Erosion has caused caves and grottoes to form over millennia in the limestone, some large enough for boats to pass through. Many of the cruises in Halong Bay include a tour of one of the area’s caves, allowing visitors to marvel at the ancient stalagmites and stalactites.
Halong Bay isn’t just a world-class tourist destination, however. Fishermen ply the waters much as they’ve done for centuries. They live with their families in floating villages, some rarely visiting the mainland. Generators enable these water-bound communities to connect with the modern world and it’s not uncommon to see lights and TV antennas on the roof. Still, it must be a hard scrabble life. We had the opportunity to tour one of these fishing villages, but I’ll save that for tomorrow’s post.
Would you like to visit Halong Bay?