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Canadian travel publication The Travel has listed Halong Bay as one of the world’s 10 most beautiful places to visit in 2022.

Halong Bay in Quang Ninh Province, two hours from Hanoi, is one of the only two Southeast Asian representatives to break into the list along with Cambodia’s Angkor Wat temple complex.

The magazine said of Halong Bay: “The best way to experience this mist-shrouded landscape is to board a junk and sail through the outstanding scenic beauty”.

The rising popularity of Halong Bay has prompted travel agencies to develop a wide range of cruises (from budget to luxury) including half-day or overnight trips. Prices for overnight cruises range from $116-228/person.

The magazine also advised tourists to drop by Thien Cung Cave (Heaven Grotto), one of the biggest caves in Halong Bay, and Sung Sot (Surprise) Cave that “give way to impressive sweeping views of the water below”.