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Go to Halong Bay - A World Heritage Site Ha Long Bay is located in northern Vietnam, east of Hai Phong City on the way to Mong Cai on the China Border. The landscapes of halong bay is great - outstanding in fact. Halong Bays status has changed substantially since it was named a World Heritage Site in 1994. Once a tired port, it now draws in thousands of tourists from all corners of the world.

The Vietnamese refer to it "Vinh Halong" indicating "Bay of the Descending Dragon". The bay was called after a neighborhood legend which tells of a Dragon coming down from the sky and spitting out thousands of pearls when Vietnam was being attacked by overseas ships. The pearls developed into a string of islands, stopping the foreign ships from landing on Vietnam's mainland. These rocks are largely limestone and spread out over a huge location. A few of the formations have images in them such as the "Canine Rock" and "Two Cocks Fighting". In one location of the bay a floating village has actually come to life. Individuals invest virtually all their time on their houseboats - making a living, raising households and doing their daily duties. Of course, taking pleasure in halong bay cruise is finest done by boat! Halong Bay junks are constructed in the conventional South Eastern design with contemporary on-board features. They accommodate 10 - 30 guests in 5 to 15 sleeping cabins. Some may even have a luxury cabin or


more. A restaurant/lounge and a sun deck are conventional. Standard Vietnamese food is served. Guests can enjoy swimming from the boat or beach. Requirement cruises are 2-3 days, although plans can be made for a private charter.

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