New York-based travel site Thrillist has named Lan Ha Bay near the northern coastal city of Hai Phong, Vietnam as one of the best places to visit in Southeast Asia.
Located in the southern reaches of UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay, Lan Ha Bay boasts Cai Beo floating village, which contains around 200 homes and dates back thousands of years, according to the site. Ha Long Bay itself is also home to numerous islands, of which Cat Ba is the largest and where you can rent a boat to explore or spend the day swimming. Just 30 minutes by boat from Cat Ba Island, you will be charmed by breath-taking views of the bay. Unlike its famous neighbor, Lan Ha Bay reserves a more pristine scenery with an intense concentration of limestone mountains which the sea surface has partitioned into smaller bays and gulfs. Due to it being a fair way from Halong city, not so many tourist boats venture there, meaning Lan Ha Bay has a more isolated appeal. Among three bays in the Ha Long Bay area, Lan Ha is considered to have the best water quality for diving and good conditions for rock-climbing (both on Cat Ba Island and on the bay).