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Halong Bay: Misty. Mysterious. Magical.

You’ve seen calm seas and you’ve seen sprawling mountains. Put the two together, throw in some evasive mist, dig up some extravagant caves, and shake a magic wand. You might get something close to Halong Bay in Northeast Vietnam.

Over 3000 limestone structures arise out of the waters, as though the heavens are really beneath the surface and gracing the earth, forming a spectacle of beauty, mystery and magic, like you’ve never witnessed before.

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halong bay, vietnam

I cruised along these waters of the Gulf of Tonkin (Halong Bay) on the Imperial Junk, one of the many mid-range options to be part of the land on water phenomenon. Imagine sitting on the deck of the cruise, gazing at scores of limestone structures, each with it’s own touch of perfection, looking as stunning at sunrise as at sunset.

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The Imperial Junk

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Halong Bay at Sunrise

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Halong Bay at Sunset

Each cruise provides food (quality is proportional to the price of the cruise), water activities like kayaking and limestone cave exploration. The limestone cave open for exploration is decked up in lights, and although the ambiance is artificial, the intricate stalactites and stalagmites are very real and stunning indeed.

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Stalactites & Stalagmites

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The limestone cave

Although neither Halong Bay nor Halong on Land made it to Lonely Planet’s world’s greatest natural wonders, both are mysterious, magical, charming and perfect in their own ways.


  1. manchitra says

    Really fantastic. I am a travel buff .Loved each shot. the stalactites snaps are awesome.

    • Thanks Manchitra, you should visit sometime. I’m sure you’ll love the place too. The pictures don’t do much justice 🙂

  2. Halong Bay is one of my favourite place in Vietnam. Love the feeling when you’re sitting on the boat and looking out at all the limestones amidst the sea.

    • Absolutely agree. What I’d give to be back there 🙂 Thanks for stopping by to share that thought!

  3. Beautiful photos. Have not been there yet, save for HCM which I didnt quite like but these photos make me wanna go there too, someday 🙂

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    Pretty sure he’s going to have a great read. Many thanks for sharing!

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