Many years ago, a great army of invaders sailed towards Vietnam to take over the country. The gods, wanting to protect the Viet people, called a family of dragons to protect them. As the enemy ships approached the coast the dragons flew down from the heavens, spitting pearls into the ocean. Upon striking the water, the pearls transformed into thousands of islets rising from the bay. The ships, sailing too fast to avoid them, smashed to pieces on the rocks, saving the people – who renamed the bay Ha Long, or “descending dragon“.
Over 3,000 limestone islets jut out of this beautiful bay filled with forests, beaches, caves, and lots of tourists. Here are some photos from my two day boat ride around Ha Long Bay.
- The famous limestone islets of Ha Long.
- One of the “junk” boats that you can take around the bay – complete with rooms, sundeck, a bar, and optional karaoke at night.
- Looking out over the boat parking and the bay from one of the caves we stopped at.
- Just before sunrise from the top deck of my boat.