6. Ha Long Bay in Vietnam

Ha Long Bay, or the Bay of the Descending Dragon, in northeastern Vietnam, is scattered with some 3,000 precipitous, strangely sculpted limestone islands and outcrops, and dotted with small floating villages and deserted sandy beaches. In spring and early summer the water is particularly calm and clear. This <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORGOV0000249" title="UNESCO" href="/topic/crime-law-justice/unesco-ORGOV0000249.topic">UNESCO</a> World Heritage site is best explored by a cruise on a junk.

( Chicago Tribune Photo by Chris Walker )

Ha Long Bay, or the Bay of the Descending Dragon, in northeastern Vietnam, is scattered with some 3,000 precipitous, strangely sculpted limestone islands and outcrops, and dotted with small floating villages and deserted sandy beaches. In spring and early summer the water is particularly calm and clear. This UNESCO World Heritage site is best explored by a cruise on a junk.

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