With Hanoi as a base, head to the coast and admire the spectacular scenery of Halong Bay in the Gulf of Tonkin.
Here over 1,600 towering lime-stone karsts and rock island formations jut from the sea creating a breath-taking panorama.
With majority of the islands uninhabited this is nature at its best.
Just over a four hour drive from Hanoi, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is best enjoyed on an overnight cruise.
There are an array of vessels and options to choose from suiting all kinds of budgets – sail on a traditional junk style boat to a luxurious fitted, bells and whistles cruise.
Enjoy on board activities and off shore excursions with plenty of time to relax in between.
Partake in a misty morning Tai Chi lesson or a fun-filled cooking class, savour freshly caught seafood, swim in the emerald waters or kayak through the caves.
No matter what type of experience you choose, Halong Bay promises a lifetime of memories and should not be missed from any Vietnam itinerary!