(GMT)06 FEB 2018 CHA3ER:
Over the years tourism has boomed in Ha Long Bay and the nearby fishing villages have become a hub for hoards of visitors that flock to see this natural wonder.
Here is an interesting travel blog that shows the untouristy Ha Long Bay Tour from Cat Ba Island to Lan Ha Bay.
There are now hundreds of tour agencies in Ha Long Bay and Hanoi that offer everything from budget half or full day trips, to booze cruises. There’s also a large choice of vessels you could take your trip on, including amongst others: kayaks, junks, barges, yachts and cruise ships. There’s something for all budgets and tastes.
The more I researched, the more hesitant I became and I decided to look into less touristy alternatives. It became apparent that although Ha Long Bay was the most well-known bay for its stunning limestone karst scenery, it isn’t the only one. There are other bays nearby offering the same seascapes, just without the tourists. These include Lan Ha Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay which can be accessed from Cat Ba Island. I wasn’t too hung up on seeing THE Ha Long Bay so decided on a tour leaving from Cat Ba Island instead. I decided to do a tour with Cat Ba Ventures, a Vietnamese socially responsible travel company based on Cat Ba Island