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Ha Long Bay Vietnam is magic.

October 17, 2013 by David Herd

Ha Long Bay Vietnam is a magic place.

Ha Long Bay Vietnam

 Ha Long Bay Vietnam

Ha Long Bay Vietnam is magic, only 3 hours from Hanoi, there are many boat trips available however I suggest you spend at least one night aboard to enjoy the mystical atmosphere of one of the great travel destinations.  If you try to do it in one day too much time is wasted traveling to & from Hanoi, so take your time and enjoy this wonderful part of Vietnam.

Ha Long Bay is around 1,553 km2, including about 2,000 islets, most  are limestone.  The limestone in this bay has gone through 500 million years of formation in different conditions and environments.   

Ha Long Bay Vietnam

Ha Long Bay Vietnam


The evolution  in this bay has taken 20 million years and was formed by the forces of their tropical wet climate.

 Tour boat on Ha Long Bay.

Ha Long Bay Vietnam


The boats are comfortable and spacious.

Floating school on Ha Long Bay.

Ha Long Bay Vietnam


One of the most interesting schools I have ever seen.

The entire community lives, eats, sleeps on the beautiful emerald coloured water.

Ha Long Bay Vietnam 

  The bay consists of a dense cluster of over 3,000 limestone  islands each topped with  jungle vegetation, rising spectacularly from the sea. Several of the islands are hollow, with enormous caves. Hang Đầu Gỗ (Wooden stakes cave) is the largest grotto in the Hạ Long area.  Its three large chambers contain large numerous stalactites and stalagmites. There are two bigger islands, Tuần Châu and Cat Ba, that have people permanently living there, there are tourist facilities as well as hotels and beaches.  

Our guide on Ha Long Bay.

Ha Long Bay Vietnam


The guide was more of a deck hand. 🙂

A lonely rower on Ha Long Bay Vietnam

Ha Long Bay Vietnam


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David Herd on Ha Long Bay Vietnam

Ha Long Bay Vietnam


Living aboard

Ha Long Bay Vietnam

It’s obviously washing day.


Life on Ha Long bay is fascinating.

Thien Cung grotto

Ha Long Bay Vietnam


Thien Cung Grotto is at the height of 25 meters above the sea level. Visiting the grotto, tourists will feel like visiting an art museum with variety of sophisticated statues and reliefs. In the center of the grotto, there are four big pillars propping against the roof.

The grotto has been recently  discovered  by explorers. Thien Cung Grotto is considered to be one of the most beautiful caves on Ha Long Bay.

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Old fishing boat

Ha Long Bay Vietnam


A typical Halong Bay community.

A great looking little boat

 Ha Long Bay Vietnam

So many fascinating boats on Ha Long Bay.

Roadside Tombs

Ha Long Bay Vietnam


These are graves on the roadside on the way to Hanoi, they are raised to avoid flooding.

Rice paddies between Hanoi & Ha Long Bay.

Ha Long Bay Vietnam


 Such a beautiful vivid green.

Thanks for visiting my Ha Long Bay Vietnam photo blog.

Here is a link for some very interesting things and photos of Vietnam.


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