I get the feels when I’m in Ha Long Bay. Seriously, there are moments, that as a tour guide I look out my window whilst I’m doing paperwork and I think, “Shit….this is my job…fo’ real!”
Everytime I visit Halong Bay I fall deeper in love with it. The smell of the salty fresh air, the incredible silence in the middle of the night looking up at the stars, the BBQs, the kayaking trips and just the sheer beauty of the place.
Even though Halong Bay has a nice new shiny UNESCO title and even though it’s named one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, not many people know about the mystery and legend of how the bay came to be.
Halong literally means “descending dragon” and the legend goes a bit like this:
Once upon, The Vietnamese had to fight against fierce invaders coming from the North through the sea. In a moment of compassion, The Jade Emperor sent the Mother Dragon and her babies down to earth to help ancient Vietnamese people defend the country.
The Mother Dragon and her children incinerated the enemies in a cloud of smoke, fire and giant emeralds.
The emeralds from the dragon’s mouth were scattered around the battlefield on the sea and formed an invincible defensive wall that left enemy battleship fleet sinking.
Thanks to the dragons, the Northern invaders were finally swept away and the peace finally came back the South East Asian country once again. After thousands of years, the wall of emerald turned into island and islets of different sizes and shapes.
After the battle, The Mother Dragon and her children stayed in the mortal world, turned into human form and helped rebuilt Vietnam by planting, cropping, raising cattle, reclaiming, and expanding the country.