Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in northern Vietnam, has been named one of the “top 10 most beautiful destinations to visit in 2022” by the Canadian travel newspaper The Travel.
The Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia and the bay in Quang Ninh Province, two hours from Hanoi, are the only two Southeast Asian representations to make the list.
The magazine described Ha Long as “the finest way to enjoy this mist-shrouded terrain is to board a junk and cruise through the amazing panoramic splendor.”
Travel agencies have created a broad range of cruises, from low-cost to high-end, including half-day or overnight journeys, in response to the increasing popularity of Ha Long Bay.
Overnight cruises cost from $116 and $228 per person.
The magazine also advised tourists to drop by Thien Cung (Heaven Grotto), one of the biggest caves in Ha Long, and Sung Sot (Surprise) Cave that “give way to impressive sweeping views of the water below.”
Other destinations on the list were Zhangjiajie National Forest in China, Yellowstone National Park in the U.S., Banff National Park in Canada, Santorini Islands in Greece, and Venice in Italy.