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114 reviews of Ha Long Bay

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Legend of the dragon

After the traffic, pollution, and chaos of Hanoi, we ventured to the interior of Quảng Ninh province to explore the vibrant rice paddies and flower plantations. We arrived at a small port full were greeted by a large boat with orange sails which for two days transported us to a magical realm.

The name Ha Long means "descending dragon." According to legend, the Jade Emperor ordered a dragon to help stop the Chinese sea invasion. The dragon swooped down from the sky, spitting chunks of jade and destroying the enemy ships. These chunks of jade went on to form the many islands which we see today. The legend also says that the dragon is still alive and sleeping at the bottom of the bay.

During the morning, the bay tends to be covered in fog which lends a fascinating air of mystery to the islands and karst formations. You occasionally cross paths will conch vendors in their little boats which adds a touch of color and life to the surroundings. At night, the boat lowers its sails and drops anchors, letting you spend the night floating in the calm waters beneath an incredibly starry sky.
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A singular place

Ha Long Bay is located in northeast Vietnam and has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage due to the unique geological processes which have created an incredible number of islands and caves. You typically visit the bay in boats which hold about 25 people and have on-board restaurants which serve meals during the cruise.

If you want to enjoy the best landscapes in Vietnam while learning a bit about its history, I’d really recommend visiting Ha Long Bay.
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An amazing place

Ha Long Bay is in the Quảng Ninh Province of North Vietnam. This lovely place is home to almost 2000 islands with over 1000 different shapes and sizes. Many are nothing more than the tip of a seamount, while others are filled with exotic plants and coves and caves. Travel agencies in major Vietnamese cities offer charter boats which often anchor the boats in the middle of the bay for an overnight trip. Even if you are adventure lovers, you should take the most expensive offer (after haggling, of course). From a Western point of view, it is still affordable and saves us from surprises like discovering you have rats as cabin mates. My journey through northern Vietnam was amazing and it’s a very beautiful place.
David Esteban
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It is certainly the most spectacular scenery in Vietnam. This bay is located north of the country, on the Gulf of Tonkin near the Chinese border and 170 km east of Hanoi. It extends along a coastline of 120 km. The presence of karst formations and islands of various sizes and shapes, there are 1969 islands (mostly unnamed). The name of the Bay (Ha Long) means descending dragon, according to legend, the Jade Emperor ordered a celestial dragon in order to stop the enemies from invading at sea. The dragon spat jade pieces that were used to destroy the enemy boats and well formed, with pieces of jade, the islets we currently see. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1994. The most striking feature of this incredible site is that the water just doesn't move at all, it is perfectly still, and that its color changes depending on the time of day.
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Halong's dragon

We sit on the patio of our lavish ship as the sun fades behind the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tokin. My mother lights a cigarette – she doesn't normally smoke. I join her. Downstairs in the dining area, a drunken, newly-wed couple from France sings Karaoke. The sound hangs repugnant in the air like a foul smell refusing to shift. The bartender looks on; the others clear the tables.

The sun melts into puddles of different shades of red and orange. Around us rise dozens of karst peaks from the ocean floor – each wind and rain cut. They appear menacing, I think – foreboding and ominous. The boat softly rocks; around us float several other ships each anchored for the night. They glow. In the distance, I see fishermen and fisherwomen pull up their nets and return to their homes. People live on these islands. Our guide tells us they struggle to get decent education. The darkness blankets us; the gargantuan peaks stand still. I hope.

Vietnamese sailors speak of the Tarasque – a pre-historic sea leviathan, a Moby-dick, a sea-creature of gigantic proportions. They say she haunts the waters of Halong Bay, swimming underneath the fleet of tourist vessels, scaring away awe-struck visitors with heavy, clicking cameras. Does she not want to share this beauty? Some tourists rent their own Chinese-style junk boats and go-off in search of the mythical creature. The drunken singing intensifies; I can hear loud laughter emanating from another boat – the sound bounces out into sea. Will she come?

In 1994, UNESCO declared the bay a World Heritage Site. In 2011, a budget cruise boat sank claiming the lives of 11 tourists and one Vietnamese tour guide.

Legend holds that the karst peaks – imagine well-knuckled fists rising from the water – and the little islands dotting the bay emerged from a dragon’s ramblings. She rushed towards the water and her tail cut-out valleys and crevasses. She sullenly sunk into the water and as it spilled out, only the limestone shards remained.

The next morning we dock at a small island with a lovely strip of sand. Some go to the beach; others climb to a lookout. From above, a row of stony islets descend in order of height –tallest, tall, short, shortest - as if they are falling one-by-one into the sea. They resemble a monster, or are, maybe, a monster. Descending steadily and stealthily as a hunter would, the chimera glides underneath the water slowly encircling our boat and entrapping its prey. And there bobs our cruise ship above the creature’s head, its teeth white and sharp just below the surface and behind rise those magnificent peaks.
Jesse OC
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One of the most beautiful places that i visited

During my trip to Vietnam this was without a doubt one of the most beautiful places that I visited, if you have the chance to visit, do not miss it.
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Local life

Fishing is a huge part of daily life in Vietnam and every morning fisherman line up and display their catches.
Jessica Albert
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Maybe a little less known than the ba...

