Appreciating Halong Bay and tapping into its essence is that the height of luxury. There’s no need to show anything to anybody at anytime. Things just are. And that’s what is so amazing and rare about this place. It is as if nature itself gave a gift to the world that few people have bothered to find out about. Karst aren’t unique in Asia, as these limestone towers are also found in Thailand’s Krabi island and China’s Guilin region. But Vietnam’s Halong Bay leaves other karst formations in the dust, as the islets here fill the entire bay as far as the eye can see, nearly like a civilisation that has been drowned by the ocean. Some of these islands are so large that they have beaches, lakes and forests filled with animals. It’s unlikely today to see any dragons in Halong Bay overnight cruise, but the bay is a place full of biodiversity. Where wildlife lovers can spot many species of birds and amphibians shore and the islands are covered with lovely rainforests. Underwater, it is a marine paradise of corals and many species including the dugong. Unfortunately, the natural wealth and beauty of Halong Bay has also made it a target for those who wish to exploit its resources. These days, it is as a result of strain of overfishing and searching in the area in danger of losing much of its glorious aura. Game hunters are quickly reducing the populations of rare animals, although precious coral and shells from the sea are being ripped out to become trinkets and souvenirs for tourists. Many companies offer a new standard for luxury cruising Halong Bay and today widely known as the number one choice for discerning travellers, operating a fleet of four newly built wooden junks designed in time-honoured traditional style, with contemporary and luxurious cabins and facilities. Halong Bay is not just about the limestone karsts, or the cavernous grottoes hollowed from so many of these islands. What else, many passengers want to know, is there to see at Halong Bay. And what particularly, they would like to understand, of wildlife.