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Almost 2 hours in the northeast direction from Hanoi is located one of Vietnam’s greatest treasures. Halong Bay, recently chosen as one of the 7 natural wonders of the world. It’s not for less. More than 1,950 small islands are spread for more than 1,500 km² revealing limestone and karsts formations which contrast with the green of the vegetation and the sea. The ancient legend says that the gods, in an attempt to help the Vietnamese people against their enemies, sent a family of dragons which spat jewels in the sea which in the end became islands as a natural barrier against invaders from the sea.It’s simply incredible. Most of the time this region is under mist and rain but we were lucky and got open skies with no clouds allowed an amazing sunrise and sunset with colors only dictated by the skies.
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Translated by Lúcia Maciel