Among the many things I consider wonderful about Vietnam is HaLong Bay, a totally natural place with centuries of history. They say, when ships were attacking the place, an emperor ordered their dragons to attack. What these dragons spit ended up becoming the numerous islands that this place has. I do not know how true it is, but either way it’s a pretty beautiful place.
It is declared a World Heritage Site and is considered one of the 7 Wonders of the World.
To know the place, simply embark on the typical ships of the area. Normally these include a package with the whole route, even at some point you can do Kayak in the bay for the areas in which the ships can not pass. It is quite calm so it will not be a problem. What I should warn you is that if you are not used to doing exercises, the next day it will hurt (like me). But it’s all worth it.
There are around 700 islands and after finishing the whole tour, you can climb to the top of the ship and have some beers. Not all of these islands are inhabited and their diversity is quite wide. Some fishermen decided to live in the bay and they are there, surely you will see their homes sometime of the route. Everything is fascinating. In fact, seeing how they can live there, I found the most interesting thing of the route: to see how they connect with nature.
At the end of the day, the most awaited moment arrives for tourists (and, I must confess, for me), you can jump into the water and swim for a while! The water is usually crystal clear, it all depends on the weather. When it is very hot, it can turn greenish, but the experience is unique and unforgettable.
I recommend waiting for the sunrise, it’s one of the most amazing things: watching the sun rise over the crystal clear water is undoubtedly incredible.