It's a shame how Halong Bay has been mercilessly spoiled by mass tourism. BUT, for visitors to Vietnam, there's still hope. Escape the crowds and polluted waters by sailing through Bai Tu Long Bay instead of the popular tourist route.
Bai Tu Long Bay is a long string of islands which was created when the entire limestone plateau sank below sea level. It lies up in the north of Vietnam, in Quang Ninh Province. Bai Tu Long Bay is just north of the beautiful Ha Long Bay region although