Vietnam’s marvelous Halong Bay is a wonder of Southeast Asia, with over 1600 limestone islands and magnificent blue waters. According to local folklore, benevolent dragons created the islands to protect Bietnam from an invasion from the sea. The best way to see Halong in style is to take one of the luxury junk tours piloted by local skippers who intimately know and understand the unique geography here. These tours come with the perk of delicious on-board food and 25-cent local beer. Halong is an amazing place, and can only really be appreciated in person.
- One Vietnamese legend asserts that the Gods sent down dragons to spit out Jade islands to create a barricade against would-be oppressors.
- Halong Bay, which is dotted with islets, including Bach Long Vi island, is said to be the settling place of a mother dragon.
- When currents turn rough around Bach Long Vi, it is said that young dragons are thrashing their tails in a mischievous fashion.
“He knows his way through the tangle of islands that cover Halong as well as anyone alive.”