Photograph of the week: Halong Bay, Vietnam

The World Heritage Halong Bay features thousands of limestone karsts and isles in various shapes and sizes. Halong translates as ‘descending dragon’ and legend tells that this mystical seascape was created when a great dragon charged towards the coast, its flailing tail gouging out valleys and crevasses. As the creature plunged into the sea, the area filled with water leaving only the pinnacles visible.


Thank you to Phuoc Truong of HalongHub for permission to reproduce the image.

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Comments (5)

  1. Long Nguyen says:

    Yes, the bext experience of mine on Halong is a sleeping overnight on this boat, with the view from the window as you can see in this photo. Just stay in bed, getting the first beams of sunrise, hearing the wave smashing to the boat, and forget any of my life troubles.

  2. Mike says:

    Wow Long, that does sound amazing and just up my street…lying in bed and not having to charge past the crowds to see something special!

  3. Leo Nguyen says:

    That’s amazing! It looks like a group of dragons lying on the beach so that why it has that name. I also want to come here once.

  4. Mike says:

    that sound great . Halong so beautiful we are have finished 2 day 1 night in Halong . Overnight on $ star luxyry cruise.Everything very good, landscape , foods,people. We will comeback

  5. Trish Huffton says:

    I bet this is a great place for boat tours and hiking. Love the folk legend of the dragon. I guess that’s as good an explanation as natural limestone formation and erosion. I’ve seen photos of the emerald waters here, it really does look dream like and totally picture perfect.

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