Halong bay is officially two bays but is known as one. Twice it has been recognized by Unsenco in 1994 and 2000. Legend states the islands were created by two dragons who were spitting out jewels. Their are over 2000 islands.
The days we attended Halong Bay the weather was either raining or misty. The weather did not distract from the view.
500 tourist cruise boats are registered for the area. As well there are many local fishing boats and private luxury boats. The pollution is very obvious.
We attended Halong Bay on January 27, 28th on a 1 night, 2 day Junk boat excursion.