Bai Tu Long Bay
The idea of a smaller boat and more opportunities to see local life without the tourist crowds convinced me to opt for a visit to the Bai Tu Long Bay area rather than head straight for Halong Bay. Soon it became clear that the tour company had put 2 groups together, with no common language. We smiled quite a lot, and everyone was very polite, but we were not a communicative group. Not that it mattered much to me: I was there for the views of this UNESCO World Heritage site.