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Halong Bay

Hanoi and Halong Bay

Travel to the northeast of Vietnam and experience two of Vietnam’s treasures, Hanoi the capital and Halong Bay, a sublime seascape of limestone pinnacles which protrude out of the water.

In the capital, Hanoi, large, classic colonial style buildings mix with a combination of Russian and Chinese architecture and the more traditional two-storey dwellings and shops.

It is a pretty city with trees and lakes and the old quarter is a photographer’s delight.

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
Halong Bay, Vietnam

Halong Bay

Just three hours drive away from Hanoi is Halong Bay, or a shorter scenic seaplane flight from Hanoi, where thousands of limestone islands jut out of the water giving rise to the legend of dragon’s teeth and what is also to be considered as geology gone wild. Halong Bay has been classified a World Heritage site, and travellers to Vietnam who visit it are captivated by the presence of the pinnacles; it is one of Vietnam’s true intriguing natural sights.

Lady Florist, Hanoi, Vietnam
Hanoi, Vietnam

What's nearby?

If Halong Bay doesn’t inspire those who visit it, the surrounding scenery is sure to; huge mountains which tower over one another create masterpiece panorama. This is prime hiking and trekking country, where paths meander through the wonderful ranges and create excitement around every corner.

Halong Bay rarely fails to inspire travellers; teamed with Hanoi it creates a truly beautiful region.


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Hanoi by Bike

Cycle or take a rickshaw ride through the narrow streets of Hanoi’s old quarter.

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Halong Bay Cruise

Cruise through the emerald waters and limestone karsts peaks of Halong Bay.

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Halong Bay by Air

Reach Halong bay by seaplane, saving hours of road travel and incorporating a scenic flight over this World Heritage Site.

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Tai Chi at Hoan Kiem Lake

Take a morning stroll around Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi, while locals gather to socialise and do Tai Chi.

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Garden and Pool, Sofitel Metropole Hotel (Hanoi), Hanoi, Vietnam
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, Hanoi, Vietnam

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

The Sofitel Metropole, a French colonial building, has stood proudly in the heart of Hanoi since 1901.

With 364 rooms and suites spread over two wings, the hotel houses three stylish restaurants offering a French-style brasserie to Vietnamese specialities and cocktail bars with rustic food alongside huge collections of whiskies and traditional teas. Sit by the courtyard pool and enjoy a light lunch, taking a welcome rest from exploring Vietnam’s vibrant capital city.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Paul Craven

Paul is the Conde Nast Traveler chosen Specialist for Central Asia and the Silk Route.

Being from a family with Army connections I can from an early age remember travelling. From camping in Europe and then later being sent to boarding school when we lived in Germany at the age of eight, complete with shorts, long socks, a cap and my suitcase. In appearance not too dissimilar to the children evacuated to the countryside during the blitz. Later, my father’s postings took us to Nepal where we had to transit Delhi and Kathmandu where we were sometimes stranded for days and Hong Kong from where I travelled in 1983 through China for two months.

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Clare Higginson

It was my passion for languages that first encouraged me to leave the UK behind and grab my rucksack. Since then, it’s been a mixture of intriguing cultures, jaw-dropping landscapes and the wonder of seeing animals in their natural habitat that sees me continuously extending my travel wish list. I also seek adventure; exploring the deep blue or hiking a peak often winning favour. Although it’s my time horse herding in Mongolia that I regularly want to relive.

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Deborah Brock-Doyle

My first journey for Steppes was in 1999 when I set off to explore Thailand to gather those little details that constitute Steppes Travel’s trademark knowledge. I have since been lucky enough to travel extensively in Southeast Asia, China, the Middle East and India. A few special memories include being joined at dinner by an otter in Laos, proudly being shown an illicit picture of the Dalai Lama in Tibet and diving with manta rays on Christmas day in Indonesia. I’m pretty sure I always leave a country wishing I had done more, seen more, learned more ….. but I also always hope to return …

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