The great natural wonder which is must see destination to all visitors coming to Vietnam is Halong Bay.
Halong bay is the breathtaking beauty, a vision of more than 2000 incredible islands in many shapes rising from the emerald water of the Gulf of Tonkin. Cruising on this majestic and mysterious bay will make your trip unforgettable.
In Vietnamese, Ha Long means "Descending Dragon". Legend has it that it was family of dragon, which was sent by the God to protect against the invaders from the sea. The dragons spitted out jewels and jade. Upon hitting the sea, these jewels turned into the various islands and islets dotting the seascape and formed a formidable fortress. After beating the enemy the dragon family was attached by the picturesque landscape so they decide not return heaven. Where the mother dragon lied called Halong, place of her children is Bai Tu Long and their tail created the miles of white sandy beaches, Bach Long Vi.
The site includes islands and islets which are home to vegetation and sometimes monkeys. forming a spectacular seascape of limestone peaks divided by dotted lines in the emerald waters. Because of precipitous cliffs, most islands are uninhabited and relatively undisturbed by human activities. The Ha Long Bay was listed in 1994 on the World Heritage List of Unesco.
However, some islands are populated by fishing villages.
Halong Bay is distinguished by the abundance of lakes on the great limestone islands: the island of Dau Be, for example, has six close lakes. Extensive limestone caves are another unique feature of Halong Bay.