Floating through the magical Ha Long Bay or ‘Descending Dragon Bay’ in the Gulf of Tonkin is like being in a fairy tale. Often considered the most beautiful bay in the world, it is unsurprisingly listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The journey through the scenic Ha Long Bay in the Gulf of Tonkin
A lot of visitors take a cruise or junk boat run by the locals to enjoy this magnificent bay, but us, being independent travellers on a budget, trying to save money here and there, opted for the public ferry to Cat Ba Island.
The journey is literally jaw dropping as the ferry navigates through thousands of limestone isles (1,960–2,000 to be precise) in all shapes and sizes, which have evolved over 20 million years. Even the heavy fog couldn’t diminish the spectacular scenery of the Gulf of Tonkin.
Floating villages in Ha Long Bay
For many years floating fishing villages have existed in the emerald Ha Long Bay, fishing being the prime source of income for the villagers. It’s great to see that something as unique remains till this day.
We saw one of the villages as we were approaching Cat Ba Island. You can reach the village by a kayak and maybe buy some fresh fish and other seafood that the locals might have on offer.
Some cruises will stop at the fishing villages where you can enjoy fresh seafood prepared by the locals or enjoy other activities in the local area.
Should you visit Ha Long Bay?
There are many activities you can do in the Ha Long Bay. Whether it’s kayaking, swimming, scuba diving, caving, climbing, fishing, or taking a cruise, so yes, you should definitely visit the emerald bay.
Have you been to the Ha Long Bay? Did you take a tour, kayak or do any other activities? Let us know in the comments below…
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