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I absolutely loved it. I would recommend it to anyone going Vietnam. Even the locals recommend it. There were only two of us on the boat, which would have fit about 20 people. We didn't get a choice to swim in the water, which I would have loved to do. But I loved every minute of it. Tour guide speak brilliant English and knew his stuff.
The best experience ever! Don't miss it! The best of Vietnam!
Our tour guide was fabulous. His English was excellent and his personality very easy going and friendly. His added commentary on life in Vietnam was one of the high lights of our trip. The tour on Halong Bay exceeded our expectations. Breathtaking natural beauty and outstanding lunch (even though we're not big seafood fans).
Marvin Daniel H
A good tour on the whole, but I was a little disappointed that I was not allowed to swim and a little lonely because there was only me on the boat!
The drive to Halong Bay was rather long, three-and-a-half hours, and tedious, but the trip itself and luncheon were very good.
Very good value, as detailed on the official site.
Please note that this is private tour. Which means you will be stuck with a very awkward not-so-good-with-english-speaking guide the whole time, to whom you have to pay rapt attention as he speaks non-stop about the poverty and corruption in Vietnam. The anonymity of a group tour would perhaps be more fun because you can choose when to take pictures or pay attention when something interesting is being discussed. The private tour is awkward, and the lunch is somewhat paltry.
Right after lunch, the serving staff will come to accost you with cheap souvenirs and they are very persistent. And since you and your travel companion are the only persons on the boat, other than your guide, you feel very pressured. They don't stop when you say no.
Magnolia R. S
We were alone on a massive junk boat so it was kind of wasteful and a bit lonely. The guide also cut the boat ride short and told us we couldn't jump off the boat and swim in the bay, though he found time to stop at tourist trap souvenir factories on the drive out to Halong Bay and again on the way back to try to get us to buy stuff at stores he had obviously made deals with. When we told him we didn't want to shop, he and the driver got out of the vehicle anyway and stopped and had tea with the factory owners while my brother and I waited in the overheating car for 30 minutes. Vietnam is notoriously shady, but I expected to not have to deal with any of that on this tour since I paid American prices and booked through a reputable company.