Visit vibrant Hanoi where tradition and modernity stand side by side. As you tour the region, see the influences of China’s rule, the French-colonial architecture, the temples (The Temple of Literature – the oldest university in Vietnam and the One Pillar Pagoda) and the museums. Explore the region’s natural beauty at the Vinh Ha Long (Bay of the Descending Dragon). It is a region of geological uniqueness and diversity with beautiful islands and islets numbering 1600, such as the Bai Chay –Scorched Beach, Hang Dau Go – Wooden Stakes Cave. It makes for a breathtaking seascape of limestone pillars. The bays calm, clear waters are great for a swim or you could relax and enjoy the majestic view! Don’t miss the Tam Coc, famous for the giant limestone Karst formations – all created by wind and water over time when the sea occupied this area. Erosion by the receeding sea has carved some interesting shapes here. For these unique features, both have been declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO!