Situated in the North-East region of Vietphái nam, Halong Bay is a bay in the Gulf of Tonkin comprised of regions of Halong City, the township of Cam Pha, và a part of the islvà district of Van Don. Halong Bay borders Cat Ba Islvà in the southwest, the East Sea in the east, and the mainl&, creating a 1trăng tròn km coastline Halong Bay is made up of 1,969 islands of various sizes, 989 of which have sầu been given names.

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There are two kinds of islands, limestone và schist, which are concentrated in two main zones: the southeast (belonging khổng lồ Bai Tu Long Bay), and the southwest (belonging to Halong Bay). This densely concentrated zone of stone islands, world famous for its spectacular scenery of grottoes & caves, forms the central zone of Halong Bay, which has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The bay itself has an area of 43,400 ha, consists of 775 islands, & forms a triangle with the islvà of Dau Go (Driftwood Grotto) khổng lồ the west, the lake of Ba Ham (Three Shelter Lake) khổng lồ the south, and the isl& of Cong Tay to lớn the east.

Viewed from above, Halong Bay resembles a geographic work of art. While exploring the bay, you feel lost in a legendary world of stone islands. There is Man’s Head Island, which resembles a man standing & looking towards the mainl&. Dragon Island looks lượt thích a Long hovering above the turquoise water. La Vong Island resembles an old man fishing. There are also the islands of the Sail, the Pair of Roosters, và the Incense Burner, which all astonishingly resemble their namesakes. The forms of the islands change depending on the angle of the light và from where the islands are viewed. At the core of the islands, there are wonderful caves & grottoes, such as Thien Cung (Heavenly Residence Grotto), Dau Go (Driftwood Grotto), Sung Sot (Surprise Grotto), và Tam Cung (Three Palace Grotto).

Halong Bay has many link lớn the history of Vietnam. For example, there are such famous geographical sites as Van Don (site of an ancient commercial port), Poem Mountain (with engravings of many poems about emperors và other famous historical figures), and Bach Dang River (the location of two fierce naval battles fought against foreign aggressors).

It has been proven by scientists that Halong was one of the first cradles of human existence in the area at such archeological sites as Dong Mang, Xich Tho, Soi Nhu, and Thoi Gieng. It is also a region of highly concentrated biological diversity with many ecosystems of salt water-flooded forests, coral reefs, và tropical forests featuring thousands of species of animal & plant life.

With all this in mind, the 18th meeting of the Committee of the World Heritages of UNESCO (in Vương Quốc Của Những Nụ cười on December 17th, 1994), officially recognized Halong Bay as a natural heritage site of worldwide importance.

I. Grottoes

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Dau Go (Driftwood) Grotto

Dau Go Grotlớn is found on Driftwood Isl&, formerly known as Canh Doc Islvà. The name Driftwood Grotlớn comes from the popular story of the resistance war against the Nguyen Mong aggressors. In a decisive sầu battle, Tran Hung Dao was given an order khổng lồ prepare many ironwood stakes lớn be planted on the riverbed of the Bach Dang River. The remaining wooden pieces were found in the grotto &, as a result, the grotkhổng lồ was given its present name. The entrance is reached via 90 steps up the island. The grotto lớn is divided inlớn three main parts. In the first chamber, many forms can be seen in the roông xã, depending on the imagination of the obVPS. In the middle of the chamber, on the top of the pillar, there appears to lớn be a monk draped in a long, dark cloak, with his right hvà clasping a cane. Moving into the second chamber, visitors pass through a narrow “door”, naturally formed through erosion. The light here is mysterious, and new images appear in the stone. At the over of the grotto is a well of clear water surrounded by four ancient walls.

In this grotto, there remains an engraved stone stele singing the praises of Halong Bay ordered by Emperor Knhị Dinc when he came khổng lồ visit the grotto lớn in 1917. Dau Go is 40 minutes from Bai Chay. Admission is 15,000 VND per person, 5,000 VND for children under 15, và children under 6 are không lấy phí.

Note: the admission here is for one tour of Dau Go cave, Thien Cung grotto và another. If visitors want to lớn go on an additional tour (tour 2), it costs 15,000 VND extra.

