Ha Long Bay
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Ha Long Bay is three hours by car from Hanoi. This spectacular bay is said to contain over 3000 islands that jut up from the water, creating a maze of lagoons and water ways. Vietnamese legend says the bay was formed by a giant dragon whose tail thrashed out the limestone cliffs.
Junk.jpg (8401 bytes)I always try to make time at the end of my visit to spend some time on the bay just to get a break from the noise and hustle. You can rent a boat and crew to take you out for an overnight cruise on one of the many quaint but comfortable boats. The seafood feasts are always wonderful, especially after a relaxing dip in the warm, saltwater. Halong.jpg (9286 bytes)