Thousands of limestone islands dominate Halong Bay’s landscape in northern Vietnam. Photo: Thinkstock

Northern wonder: explore Ha Long Bay’s natural beauty, within easy reach from Hanoi

More than 900 of the islands sport names inspired by their unusual shape, such as Voi (elephant), Ga Choi (fighting cock), Khi (monkey), and Mai Nha (roof)

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Thousands of limestone islands dominate Halong Bay’s landscape in northern Vietnam. Photo: Thinkstock
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