Halong Bay is located in the north of Vietnam, 170 km from Hanoi, in the Gulf of the South China Sea.
In the bay side by side for more than 3 thousand islands, caves and cliffs. Halong translated literally means "Where the dragon descended into the sea."
there are many legends about the bay occur.
One legend tells that duringWar with the Chinese to help the Vietnamese gods sent a dragon. Dragons erupted precious stones and threw them into the sea. Suddenly appearing before the enemy ships, the stones turned into the island, breaking the enemy ships to pieces. Since the Vietnamese were rescued, and the family of dragons since left to live in the bay.
In 1994, Halong Bay was included in the listUNESCO World Heritage Site, recognized as the bay in 2011, one of the "7 New Wonders of the World." The islands in the bay are all different and have a bizarre shape due to that and got their names - Fighting cocks, bat, Bull, Dog, Dragon or more romantic, like Sleeping Princess. All the islands of Halong Bay and the rocky caves can be found in many of them. Caves are diverse and admired its beauty - there are lakes, there are waterfalls, with an infinite number of stalactites and stalagmites. The most unusual long been adapted for tourists and the pride of the local population.
The largest cave in the bay - Doug or "Cave of wooden pillars". It consists of three rooms at the end of the grotto lake with fresh water. "The cave is surprisingly" was discovered by French explorers only1901. Stalactites and stalagmites formed on the walls of caves wonderful drawings, but inside there is a lake fragrant, in which droplets of water falls plants aroma rising above the cave. All this has caused genuine surprise scientists - hence the name of the cave. No less delight and causes Grotto "Drum"Which got its name from the impressive sound effect. The longest cave is considered Kuanghan or "Cave - a tunnel" - 1300 meters. The cave is very beautiful, but to get inside only at low tide. The most visited tourist caves, there are multi-level lighting, which makes the caves look like fabulous home Underground Kings.
The biggest island of Halong Bay is considered Cat Ba island (in translation - "Women's Island"), Most of which is a nationalpark. On Cat Ba you will find lakes, waterfalls and delightful nature and you will discover a magnificent view of Halong Bay. The second most visited is considered Tuan Chau island, Before there was the residence of Ho Chi Minh. Another well-known island is Titov island, Named after the Russian cosmonaut who visited the bay in 1962.
Halong Bay is truly one of the wonders of the world. Unmatched beauty scenery combined with local flavor will remain in your memory forever!