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In Bai To Long bay | by Gregor  Samsa
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In Bai To Long bay

Bai Tu Long National Park (Vietnamese: Vườn quốc gia Bái Tử Long) is a protected area zone in northeastern Vietnam. It was established in 2001, succeeding from the former Ba Mun National Conservation Zone. It is one of seven Vietnamese amphibian national parks which has both terrestrial zone and aquatic zone.

 

It is located within Bai Tu Long bay, which with Ha Long Bay forms an impressive scenery of sea and islands. Including thousands of islands and rocks, they create one of the most beautiful bays in the world.

 

According to legend, an immense dragon descended to Ha Long Bay (meaning ‘’Descending Dragon’’) millions years ago, dropping numerous eggs. These eggs hatched forming thousands of rocks and islands. The tail of the dragon extended far to the sea, forming Bach Long Vi (meaning ‘’The Tail of the White Dragon’’). As she returned to heaven, she said good bye to her offspring at the Bai Tu Long Bay (means ‘’The dragon parts the offsprings’’).

 

Now the Park is part of Van Don district, 20 km distant from Cai Rong town.

 

(Wikipedia)

 

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Apart of Hạ Long bay, the neighboring Bai To Long bay is also worth a visit, especially for those who prefer silence and solitude to crowded tourist areas.

 

Spent two days in the area out of tourist season only to find empty but beautiful places and enjoy this tranquil Vietnam scenery without rush and crowds.

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Taken on January 7, 2011