Halong Bay

Halong Bay, Vietnam

Halong Bay is an impressive natural wonder in the Gulf of Tonkin, with 1000's of limestone islands and crags emerging from the depths. There are any number of secret coves and hideaways in the bay and it is easy to imagine the area was a hive of clandestine activity in days gone by. The bay is named after a legendary dragon which descended from the mountains and plunged into the sea there.

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I booked a three day two night package in Hanoi and was not disappointed.The mercury had just tipped the scales at 38 degrees in Hanoi so naturally I opted for the tour with the three hour trek! The hike took us to the top of Catba Island though only a hardy few in our troup made it in the relentless summer heat. The view from the top is worth any hardships suffered en route. On the way back to the boat the heavens opened and we were drenched to the bone. All in a day in the tropics.

Below Left: Mobile Fruit Vendor, Halong Bay
Below Right: The view from Catba Island