Hạ Long Bay located in the northeast of Vietnam and was awarded World Heritage Site status in 1994. It is
made up of approximately 3000 islands
which rise out of the water and have a magical and mysterious aura about them.
Vietnamese legend says that the islands were created by a mountain dwelling dragon. He is said to have carved
out the landscape with his tail before
plunging into the water which then filled the landscape only leaving the peaks of the rocks sticking out.