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HALONG BAY VIETNAM (PHOTOS)

August 11, 2011
ILLUSIVE LOVER
By Lam Thi My Da

I wait in rain for the Ha Long Bay ferry
 The storm churns black coffee in my cup
 Ha Long Bay, like a lover I've never met 
Desire is swirling anxiously in my heart 

How can it be that we might not meet? 
If it keeps storming, I might have to turn back
 Ha Long Bay—a beautiful dream Like you, forever distant
Please let my imagination

 Fall like a leaf against your magical face
 Your handsome face that humbles the gods
 A wanderer's face, with dreamlike features
 I am resigned: I will become a desert

 And bow to say goodbye to you
 In the rain that falls on the far horizon
 Ha Long Bay is like an illusive lover
 A lover who doesn't exist in this life 

HALONG BAY

Ha Long Bay is a group of offshore islands that is the best example of marine invaded tower karst in the world.

The Bay holds over 1.600 islands and islets. There are caves and grottoes, with stalactites and stalagmites. Its limestone pillars are an unique natural feature of great scenic beauty and biological interest. The great extent and the richness of its forms sets it apart from other sites.

FORMER FISHING JUNKS NOW USED AS MOTORIZED BOATS TO SATISFY THE GROWING DEMAND OF THE TOURIST TRADE

HALONG BAY TOURIST BOATS

HALONG BAY TOURIST BOAT

HALONG  BAY TOURIST MOTORIZED BOATS

HALONG BAY MOTORIZED TOURIST BOATS

HALONG BAY MOTORIZED TOURIST BOATS

APPROACHING HAG DAU GO (Grotto of Wooden Stakes): Know to French as the Grotto des Merveilles (Cave of Marvels), is a huge cave consisting of three chambers, which you reach via 90 steps.

DISEMBARKING

HALONG BAY TOURIST BOAT

HALONG BAY TOURIST BOAT

HALONG BAY TOURIST BOAT

ARRIVAL AT THE ISLAND

SIGN AT ENTRANCE TO THE CAVE

SIGN AT ENTRANCE TO THE GROTTO

THIEN CUNG GROTTO Is located in the north of Daugo Island, which is visible from the Tourist Wharf and about 4km. away. It is 25m above sea level, covering 3,000sq. meters and is divided into 3 chambers. This is one of the largest and most beautiful grottoes in Halong Bay. Its structure is complex with different levels and chambers, which contain richly ornamented stalactites and stalagmites formed millions of years ago. Visiting Thiencung Grotto, tourists can enjoy interesting stories about the shapes of the stalactites and stalagmites closely connected to the Halong Bay legend of King Dragon.

LIMESTONE CAVE FORMATIONS

CEILING ROCK FORMATIONS

THIEN CUNG GROTTO

THIEN CUNG GROTTO

THIEN CUNG GROTTO

THIEN CUNG GROTTO

THIEN CUNG GROTTO

THIEN CUNG GROTTO

THIEN CUNG GROTTO

VIEW FROM THIEN CUNG GROTTO

HALONG BAY

HALONG BAY

HALONG BAY - THE SKIES ARE OFTEN OVERCAST DURING THE WINTER MONTHS

HALONG BAY

HALONG BAY

A community of around 1,600 people live on Hạ Long Bay in four fishing villages: Cửa Vạn, Ba Hang, Cống Tàu and Vông Viêng in Hùng Thắng commune, Hạ Long city. They live on floating houses and are sustained through fishing and marine aquaculture (cultivating marine biota).

HALONG BAY

PHOTOS BY:

LEONARD EPSTEIN

JANELLE BURGESS

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