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It has been long on my bucket list to see these wonders of Vietnam and in large part why we added Vietnam to our SE Asia trip. I wanted to experience the smooth jade waters of Ha Long Bay and see the towering karsts. I craved to see the rice paddy fields of Sapa. These natural wonders of Vietnam are true gems. Though there can be a bit of tourists coming to the sites, they are still incredibly beautiful and must be experienced. 

+ If considering a trip, be sure to see the 10 things to know before traveling to Vietnam.

Sapa + Ha Long Bay Photo Diary

Sapa

Ha Long Bay

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Xx,
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3 Comments

  1. Beautiful pictures. Halong bay looks serene. Thank you for sharing 🙂

    I also visited Vietnam and just published a photo essay. If you love Vietnam, do visit my blog and have a look. Let me know if you like the photos and if something reminded you of your experience there.

    Love,
    Priyanka

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