Located in the northeast of Vietnam, Halong Bay is one of the heritage recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site. The natural beauty of the bay which has a coastline of 120 kilometers is indeed no doubt, therefore I so do not be surprised if Halong Bay became one of the excellent tourism in Vietnam.
Halong Bay, which contour consists of thousands of cast or limestone mountains, the name comes from the language of Vietnam “Vinh Ha Long”, which means it is a bay that became a fall of a dragon. That said, according to the legend that is trusted by the people of Vietnam, as of yore a war against China, the dragon family descended into Halong bay to help the people of Vietnam. Mother Dragon and her son set fire to the Chinese troops with fire and pulled out a large jade as a defense. The soldiers eventually sank and according to legend, then the emeralds are turned into islands that currently exist in Halong Bay.
Has a total area of about 1,553 square kilometers, Halong Bay consists of 1,969 small islands where only less than half of those islands that already has a name. Based on existing literature, on these small islands are 435 plant species, 22 species of marine animals and 76 species of birds. In addition, there are 28 varieties of mangroves, 315 species of fish and 545 species of invertebrates and 234 species of coral.
Some of the limestone islands in Halong Bay have a cave that is now used as tourist attractions. Some of the famous caves include Thien Cung (Heaven Palace Cave), Dau Go (Wooden Floating Cave), Sung Sot (Surprise Cave), and Tam Cung (Three Palace Cave).
Thien Cung cave that is most popular among other caves in Halong Bay. The rocks in the cave are decorated with colorful lights are able to add to the beauty and splendor. According to legend, this cave is where the wedding of a girl named May by Dragon Prince, which was held for seven days and seven nights. The party was attended by elephants, snakes, elves and other creatures. Now, the animals were attending the party has formed stones decorate the whole of Thien Cung cave.
If you’re going to Hanoi, not to miss the road to the tourist attraction of Halong Bay. Let practical, you can use the services of one day trip with a wide variety of fare that you can customize to each bag. At a cost of around US $ 20 you’ve got lunch, transport cars and boats, as well as the entrance fee.