Renowned for its thousands of towering limestone islands, topped with trees, Halong Bay in northeastern Vietnam was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. Legend tells of how the bay was formed when a gigantic dragon (ha long means ‘descending dragon’) plunged into the Gulf of Tonkin, lashing its tail and thereby creating the islands.
An overnight cruise is a popular and relaxing choice for most visitors…
More active visitors can partake in rock climbing, scuba diving and kayaking amongst the isolated coves…
… or explore Hang Sung Sot (Cave of Surprises), best known for its phallus-shaped rock, a fertility symbol…. can you spot it?
Travel Log and Notes
- I travelled to Vietnam in April 2012 with Exodus Travels.
- Halong Bay is easily reached from Hanoi (105 miles/170 km away) for an overnight cruise.
- A large number of tour operators offer Halong Bay cruises, catering for a wide range of budgets. We cruised with Bien Ngoc Cruise.