Ha Long Bay in the Quang Ninh province of Vietnam is one of the most popular destinations in the area and for good reason. The gorgeous scenery is enhanced by the thousands of limestone formations in different shapes and sizes. The limestone islands add to the beauty of the bay and anyone who loves exploring will enjoy visiting any number of them, as they contain caves or hallow formations that lead to exclusive grottos or small beaches. The best way to truly experience the bay is by overnight boat – waking up to the breathtaking view is highly recommended. Or as Mark Zuckerberg and his girlfriend, whom happened to be there the same day as I – rent a helicopter for a view from above.
Fishing villages surround Ha Long Bay. Floating houses sit along the water’s edge – fishing is one of the main sources of income for many residents of the small villages. In 1994, the core portion of the Bay was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is considered one of the National Relics of the region. The Ha Long Bay is a peaceful place to get an idea how other people live – house boats and fishing boats dot the water and bring visitors insight as to the lives of local fishermen.