Views of the bay

Ha Long Bay is made up of countless limestone islets, some of which are huge. According to legend, these islets were formed when the gods sent dragons to help Vietnam to defend itself against attacks. These dragons spat out jade and jewels which then turned into the numerous rocky formations around the bay, preventing potential invaders from gaining ground.

Even when the sky was overcast or a dull dark grey, the bright jade hue of the water was astonishing. But the tourist debris and visible environmental pollution were a real disappointment. 

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