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The tour itself was awesome. Tour guide Charlie Khanh was very professional. But it said seafood buffet lunch was included in the additional information. What we had was rice and a few dishes, we got scolded when asked for more. The staff of the boat were very rude though I dont blame the tour company for this as the boats are assigned by the permit office and we dont have a choice.
HaLong Bay itself was a real treat, even if the day was misty and we got enveloped in fog. Our tourguide was a disappointment - obviously not a professional, offering very little commentaries during the 3hr drive THEN slept for 2hrs on the way home ! She also was not cleanly dressed (looked like she was the tourist), altho she did smile to us a lot. More importantly, when we got trapped in the fog for 30min, we were practically lost at sea ... it appeared the boat did not carry a compass (at the very least). We missed a barge or two by metres only. It was myself and another tourist, who was able to activate his Blackberry GPS apps showing our location to be heading straight North, when I said my little knowledge tells me we should be turning West !!! Nothing wrong with the UNESCO attraction we went to see; perhaps Viator should do a serious enquiry on this incident, and re-train our tourguide.
Great. The bay and the cave was excellent. the food was great. Highly recommended. The only down side was the uncomfortable seats in the mercedes mini van. Apart from that a great day
Great experience!! Let down only by the weather nevertheless so worth it!
this trip was really enjoyable and informative. the group was small - only 6 people and the guide really knew his stuff! shame it was raining............
Tour guide has very good command of English. Food on board the boat was nice. Lovely trip and group size is small (only 5 of us) but a price kinda on the high side.
The trip was very beautiful and started without any delays or hassles with hotel pick up. The food on board could have been better though, in both quality and quantity.
Very well organised - magnificent part of the world - knowledgeable guide - couldn't have asked for more.
Throughly enjoyable trip with one exception. The visit to the limestone cave was chaotic with too many people in a small space.
A great day, excellent guide and driver, only three of us, so we had the boat etc to ourselves, Lovely freshly cooked lunch, We enjoyed the day very much.
Although the drive from Hanoi was very long, the tour was excellent. Our English speaking guide was very nice and knowledgable. The boat ride in Ha Long Bay was worth the lenghty journey. Next time I would stay overnight and do some kayaking in the lake.
Halong Bay is a lot nicer than imagined. Will be staying on the overnight junk tour next time around.
Great day out, however it is a long day as the drive to and from is long, 6 hours in total! We were lucky as we had a huge Boat for 6 of us, so plenty of room and a chance to move around the boat. Well worth seeing.
The driver and guide showed up quite promptly. Only 2 of us booked this tour on our day, but everything went on as if we had a full group. I quite enjoyed having an almost private tour :) Just know that the drive is long from Hanoi, about 4 hours each way. The driver was good at stopping every 2 hours or so for a stretch and bathroom break. When we made it to the boat, we also found we had the whole boat to ourselves. The lunch was awesome!! This is a beautiful site that should not be missed.
The food was excellent and the scenery gorgeous. Shame there was only 3 hours sailing in the Bay
The Halong Bay is very nice, although in Autumn the sea waters are not so clear, as a result of the Red River flow. The trip from Hanoi and back takes around 7 hours due to the bad traffic and it is a bit too much. The service ( driver, guide, boat, food) was impecable.
It was just a couple of us on this trip which collected us form the hotel in Hanoi and took us for a journey up to Halong Bay. The tour guide was very friendly and made sure to keep us informed throughout the trip on various Vietnamese customs and history. The Halong Bay tour itself is well organized. The boat is more than sufficient and food delicious. It's a simple trip and perfect if you have a short stay in Hanoi and only want to do a quick day trip to Halong Bay itself. The tour operator is professional. We had a private car for the journey but they also do minibuses if there are more people booked. The tour guide and driver never suggested we pay for tips as is the case on some other such trips which made the whole trip a much more pleasant and hassle free experience. Would I recommend this trip to anyone else? Absolutely - if a quick day trip and tour is what you want then this is the tour for you!
This tour was most enjoyable, a three hour road trip from our hotel in Hanoi stopping at a factory showroom for disabled people. The boat trip at Halong Bay was very pleasant,we toured caves and had a most appetising lunch on board which was pre booked by our guide. For a day tour this was very good the guide was very informative and helpfull, .I would recomend this day tour. J Marsh .B Marsh
An enjoyable tour with a fantastic tour guide however it is a long way to travel for one day and wish now that we had done the overnight tour. A great option if you are pressed for time like we were. Only real dissappointment was not having the opportunity to swim in Halong Bay - but we were very pushed for time and spent only a couple of hours out on the water.
It was a good trip, although it would have been better in a group. I booked a group tour, but was the only one on the tour. The guide and driver were friendly. The weather was overcast with sprinkles and I imagine much more scenic with better weather. The food on the boat was quite good.
Halong Bay was amazing...really the only thing I liked in Hanoi area! Bad weather which couldn't be helped, but still beautiful. Great to do in a group.
The guide was good and the total trip was very satisfactory.
As a single traveler I had booked the shared day trip rather than the private one, simply for social reasons, but I ended up on a private tour anyway since no one else had booked the shared one. Even though that wasn't my first choice I cannot complain about that of course. I had high expectations of Halong Bay and even though I enjoyed the day I cannot say that it was amazing, but certainly worth while. Part of it was maybe that it was a hazy day as a result of which the scenary may not have been as spectacular as on a clear day. Lunch on board was more than adequate and tasty but was surprised to hear that some of the rolls contained fried dog meat. For most travelers probably an usual dish but I was happy that at least I asked. For me, a day trip to Halong was enough but talked to several people who spent a few days and absolutely loved it.
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