Coordinates: 20° 54′ North 107° 06′ East
Halong Bay is situated in the Gulf of Tonkin, in Quang Ninh province, in the northeastern part of Vietnam, 170 km east of Hanoi. It boasts 120 kilometres of coastline. Thanks to its 1,969 karst islands, Halong Bay was, in 1994, deemed worthy of inclusion on the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites.
This landscape, ephemeral within the scope of the earth’s history, comprises the largest marine karst in the world. Halong Bay’s karst is of significant scientific value in terms of geomorphology and geology. It gives us insight into its structure: the ocean floor, previously coated with fossilized limestone sediments, rose up, broke up and eroded, and the permeating acid rains transformed the stones into a veritable lacework, both above and below the surface of the water.
We are transcended to a legendary world by the limestone spires, pillars and arches, seemingly magically arising out of the water. We are transported to ancient times, to mythical stories of mineral outcroppings, caves, caverns and gorges, frozen in time by the unmoving stones.