The US magazine Business Insider recommended spending a night on a junk boat ( Halong Cruise Tours) in the bay, amid a multitude of limestone islands and islets rising from the sea, in a variety of sizes and shapes and presenting picturesque, unspoiled nature.
The Halong bay covers an area of 43,400 ha and includes over 1,969 islands and islets, most of which are uninhabited and unaffected by humans.
Recognised by UNESCO as the World Natural Heritage in 1994, Ha Long Bay welcomes 2.5 million tourists each year, including 1 million foreign visitors. It was voted as one of the world’s seven New Wonders of Nature last year.
Also on the magazine’s list are trips of hiking along the unrestored section of the Great Wall of China, attending a cherry blossom festival in Japan and driving a classic car in Havana, Cuba.