Ha Long Bay is a popular travel destination known for its unique natural limestone and forest formations. While it is a popular destination, here are some tips to consider before visiting the area to make your visit fit your travel plans and expectations.
Here are 8 things I wish I knew before visiting Vietnam‘s Ha Long Bay.
1. There’s more beyond Ha Long Bay.
While Ha Long Bay is the most famous, it is overcrowded with tour boats compared to its neighboring Cat Ba region. The less crowded Cat Ba region may be a better choice to visit. The villages around the area are calmer and the beaches are clean, and trash free, opposite of the problems in the main Ha Long region. On the tour I experienced, our captain picked out a smaller island but we had the whole beach to ourselves.