by Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Friday 6 December 2013

According to Vietnamese myth, Ha Long Bay was created by dragons. Got your attention, didn’t I? To be specific, legend has it that dragons aided the Vietnamese from a Chinese invasion by spitting out jewels that formed the 1,600 islands and islets surrounding the bay. The dragons decided it was cool in Vietnam, so they stayed, and the locals dubbed the mother dragon’s crib as ‘Halong’.

It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site visited my millions of tourists every year. So if you happen to visit Ha Long Bay in the Quang Ninh province of Vietnam, don’t be surprised by the sight of crowded tourist boats. If you want an off-beat experience of the famous bay, try dining in a cave. At $245 per person, the Emeraude Classic Cruises package includes breakfast, champagne, a seafood buffet, tapas and wine tasting, and of course, dinner inside Drum Cave. Bats not included in the four-course dinner.

Via Chicago Tribune