Vietnam – Halong Bay


It’s April of 2021 and Day 22 of the A to Z challenge. This year, I am doing the theme – “Travel the World.” I am visiting countries from A to Z and presenting stories with 8 line poems.

Day 22 Country: Vietnam

“Ha long” means a descending dragon. Halong bay is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a popular tourist destination where travelers can take a boat ride to appreciate this natural wonder and breath-taking natural landscapes. The significant part of the bay is thousands of limestone karsts and isles in numerous shapes and sizes. The limestones have gone through 500 million years of formation in different conditions and environments. Hạlong Bay is home to 14 endemic floral species and 60 endemic faunal species which think is astounding. The bay consists of around 1600 limestone monolithic islands each topped with thick jungle vegetation, rising spectacularly from the ocean. There are also abundant lakes in these limestone islands.

Credits: by Taewangkorea – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=83218

Poem:

I wonder sometimes,
How does the earth,
Smile, rejoice, cry?
Does it smile,
Painting landscapes?
Does it rejoice, in flowers?
Does it cry,
Looking at us?

Every emotion is balanced with other. Beauty and the beast are always together.

15 thoughts on “Vietnam – Halong Bay

  1. Vietnam holds a special place in my heart. As a teenager of the 70’s I protested the Vietnam War at Peace Rallies. I wore a silver bracelet with the name Lonnie Chapman & a white sticker with a blue star signifying he was MIA (Missing In Action). I joined a pen pal program & wrote to his family in Montana USA for 3 years. Soldier Chapman was never found & assumed to be buried somewhere in the Vietnam countryside….it is a bittersweet memory for me. I was on 12 when I started writing his family…..I often wonder how they are but lost their address a long time ago!
    Your poem touched me deeply….somehow it brings all those memories back to me!
    If I could, I would go to Vietnam…..maybe one day…..
    Sherri-Ellen & **purrss** BellaDharma

    Liked by 1 person

  2. I forgot to mention I DID do some research online 2years ago & I DID find an entry for Lonnie Chapman. He sadly is deceased & he is buried in Vietnam. However it is a relief to know what happened to him….
    May Lonnie’s memory be for a blessing ❤

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Not gonna lie, I actually “searched” for this because I’m new at WordPress and really want to explore blogs that interest me. I’ve visited Ha long Bay and everybody MUST see the beguiling landscape and mesmerising natural wealth. This was so well presented, especially loved the poem at the end. I’d frequent Ha long Bay if I could. It’s the most therapeutic place I’ve been to. I love your idea of visiting a country from A to Z. Good luck :))

    Liked by 1 person

Your Comments Are Most Welcome:

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s