A few months back I got to take a trip with a good friend and writer for Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia to Bai Tu Long Bay in northern Vietnam. Which is basically a lot like its really famous big brother Ha Long Bay, just a little smaller and slightly more out of the way. Same karst landscapes, same lime green waters, and unfortunately, at times, the same pollution problems the bigger bay has, apparently due to the international shipping lanes just beyond. Though if you can just look past the (maybe more than occasional) trash floating on by, it really is a majestic and awe-inspiring landscape. Highly recommended for a few nights of peaceful respite. Here’s the tearsheet and a few outtakes that didn’t make it into the story. Enjoy!
Just a simple image from Bai Tu Long Bay, in the Gulf of Tonkin in northern Vietnam, a little ways past the famed and fabled karst landscapes of Ha Long Bay. It’s quieter there, in Bai Tu Long, though not much different overall at all. Further away, maybe. Which is always nice in such a crowded world. From where we dropped anchor you could see large tankers sitting idle in the distant shipping lanes past the small rocks dotting the watery landscape. At night their lights would bleed through and brighten the shadowy limestone boulders pushing through the gulf. So that’s what happened here, in this photo.