'Dragon Bay' fires Vietnam's reputation for beauty

10th Apr 2013

Vietnam can now add world-class hotels, cuisine, resorts and beaches to its traditionally rich beauty, history and cultural sites. But one of the jewels in its crown must be Ha Long Bay.

Situated in the north-east of the south-east Asian country, it includes nearly 2,000 islands in an area covering 1,553km (965 miles).

Ha Long Bay encapsulates everything that defines Vietnam: thrills, nature, heritage, festivals, pristine beauty, enjoyment, scenery and essence.

Its name literally translates into 'descending dragon bay' - and it has been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for both its natural beauty and geological value.

Tourists making private journeys to explore the bay will feel lost in a legendary world of stone islands and see their shapes change depending on the angle and the light.

Ha Long Bay's paradisal qualities can be found not only in its mountains, islands and the colour of its waters, but also in its infinitely rich system of grottoes and caves.

These include Thien Cung (Heavenly Palace Grotto), Dau Go (Driftwood Grotto), Sung Sot (Surprise Grotto), Tam Cung (Three Palace Grotto), Trinh Nu (Virgin Grotto) - each of them a grandiose and refined natural architectural creation.

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