The Descending Dragon
Why is Ha Long Bay known as the "Descending Dragon"? Why is it a popular tourist attraction? Is it worth the trip? Read on to find out more.
In Vietnamese culture, dragons play a very significant role. Folklore/ legend has it that a dragon along with its children descended from heaven to defend the Viet people from pillagers. They sprayed fire and emeralds or jade. Following this, the dragon and her children continued to stay on Earth.
The jewels gradually turned into towering limestone formations. And over several decades, the towering cliffs that protected these people slowly developed into a beautiful canvas that now showcases lush green islands, and pristine waters.
All of this makes for the beautiful landscape that is today called Ha Long Bay. Declared as a world site heritage in 1994, Ha Long Bay is dotted with several islands and is a popular tourism destination in Vietnam's northern region.
If you're in Hanoi and are strapped for time, opt for this tour: https://www.getyourguide.com/hanoi-l205/halong-bay-1-day-sailing-tour-t16476/
The above recommended tour is short and sweet and pretty much sums up what you've been hoping to see. You'll be cruising past limestone karst mountains; meeting interesting people from all over the world; having a sumptuous meal with everyone; and kayaking when time permits.
'Declared as a world site heritage in 1994, this region is dotted with several islands and is a popular tourism destination in Vietnam's northern region.'
Just make sure you don't carry any expensive items, we don't want them taking a swim with you or just getting lost. Unless you want a different kind of memorable holiday.
You will also make a pit stop at Dong Thien Cung(Thien Cung Cave) which is located to the southwest of Ha Long Bay. This cave is by no means scary but beautiful. Stalactites and stalagmites have created various shapes all around that almost resemble humans, birds or animals alike.
I'd love to tell you more, but that would be a spoiler alert. So don't live your holiday online. Make this trip a reality. What are you waiting for? Have your bags packed and get ready to take off. You'll be truly in awe of Ha Long Bay once you get there.