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Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

This post has got nothing to do with books, but a little post about Ha Long Bay. I mentioned Ha Long Bay in my last post Disgrace, J.M. Coetzee, and forgot to insert a litte picture of Ha Long Bay in the book post. Then I thought, what the heck, just do a post which is unrelated about book review and hope this post introduces you to one place at the far corner of the earth and entices you to visit it one day.

This is how Ha Long Bay looks like through the grotto.

and a close-up on a red sail Chinese Junk.

and the many archipelagos of limestone islands surrounding the region.

More about the legend of Ha Long Bay, and a video view of the tour, click here: Ha Long Bay, Bay of the descending dragon

 This is a better video which gives you a taste of how the boat journey is like:


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A bookaholic that went out of control.... I eat, sleep and breathe books. Well, lately I do other stuff.


12 thoughts on “Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

  1. Unbelievably beautiful! Now I understand better why people rave about trips to Vietnam.

    Posted by rhapsodyinbooks | May 23, 2010, 2:25 am
  2. These are really some stunning views. And that music in the video sure helped! 🙂

    Posted by Marvin | May 23, 2010, 5:02 am
  3. Thanks so much for posting this – it looks absolutely stunning!

    Posted by Tracey | May 23, 2010, 1:43 pm
  4. Yes I agree thank you for sharing this it looks breath-taking. My friend is always over in Vietnam as his Uncle lives out there, may be I could squeeze in his suitcase next time!

    Posted by jessicabookworm | May 23, 2010, 8:53 pm
    • @Jessica,
      Please do try to squeeze into his suitcase! You have to go to Vietnam one day. Ha Long Bay is offshore from the city of Hanoi, I also went to Ho Chih Minh City (formerly Saigon) and a memorable visit to the Cu Chi Tunnel dug by the Viet Cong to see their underground chambers and tunnel network, trenches and peep holes. it’s truly, truly amazing!

      Posted by JoV | May 23, 2010, 9:09 pm
  5. I went to Vietnam a few years ago and we took an unplanned trip tp Ha Long Bay – we were in Hanoi at the time and everyone raved about Ha Long Bay so we headed out. It was amazing and we were so relieved that we didn’t miss it!

    You photos bring back great memories -thanks!

    Posted by Colleen (Books in the City) | May 30, 2010, 7:28 pm
  6. My wife and I have been there (via a cruise)-it is really one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen-great pics

    Posted by Mel u | June 2, 2010, 9:13 pm
    • Glad you like it Mel. One of the reasons I posted this on my book blog was to share the natural beautyof Ha Long Bay to book bloggers friends. Glad you seen the beauty of it in person. 😉

      Posted by JoV | June 2, 2010, 10:02 pm

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