Maybe a little less known than the Baie D'maritime along the Red River Delta crossing Hanoi in northern Vietnam is a place not to be missed. To discover Tam Coc, you move into Sampan on the Ngo Dong river through a landscape covered karst rocks "bonsai" natural, rice fields, and enter the caves under the arches of Ca; Beyond the marked natural setting of serenity, discover ways of life quite surprising for us and will make wonderful encounters

Peut-être un peu moins connue que la Baie D'along maritime , le delta du Fleuve Rouge qui traverse Hanoï au Nord du Viêt Nam est un lieu à ne rater sous aucun prétexte .

Pour découvrir Tam Coc , vous naviguerez en Sampan sur la rivière Ngo Dong à travers un paysage de roches karstiques couvertes de "bonsais" naturels , les rizières , et entrerez sous les voutes des grottes de Ca ;

Au delà du décor naturel empreint de sérénité , vous découvrirez des modes de vie tout à fait surprenants pour nous et ferez de belles rencontres
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3 days excursion to the bay of halong family

A must if you visit Vietnam is visiting the Bay of Halong, a little over two hours from Hanoi. We are little friends organized packages, but in the case of the visit to Halong, is practically impossible to do on your own. We met a man who had gone directly by bus to all hoping to get better prices in Hanoi but to his surprise He found more expensive prices. Vers that depending on the type of boat is no more or less expensive packages in the end, I think they were all similar and talk to other travelers who complained that the photos Haban them Enseado at the agency were not the boat that Haban given them . In our case, we chose a tour 3 days, low cost, and negotiate a "death" the price of children (50% discount). The first night we slept on the boat, the second in Monkey Island (Monkey Island). In Halong rains very often and when we were, time does not accompany anything. To top left almost all the luggage at the hotel in Hanoi, the anoraks access included, as we survived with type plastics bag we bought at the port. Slo dej of rain on the third day when we arrived at Monkey Island. Anyway, the water is very hot and we did the whole program of activities: bao, canoeing, visiting caves ... and had a blast.

Excursión de 3 días por la bahía de halong en familia

Un imprescindible si visitas Vietnam es visitar la Bahía de Halong, a poco más de dos horas de Hanoi. Somos poco amigos de los paquetes organizados, pero en el caso de la visita a Halong, es prácticamente imposible hacerlo por tu cuenta. Conocimos a un hombre que había ido directamente en bus hasta allí con la esperanza de conseguir mejores precios que en Hanoi pero, para su sorpresa encontró precios más caros. Verás que dependiendo del tipo de barco hay paquetes más o menos caros, al final, creo que todos eran similares y hablamos con otros viajeros que se quejaban de que las fotos que les habían enseñado en la agencia no eran las del barco que les habían dado. En nuestro caso, elegimos un tour de 3 días, low cost, y negociamos a "muerte" el precio de los niños (50% de descuento). La primera noche dormimos en el barco, la segunda en la isla del mono (Monkey Island). En Halong llueve muy a menudo y, cuando estuvimos, el tiempo no acompañó nada. Para colmo dejamos casi todo el equipaje en el hotel de Hanoi, incluídos los chubasqueros, así que sobrevivimos con plásticos tipo saco que compramos en el puerto. Sólo dejó del llover el tercer día cuando llegamos a la Isla del Mono. De todas formas, el agua está muy caliente e hicimos todo el programa de actividades: baño, piraguas, visita a las cuevas,... y lo pasamos genial.
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If there is some corner of vietnam th...

If there is some corner of Vietnam that could be described as essential, would be Ha Long Bay. It is a marvel for the senses, even though it is very crowded touristically speaking. The Vietnamese are very proud of this piece of paradise, and his pride is more than justified. In every corner of the country we find references to Ha Long Bay and many of the country's tourism agencies sell as much claim to be. No doubt his appointment as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1994, helped popularize this destination so idyllic. Our trip to northern Vietnam stage closed in Ha Long Bay. We drove from Hanoi, a journey that lasted about four hours making several stops. All we knew is that we would spend the night in a rush, the typical Vietnamese boat, and that this was going to be amazed. When we reached the area, we begin to see streams of people. Note that in the bay about 400 sail boats. Half back in the evening and the rest spent the night sleeping in the reeds. You do not look real because the Vietnam not find it. In return you have a visual and sensory experience very pleasant. In short, a landscape that jamais forget. To give you an idea, the bay is composed of more than 3,000 small islands of karstic origin. The sea is stained a very peculiar emerald, which along with the rocks form a very unique atoll in the Gulf of Tonkin. As you continue browsing salts to pass more and more islands. An endless horizon of small points of rock and vegetation. Our guide "Cuban" told us that Ha Long means dragon which dives into the sea. And according to legend, a family of dragons helped the Vietnamese to fight the invaders came from China. The dragons filled the bay and jade jewelry, which later became islands. Definitely a place of legend.

