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A local legend tells the following tale of the origins of Ha Long Bay:

“Long time ago, the Viet people were attacked by foreign aggressors. The Jade Emperor sent the Mother Dragon and her band of Dragon Children to help the Viet people fight the invaders. While the enemy vessels were launching massive attacks against the mainland, the dragons descended in flocks from the sky. They spat out innumerable pearls which changed into jade stone islands the moment they touched the water. These islands linked together to form firm citadels that checked the enemy’s advance and smashed their vessels to pieces.

After the invaders were driven out, Mother Dragon and her Dragon Children did not return to Heaven but stayed on earth, right at the place where the battle occurred. The spot where the Mother Dragon landed was Ha Long, and where the Dragon Children came down was Bai Tu Long.”

Ha Long Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it was recognized is one of the new seven wonders in 1994 and 1999. It’s a popular travel destination, in Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam.  Administratively, the bay belongs to Hạ Long City, Cam Pha town, and part of Van Đon District. The bay features thousands of limestone karsts and isles in various sizes and shapes. Hạ Long Bay is a center of a larger zone which includes Bái Tử Long bay to the northeast, and Cát Bà islands to the southwest. These larger zones share similar geological, geographical, geomorphologic, climate, and cultural characters. Hạ Long Bay has an area of around 1,553 km, including 1,960–2,000 islets, most of which are limestone. The core of the bay has an area of 334 km with a high density of 775 islets.

The limestone in this bay has gone through 500 million years of formation in different conditions and environments. The evolution of the karst in this bay has taken 20 million years under the impact of the tropical wet climate. The geo-diversity of the environment in the area has created biodiversity, including a tropical evergreen biosystem, oceanic and sea shore biosystem. Hạ Long Bay is home to 14 endemic floral species and 60 endemic faunal species. Halong bay has many beachs and caves on the island and sea.. The most popular travel destinations for tourist are Surprising cave, Heaven cave, Catba, Titop, Soi Sim island, Vung Vieng and Ba Hang fishing floating village.. Each year, Halong bay welcomes 7 millions tourist from all over the world.

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Quan Lan island
Quan Lan island
Quan Lan is an islands in the Bai Tu Long Bay and the outermost one in the island system of Halong Bay. The total area of Quan Lan Island is 11 sq km, with 2 communes (Quan Lan & Minh Chau). Quan Lan Island spread from east to west, from Van Don Mountain to Got Mountain.  
Co To Island
Co To Island
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Catba National park
Catba National park
Cat Ba National Park in located 15km north - west of Cat Ba Town. It was established in 1986. It spans an area of 15,200ha, of which 9,800ha are forest, and contains lots of particularly interesting caves. The original tropical forest spans an area of 570ha, with extremely varied wildlife and vegetation.
Catba Monkey island
Catba Monkey island
Monkey island is a private island located 2 miles from Cat Ba town. The beach here is one of the most beautiful beach in Cat Ba Island. The sea water is so clean and emerald, the climate here is wonderful and nature are so beautiful.
Catba Island Tour Packages
Catba Island Tour Packages
The Cat Ba Archipelago shares the distinctive rugged appearance and scenic beauty of the Ha Long Bay Area that was declared a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site, in 1994. The area is one of the best examples in the world of a Karst landscape invaded by the sea.
Lan Ha bay
Lan Ha bay
Lanha Bay is located in the Southeast of Cat Ba Island, looking out of Van sea mouth, connecting with Ha Long Bay. Its area is 7000ha, of which 5400ha are managed by Cat Ba National Park.
Soi Sim Island - Beach
Soi Sim Island - Beach
Soi Sim island is one of the most beautiful island and beach in Halong bay. You can swim in the tranquil water and can relax on the nice beach with white sandy. You also clim up to the top os this island to take Halong panorama picture
Van Gia Fishing Village
Van Gia Fishing Village
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Halong Male - Virgin Cave
Halong Male - Virgin Cave
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Halong Bo Nau Cave
Halong Bo Nau Cave
Bo Nau cave is one of the most beautiful grotto in Halong bay. The best way to get there is book tour with Halong Legacy Cruise...
Halong Luon Cave
Halong Luon Cave
Luon Grotto is one of the most famous tunnel in Halong bay. You will explore it with kayaking or just sit on small bamboo boat, one fisherman will take you to go inside...
Halong Bahang fishing village
Halong Bahang fishing village
Halong Bahang fishing village is one of the most interesting floating village on the Halong bay. People live in the small floating house, they are fisher man... Come to visit and experience their life.
Halong Dark-Bright Cave
Halong Dark-Bright Cave
Halong Dark and Bright grotto is one of the most beautiful tunnel in Halong bay, you will have nice time to explore this tunnel by kayaking and swimming. The best way to visit Dark and bright cave is book tour with Halong Legacy Cruise.
Halong Three peach Beach
Halong Three peach Beach
Inside the imposing limestone and beaches area, there are three small mountains raise from under the ocean, with the height of 23 m, seen from afar, resemble three peaches (Ba Trái Đào). That's why we called that area is three peach beach.
Halong Titop Island
Halong Titop Island
Situated about 7-8 km south-east of Bãi Cháy lies the small Ti Tốp Island. It displays a beach shaped like a crescent moon, and sand that has been washed to a snowy white by the tide. On 22 November 1962, this tiny island had the honour of receiving a visit from astronaut Ghermann Ti Tốp, a hero of the former Soviet Union, accompanied by Hồ Chí Minh. To perpetuate the ...
Halong Surprise Cave
Halong Surprise Cave
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Vung Vieng Fishing Village
Vung Vieng Fishing Village
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Bai tu long bay
Bai tu long bay
Bai Tu Long National Park (Vietnamese: Vườn quốc gia Bái Tử Long) is a protected area zone in northeastern Vietnam. It was established in 2001, succeeding from the former Ba Mun National Conservation Zone. It is one of seven Vietnamese amphibian national parks which has both terrestrial zone and aquatic zone. It is located within Bai Tu Long bay, which with Ha Long Bay forms an impressive scenery of sea ...

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