Made up of 1,969 islands of different sizes, Halong Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its spectacular beauty of limestone karsts. It is located in Quảng Ninh province of Vietnam that stretches from Halong City, Cam Pha, and part of the district of Van Don which creates a 120 km coastline.
Ha Long Bay literally translates to "Descending Dragon Bay" in Vietnamese. It is a popular travel destination for locals and tourists alike. The bay has an area of 334km2 consists of 775 islands that has gone through millions of years of formation.
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In popular culture
- In Régis Wargnier's 1992 film Indochine, two characters drift around Ha Long Bay for several days following a pivotal scene.
- It was the theme of Robocon (Asia-Pacific Robot Contest) held in Vietnam in 2007: "Discover Ha Long"
- The band dredg wrote a song titled Ha Long Bay.
- In 1974 Halong Bay was the set for Scaramanga's (Christopher Lee) Lair in the James Bond Movie The Man With The Golden Gun.
- In the 1997 James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies, James and Wai Lin attempt to chase down Elliot Carver (played by Jonathan Pryce) in the Ha Long Bay area.
- It was featured on the Amazing Race 10 on "Leg 4", which was originally aired on October 8, 2006.
- It was featured in the programme The Hairy Bikers' Cookbook.
- It was featured in the penultimate episode of the UK television show "By Any Means" in November 2008, when Charlie Boorman and his team were stranded in their boat.
- It was featured in a full length episode of the UK television show Top Gear, Series 12, on 28 December 2008.
- A background stage that looks very similar to Ha Long as well as bearing a crate that has the word "HALONG" written on it, is featured in Capcom's Street Fighter IV.
Cool huh? And because of its beauty and popularity, one can also enjoy a romantic cruise on the bay.