In pictures: Halong Bay, Vietnam
THE UNESCO World Heritage listed Halong Bay in Vietnam’s north east is a perennial favourite with travellers and for good reason.
The bay features numerous karst outcroppings and isles that pop liberally out of the beautiful aquamarine waters. And the opportunity to tour through these or even stay overnight on a houseboat attracts thousands to the Quang Ninh province each year.
While it’s hardly undiscovered the watery sojourn is memorable and nothing quite beats waking up to the rocking of waves and the smell of the ocean if you do stay overnight.
There are a range of travel options to experience Halong Bay but it is recommended to stay at least one night on board and perhaps undertake some sea kayaking to see the islets up close, swim at least once or twice from the boat, trek on one of the islands and explore the spectacular caves in the area.
All images are by Joanne Lane from www.visitedplanet.com