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Halong Bay

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The Ha Long bay, dotted with 3000 limestone islets rising from emerald waters, is the best known natural wonder of Vietnam. Because of their precipitous nature, most of the islands are uninhabited and unaffected by a human presence. The site's outstanding scenic beauty is complemented by its great biological interest. The islands feature endless numbers of beaches, grottoes, and caves. Ha Long means "where the dragon goes into the sea". According to a legend, as a great dragon who lived in the mountains ran towards the sea, its tail gouged out valleys which later filled out with water, leaving only bits of land over the surface, the many tiny islets. Because the distances are actually quite large, it is preferable to hire a fast boat for the tour. Of the two gateway towns, Bai Chay's development is due mostly to tourism's, while Hon Gai has kept its where mining activity and fishing boats. Ha Long Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Fresh catch. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Fishing boat fleet. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Distant view of the bay with its three thousands limestone islets. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Rock formation standing among the islands. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Approaching rain. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Monolithic karstic islands from above. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Seascape with limestone islets from above, evening. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Elevated view of beach, boats and karst from Titov Island. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Tour boats and islands from above. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Tour boat and sea kayaks. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Paddling through Luon Cave tunnel. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Huge underground chamber, Sung Sot Cave. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Tourists walking in cavernous chamber, Sungsot cave. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Monkey on cliff. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Fishermen anchor in cave for breakfast. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Villagers move between floating houses by rowboat. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Woman buying produce from grocery boat, Vung Vieng village. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Grocer on rowboat. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Women selling sea shells and perls from row boats. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Tour boats and karstic islands from above. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Boat amongst islands under dark sky. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Tour boats at dawn. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Tour boats lights and islands from above at night. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Fish market, Hong Gai. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Harbor in Hong Gai. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Women gathering around fresh fish catch. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Rowboat meeting woman on shore. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Elevated view of monolithic islands from above, evening. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Panoramic view of islets. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Limestone islets. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Limestone monolithic islands. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Fishing boat dwarfed by limestone islands. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Vung Vieng village below karstic islands,. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Fishermen anchor eating breakfast in cave. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Vung Vieng fishing village. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Floating houses, Vung Vieng village. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Villagers and houses, Vung Vieng fishing village. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Man holding infant while rowing with feet, Vung Vieng village. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Vendors on boats seen from above. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Peddling from a boat. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Sea kayakers on emerald waters. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Paddlers. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Sea kayakers approaching monkey. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Three monkeys. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Kayaks floating through Luon Can tunnel. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Kayaking out of Luon Cave. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Openings through rocks. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Tourists in first grotto, Surprise Cave. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Pathway, Sung Sot (Surprise) Cave. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Tourists in illuminated cave. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Multicolored lights, Surprise Cave. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Flotilla of tour boats and islands at night. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Tour boats lights at dawn. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) View of bay with lights of anchored tour boats at dawn. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Moored boats and islands from above at dusk. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) White tour boats and limestone islands covered in tropical vegetation. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Crescent beach, boats and karst, Titov Island. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Tour boat navigating between islets. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Elevated view of white tour boats and islets. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Tour boats anchored at base of island. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) View over bay and boats from Surprise Cave exit. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Tour boats and islands in mist. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Two tour boats at dawn. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Indochina Sails tour boat. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) White tour boats. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Tour boat painted white. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Tour boats at pier. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Morning Tai Chi session on tour boat deck. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Tour boat dining room. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Pho buffet in tour boat dining room. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Indochina Sails stateroom and view. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color) Cruise boat stateroom with curtains drawn. Halong Bay, Vietnam ( color)
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