Ha Long Bay - World Heritage Site by UNESCO in Quang Ninh province of Vietnam, a popular tourist destination. The bay is located in the Gulf of Tonkin. With an area of 1500 square kilometers, with 1,600 islands and islets, among which nearly 1,000 having been named, Ha Long bay contains high aesthetic and cultural values, and was regarded as the eighth wonder of the world. According to annals and other ancient documents, before the XIXth century, Halong bay was recorded with different other names: Giao Chau, Luc Chau, Luc Hai, Luc Thuy, Hai Dong, An Bang, etc… At the end of the XIXth century, the name Ha long Bay began to appear on French maritime maps.
Ha Long means “Descending Dragon”. This name took its source from this legend”
“… Once upon a time, our country suffered from an invasion of foreign enemies. Heaven ordered a Mother Dragon to des-cend on earth with her numerous children to help the innocent people to fight their enemy. Foreign warship impetuously as-sailed our country’s seacoast. The dragons ejected fire and reduced to ashes all enemy warship. After the victory, Mother Dragon and her children saw that the landscapes here are too beautiful. They did not consent to return to Heaven, so were transformed into thousands of islands and islets.
The place where Mother Dragon descended twisting and turning is now Ha Long Bay. That of children dragons descending is now Bai Tu Long Bay. The long spit of land area, became Long Vi(Dragon Tail), now Tra Co penisula with its smooth sand bank of tens kilometers long”.
Bai Tu Long is a beautiful Bay lying within the area of the gulf of Tonkin, on the northeast of Vietnam. The bay comprises a part of Halong’s sea, Cam Pha town and Van Don Island District. It shares the border with Halong Bay on the southwest, with the sea on the east, with Cam Pha town on the west and with Co To island district on thenortheast. Bai Tu Long Bay includes hundred of islands and islets,several among which are residence for local people
Along with Halong Bay, Bai Tu Long Bay is one among the wonderfulnatural wonders, with beautiful islands and long-white-sandy beaches.Bai Tu Long is well-known for foreign tourists not only for its naturalbeauty, but also for a special tourist attraction – Bai Tu Longeco-tourist site. Bai Tu Long eco-tourist site lies within the area of Van Don Island district. It covers a total area of 100 ha with over 10kmcoastline. The construction style is the combination of the Asian andWestern architecture style with coastal self-contained stilt housesharmoniously lying among the natural scenery.