On the northern coast of Vietnam is an otherwordly area known as Halong Bay. Halong Bay is nearly 930 square miles in size and features somewhere between 1,000 and 2,000 limestone islands and outcroppings (it can be hard to count all of them, let alone remember which ones have been counted!).
Halong literally means “descending dragon,” and there’s a local legend that says that when the Vietnamese were fighting foreign invaders long ago, the gods sent a family of fighting dragons to help them defend the land. As the dragons descended upon the area, they spit jewels and gems, and when these hit the water, they turned into little islands, which today dot the bay.
As I was traveling through Halong Bay—especially when I was at water level via kayak—I felt like I was immersed in a place that hovered somewhere between Middle Earth (from Lord of the Rings) and the luscious green backdrop of Jurassic Park. Here are a few of the shots that I snapped while I was visiting Halong Bay.