gallery Highlights of Vietnam: 5 amazing places to visit in Vietnam

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In January I wrote about five lesser-known highlights of Vietnam – including caves, mountain villages, beaches, and jungles. The five destinations I’ll be exploring today, meanwhile, are very much on the beaten track – but for good reason! (They also all begin with H, for no reason at all).

I won’t say these are “must-see” sites, because your itinerary should always reflect your own personal interests, but they should most definitely be included on your Vietnam shortlist.

Ready? Then I’ll begin.

1. Halong Bay

Halong Bay (also Ha Long Bay) is probably the most recognisable image of Vietnam there is, and undoubtedly one of the world’s most beautiful bays – earning it a place in the New7Wonders of Nature in 2011.

Halong Bay at twilight Halong Bay at twilight

The bay is located in the north of the country (within striking distance of Hanoi, if you’re considering it as a side-trip), and very much…

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