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Why Lan Ha Bay Should Be on Your Southeast Asia Itinerary

Lan Ha Bay has been crowned the most breathtaking locale in Vietnam and a must-visit spot in Southeast Asia by Thrillist Travel (USA).

Having embarked on a two-month backpacking journey across Southeast Asia, Kastalia Medrano from Thrillist expresses the challenge of grappling with the "fear of missing out" (FOMO) on such a diverse trip. To help fellow travelers decide on the most memorable places, Medrano enthusiastically recommends Lan Ha Bay as the standout destination for those exploring Vietnam.

Located to the south of Halong Bay, Lan Ha Bay captivates with its picturesque small islands adorned with pristine white sandy beaches nestled at the base of rugged mountains. To fully experience this stunning setting, visitors are encouraged to rent a boat and take a dip in the crystal-clear blue waters of Lan Ha Bay.


Lan Ha Bay

Medrano particularly highlights her fascination with the floating village, housing 200 households for thousands of years. Lan Ha Bay boasts numerous other small islands, with Cat Ba Island standing out as a must-visit. The surrounding area offers over 100 accommodation options for tourists.

The referred-to floating village is Cai Beo village, a place for visitors to explore and shop. Additionally, Medrano recommends checking out Ba Trai Island and Monkey Island, both alluring destinations. For an extra adventure, tourists are encouraged to try coral reef diving at locations like Van Boi Beach, Van Ha Beach, or serene spots such as Sen Island and Cu Island.

In addition to Vietnam, Medrano suggests other top-notch destinations in Southeast Asia, including Angkor Wat (Cambodia), Kuang Si Waterfall (Laos), the ancient city of Bagan (Myanmar), Chiang Mai (Thailand), Borneo Island (Malaysia), Gardens by the Bay (Singapore), Banaue Rice Terraces (Philippines), Kelimutu National Park (Indonesia), Kampong Ayer Floating City (Brunei), and Atauro Island (East Timor).


 

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