Throughout the emerald waters, mountains materialize from blue shadows and every island hides another, just around the corner. The bay is full of seagoing vessels of every kind, from junk boats to rowboats, and if you lay down anchor for a moment, the stunning landscape — cliffs and caves — is yours to explore.

Halong Bay is located in the Gulf of Tonkin in northern Vietnam. The bay — whose name means “descending dragon” — features nearly a thousand islands comprised of limestone karsts that tower over the waters. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1994, Halong Bay is now one of the most popular tourist destinations in Vietnam.

Photos: Halong Bay, Vietnam / August 2013

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