CNN listed Vietnam's Ha Long Bay among Asia's top five tropical island paradises this week.
CNN asked Herman Ho, managing director of Boat Asia 2012, Asia's largest and longest running boat show, and Stuart McDonald, founder and editor
of travelfish.org, to give the lowdown on Southeast Asia's most spectacular coastal spots.
According to McDonald, Ha Long Bay in northwestern Vietnam is one of the most stunning boating destinations
in the world.
"Comprising a vast coastal waterway of roughly 2,000 islands spread over an area of 1,500 square kilometers, carving out your own sailing space shouldn't be too much of a problem. While tranquil waters year round make sure going for a swim is always a pleasure," he said on the company's site.
The limestone caves on Ha Long Bay's bigger islands and the "incredible sunsets" meanwhile are two sights not to be missed, McDonald said.
The other four most spectacular coastal spots in Southeast Asia, according to the CNN article, are Indonesia's Anambas islands, Thailand's Koh Chang, Malaysia's Langkawi Islands, and Thailand's Similan Islands.