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highly recommended. definitely worth the experience. wish i had more time to spend on the boat. the staffs and tour guide were absolutely amazing
Very nice and confortable boat, excellent food, professional staff. Very good value/price ratio
It was the cheapest wonderful experience in my life, I'm 55 and well traveled. Italian-American Citizen
Started with a mini van trip from Hanoi to Halong Bay, then two Amazing sight seeing on a boat with only 5 couples. Then another minivan trip back to our Hotel in Hanoi......... worth looking into it folks!
Guide Peter was very nice. Crew on board the Oriental sales also were very efficient. Weather was not optimum windy, cloudy then later rain but service and food were good.
This tour was simply amazing! The views you get of the bay from sunset to sunrise are breathtaking. The staff and Mr. Tommy are you super kind. The food is delicious and ample (plus they have a happy hour.)
Note: singles will be charged an additional $40 fee cash, but as a person traveling al
Well organised and on time right from hotel pickup .our guide and driver were very friendly and helpful . All aspects of the boat clean and functional. The guide and crew spoke English as good as expected in this country. An amazing place to visit .Expect plenty of people and unfortunately some trash in the water.But overall awesome trip,thanks team.
Yes this is a tourist desire but well worth it to soak in the beauty of this unique place. If you're lucky enough to get Tom as a tour guide, he made the trip. He's so informative and just Awesome to be with. The food on the boat was delicious. Modest accommodations with a comfortable bed.
I highly recommend this tour. I was hesitant to book at first as I am not sure on how the room will look like, it turns out to be perfect. This is a value for your money as the activities included are enough to entertain and relax you at the same time. The foods served were not bad as well, tasty on my standard I am not very picky with food . The staffs are awesome, they are accommodating and kind.
Important note: Travelling from Hanoi to Halong Bay is 4 hours, please prepare your bladder as the toilet in the gas station is a traditional sit up kind. Do not drink too much liquid on your way, the comfortable toilet to use is the official stopover which is after 2 and half hours travel from Hanoi.
Tommy our guide was superb and made every effort to be informative and helpful. He did need to slow down to be understood and we British interpreted for some Europeans who though they had good English struggled with the pace at times.
Food was supeb cabins were lovely. Kayaking was fun. Overall very enjoyable and decent value.
BEWARE: lunch at 10:30 on the 2nd day is a little much.
If you've seen a cave don't waste your time going to this teeming with people and underwhelming
300 characters is not enough to talk about how great this trip was. A mini cruise with everything included. The boat, the service, the activities, they were all amazing. If you go to Ha Long Bay, make this the trip. I can't imagine doing it any other way. Thanks to Dave for an amazing tour!
Karen P Spain
The boat, food and staff were amazing for this one day stopover tour. The weather wasn't brilliant but we enjoyed the kayaking and boat trip to the pearl farm. In sunny weather it must be fantastic.
LOVED LOVED this trip! exceeded my expectations and Mr Tommy was amazing! Thank you!
Amazing ship, awesome guide, all the tours were lovely, highly recommended
Mr. Jackie was a great guide. The food was great. Our accomadations were good for the price we paid.
This trip was amazing. Our boat had only 12 guests on board so we all shared one big dining table. The food was exceptional. 7 courses for each meal.
Our Rep was 'Jackie Chan' he was great and ensured everything ran smoothly. We went swimming in the afternoon but we had a choice of kayaking, swimming or going to a local floating village.
As there are so many companies to choose from it was pure luck that we picked this one and what a good choice it turned out to be.
P.S. They even extended the Happy Hour until 9pm which was good as the drinks were a bit pricey!
This was such a great start to Vietnam and such am amazing place to see. You'll love just cruising around with a drink in your hand just taking it all in and the food is great as well. This tour is a must if you intend to visit Vietnam. This was by far the best thing I did in Vietnam and will be something I remember for a very long time.
Great time with the folks on the cruise. Guide was nice. Food was extravagant but not super Vietnamese. A little pricey, luxury accommodation.
Just loved this...Incredibly well organised and a fantastic place. Halong Bay has the most amazing topography and I cannot think of anywhere else in the world you would see what you see here. I have read previously where it has been dirty but I did not see it. Also, it added to the ambience to have the other cruise junks there at night. I also found the cabinsexcept the bed very comfortable and the shower amazing and the staff and food were wonderful Definitely 5 Star!!
This was by far the swankiest thing I did on my trip to Vietnam and I must say it was worth every penny. Be prepared for a long bus ride and a stop at a ridiculous tourist trap don't buy anything there- you can get it on the street for 1/10th the price, but the cruise was absolutely fantastic. The food was great and the accomodations were spacious, comfortable, and clean. The planned activities were also the perfect amount of time to experience everything but not get bored. Also, the tour guide spoke fantastic English and had a great sense of humor.
It was a great trip. The staff were very accommodating and responsive by phone or by email. They were also able to accomadate our special request which helped us immensely. A great way to see and enjoy the bay with very knowledgable staff and a lovely boat to sleep in. Great food and great activities.
Zoom was an amazing tour guide. He was very knowledgeable, hospitable, and spoke English very well. The car ride to Halong Bay is around 4 hours each way. Overall extremely beautiful and awesome experience. I was with a group of 6 people and they accommodated our needs and exceeded our expectations.
The bus was on time when picking us up and the staff were all really nice and helpful. I told them I am vegetarian and they prepared special meal for me. The itinerary was according to the schedule and we had so much fun with kayaking in the cave. The meal was also nice and fresh.
Finally got to cross this visit to Halong Bay off my bucket list, but I might be back!
This was the highlight of my time spent in Vietnam, with door-to-door service from my hotel in the Old Quarter, delicious meals on board the boat, friendly staff everywhere, informative tour guides, and a comfortable bed on a vessel on the water where I was rocked gently to sleep at night.
We were paddled around a fishing village as part of our visit to the Bay, and were able to climb up to a cave on one of the islands. The village tour was interesting, and we saw how the folks living there not only fish, but also raise oysters, seeding them and then retrieving the cultured pearls produced. The cave experience was a bit of a letdown -- a small hole in the side of an island, reached by a challenging set of steps, which was more of a curiosity than an impressive discovery.
One slight change of plans happened when the cooling system for the boat's engine failed, and some of our tour was done tethered to one of our boat's big sisters. The staff coped without a hitch.
A hearty Thank you to our guides -- Tommy on the bus trips to and from the bay, and Kent on board the Oriental Sails, who also gave us our on-board cooking lesson, how to assemble and cook rice paper shrimp rolls.
Loved all of this with the exception of the weak AC in the rooms.
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