A cruise on Ha Long Bay is the most incredible experience you can have in Vietnam. Maybe the most popular destinations in the country, this UNESCO World Heritage site is just unbelievable beautiful, an incredible feat of nature that almost never fails to impress.

What's most impressive is the number of cliffs and their immensity. There are nearly 2,000 mostly uninhabited limestone cliffs, a landscape very similar to that of the Andaman coast of Thailand, Vang Vieng in Laos and Guilin in China.

Over the ages, Vietnamese fishermen with too much time on their hands began to see shapes in the stone massifs atop many of the islands, and named the islands accordingly -- Turtle Island, Human Head Island, Chicken Island and so on.

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