If you go anywhere in Vietnam, you’re more than likely to see several places offering tours to Ha Long Bay, as this is one of the top sights in the country. However, to save a little money, my friend Becca and I decided to skip buying a tour from town and instead head over to Cat Ba Island by ourselves. From Cat Ba, we found that it was cheaper to book a day there instead of getting it somewhere like Hanoi. It was nearly half the price this way! Not only that, but we were able to explore a little more of the island.
The next day, we went on a Halong Bay tour for only around $12! This included the boat, the guide, Monkey Island, kayaking, snorkeling (if you can call it that), and lunch.
It was freezing out on the water, but I was just happy that it wasn’t raining.