Ha Long Bay is what often comes to mind when someone says Northeast Vietnam but Ha Long Bay is just the beginning. Northeast Vietnam is home to Bai Tu Long Bay and Lan Ha Bay. The stunning limestone krasts found in Ha Long Bay continue north almost to the Chinese boarder and east past Cat Ba Island. There are hundreds of tour boat operators to choose from that offer single or multi day tours around Ha Long Bay. Cat Ba Island is a great place to use as a base for exploring the surrounding area. Fresh sea food is available in every restaurant and with the recent construction of new hotels accommodation is cheap and plentiful in Cat Ba Town. Quan Lan Island located in Bai Tu Long Bay is a much quieter alternative to Cat Ba Island with scenery that is equally as good as Ha Long Bay. If you’re interested in escaping the crowds, street vendors, and pesky booking agents and looking for your own patch of sand Bai Tu Long Bay is for you.