Despite the fact that the bay should get more publicity it deserves, Halong Bay is already crowded with boats and tourists, especially during peak season. This doesn’t make the seascape less amazing but somewhat lessen the thrill of the beholders. Imagine when you visit the Sung Sot cave (Cave of Surprises), you may find a hundred of other travellers in the cave and 4 to 5 other groups in the same chamber with yours. The guides begin to tell the mystical legends woven about the cave but it is noisy and you can hear nothing. That’s why some prefer to go off the beaten track and choose Bai Tu Long Bay instead.

Bai Tu Long Bay is actually a part of Halong archipelago, it is right in the northeast of Halong Bay. Bai Tu Long Bay is no less beautiful than Halong Bay with hundreds of karst islets rising from emerald water. The only difference is the rock forms are not in diverse and special shapes like in Halong. Currently, there is a handful of boats cruising in Bai Tu Long Bay.

Most cruises in Bai Tu Long Bay take you discover a less visited part including Cong Do area, Cong Dam area, Vong Vieng, Cong Dam floating village, Thien Canh Son cave, some small nice beachs for BBQ lunch… Besides Bai Tu Long Bay, there is the bigger area off Quan Lan island, Ngoc Vung island, Cong Dong and Cong Tay island ( a small number of local people live in these islands). In order to get there, you start from Cai Rong ( Van Don district) by local wooden boat or speed boat. The tourism infrastructure is still not widely developed there but it gives you a real taste of adventure.