Halong Bay – Bay of the Descending Dragon
After nearly a year in Hanoi, we finally decided to visit Halong Bay, as we had friends in town. Halong Bay means ‘Bay of the Descending Dragon’ in Vietnamese and is a stunning island chain made up of thousands of striking limestone karsts, which rise straight up out of the murky green sea. I spent three months in my gap year, ten years ago, doing baseline biodiversity surveys on a particularly large and remote island and so was familiar with the environment. Because of that experience, I was particularly keen to avoid the hundreds of boats that frequent the same trail of visiting countless caves. After much deliberating over which company/boat, we went with Indochine Junk, whose fleet have sole access to the slightly quieter edge of Bai Tu Long Bay. We had a lovely, if brief, trip on the Red Dragon. The only downsides are a rather arduous four-hour journey from Hanoi and the sad fact that all the formerly natural brown junk boats are now painted white (a recent new law).
Beautiful photos. The Red Dragon looks so fancy!
You really captured this. Beautiful description and images. I am so sorry to hear the boats have been painted white.