East­ern prom­ise

Jour­neys to the East offers a wide range of be­spoke ex­pe­ri­ences in Viet­nam and else­where in Asia, in­clud­ing these ex­am­ples

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Bai Tu Long Bay

Ha­long Bay is rightly famed for its stun­ning karst land­scape, which juts out of the flaw­less green sea. It’s also in­cred­i­bly busy. Some 500 ships tra­verse the waters of Ha­long Bay every day. But Bai Tu Long Bay to the east offers equally stun­ning scenery and is vis­ited by far fewer boats. That means you get the flaw­less is­lands to your­self, with only a few lo­cal fish­er­men to keep you com­pany. Af­ter your night at sea, swap the te­dious 3.5-hour car ride back to Hanoi for a 45-minute sea­plane flight, which in­cludes 15 minutes of sight­see­ing across the bay—an­other way to beat the crowds in style.

Ha Giang

The re­mote north­ern prov­ince of Ha Giang is well off the usual tourist trails, but this moun­tain­ous re­gion bor­der­ing China fea­tures stun­ning land­scapes and fas­ci­nat­ing cul­ture, thanks to its pop­u­la­tion of the Hmong eth­nic mi­nor­ity. Stay in the home of a Hmong fam­ily, shar­ing meals with a peo­ple still fol­low­ing a tra­di­tional way of life in the high­lands.

Rice ter­races in the hill coun­try of Ha Giang wood­lands

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