Beautiful Scences of Halong Bay from Emeraude Classic Cruises
Few places anywhere rival the extreme natural beauty and serenity of Vietnam's Halong Bay.
President Ho Chi Minh found it too beguiling for words, saying only: "It is a wonder that one cannot impart to others".
Its name literally means Descending Dragon, a reflection of the ancient legend that describes fire-breathing beasts saving Vietnam from ocean invaders. It was their thrashing tails and the jewels and jade they used as missiles that are said to have combined to form the 1,960 islets.