Christina Pfeiffer sails into a watery world of legends and stunning seascapes aboard a two-night cruise of Halong Bay.
As twilight turns to dusk, it feels as if our ship is being slowly swallowed up by the land and seascapes. As my eyes soak up the ethereal scene, I’m almost convinced the local stories about dragons could be more than a fairy tale. Soaring limestone karsts stretch towards a pale lavender sky. The sun polishes the water with a golden glow, as silver clouds fade into the sunset. Water laps against the ship’s hull as wine glasses clink and laughter drifts from the ship’s Sun Deck above.
Vietnam, according to legend, was once protected by dragons, and Halong (which means descending dragon) Bay was where the dragons came down to earth in a major battle.