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.
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