Let’s forget about this dreaded Monday as our workday about to begin . . . Forget about the headache and chaos it’s going bring as part of the beginning of the week. Forget about the dead line phone call we have to make . . . Forget about the Dow and the Nasdaq dropped to it’s lowest in years, and perhaps our investment funds dwindle a bit. Fortunately, there is a chance of hope and an instantaneous way to take our minds off the rush hush world for a bit . . . Let’s focus on a little part of the world, a place of heaven on earth, a little place filled with mythical stories that dated back years and years ago … As the story about to begins . . .
I have always love and adore Vinh Ha Long Bay of VietNam, the beautiful country where I never knew much about and yet have ties with at least in my very own imagination . . . I have a blessing opportunity to come back and visit VietNam in 1990. I mainly stayed in Saigon (now known as Ho Chi Minh City) not so much has happened back then as I write about it now, so many things have flourished, new sky rise, road and even a designated large area newly built called The New SaiGon that separates it by large highways and structured buildings surrounding. But step aside for a moment and take ourselves away from the hustle bustle life of the 9 to 5 . . . We will discover there is certainly much more to life than a cup of cafe latte every morning and getting stuck in traffic as our everyday ritual life hustles. Life is certainly more meaningful as it guided us back in time to a place of heaven on earth … A place of mythical … A place where the descended Dragon called home . . .
Ha Long Bay is situated in the North-East region of Vietnam in the Gulf of Tonkin and serves as the gateway to Hanoi. It is made up of 2000 islands of all sizes with 989 of which have been given names. This is a densely concentrated zone of limestone islands, world famous for its spectacular scenery of grottos and caves that forms the central part of Ha Long Bay. Ha Long Bay is about a four hour drive from Hanoi to the harbor The site’s outstanding scenic beauty is complemented by 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. UNESCO designated Ha Long Bay a World Heritage site in 1994. The New Open World Foundation nominated Ha Long bay as one of the World’s Eight Natural Wonders. It was also named one of the World’s new seven natural wonders in 2012.
Ha Long literally means descending dragon(s) and according to local myth, and the story begins . . .
Long ago when their forefathers were fighting foreign invaders from the north, the Gods from heaven sent a family of dragons to help defend their land. This family of dragons descended upon what is now Ha Long bay and began spitting out jewels and jade. Upon hitting the sea, these jewels turned into the various islands and islets dotting the seascape and formed a formidable fortress against the invaders. The locals were able to keep their land safe and formed what is now the country of Vietnam. The Dragon family fell so much in love with this area for its calm water and for the reverence of the people of Vietnam that they decided to remain on earth.
The mother dragon lies on what is now Ha Long and where her children lie is Bai Tu Long. The dragon tails formed the area of Bach Long Vi known for the miles of white sandy beaches of Tra Co peninsula.
This myth is in line with the Vietnamese myth of their origin Con Rong Chau Tien (Generation and cultural of Dragon & Nephews of the Gods). This myth describes the union between a king (representing the dragon) and his bride (representing a goddess) giving birth to 100 children which are the ancestors of the Vietnamese people. The Ha Long myth illustrate the Vietnamese belief of their origin and the fact that throughout their history, they are aided by their ancestors, the dragon and the gods, in the defense of their land.
The bay is a very picturesque body of water with thousands of protruding limestone mountains.
With so many things to do in Ha Long Bay Vietnam, it’s tough to decide on what to start with. Taste the local fruits from one of the floating markets, indulge in a range of water sports, marvel at the diverse wildlife or enjoy exquisite dining experiences. Cruise down the waters or fly over the many islands to discover the treasure that Ha Long Bay is.
A night scene of Bai Chay bridge lit up with purple lighting in Ha Long Bay Vietnam.
Beautiful and breathtaking views of limestone islands circling the peaceful sea of calming waters.
A community of people living on floating islands making a living out of fishing or selling goods to tourists on the many boats that sail the waters daily.
Amazing “hang sung sot” caves of surprise in Ha Long Bay
All the little cute tourist boat drifting on terrestrial halong bay, Trangan, Ninhbinh
Do you have a place in mind that you want to visit one day? or a place that might just take your breath away that is on your bucket list one day to be discovered. 🙂
Bonjour and forget about Monday … Know that there is a place somewhere out there that is heaven on earth after a long work day for many of us . . . There is always hope! 🙂