After a four hour van journey to Halong Bay, the team was greeted by the lovely crew of the Bhaya, a beautiful boat with 20 rooms, dining and music.
We toured the breathtakingly beautiful bay, (which is filled with hundreds of limestone rocks of all different shapes and sizes) as the sun set, and had a delicious moonlit dinner on board as we drifted along the calm, twinkling water.
Halong Bay is listed as one of the new 7 wonders of the world and is a must see!
According to local legend, the Vietnamese had to ward off invaders when they began to develop their country. To assist them in defending their land, the gods sent a family of dragons as protectors. This family of dragons began spitting out jewels and jade.
The jewels turned into the islands and islets dotting the bay and linked together to form a wall against the invaders. Magically, the numerous rock mountains appeared in the sea ahead of the invadersai??i?? ships, and the forward boats struck the rocks and each other.
After winning the battle, the dragons chose to live a peaceful life on Earth and made their home in this bay. The place where the mother dragon descended was named Ha Long.
The next day we visited the Vung Vieng floating fishing village. There are rowboat markets in the bay where you can buy local resources ai??i?? the market moves from village to village!