Halong Bay, Vietnam
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Approximately 3½ hours
Meals not included
Ha Long Bay
"Ha Long Bay, in the Gulf of Tonkin, includes some 1,600 islands and islets, forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars. Because of their precipitous nature, most of the islands are uninhabited and unaffected by a human presence. The site's outstanding scenic beauty is complemented by its great biological interest."
Halong Bay is one of Vietnam's most picturesque and fascinating attractions. Set in the clear, emerald green waters of the Gulf of Tonkin, there are an estimated 1,969 islands spread over 900 square miles. Magnificent and imposing, these limestone karst formations rise out of the sea in unusual and intriguing shapes, with names that fire the imagination. Ha Long means descending dragon and it is said the huge sea monster still resides in these waters. Among the dramatic islets are magical caves filled with craggy stalagmites and stalactites. A visit to the caves may be possible, weather permitting.
After a short drive, board a junk for a gentle two-hour cruise offering beautiful views of this breathtaking scenery. Enjoy the spectacular surroundings and photo opportunities as you pass rock arches, sheer cliffs, white sand beaches and tranquil coves.
A transfer back to the ship follows your Halong Bay voyage.