Ha Long Bay is a body of water approximately 1,500 square kilometers in North Vietnam with 1969 islands of various sizes, 989 of which have been given names. It was designated a World Heritage site in 1994. Ha Long Bay means "Bay of the Descending Dragon" in the Vietnamese.
The best way to see and enjoy Ha Long Bay is to board a junk boat and cruise around the bay's islands. If you have time, try to take the overnight trip and enjoy a silent night in the bay. We didn’t have a lot of time so we took the day trip. We had a delicious local seafood lunch on board as we cruised around the bay. We also visited one of the caves and stopped at a beach for a swim and some of us kayaked around the bay. On the way back, we bought seafood from the floating markets and our cook made us a delicious dinner.