Ditching The Tourists - SE Asia
If you are traveling to Ha Long Bay in Vietnam and want to get off the beaten path, try doing this! From Ha Long Bay, take a ferry or speed boat over to Cat Ba, take a taxi to the far side of the island and walk down to the North East Harbor. There are many small tourist boats waiting for work. We essentially google earthed a special place we wanted to see in Lan Ha Bay and showed the boat driver on the map. With some negotiation, they are happy to take you many of the places along the north east side of the island. The only catch is they have to have enough fuel and time to drive there and back! Good luck. A fantastic alternative to the touristy, expensive boat tours from Ha Long Bay. Terrain in Lan Ha bay and surroundings are nearly identical. It's simply stunning.