We spent 2 days and 1 nite on board the "Emotion Cruise Ship", exploring and cruising on Ha Long Bay (a 'must' destination if you are visiting Vietnam, Hanoi) at any time. While cruising on the bay, we also visited "the caves of Ha Long Bay' and 'the fishermen's village'. Very very interesting, not to be missed, calm serene waters, enchantingly and grossly beautiful : much to the satisfaction of your inner calmness and feelings. We will be back soon enough !!!
Ha Long Bay (Vietnamese: Vịnh Hạ Long, literally : "descending dragon bay") is a 'UNESCO World Heritage Site', and a popular travel destination, located in Quang Ninh province, Vietnam. Administratively, the bay belongs to Hạ Long City, Cẩm Phảtown, and part of Van Don district. The bay features thousands of limestone karsts and isles in various sizes and shapes. Ha Long Bay is a centre of a larger zone which includes Bái Tử Long bay to the northeast, and Cát Bà islands to the southwest. These larger zones share similar geological, geographical, geomorphological, climate, and cultural characters. Ha Long Bay has an area of around 1,553 km2, including 1,960–2,000 islets, most of which are limestone. The core of the bay has an area of 334 km2 with a high density of 775 islets. The limestone in this bay has gone through 500 million years of formation in different conditions and environments. The evolution of the karst in this bay has taken 20 million years under the impact of the tropical wet climate. The geo-diversity of the environment in the area has created biodiversity, including a tropical evergreen bio system, oceanic and sea shore bio system. Ha Long Bay is home to 14 endemic floral species and 60 endemic faunal species.