Wednesday, 12 March 2014


Ha Long Bay, situated in the Gulf of Tonkin, includes some 1600 islands and islets forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars. Because of their precipitous nature, most of the islands are uninhabited and relatively unaffected by human influence.  The bay is located 160 km away east of Hanoi and it takes about 3 – 3.5 hours to get there by car or minibus.

Ha Long literally means “descending dragon” and according to local myth, long ago when their forefathers were fighting foreign invaders from the north, the gods from heaven sent a family of dragons to help defend their land. This family of dragons descended upon what is now Ha Long Bay and began spitting out jewels and jade. Upon hitting the sea, these jewels turned into the various islands and islets dotting the seascape and formed a formidable fortress against the invaders. The locals were able to keep their land safe and formed what is now the country of Vietnam. The Dragon family fell so much in love with this area for its calm water and for the reverence of the people of Vietnam that they decided to remain on earth. This is a perfect day trip out from Hanoi.

This post is pa
rt of the Waterworld Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Outdoor Wednesday meme,
and also part of the ABC Wednesday meme.


  1. Greetings and Salutations from Illinois! I especially liked the boat with the vegetables all organized for sale. Such a lovely area.
    JM Illinois

  2. I enjoyed seeing your beautiful and interesting photos! That's what I call: an impressive country.
    The cliffs are also very unusual.
    Have a great day.
    Wil, ABCW Team

  3. The picture of the floating homes reminds me of mine in British Columbia. It's actually a wonderful way to live. - Margy

  4. Terrific photos of another world. Thank you for posting them.

  5. nice photos...Thanks for sharing..

  6. nice photos...Thanks for sharing..


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