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Canadian newspaper praised Ha Long Bay one of a must- visit destination

09:15 | 04/06/2020

Reader’s Digest Canadian version listed Ha Long Bay on the list of 10 destinations in Southeast Asia that tourists never want to miss in their travel bucket list.

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Ha Long Bay Photo: Shutterstock.

There are more than 2,000 large and small limestone islands in Ha Long Bay. The islands protrude above the green water and are covered with lush vegetation. When visiting here, tourists should experience yachting, traverse the limestone islands and explore the bay in one or more days. The cruise package includes activities such as visiting the islands, caves, climbing and kayaking.

Tourists should not come here during the monsoon season, from June to September and from January to March. In addition, another experience you can choose is to sail to remote islands with fewer tourists there to explore the unspoiled nature.

Ha Long Bay was recognized as one of the natural wonders of the world by UNESCO in 1994. It is also a part of the setting of the "Kong: Skull island" movie (directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts) released on March 10, 2017. The landscape of Ha Long in the movie has surprised many people in the world, which leads to make Ha Long attract more and more tourists from around the world.
canadian newspaper praised ha long bay one of a must visit destination
Luang Prabang. Photo: Shutterstock.

Luang Prabang, a heritage region of Laos, is another destination suggested by Reader’s Digest. It is a beautiful blend of traditional and colonial architecture, built by Europeans in the 19th and 20th centuries. Besides the temples, it is most famous for its food and communion procession, a morning ritual is taken place every day. There are monks wearing robes and begging for alms. Outside the town is a jungle area with intense waterfalls and large caves.

canadian newspaper praised ha long bay one of a must visit destination
Angkor - Cambodia. Photo: Shutterstock.

Angkor, Cambodia, is one of the most important archaeological sites in Southeast Asia. Stretching over 400 km2, the park includes forests, magnificent ruins of the Khmer Empire, during the 9th to 15th centuries. These include the temples of Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Bayon and numerous decorations, sculpture.

canadian newspaper praised ha long bay one of a must visit destination
Krabi. Photo: Shutterstock.

Krabi Province, Thailand attracts visitors with pristine beaches and remote islands. Including Ko Phi Phi, the island with long white sand and clear blue sea, the setting for the movie The Beach. Besides, you can experience scuba diving on nearby Ko Lanta and Rai Leh islands.

canadian newspaper praised ha long bay one of a must visit destination
Kinabalu. Photo: Shutterstock.

Located in Sabah state, on the island of Borneo, Kinabalu is the highest mountain in Malaysia. Low's Peak has a height of 4,095 m above sea level. It is also considered one of the safest and most easily conquered peaks in the world, if the climber has good health.

canadian newspaper praised ha long bay one of a must visit destination
Penang-Malaysia. Photo: Shutterstock.

Penang, Malaysia is a unique blend of Indian, Chinese and Malaysian culture. One of the area's attractions is cheap cuisine. Here, tourists can enjoy spicy curry, laksas noodles, salty soup. In addition, you should also visit Georgetown city, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where there are temples, mosques and 200-year-old colonial buildings.

canadian newspaper praised ha long bay one of a must visit destination
National Park Bromo. Photo: Shutterstock.

National Park Bromo - Tengger - Semeru, Indonesia covers an area of 800 km2 in the center of East Java. This is the only conservation area in the country with a 10 km long sandy sea called Tengger, where there are four volcanoes: Batok, Kursi, Watangan and Widodaren. However, there is only one volcano still active today, Bromo. In the south of the park is a plateau divided by valleys and there are wonderful lakes.

canadian newspaper praised ha long bay one of a must visit destination
Bali. Photo: Shutterstock.

Dubbed the Land of Gods, attracts visitors with the natural beauty of the undulating mountains and lush terraces with peaceful atmosphere. It is also famous as a surfing paradise with beaches and luxurious resorts. Walking around Bali, visitors will have a chance to see the meticulous carved temples.

canadian newspaper praised ha long bay one of a must visit destination
Bagan Plain - Myanmar. Photo: Shutterstock.

Very few places in the world have impressive sunsets like in the Bagan Plain, Myanmar, where there are thousands of ancient temples.The temples and pagodas here are not too magnificent or majestic but appear densely. There are about 13,000 temples in Bagan city, the capital of the ancient Pagan Kingdom. Nowadays, there are about 2,000 relics left over and preserved.

canadian newspaper praised ha long bay one of a must visit destination
Ifugao- Philippines. Photo: Shutterstock.

The hillsides of Ifugao, Philippines are covered with terraces formed thousands of years ago, when Yunnan (Chinese) immigrants came here. During the harvest season in Banaue and Batad villages, when the rice is yellow, the valleys as if glowing under the sun.

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