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Combine Hanoi with a trip to Halong Bay, on the Gulf of Tonkin.
The 'Bay of the Descending Dragon' is sometimes referred to as the eighth wonder of the world (and therefore joins a cast list of thousands), and whether or not it joins such exalted company, this is certainly a spectacular and bizarre landscape. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the karst limestone mountains meet the sea at this dramatic bay.
Cliffs, arches and coves compete for space in an area that is without doubt the most outstandingly beautiful in the country and an incomparable coastal scene.
Original Travel can arrange day trips from Hanoi, or - much the preferable option - overnight stays on one of the excellent floating hotels that cruise around the bay.