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This tour was amazing!
Fantastic tour! Probably the best we went on in Vietnam. The company was amazing - we missed the meeting point and they offered to pick us up outside of the old quarter the following day. We ate in groups on the boat (fab lunch) and rowed through the waters and caves ourselves. Highly recommended!!
what a fantastic day out !!!!, it is a long journey to Halong bay from Hanoi , but well worth it
on the way to the bay , you pass along some fantastic scenery, including the rice fields for the workers , working in the fields.
as for the bay itself it is spectacular, are boat took us to the bay , and on the boat we had a fantastic meal, when we got to the bay , we had choice of either kayaking or going out with one of the locals on a small rowing boat i chose the rowing boat
are local guide took us into the bay and past the local fishing village , after the boat trip we were then taken to see two spectacular massive caves .
on the way back everyone in are group agreed what a great day out they had , i was travelling alone and met some wonderful friendly people.
i would recommend doing this tour while in Hanoi
The tour is good. We had a knowledgeable guide and the fishing village and cave were lovely. But after being there I wished I and #39;d done one of the multi day tours
The experience is great. The scenery is beautiful.
Once we were at Halong Bay, the tour itself of the Bay and the caves was good. The guide was knowledgeable and friendly. However we arrived over an hour late, mainly because the van had too many stops to make in Hanoi. Lunch on the boat was very poor and badly prepared. Kayaking in the bay or taking a boat seemed worthwhile. The cave tour was excellent. Very vexing that as we were about to depart @4:10 p.m. back to Hanoi, the tour guide and driver were directed to pick up three additional passengers who were not part of our tour. This added an extra 30 minutes as we tried to find them coming off of another boat. Most vexing is the additional 30 minute stop at a tourist trap on the way back to Hanoi. One expects to stop at one of these places during a trip - which we did, on the way to Halong Bay. But then to also have to endure a second one on the way back to Hanoi, when everyone is tired is inexcusable.
Tour details are okay, staff were friendly too.
but I was over paid based on what I see from other.
This tour was definitely a great experience. It is not for the weak of heart though. The tour is a very long day. It is 3-4 hours both ways with a stop in-between. If the weather is great the ride on the water is nice. The lunch on the boat isn't too bad. The floating village is nice but the people that work there are rude. The caves are a nice tourist thing to look at. lots of steep steps Over all it was a nice day. I would probably go back to the bay but traveling there would have to be something to think about.
Easier access to Holong Bay from Ha Noi.
The tour was basically an uninterested escort shuttling us from place to place. Ha Long Bay is gorgeous so what you get to see and experience is amazing. Our guide told us very little, if not nothing about the different places we stopped.
Apparently when I booked, I was an extra that they fit it which meant I sat up front in the middle. Quite honestly, I think the guide should have given me the proper seat as I was a paying customer but he seemed very disinterested in being a good guide. This special seat always gave me a view to the driver, who almost nodded off for a good 1/2 hour during the drive. You might think it's the guide's job to keep the driver awake but he was fast asleep for about 45 minutes.
As I said, we got to see the sights and our group was very good but I would recommend going on a different tour with a different outfit if you want to learn more about the destination.
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