Topping travel wish lists the world over, Ha Long Bay may well be the most iconic natural heritage site on Earth. From its emerald waters and dramatic limestone karsts, to the charming, nostalgic junk boats which have come to characterise the region – Ha Long Bay is a World Heritage Site you won’t want to miss on your visit to Southeast Asia.
Ha Long Bay is as breath-taking as the travel guides would lead you to believe. The region, which forms part of the wider Gulf of Tonkin, is made up of 1,600 islands and islets, and is characterised by its imposing limestone pillars, which rise near vertically from the depths.
But it isn’t just beauty that makes Ha Long so special. The entire region is revered for its biological diversity, with rare wildlife to be found on land and sea. It’s also a place rich in culture and heritage, with several historic fishing communities protected as part of UNESCO’s World Heritage Site inscription.