Halong Bay • Vietnam

Sail into the mystique of Halong Bay in a captivating 6-minute voyage that unveils Vietnam’s crown jewel through lush visuals and melodic whispers. This video, accompanied by descriptive text, paints a vivid tableau of emerald waters, timeless karst formations, and the life that thrums within this natural wonder. Discover hidden caves, floating villages, and tales as ancient as the dragons that birthed these isles. Visit our page for a narrative that transforms mere observation into a poetic journey through Halong Bay’s majestic realm.

This film was made on the basis of photos and videos taken during the trip Vietnam & Cambodia • 2014

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00:35 • Halong Bay

03:13 • A floating village

04:03 • Sung Sot cave


Halong Bay


One of the most famous landscapes of South Asia is certainly Halong Bay, this sea dotted with thousands of small islands in the shape of sugar loaves.

This bay is in northern Vietnam and extends to southern China.


the legend


As is often the case in this region, the name of this bay refers to a mythological origin. Ha Long literally means "descent of the dragon". The dragon is a mythological animal present in all cultures of this region of the world. It is a beneficial animal for humans.

One of these legends tells that the Jade Emperor, the most important god in the mythologies of China and Vietnam, sent the Vietnamese people a mother dragon with her babies to protect them from their enemies. These dragons were a bit special, because instead of spitting fire, they spit gems (pearls and jade) into the bay. And with the approach of enemy ships, these jewels abruptly turned into mountainous islands, thus giving an easy victory to the men defending Vietnam.


the islands


These islands are just under 2000 in this bay. They offer all kinds of landscapes. Many coves, beaches and many inland lakes have formed.

These islands are of the so-called karstic type, that is to say that they were formed by a slow process of erosion of the limestone rock which forms them. This process took hundreds of thousands of years to leave the region with the largest offshore karst formation in the world. Who says limestone rocks and erosion immediately thinks of caves .

These caves are not lacking here either. There are some remarkable ones, sometimes overhanging sea level, like this magnificent "Cave of Surprise" (in Vietnam, Sun Sot).




But this magnificent place, classified as one of the natural wonders of the world, attracts many tourists. More than 2 and a half million every year. If this undeniably does a lot of good for the local economy, we are entitled to ask ourselves the question of the impact that these hundreds of boats can have on the surrounding nature. Still, for now, this part of the sea is home to nearly 200 species of fish, a hundred or so species of coral and many more molluscs. And on the islands, many species of birds, monkeys and reptiles seem to have found their happiness.




Halong Bay caves have been inhabited since around 4000 BC.

As legends often draw their inspiration from historical facts, this tangle of islands has on several occasions saved Vietnam from invasions by sea from its Chinese neighbor.

On the other hand, it also protected the many pirates who had settled there from the end of the 18th century.

The Vietnam War also left its mark here, and some passages, mined by the Americans, still represent a threat today.


the inhabitants


On all the islands, about forty are inhabited, forming a population of about 12,000 inhabitants. To these are added between 1000 and 2000 additional inhabitants, who have chosen to live in floating villages scattered over the surface of the bay.


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There is something mysterious about approaching the karst islands of Halong Bay. Seeing all these ghostly islands slowly breaking away from the mists in the distance is a sight that alone is worth the trip. And the happiness only increases as one approaches these giants who have taken up residence in this fascinating bay.


These mountains emerging from the surface of the sea in Halong Bay are the result of the slow erosion of these limestone rocks over millennia. Erosion has also formed caves inside some of them. The most famous is the Surprise Cave (in Vietnamese, Sung Sot). The entrance to this cave is 25 meters above water level.

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about the place, Halong Bay:

Halong Bay, located in the northeast of Vietnam, is a breathtaking natural spectacle, comprising nearly 2000 limestone islands and islets rising from its emerald waters. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it is shrouded in mystery and legends, including that of a descending dragon. The bay is not only a geological treasure but also a cultural symbol, reflecting the historical richness and diversity of marine and plant life. Visitors can explore mystical caves, engage in water activities, and discover floating villages, showcasing the harmonious interaction between humans and nature.


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a small part of the armada that brings tourists near the islands, Halong Bay • Vietnam

a small part of the armada that brings tourists near the islands

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between the islands

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in one of the caves in the bay

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floating fishing village

Halong Bay • Vietnam

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