Si hay algún rincón de Vietnam que se podría calificar de imprescindible, sería la Bahía de Ha Long. Se trata de una auténtica maravilla para los sentidos, a pesar de que está muy masificada turísticamente hablando. Los vietnamitas se sienten muy orgullosos de este pedazo de paraíso y su orgullo está más que justificado.

En todos los rincones del país encontramos referencias a la Bahía de Ha Long y muchas de las agencias turísticas del país la venden como el gran reclamo que es. Sin duda, su nombramiento como Patrimonio de la Humanidad por la UNESCO en 1994, ayudó a popularizar este destino tan idílico.

Nuestro viaje a Vietnam cerraba la etapa norteña en la Bahía de Ha Long. Fuimos en coche desde Hanoi, un trayecto que duró unas cuatro horas haciendo varias paradas. Lo único que sabíamos es que pasaríamos la noche en un junco, el barco típico vietnamita, y que aquello nos iba a maravillar.

Cuando llegamos a la zona, comenzamos a ver ríos de gente. Tened en cuenta que en la bahía navegan cerca de 400 embarcaciones. La mitad regresan al anochecer y el resto pasa la noche durmiendo en los juncos. Aquí no busquéis el Vietnam auténtico porque no lo hallaréis. A cambio tenéis una experiencia visual y sensorial muy placentera. En definitiva, un paisaje que jamáis olvidaréis.

Para que os hagáis una idea, la bahía está compuesta por más de 3.000 pequeñas islas de origen cárstico. El mar se tiñe de un color esmeralda muy peculiar, que junto con las rocas forman un atolón muy singular en pleno golfo de Tonkín. Conforme vas navegando sales al paso de más y más islas. Un horizonte interminable de pequeños puntos de roca y vegetación.

Nuestro guía “cubano” nos contó que Ha Long significa donde el dragón se sumerge en el mar. Y es que según la leyenda, una familia de dragones ayudó a los vietnamitas a combatir a los invasores venidos de China. Los dragones llenaron la bahía de joyas y jade, que posteriormente se transformaron en islas. Sin duda, un lugar de leyenda.
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After leaving hanoi, with its hellish...

After leaving Hanoi, with its hellish traffic, pollution and bustle of preparations for the Vietnamese New Year, we went deeper into the province of Quang Ninh, covering rice fields and fields of flowers. After sorting through thousands of motorbikes carrying whole families with their flowering tree for the holiday, we came to a small harbor, full of typical local boats. We expected a Junco with orange candles, for two days, would take us to a dream with a magical legend. The name Ha Long means descending Dragon. Legend has it that the Jade Emperor ordered a dragon to help him stop the Chinese invasion from the sea. The dragon came down from heaven spitting pieces of jade that destroyed enemy ships, forming the islet jade pieces that currently exist. Legend has it that the dragon still lives at the bottom of the Bay. (Which ensures the oldest of the place). The morning is shrouded in fog, making the landscape off an aura of mystery and fascination, as we discover the hundreds of karst islets dotted green vegetation that is reflected in the sea, acquiring this jade green tone. We're crossing with vendors uploaded shells in their small boats, while they offer their wares to travelers colorful put a note in the landscape. At night, the sails being folded Reed anchored the boat in the middle of a bay of calm waters under a starry sky immensely.

Después de salir de Hanoi, con su trafico infernal, polución y el ajetreo de los preparativos del Año Nuevo vietnamita, nos fuimos adentrando en la provincia de Quang Ninh, recorriendo campos de arroz y cultivos de flores.
Después de sortear miles de motos con familias completas transportando su árbol florido para la fiesta, llegamos a un pequeño puerto, repleto de embarcaciones típicas del lugar.
Nos esperaba un Junco con sus velas naranjas, que durante dos días, nos transportaria a un lugar de ensueño con una leyenda mágica.
El nombre de Ha Long significa El Dragón descendente. Cuenta la leyenda que el Emperador del Jade ordenó a un dragón que le ayudase a frenar la invasión china proveniente del mar. El dragón bajó del cielo escupiendo trozos de jade que destruyeron los barcos enemigos, formándose con los trozos de jade los islotes que existen actualmente. La leyenda dice que el dragón sigue viviendo en el fondo de la Bahía. ( cosa que aseguran los más viejos del lugar ).
La mañana está envuelta en niebla, lo que hace que el paisaje desprenda un halo de misterio y fascinación, mientras vamos descubriendo los cientos de islotes de formaciones cársticas salpicados de una verde vegetación que se refleja en el mar, adquiriendo este un tono verde jade.
Nos vamos cruzando con vendedores de conchas subidos en sus pequeñas barcas, que a la vez que ofrecen su mercancía al viajero ponen una nota colorida en el paisaje.
Al llegar la noche, el Junco plegó sus velas quedando anclada la embarcación en medio de una ensenada de aguas calmas bajo un cielo inmensamente estrellado.
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The spectacle of light

