Ha Long Bay
About 5 hours from Hanoi in northeast Vietnam lies Ha Long Bay; a UNESCO world heritage site with 1,600 limestone islands sprouting from emerald coloured sea.
Anyone taking a trip to northern Vietnam will most likely pay a visit here as it’s one of country’s most well known attractions.
The problem with it being such a popular tourist attraction is that there are a huge amount of tour agencies competing with each other, a lot of them offering expensive, poor quality trips.
With arranged boat tours from Hanoi having a reputation for cramming 30+ people on poorly maintained boats and providing a crowded and rushed experience, it was hard to know which agency to go with.
I’m a fan of doing things independently wherever possible but it was proving tricky to find a way.
Then I heard about Cat Ba Island… Read more