Halong Bay and North-Central Vietnam

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  • 1. Cat Ba National Park

    Home to 32 species of mammals, including the endangered white-headed langur monkey, which lives among the jungle terrain and freshwater lakes, Cat Ba National Park...Read More

  • 2. Cuc Phuong National Park

    Established in 1962 by President Ho Chi Minh, Cuc Phuong National Park is Vietnam's oldest national park. Cuc Phuong consists of 220 square km (85...Read More

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  • 3. Hospital Cave

    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

    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. Phat Diem Cathedral

    It took 24 years (from 1875 to 1898) to build Phat Diem Cathedral, a complex comprising a lake, a cathedral, a stone church, Phuong Dinh...Read More

  • 6. Quang Ninh Museum

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

  • 7. Trang An Landscape Complex

    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. Although...Read More

  • 8. An Bien Park

    Shady and green, this park is the site of early morning tai chi classes and nighttime strolls, where locals sit at sidewalk stalls drinking fruit...Read More

  • 9. Cannon Fort

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

  • 10. Cat Co Cove

    The island's beaches are among the best in North Vietnam and the three stretches of sand at Cat Co Cove are justifiably popular with Vietnamese...Read More

  • 11. Co To Island

    Anchored comfortably in the aquamarine waters of the Gulf of Tonkin is the Co To Island District, the larger archipelago which homes Co To Island....Read More

  • 12. Du Hang Pagoda

    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-old...Read More

  • 13. Fishing Villages

    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...Read More

  • 14. Haiphong Museum

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

  • 15. Haiphong Opera House

    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,...Read More

  • 16. Hang Mua

    While the cave itself is not that impressive, the views from the top of the mountain are breathtaking, featuring Tam Coc River on one side...Read More

  • 17. Hoa Lu

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

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  • 18. Navy Museum

    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. Here...Read More

  • 19. Nghe Temple

    This temple is more than just a religious site. Nghe Temple is dedicated to Le Chan, the founder of Haiphong City, a heroic peasant woman who...Read More

  • 20. Ngoc Vung Island

    Skirting the boundary of Halong and Bai Tu Long bays, Ngoc Vung boasts dramatic limestone cliffs. There's also a very attractive sandy beach with some...Read More

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