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Going to Halong Bay was an old dream of mine. I was not disappointed eventhough there was no sunset or sunset. Just being there, on a boat gliding among those mysterious rocks hidden in the mist was absolutely wonderful.

This is really a place to let your imagination go wild and you can understand why there are fantastic legends about this wonderful place.

"Local legend says that long ago when the Vietnamese were fighting Chinese invaders, the gods sent a family of dragons to help defend the land. This family of dragons began spitting out jewels and jade. These jewels turned into the islands and islets dotting the bay, linking together to form a great wall against the invaders. The people kept their land safe and formed what later became the country of Vietnam. After that, dragons were interested in peaceful sightseeing of the Earth and decided to live here then. The place where Mother Dragon flew down was named Hạ Long, the place where the dragon children attended upon their mother was called BŠi Tử Long island (BŠi: attend upon, Tử: children, Long: dragon), and the place where the dragon children wriggled their tails violently was called Bạch Long Vỹ island (Bạch: white- colour of the foam made when Children Dragon wriggle, Long: dragon, Vỹ: tail). (Wikipedia)

Thank you for your thoughts about my uploads of the mystical boat journey to the Perfume Pagoda. I hope you will enjoy the photos taken on Halong Bay and leave some comments, critique or advice.

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Have a good evening,


Tags: Vietnam Landscape and travel Halong bay Gulf of tonkin

Voters: StephenBrighton, SueTurner, mrswoolybill and 39 more

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SueTurner 15 81 3 England
24 Mar 2008 10:25PM
a lovely set of images, great photo opportunies I bet

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mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.8k 2149 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2008 10:38PM
Five amazingly beautiful shots, all of these deserve to be uploaded as 'main versions' in their own right. The water in V3 & V5 is the colour of jade.
ringyneck 13 315 18 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2008 10:41PM
Outstanding shots ,Love No 3.

Bodiewil 12 46 Wales
24 Mar 2008 10:43PM
Another wonderful series of images Jean Noel

Maiwand 13 3 73 England
24 Mar 2008 10:44PM
Continuing this wonderful series Jea Noel. Has to be version 3 for me please.
Brilane 13 5 12 Wales
24 Mar 2008 11:01PM
Beautiful pictures, with marvellous atmosphere.
dathersmith 12 564 12 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2008 11:09PM
Great images and a super narrative.

DolphinLady 14 54 1 Wales
24 Mar 2008 11:30PM
Another great set of wonderful images....version 3 is the one for me, the colour of the water is fabulous.
Bob_V 12 1 2 United States
24 Mar 2008 11:42PM
What a wonderful series of images.
TyChee 15 275 1 United States
24 Mar 2008 11:44PM
Fantastic shots. Number 3 does it best to show the scale. Excellent work.
danielle1987 13 64 United Kingdom
25 Mar 2008 12:04AM
fabulous series i have to agree on version 3.
uggyy 14 2.1k 9 Scotland
25 Mar 2008 12:14AM
my only advice is please put up some more Wink

CarolG 13 199 20 Greece
25 Mar 2008 6:02AM
More fantastic images of a wonderful journey, Jean-Noel, thank you for sharing them with us, and may we see many more of them, please. Carol
jaktis 16 84 Sweden
25 Mar 2008 6:40AM
Hard to live on these islands but majestic to see them. Beautiful captures

25 Mar 2008 6:58AM
All beautiful: 1&2 are just so mysterious and dramatic.
lonely_oryx 12 61 55 England
25 Mar 2008 7:45AM
Sweep 13 43 England
25 Mar 2008 7:48AM
Really beautifull Pictures,
robway 15 318 Wales
25 Mar 2008 8:57AM
Great set again but I do love the mood in V1 & 2. Superb !
glyndwr 12 66 10 Wales
25 Mar 2008 10:10AM
I think V3 and V5 are my preferred images though they are all crackers.
In V3 the sense of scale from the little boat and the rock face is great.
V5 has good depth.

AlanBW 14 20 England
25 Mar 2008 11:48AM
Excellent series of images, V3 is outstanding - hope you had a great time in Vietnam
dianah 13 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
25 Mar 2008 1:23PM
A wonderful series Jean especially version 3..I keep going back to that one. Thank you.
Cormy 12 3 England
25 Mar 2008 3:43PM
Love No.3.Very enjoyable.
piccy 13 8 Wales
27 Mar 2008 6:34PM
Fantastic place - such an experience to go there.
brownsilent 13 7 2 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2008 9:50PM
Wow, thanks for sharing these with us! Beautiful each of them.
fwatts 12
4 Apr 2008 7:13PM
great shot pal nice p.f
BevHadland 12 13 United Kingdom
5 Apr 2008 9:39AM
Stunning image this ..........Bev
viscostatic 13 45 6 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2008 7:28PM
A wonderful series of images.


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