The beauty of Ha Long Bay is what initially made me choose Vietnam for my short vacation. With it's brilliantly turquoise waters and 1,969 mini islands, the Ha Long Bay is one of the New 7 wonders of Nature (according to wikipedia and my tour guide). This is going to be one of many Ha Long Bay posts.
Before I get into the actual bay, I'll go into the story that my guide told us about how Vietnamese people came to be. According to the story, a fairy from the mountains married a dragon from the bay. The couple had like 100 children and lived on a mountain. Eventually the dragon needed to go back to the water, so they decided to split their children in half. Half of them would saty in the mountains with the fairy mother, and the other half would go live by the sea with their dragon father. Since most Vietnamese people are either fishermen or farmers this is one explanation of how they came to be.
Now for the wonderful trip. First, we boarded a small boat that would take us to the ship we would stay on for the next two days.
Our boat was surprisingly beautiful on the inside:
Everywhere we looked was stunning.
Now for the bay, It rained for most of the trip so most pictures came out a bit gloomy.
I didn't even get to cover half of what we did. On the boat we went kyaking, swimming, hiked a cave, and learned to make spring rolls. While I didn't take my camera out for a swim I was able to take it to the cave and spring roll making. Stay tuned for more from the bay!
Also, make sure you have checked out the other posts from my vacation!