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Explore more than just Ha Long Bay during your tour of Vietnam

Any tour of Vietnam will bring you to seemingly endless natural highlights, but the country's most famous landmark is Ha Long Bay. While its reputation is undoubtedly deserved, there are many other areas that are sometimes overlooked. The southeast Asian landscape is replete with hidden grottos, bays, islands and natural formations that are a must-see for anyone looking to make the most out of their time in Vietnam.

Cat Ba
A large island located in the northeast corner of Vietnam, Cat Ba is perfect for anyone looking to get a break from large groups of travelers. The idyllic landscape is often sparsely populated with travelers, which opens up miles of untouched landscape for you to explore. The island's highlight is Cat Ba National Park, which takes up about half of its size. There are plenty of chances for adventure travel, with hiking, biking and rock climbing opportunities everywhere. Picturesque views also dot the coastal landscape, with hundreds of limestone islands strewn throughout the waters off the shore.

Cao Bang
Located a little further north than Cat Ba, Cao Bang is a perfect example of the natural appeal of Vietnam's inland provinces. Rolling hills and majestic mountains make this a unique highlight of the country and the amount of variation in the landscape is breathtaking. You should make a point to visit Ban Gioc and Detian Falls. The pair of waterfalls is considered to be the most beautiful such features in Vietnam. Another must-see destination in Cao Bang is the Thang Hen Lake.

Bai Tu Long National Park
Though not as popular as Ha Long Bay, Bai Tu Long has much of the same natural appeal. In addition to being home to ancient temples and pagodas, there are also numerous caves you can explore if you're up for a little more adventure. However, the best way to experience Bai Tu Long National Park is from the deck of a boat tour, which bring you though the park's aegiceras jungles. Before leaving Bai Tu Long, you should consider relaxing along the beautiful shores of Uyen Uong beach, which will be the perfect way to wrap up your time making your way through some of Vietnam's overlooked natural gems. 

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