Ha Long Bay, The Bay Of Descending Dragons, Viet Nam

Ha Long Bay, The Bay Of Descending Dragons, Viet Nam

“Heroes take journeys, confront dragons, and discover the treasure of their true selves.” Carol Pearson

Ha Long Bay is considered to be the most beautiful vista in Vietnam. It consists of 1,969 islands and islets situated in the Gulf of Tonkin.


This area is known for its spectacular seascape of limestone pillars. Ha Long Bay has been recognized as a World Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO.

The literal meaning of “Ha Long” is “Bay of Descending Dragons”. A local legend says that a family of dragons was sent to defend the land long ago when the Vietnamese were fighting the Chinese invaders. The dragons thought it was so beautiful that they decided to stay upon what is now Ha Long Bay.


It houses a great diversity of ecosystems including coral reefs, freshwater swamp forests, mangrove forest, small freshwater lakes, and sandy beaches.


The islands feature beautiful grottos and caves with interesting stone formations and hidden ponds.

The way to see Ha Long Bay is on a Vietnamese boat or junk. There are many options to choose from in all price ranges. I think one night is good but you can do more as well and explore many caves and beaches.


I was on the Paradise boat. ( http://www.paradisevietnam.com). It had good food, a relaxed atmosphere, a helpful friendly staff, tai chi, cooking lesson and luckily good weather for the boat to go out. ( captain, manager – very helpful)





Our first stop was exploring Amazing or Surprising Cave. I can’t remember the name. It was amazingly surprising.




The next day we took small boats or kayaks to explore some of the smaller areas.



There were monkeys.



I was the only American on the boat and I got to experience this amazing place with people from Taiwan, England, Korea, Brazil and Australia. Not everyone spoke English but we were all having the same connected interaction at the same time in this beautiful place. Travel, experiences, education and knowledge always make the world seem smaller.

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3 thoughts on “Ha Long Bay, The Bay Of Descending Dragons, Viet Nam

  1. Hi Jayne,

    I love your blog and ironically we are traveling to Viet Nam next September. As you may recall, we are leaving for the holidays to Australia & New Zealand.

    It was fun seeing you in Seattle. I hope all is well and all the best to you and your family for the holidays.

    All the best,


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    • It is one of my new favorite countries and I’m writing a lot so you will be well prepared. You will have so much fun on your Australia New Zealand trip!!! If you have any questions we can always get together before you go. 🙂

  2. Thank you SO much for your great Vietnam blogs! You are getting me very excited about going in January and helping enormously with itinerary planning. I’m going to Halong Bay, sleeping on a Vietnamese junk, and cave kayaking for sure! Keep the blogs coming!!!

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