The highlight of my journey through the historic cities of Vietnam
was the UNESCO Site and natural wonder of Halong Bay in the Gulf of
Tonkin. Just a four-hour drive east of the capital city of Hanoi, Halong Bay
drew me into a magical setting of 3,000 limestone islands, formed from
sea deposits millions of years ago, jutting out of emerald waters.
However, legend tells how a dragon’s flailing tail carved out these...