Halong Bay, the panoramic view of the bay with more than 3, 000 limestone islets (karsts) is one of the world’s must-see natural wonders. A one day trip from Hanoi is possible, although it is better to stay overnight at nearby Haiphong, or on board a cruiser at whatever level you can afford, in order to sail further for much more scenic views or for wildlife. e. g. Cat Ba island.
Da Nang, Vietnam’s 4th biggest city has not much to see but head a few miles out and there is the Cham Museum, My Son – an ancient Cham religious site, limestone caves and glorious Buddhist temples of the Marble Mountains and the endless white sands of China Beach where American troops landed during the War.
Mekong Delta offers a good example of local agriculture lifestyle.
The best places to see are Vinh Long or Can Tho for the boat trip, Cai Rang for the floating market, Chau Doc for the boat houses or Soc Trang and Tra Vinh for Khmer pagodas. There are also bird sanctuaries at Cao Lanh and Long Xuyen.
Our pictures start in North Vietnam at Hanoi and works south past Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), covering Hue, Da Nang, Hoi An and other interesting tourist attractions en route and ending on Mui Ne beaches.