Local legend has it that Ha Long Bay was built by a family of dragons sent by the gods. The dragons spit out pearls and jade, which turned into a wall of islands to protect Vietnam from invaders. The dragons were so impressed by the beauty of the area, they decided to make their home in Ha Long Bay – and it’s easy to see why!

Ha Long Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage site, with 2,000 islands and rock formations rising from the emerald sea, filled with secluded grottoes and lagoons. Fishermen and boaters traverse the bay by “junk”, an ancient Chinese ship design still used today.

Our Signature Collection tour of Southeast Asia includes an overnight stay on a Bhaya Classic boat, providing more time to explore the hidden caves by row boat or kayak than a typical day tour. Later, swim, relax on deck or take advantage of spa services before enjoying a cooking demonstration for our marvelous dinner. In the morning, rise early to watch the sun rise over the fairy tale landscape.

We can thank the dragons for the mystic landscape of Ha Long Bay, just one of the amazing scenes from Vietnam sure to stay with you long after you’ve returned home.

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