Halong Bay and North-Central Vietnam

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  • Cat Ba National Park

    1. Cat Ba National Park

    Forest

    Covering about 263 square km (101 square miles) of Cat Ba Island, this national park is home to 32 species of mammals, including the endangered...Read More

    Cat Ba National Park
  • 2. Cuc Phuong National Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Established in 1962 by President Ho Chi Minh as Vietnam's first national park, Cuc Phuong consists of 220 square km (85 square miles) of heavily...Read More

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  • 3. Hospital Cave

    Hospital–Sight

    One of the most intriguing sights on Cat Ba Island, Hospital Cave served as a bomb-proof medical facility during the American War. It also provided...Read More

  • 4. Lan Ha Bay

    Geological Site

    Although it is technically and geologically an extension of Halong Bay, the 300 or so karst islands of Lan Ha Bay feel somewhat removed from...Read More

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  • 5. Paradise Line

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    With 10 years of experience in the luxury tourism industry, Paradise is both a pioneer and a trendsetter. Paradise owns and operates four ships...Read More

  • 6. Phat Diem Cathedral

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    All churches in the area pale in comparison to the massive complex known as Phat Diem Cathedral, built in 1891 in Kim Son village, which was...Read More

  • 7. Quang Ninh Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Modern and massive, this three-story museum rises out of nowhere and is a must-visit for anyone interested in Vietnamese history, culture, or...Read More

  • 8. Trang An Landscape Complex

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Closer to Ninh Binh city than Tam Coc, UNESCO World Heritage–listed Trang An offers a very similar experience to its more famous near neighbor...Read More

  • 9. An Bien Park

    Park/Playground

    Shady and green, this park is the site of early morning tai chi classes, while at night strolling couples compete with roller skaters, and locals...Read More

  • 10. Cannon Fort

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    A French-era fort that was also used during the defence of Haiphong during the war with the United States, this hilltop landmark is also notable...Read More

  • 11. Co To Island

    Island

    Although it is the farthest inhabited island from the mainland in the Bai Tu Long archipelago, Co To is fast becoming the area's rising star...Read More

  • 12. Du Hang Pagoda

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Some beautiful pagodas stand in the southern and eastern districts of the city, and this is the most impressive and moving of all. The 300-year...Read More

  • Fishing Villages

    13. Fishing Villages

    Town/Village

    Many overnight boat tours will take you to see one or more of the four floating villages on Halong Bay, where 300 local families make a living...Read More

    Fishing Villages
  • 14. Haiphong Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    In the heart of the city, a huge shuttered French villa with creaky wooden staircases, musty corners, and occasionally rotating ceiling fans...Read More

  • 15. Haiphong Opera House

    Arts/Performance Venue

    One of the most beautiful buildings in Haiphong, the Opera House, built by the French in 1907, has all the exterior designs of a classic, except...Read More

  • 16. Hang Mua

    Cave

    While the cave itself is not spectacular, the views from the top of this mountain are breathtaking, although you must pay 100,000d and climb...Read More

  • 17. Heritage Line

    Tour–Sight

    This company operates two cruise boats on Halong Bay. The most luxurious of the two is the 12-passenger Violet, which parades the waters in...Read More

  • 18. Hoa Lu

    Historic District/Site

    This is an interesting excursion on a number of different levels. Significantly, it was the first capital of independent Vietnam, and equally...Read More

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  • 19. Navy Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    As might be expected of a city whose name means "sea defense," much of Haiphong's more intriguing history is documented in the Navy Museum....Read More

  • 20. Nghe Temple

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This temple is dedicated to Le Chan, a heroic peasant woman who helped organize the popular revolt against the Chinese that was led by the two...Read More

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