Halong Bay is one of the most beautiful places on earth. The light makes the landscape varied continuously offering new perspectives. It has been declared one of the wonders of humanity and is Unesco heritage. It fishermen living in floating villages. Tourism is growing but it seems that the environment is pretty neat, boats can only enter with visitors who have shaped reed. The bay offers opportunities for fun, you can do canoeing, visit the caves of the islands, enjoy the beach, walk to the lookout, practicing the discipline of tai chi on the boat, etc..

El espectáculo de la luz

La Bahía de Halong es uno de los rincones más bonitos de la tierra. La luz hace variar continuamente el paisaje ofreciendo nuevas perspectivas. Ha sido declarada una de las maravillas de la humanidad y es patrimonio de la Unesco. En ella viven pescadores en pueblos flotantes. El turismo es cada vez mayor pero parece que el entorno está bastante bien cuidado, sólo pueden entrar barcos con visitantes que tengan forma de junco.

La bahía ofrece oportunidades para la diversión, puede hacerse piragüismo, visitar las grutas de los islotes, disfrutar de la playa, pasear hasta los miradores, practicar la disciplina del tai chi en el barco, etc.
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The ha long bay

The Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is located in the north of Vietnam, and has an area of ​​approximately 1,500 square miles with nearly 2,000 islands spread that shape this maze of karst cliffs and caves, which was the set of the film with Catherine Deneuve "Indochine". The best way to visit this extraordinary place, you spend a couple of days on the Emmeraude, rebuilding a boat in the early twentieth century, with all the comfort and good food also. Slip between these pinnacles is so beautiful that you seem to experience on Pandora!! Suggestive wake up early in the morning and see these rock formations that appear suddenly in the fog, and then have breakfast on the deck as the sun rises!

La baia di ha long

La baia di Ha Long, dichiarata dall'UNESCO patrimonio mondiale dell'umanità, si trova nel nord del Vietnam, ed ha una superficie di circa 1.500 km quadrati con quasi 2.000 isole disseminate che danno forma a questo labirinto di scogliere carsiche e caverne, che fu il set del film con Catherine Deneuve " Indochine" .

Il modo migliore per visitare questo luogo straordinario, è trascorrere un paio di giorni a bordo della Emmeraude, il rifacimento di un battello dei primi del novecento, con tutti i comfort ed anche un'ottima cucina.

Scivolare tra questi pinnacoli è così suggestivo che ti sembra di vivere un'esperienza su Pandora !!!!

Suggestivo svegliarsi al mattino presto e vedere queste formazioni rocciose che appaiono improvvise tra la nebbia, e poi fare colazione sul ponte mentre sorge il sole !
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Halong bay: halong (chinese xià lóng ...

Halong Bay: Halong (Chinese xià lóng 下 龙) means "Descending Dragon" in Vietnamese. In fact, legend has it that the unique landscape of the bay is due to the dragon, be wonderful and beneficial in Vietnam, which is lowered into the sea to harness ocean currents. Struggling, he would have nicked the mountain with its tail. And as the water level would be mounted, only the highest peaks have emerged. This huge water area (1500 km2) and consists of nearly 2,000 islands would be the star attraction of our trip to Vietnam, and we were not disappointed ... Payasage breathtaking, spectacular, words fail to describe this magical place ... We spent two days in this scene in a junk, and even the weather was go ... I let you discover ...

Hạ Long (du chinois 下龙 xià lóng) signifie « descente du dragon » en vietnamien. En effet, la légende raconte que le paysage exceptionnel de cette baie est dû au dragon, être merveilleux et bénéfique au Viêt Nam, qui serait descendu dans la mer pour domestiquer les courants marins. Se débattant, il aurait ainsi entaillé la montagne avec sa queue. Et comme le niveau de l'eau serait monté, seuls les sommets les plus élevés auraient émergé.

Cette étendue d'eau immense (1500 km2) et composée de près de 2000 ilots devait constituer le clou du spectacle de notre voyage au Vietnam, et nous n'avons pas été déçu...

Payasage à couper le souffle, grandiose, les mots manquent pour décrire ce lieu magique...
Nous avons passé deux jours dans ce lieux à bord d'une jonque, et même le beau temps était au rendez-vous...

Je vous laisse découvrir...
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