Land Before Time ~ Ha Long Bay
Escape with me for a moment to another world ~ to a land before time even existed ~ where limestone giants surge from a peaceful sea, invoking a feeling of calm stillness despite their towering presence.
Slowly wading through the quiet waters of Ha Long Bay on an old-fashioned junk boat, you are transported to a magical prehistoric place largely untouched by human existence. We were warned that the famous bay had become way too overpopulated with tourists and that it wasn’t even worth it to visit. I’m so glad we didn’t listen.
We explored little islets with manmade beaches and ventured into caves formed over thousands of years. We went kayaking in a tucked away bay, our voices bouncing off the surrounding structures and echoing through the rippling water. Of course there were other boats circling the “Descending Dragon Bay” and some of the caves were a bit cramped with other tourists, but while we were on our boat, navigating throughout the near 2,000 limestone cliffs in the area, it felt as though we had escaped away from any other form of life.
It wasn’t until we came across a small fishing village floating among the karsts that I realized this natural wonder was habitable. A small community of around 1,600 people live in the area, fishing to sustain their lifestyle and waking up every morning to one of the most spectacular views in the world.