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Cat Ba Island

If you know much about travel destinations in Vietnam, you know that Ha Long Bay is usually at the top of most people's must-see lists. Aside from the bay being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it's also one of the most visited places in Southeast Asia. Despite all the hype, we opted out of visiting Ha Long Bay and, instead, traveled to Cat Ba Island. Why? Read on to find out... 

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Halong Bay On Land

After we spent our first evening in Hanoi stuffing our faces with street food, we woke up early the next morning for a day trip to the Ninh Binh province, about two hours south of Hanoi. Ancient temples, spooky caves, beautiful mountainous scenery, and even a few mountain goats awaited us... 

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Death Mountain

Well, maybe not "Death Mountain," but Mount Hua (Huashan) was once considered one of the most dangerous hikes in the world. We wanted to see what the hype was about and visit it for ourselves. After all, not many people can say they've hiked one of the Five Sacred Mountains of China. 

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