Chi Minh City (2) → Mekong Delta (2) → Ho Chi Minh City (1)
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Classic Vietnam

Historical cities and rural waterways
Approx. 12 days
Hanoi (2 days) → Halong Bay (2) → Hue (2) → Hoi An (2) → Ho Chi Minh City (1) → Mekong Delta (2) → Ho Chi Minh City (1)
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Culture, cities and beach resorts

Vietnam’s cultural highlights plus a beach break
Approx. 14 days
Hanoi (2 days) → Halong Bay (2) → Hue (2) → Hoi An (2) → Ho Chi Minh City (1) → Mekong Delta (2) → Phu Quoc (2) → Ho Chi Minh City (1)
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Things to do in Halong Bay

Our recommended experiences and activities

Vietnam’s lesser-known bays
Halong Bay

Vietnam’s lesser-known bays

While crowds flock to the famous Halong Bay, the nearby limestone karst islands of Lan Ha and Bai Tu Long are formed by the same geological feature that runs 100km up the Vietnam coastline and are just as beautiful, yet with a more isolated appeal.

Where to go in Vietnam

Our recommended places

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