Ha Long bay Trip

abhishek123 By abhishek123, 5th May 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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A visit to the Amazing caves in Ha Long bay, Vietnam

Visit to Ha Long Bay

The capital city of Hanoi, located in the North of Vietnam boasts of scenic wonders involving the both the sea as well as the mountain. The North of Hanoi, closer to the Chinese border has a lot of hill stations to visit, Sapa being a major hotspot. In the North East of Hanoi, lies the beautiful and picturesque Ha Long bay. “Ha Long” in Vietnamese means the Standing Dragon, which is a unique pose for the mighty and powerful animal.
Ha Long bay is 160 Km North East of Vietnam and if you book your travel through a standard travel operator it will take 4 hours in a 60 seater bus to reach . The roads are good and wide but the motorbike rush, which is omnipresent in Vietnam, clogs the traffic!
Ha Long bay juts out into the Gulf Of Tonkin and was a hotspot during the Vietnam wars. People from surrounding areas would row into the gulf to avoid being bombed from the US jets. There are lots of stories about how people fled with their livestock to small islands and stayed there for months to prevent themselves from getting killed.

Visit to the caves part1

But it’s the limestone mountains and caves at Ha Long bay which make a strong impression. Aboard a Chinese Junk it takes about 2 hours to reach in the midst of small mountains and caves, where, because of the Limestone, the water refuses to be clear. The Ha Long bay caves are recognized as World Heritage sites by the UNESCO.
Legend is that the one of the biggest caves, the Amazing caves was a shelter to around a 1000 Vietnamese during the Vietnam wars. It has 3 sections with their size increasing as one proceeds from cave 1 to cave 3. Inside the cave it was so cool and pleasant because of the temperature inversion inside the limestone cavity.

Visit to the caves part 2

All lit up with halogens, the caves inside looked very appealing. The light and shadow effect caused by various shapes and contours of the Stalactites produced so many shapes and forms that a whole story can be formed out them. A monkey, a budhdha, a dragon could be spotted everywhere. One moment of pause and one could almost feel that for years and years, the sea and the Limestone had been talking to each other, trading off a piece of lime for a piece of the waves. Unknowingly, one day a cave was formed, who knows what will it morph into tomorrow.

Its was treat to see the power that nature holds and the maturity that it works with, while we keep busy with our daily lives!


Caves, Ha Long, Halong, Hanoi, Limestone, Travel, Vietnam, World Heritage

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