One of Vietnam’s most photographed destinations, Halong Bay in the Gulf of Tonkin 170 kilometers (105 miles) east of Hanoi in the north of Vietnam, was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its 1,600 soaring karst limestone islands and islets that form a breathtaking seascape sculpted by nature.

Most of Halong Bay’s islands are uninhabited by humans, like Cat Ba Island that is home to the endangered Cat Ba langur, a magnificent golden-colored, black-faced monkey. Others like Dau Be are popular for swimming and scuba diving thanks to dazzling coral formations and deep natural grottoes. Dau Go Island is known for its large and colorful cave with towering stalactites and stalagmites, some more than 18 meters (60 feet) high. Three picturesque inland lakes, including Ba Hâm Lake become accessible only at low tide.

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