“Halong Bay, a staggering seascape of some 1,600 limestone islands and islets in the Gulf of Tonkin, formed over millions of years, there’s never been a better time to visit. In November, the Unesco World Heritage site was provisionally named one of the world’s “new seven wonders of nature” based on a global poll conducted by the Swiss foundation New7Wonders” #15. Halong Bay /45 Places to Go in 2012 Via New York time magazine
Here I am kayaking in the middle of a calm ocean, surrounded by thousands of rock mountains, when
suddenly I notice a junk boat with two big sails enter my line of vision, as the sun slowly sets over the water.
I stop and just let the moment in.
Feeling small and insignificant, I find myself only meters away from one of thousands of ancient rock mountains towering 30 stories in height above me. Somehow, though I am part of this magnificent world, I also feel very much my own individual. Then, as my hand releases the paddle to rest it on the kayak, my hand touches the water…
The entire scene engulfs me. Suddenly, I feel so alive – as though every sense of my being is expanding. The boundaries I have set up for myself are no longer and I am able to just let go. I feel so connected to all beings; able to feel and hear the water, the air and the animals on the mountain. It is a dream-like surreal moment. Everything within my vision is refined and deeply rich in detail and color.
In this moment I think, “This is what I want people to experience -this magnificent ancient world! The beauty of this UNESCO site will be their introduction to the rich history of Vietnamese culture.”