Trinc Nu (Virgin) Grotto-Trong (Male) Grotto

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The Virgin Grotto lớn is situated in the islvà range of Bo Hon, in the system comprised of the Surprise Grotto lớn, Dong Tien Lake, & Luon Grotto lớn. The grotto lớn is 15 km south of Bai Chay Beach. For some fishermen, the Virgin Grotto lớn is trang chính, while for young lovers it is a popular thắm thiết rendezvous site.

According to lớn legover, there once was a beautiful fisherman’s daughter, whose family was so poor that they were in service of the rich administrator of the fishing zone, who forced the family khổng lồ give sầu hlặng their daughter as a concubine. However, the fisherman’s

daughter already had a lover and refused to lớn marry the administrator. The administrator got angry and exiled her to a wild isl& where she suffered from hunger and exhaustion. One frightful night she turned lớn stone. On this same night

her lover, knowing of her danger, rowed his boat in search of her. However, a tempest destroyed his boat, and he floated lớn a nearby isl&. In a flash of lightening, he saw his lover in the distance, but his calls were driven away by the wind. In his final exhaustion, he also turned lớn stone (today’s Male Grotto).

When visiting the Virgin Grotlớn, you can still see the petrified girl with her long hair hanging down and eyes looking towards the mainl&. Opposite the Virgin Grotkhổng lồ, the Male Grotlớn is still trang chính to the lover whose his face is turned towards his mate. At times, his passionate calls and blows against the walls of the grotlớn can still be heard.

Thien Cung (Heavenly Palace) Grotto

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This recently discovered grotlớn is one of the most beautiful in Halong Bay. Thien Cung is situated on the southwest side of the bay, 4 km from the wharf outside of Halong City. It is located in a small range of islands that resemble a throne embracing two superb grottoes at its core. The way khổng lồ Thien Cung is perilous, covered on both sides by thichồng forest.

Afterentering a narrow gate, the magnificent, 130 m long grotlớn opens up.

According khổng lồ legkết thúc, a beautiful young lady named May (cloud) caught the eye of the Dragon Prince và he fell in love sầu with her. They were betrothed and got married in the very center of the grotlớn. All of the scenes of their wedding, which lasted for seven days & seven nights, have been seemingly fossilized in the grotto lớn.

In the center, there are four large pillars supporting the “roof of heaven”. From the base to the top, many strange images seem khổng lồ exist in the stone, including birds, fish, flowers và even scenes of human life. On the north wall of the grotlớn, a group of fairies seems to lớn be singing & khiêu vũ in honor of the wedding. Under the immeasurably high roof, stalactites khung a natural stone curtain. There is also the sound of a beating drum made by the wind blowing through the stone.

In the last chamber of the grotkhổng lồ, a natural gushing stream of water babbles throughout the year. Here there are three small ponds of clear water. One path meanders out of the grotkhổng lồ.

II . Islands

Bài Thơ Mountain (Poem Mountain)

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Bai Tho Mountain is 106 m high. It runs along the coast, half on land and half in the sea. Sailing in the bay, one or two hundred meters from the mountain, one can see a

poem carved on a flat stone cliff.

In 1468, Emperor Le Tkhô giòn Tong, who was also a poet, made an inspection tour of the North-East region. He stopped at the foot of the mountain, & inspired by the magnificent beauty of his surroundings, he wrote a poem. Later, he had the poem engraved on the wall of the mountain. It is very interesting to

climb the mountain và enjoy the panoramic view of the cất cánh.

Tuan Chau Islet

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Situated 3 km west of Dao Go Islet, Tuan Chau Islet has an area of 300 ha. On the islet, there is a very simple bamboo house built by the inhabitants of Quang Ninch for Uncle Ho to rest after visiting Halong Bay. The house is now carefully preserved by the locals.

III. Beachs

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Bai Chay

Bai Cxuất xắc is a resort located along the coast of Halong Bay. This is a windward ocean resort which has a year round average temperature of 20oC (68oF).

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Bai Ctốt is a low gently sloping range of hills that runs along the sea for more than 2 km. Blended in among mỏi the pine trees are large hotels and small villas with distinguished architectural styles. Traveling down the asphalternative text road along the coast, visitors see long White stretches of s& and green rows of Casuarina trees, tucked under which are small family-run restaurants. After swimming at the beach, tourists can enjoy cold drinks & cool off in the breeze that sweeps in from the sea.