Lost At Sea

15th October, 2013

Ha Long Bay is a place of pure magic. Tucked away in the Gulf of Tonkin, off the coast of Vietnam, it’s a prehistoric seascape still largely unaffected by human presence, thanks to the uninhabitable steepness of its 1,600 precipitous limestone pillars, surging out of the water like defiant giants. To see Ha Long Bay, one must go by boat or helicopter. We chose the slow way, and sailed for two days through its peaceful seas. HalongBay2|ABOVE| on board our private junk boat, pulling succulent prawns out of the coconut they were cooked in, wearing a Matthew Williamson blouse, Ray-Ban glasses and Catbird rings |BELOW| lost at sea is the best way to be, especially when dressed in a Nanette Lepore swimsuit and sarong from Bali (which I also wore HERE) HalongBay3 HalongBay4There are a small handful of manmade beaches encircling the rare karst (as these incredible limestone structures are called), where one can swim to shore, hike the rocky walls and explore the cavernous caves hidden within. HalongBay5 HalongBay6In Vietnamese, its name means ‘descending dragon bay’, and when night falls there is a feeling that perhaps the rocks around you are truly alive with mystical creatures. It’s a place of prehistoric miracles and primordial myths. HalongBay7 HalongBay8In the light of day, the rare hint of human influence can be found in a few floating fishing villages, tucked for safety behind the bay’s biggest boulders. These are inhabited by maybe 300 people at most, who live and work on the water, farming fish, oysters and pearls. HalongBay9 HalongBay10 HalongBay11 HalongBay12There is no doubt that mankind has been cruel to our oceans. It’s a truth you sadly see from Montauk to the Mediterranean. Traveling is as exciting and empowering as it is humbling, as one is confronted by the lingering realities of war, the effects of corrupt governments, the cruel toll we take on each each other as nations and on the earth, our shared home. I’ve been told that there are portions of this beautiful bay that have suffered the ravages of irresponsible tourism and sickening pollution, but our experience in Ha Long Bay did not reflect that. What we saw was a vision of a land before time, a view I will not soon forget and I earnestly wish will not ever be ruined. HalongBay13 HalongBay14|PHOTOGRAPHY| by Zachary Lynd and Kelly Framel

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