Arriving in Halong Bay was amazing. We bordered our little cruiseship (which was beautiful by the way), and started sailing fairly quickly after boarding. The rooms were comfortable, the air warm and humid – and the view turned spectacular. Halong Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site – and with good reason! To this day I can still remember the breathtaking view, and luckily I took a lot of pictures, so you can see for yourselves how beautiful it is!
For those of you who don’t know; Halong Bay is a very popular tourist destination in Vietnam, and is known for its thousands of limestone karsts (as seen on the picuture below) and a little under 2,000 isles in various shapes and sizes. The evolution of these karsts and islands has taken 20 million years under the impact of the very tropical, very wet climate! How awesome is that? 😀
Halong Bay means “descending dragon bay”, and from what I can remember there is a reason for that; Legend states that gods sent dragons, who dropped jewels and jade from their mouths into the bay – and in that way creating the islands. Apparently the dragons was sent to protect and assist the Vietnamese in defending their country, when Vietnam was still developing – and therefore had invaders that they fought against. The dragons won the battle, and decided to live in this bay. The places where they descended got names such as Ha Long and Bai Tu. Put together they form Ha Long Bay, and it’s meaning “descending dragon bay” was made.
I hope you enjoyed my little storytelling – I though it would be a nice little fun fact! Also, you guys, I have so many photos from this trip that I have decided to make several blog posts about our cruise – so don’t forget to check in on the blog sometimes (or simply just click the follow button on the bottom of this blog). I hope you all have a nice Monday, and that you enjoyed this post! 🙂