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Bai Tu Long Bay

THE COMPLEX TEXTURES OF THE ISLES: JUNGLE VEGETATION FADING INTO WARM, CREVICED ROCK, MEETING THE SEA IN DISSOLUTE FORMATIONS.

Standing on the deck of the Dragon Pearl Boat, I gaze around in awe as we sail through Vietnam’s Bai Tu Long Bay. All that is visible is blue green water and limestone formations delving in and out of the fog for as far as the eyes can see.

When the boat docks, we take a kayak along the crystal waters to observe the complex textures of the isles: jungle vegetation fading into warm, creviced rock, meeting the sea in dissolute formations, allowing the limestones to look as though they have frozen still in a liquid drop. Many of the islands are hollow, paving the way to mysterious caves with extravagant patterns.

Back on the boat, I watch the sun set behind the isles. Their colour changes throughout the day, depending on the direction of the light. From a blue grey, hovering above the fog in the morning, to a lucid green in the afternoon, and then into various shades of orange, pink and even purple as the sun fades.

I am eager to see which colour the rocks will take on during tomorrow’s sunrise.

Bai Tu Long Bay
Bai Tu Long Bay
Bai Tu Long Bay
Bai Tu Long Bay
Bai Tu Long Bay
Bai Tu Long Bay
Bai Tu Long Bay
Bai Tu Long Bay
Bai Tu Long Bay