Cruise in Ha Long Bay in Vietnam
Halong Bay is considered one of the New Seven Wonders of the world and is located in Vietnam, not far from the border with China. Halong Bay has thousands limestone islands, which make the place very picturesque and an ideal destination for lot of visitors every day. A visit to the floating village of Vung Vieng allows tourists to appreciate the simple life of locals, living in perfect harmony with the water.
Ha Long Bay is located in Vietnam, into Gulf of Tonkin, about 3 hours by road from Hanoi. Tours in Ha Long Bay are generally operated by small cruise ship and lasts two days (one night).
Ha Long Bay has approximately 2,000 small limestone islands spread over an area of about 1,500 square kilometers.
Photos of Halong Bay. The bay of Halong is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage sites and in 2011 it was included in the list of New Seven Wonders of the Natural World, in second position.
Cruise in Ha Long bay, sailing between the limestone islands.
A fishing station used by local populations living within the waters of Ha Long Bay.
Over the last years, Ha Long Bay in Vietnam has become a rather popular tourist destination: dozens of small wooden ships, with cabins having different levels of comfort, depart every day from the local harbour a few hours away by car from Hanoi.
Most of the cruises in Ha Long Bay include a visit to a floating village, where people live permanently on the water.
Photos of Vung Vieng floating village. It is located about 24 kilometers off the coast of Vietnam, and is entirely built over water.
Boat trips among the floating houses of Vung Vieng village in Ha Long Bay. Currently it seems that the government of Vietnam wants to relocate the village on the mainland, in order to ensure better living conditions and an adequate level of education for children.
More photos of Vung Vieng in Ha Long Bay.
Pictures of daily life in Halong Bay.
The islets of Halong Bay are home to numerous caves.
Some caves extend into the heart of limestone island for hundreds of meters and can be visited with short walks. Unfortunately, this kind of excursion is very popular, therefore the cave may look very crowded.
A sunset in Halong bay.
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English translation by Lorena Anzani.