Ha Long Bay among the world's 40 most colorful destinations: US magazine
Quang Ninh province 's Ha Long Bay and Yen Bai province's Mu Cang Chai were selected among world's 40 most colorful places "to brighten up winter days" by the American magazine Condé Nast Traveler.
According to Condé Nast Traveler, the UNESCO World Heritage Site Ha Long Bay, in Quang Ninh province, is well known for its "blue-green water, and spectacular limestone karst landforms."
The magazine advised tourists to rent a junk to cruise through thousands of small vegetation-covered islands and towering limestone cliffs that dot the mist-shrouded bay.
The most ideal time to visit the natural wonder is between March and April and September to November as there is very little rain and cruise conditions are near perfect.
About 300km from Hanoi, Mu Cang Chai is a small mountainous town of Yen Bai province, located at the foot of the Hoang Lien Son Mountain. This is a place for visitors to not only admire the stunning rice terraced fields and majestic mountain landscapes but also experience the authentic life of ethnic minorities - a simple but very heartwarming life.
"These rice paddies in Vietnam’s isolated northern reaches have gained Instagram fame for their impressive angles in a topographically challenging region," Condé Nast Traveler said.
Other Asian places featured in the list included Gardens by the Bay in Singapore, Kawachi Fuji Gardens and Hitachi Seaside Park in Japan and Zhangye National Geopark in China.