We departed for Halong Bay from Cat Ba Island, a point of departure that came highly recommended by friends. Cat Ba and its surrounding waters are quaint and quiet. When compared to Halong City, the more popular Halong Bay jump off point for tourists, Cat Ba is nearly undisturbed by tourism.
Though it was a bit chilly when we visited Halong Bay we pretty much had the place to ourselves. Halong Bay gets very busy in the summer months but remains quiet in the low season, which lasts until mid-April (we were there on April 3).
|A local family run fish farm. The largest in the region.|