Ha Long Bay named in world’s greatest coastline list

13:54 | 30/09/2014
Ha Long Bay of Viet Nam has been selected as one of the 12 greatest coastlines in the world by US travel website WhenOnEarth.
Photo by: Far Lang via Panoramio

WhenOnEarth said that a popular coastal destination in northeastern Viet Nam, Ha Long Bay features many tropical plants and animals, floating fishing villages, and unique formations of eroded limestone, including a multitude of small islands and huge caves. 

Ha Long Bay has an area of around 1,550 km2, including 1,960–2,000 islets, most of which are limestone. The core of the bay has an area of 334 km2 with a high density of 775 islets.

The limestone in this bay has gone through 500 million years of formation in different conditions and environments. The evolution of the karst in this bay has taken 20 million years under the impact of the tropical wet climate

The 12 greatest coastlines around the world include Lofoten Islands (Norway), Dubrovnik (Croatia), Na Pali Coast (Hawaii), Cape Town (South Africa), Cinque Terre (Italy), Big Sur (California, USA), Algarve (Portugal), and Great Ocean Road (Australia), Cliffs of Moher (Ireland), Patagonian fjords (Chile), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and Ha Long Bay (Viet Nam)

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