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Cruising in Vietnam

The cruise ship Dragon's Pearl, foreground, is docked in northern Vietnam's Ha Long Bay, which leads to the open waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. The often mist-shrouded limestone cliffs frame the bay. A side trip on a Vietnam tour, the bay cruise consisted of three days of swimming, kayaking and just chilling on the deck of the ship, an ironwood-tooled vessel fashioned to look like a junk. Passengers were seeking respite from the motocross traffic, swarming pineapple vendors and ceaseless capitalist hustle of nearby Hanoi, Vietnam's second-largest city. Molly Selvin/Los Angeles Times
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