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This was a great trip. A long day (about 8 of the 12 hours spent traveling) but worth it if you don't want to stay overnight. Although the day was cloudy, the closer we got to the rocky formations, the clearer they were so I was able to get some good photos. Lunch was sufficient and the caves were worth seeing. It was a shame that the merchandise at the handicrafts centre was so expensive. A purse I bought around the corner of the hotel was 5 times more expensive at the centre. Our guide San was terrific and had excellent English.
An amazing excursion - Halong Bay is spectacular. Our guide was awesome.
Excellent day trip if a little bit tiring (4 hours from Hanoi) but time spent on the boat more than made up for the long journey.
We absolutely loved our tour and Thanh was a witty and well-informed guide! He was amazing and enhanced our tour with his very funny quips and good nature. We enjoyed other tour members and the lunch on board was delicious! We would highly recommend this tour... could not have been more pleased! Thank you! We will definitely book through Viator again!
Very good trip to do if you do not have much time to spend in Halong Bay. Guide was very informative and friendly and the seafood lunch was very tasty.
This trip was an amazing experience for me and my daughter. The small group made it more personal and everyone on the trip shared an amazing experience. The food on board the boat was excellent and the rew could not have been nicer. Our tour guide did an amazing job. Would highly recommend this trip to anyone. I have made some new friends as a result and found Halong Bay to be mystical and magical.
Although it was a long drive to get there for a day trip, it was beautiful once we got there! The road is being widened and re paved so it should make for a better journey in the future!
I have taken tours with Viator in several different countries and have never been disappointed. This tour to Halong Bay was no exception. Great communication, friendly and knowledgeable guide who spoke English. Clean and comfortable tour bus with safe driver. It turned out to just be 4 of us on the tour and that was fantastic. The boat was beautiful inside and the lunch was fresh and delicious. Most people who visit Halong Bay do an overnight but we were very happy with this day trip, just enough time to cruise about and also visit a cave. The little stops on the way were interesting and we didn't feel pressure to buy anything. I would highly recommend this tour.
Excellent Tour, it was a three and half hour trip to our boat but was well worth it when we got there. There were only six of us and Thoa our guide (seven crew also) on the boat and it was so much better than being on the other boats we saw with forty or more people on board. We enjoyed a lovely silver service lunch and then just wandered around the deck looking at the wonderful scenery. Thoa was very helpful answering our questions and I highly recommend the tour.
Excellent day. The long drive was worth the investment. Each part of the day was very interesting. Our guide was very good.
We had an absolutely unforgettable time. My husband and I had the whole boat with a crew of 6 to ourselves. Our guide was well versed in the history and was able to answer all the questions we asked. He kept the trip flexible enough to accommodate a visit to a souvenir shop on the way to Halong Bay and a pottery shop on the way back. It was raining but the mist only made the view more beautiful. The stop at an underground cave was equally memorable. Once again we had the whole place to ourselves with our guide showing us all the different formations. The food was divine. My husband unfortunately does not eat seafood while I love it. Our guide had managed to get a complete seafood meal for me while organising chicken for my husband. The crew were friendly and fulfilled our every wish including allowing my husband to take the controls for a while. I took so many pictures, the hardest part was deciding which ones to put on Facebook.
We had a fabulous day trip to Halong Bay. Small group tours are so much better as you don't waste time waiting for everyone. We had five on our trip and our guide was great, unfortunately we could not remember his name. Yes it takes 3 hours from Hanoi and part of the trip can be a little rough due to the road conditions, but it is soon forgotten when you see the spectacular scenery! The crew on the boat were very friendly and the lunch was fresh and delicious. The nicest part was the peacefulness of cruising the bay and especially having only 5 others on the boat, we felt like we had lots of space and the only tourists on the boat. We had limited time and were unsure as to whether it would be worth doing just a one day trip, but can happily recommend that it is worth it and we didn't feel rushed at any stage. We booked with Viator on the internet before we left and would thoroughly recommend this company.