I’ve been to many, many places in my life, but nothing, absolutely nothing prepared me for the wonder of this magical place. The Vietnamese legend says the Dragon ascended in Hanoi and descended here amongst the limestone outcrops dotting the ocean….. incredible.
Welcomed aboard, The Bhaya Classic II, with a song from the crew, up on the deck, including the Captain…
A berth to myself, beautifully prepared ….
with my own little deck, looking out to the ocean.
Old school charm….
A few minutes to contemplate, the legend which also claims “the islands of Halong Bay were created by the great dragon from the mountains, as it charged towards the coast. Its flailing tail gouged out valleys and crevasses. When it finally plunged into the sea, the area filled with water, leaving only the pinnacles visible.”
Well, I’ll drink to that!
Safety vest on, and off we go to visit Vung Vieng floating village, via row boat.
If you ever find yourself in Vietnam at a loose end, I thoroughly recommend a cruise on the Bhaya Classic II and ensure it includes dinner here…
A breathtaking moment.