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It is a long drive as everyone knows but our driver was expert in negotiating the roads. We were on a good quality bus with only a total of 4 passengers other than driver and guide. Quite a comfortable trip. The boat was able to take about 50 and it was just us! Nice lunch, quality much better than we have commonly experienced on such tours. The Halong Bay experience was marvellous. Despite it being only 2 1/2 hours we got a great taste of the place. Highly recommend this particular tour.
This was a highlight of our two week trip to Vietnam. The scenery was beautiful. The drive was a bit long, but given that we wanted to do this in a single day, it was more than acceptable. Chyen was a great guide.
Carla L United States of ...
This was first of all a dream come true, and it couldn't have been better!!! Small Hanoi groups was amazing!! very convenient and super nice. I would give a 10 out of 10!!!
This was definitely one of the best highlights of our trip to Vietnam with only three nights in Hanoi. The views of Halong Bay are overawing. Our tour guide, Cong, was very insightful, funny, patient and went above and beyond to make the trip an enjoyable one. Lunch was fresh and delicious we feasted on prawns, salt and pepper pork, marinated fish fillets, squid salad and vege spring rolls. We felt safe and comfortable during the entire journey. The minibus and cruise boat were clean and well maintained. Make sure you include it in your itinerary for Hanoi - you won't regret it!
Amazing experience to sail around Halong Bay and see this unique part of the world. Tour guide, Mr. San, was very friendly and knowledgeable and able to answer all questions. He also took a lot of pics for the tour members He really made the trip more enjoyable! The seafood lunch served on board the boat was actually delicious with many more options that you would expect. The excursion off the boat into the caves was unexpectedly awesome. Be aware that the day trip takes a full day- traffic can be heavy and very slow there and back- return trip took about 5 hours but the trip was worth it. The bus is modern, air-conditioned and very comfortable and it offered wifi ! There is a stop on the way there and the way back for a potty break and a chance to purchase local crafts. I'd recommend this trip and try to ask for Mr San.
Our tour guide Ahn was brilliant. Energetic and informative. Full knowledge of everything and made it nicer as we weren't just taught about the sights but got so much info in general about Vietnam and the culture. She was very attentive and caring and made sure we had the best experience. A wonderful guide who made the experience all the more better. Halong bay tour was great, visit to cave, boat ride and boat lunch were included. As I didn't eat meat Ahn made sure the chef made me something else so I didn't go hungry, always thoughtful : an enjoyable day, I would do it again. Thank you
Amazing day our with a hugely knowledgeable guide Anh for whom nothing was too much trouble. It's quite a long ride but the bus was reasonably comfortable and it's a good chance to watch the countryside go by. The bay itself is spectacular and the boat was large, comfortable and uncrowded. Highly recommended.
Great tour. Great people. Great service. I'm vegetarian/vegan and from experience, I was expecting either no vegetarian options or poor ones. They outdid themselves, and put out a vegan feast I had to share with my tour mates, it was too much and as delicious as any good restaurant. Very pleased with the experience. Highly recommended. If you have any special food preferences, make sure you tell them in advance.
Would highly recommend this trip to anybody staying in Hanoi and wanting to squeeze in Halong Bay for the day. Don't let the 3 hour coach trip put you off - the time goes by very quickly in the air conditioned van and the beautiful Vietnam scenery passing by the window.
The boat trip itself was perfect with a great lunch and plenty of photo opportunities of the bay as well as the visit to the spectacular cave!
Many thanks to our fantastic tour guide Ching who was friendly, enthusiastic, provided us with a lot of interesting information along the way and all in all looked after us well. The small tour group size ours was a group of 6 also made it even more special.
Excellent tour, really could have done the 2 day as it is a long day to see Halong in one day. Despite this the tour guide was excellent and knowledgeable. Would recommend highly.
Another great day out with Viator - very informative guide - thank you
Tour started by picking us up at our hotel in the Old Quarter. Air Conditioned Van was comfortable and sat 12 people, but there were only 7 of us on this tour. The drive to Halong wasn't too long, I suggest bringing some headphones for the drive. You make one stop along the way to use the facilities or purchase food/souvenirs. Once arriving our Guide, San, took us to our boat for the day. It was a very large boat, and was extra roomy with our small group. Lower deck inside was set up as a dining area with bench seating facing the dining tables. There is also a restroom on the boat which is great. The top deck is quite bare, but perfect for picture taking. There are a few places to sit upstairs. We boated to our first stop where we went inside a cave. The 'hike' up, wasn't more than just a few flights of stairs. Inside the cave was beautiful, although a few other groups made the space loud at times. We then went back to boat, to cruise along the bay while having lunch. The seafood lunch was incredible! Shrimp, rice, vegetables, whole grilled fish, squid, etc. My wife and I chose to quickly eat lunch so that we could be on the top deck of the boat while cruising, since seeing the Bay was higher priority than lunch. Beverages on the boat are excluded, but we still chose to buy a few beers to drink on the top deck. We cruised the bay for probably 2-3 hours, and our driver took us to several areas where there were no other boats around which was wonderful. The photos just don't do this area justice, it's quite spectacular. After we finished cruising, we made our way back to the dock, and loaded back into the van. Again, one stop on the way back to use the facilities. We arrived back at our hotel in Hanoi before 7pm, giving us plenty of time that night back in the city. I would recommend this trip to anyone looking to do a day trip to Halong Bay.
Absolutely stunning scenery and a great guide. I was the only omen on the tour so I received VIP treatment! Boat ride is amazing with plenty of good photo opportunities. Be prepared for a long drive from Hanoi, more than 3 hours each way but it is worth it!
Great trip with Lee. Only had 5 in our group and we thoroughly enjoyed the excursion. Lunch was excellent, boat ride was great. Beautiful bay and shouldn't be missed.
Dien, our tour guide, picked us up from our hotel at 630am. We were the first of the 10 people in our tour group to be picked up and Dien kept us engaged with some interesting information about Vietnam for about the first half of the 3 hour ride. There isnt a whole lot during the ride in terms of sight-seeing but we got go see some smaller towns, factories, and rice planting along the way. About halfway through the trip we stopped for about 15 minutes for a restroom break. Of course we got the opportunity to purchase some items at the location. There are some pricey art items there from the hundreds to thousands of USD, but if you look around towards the back there are some more reasonably priced items.
On arrival at Halong Bay we had a wonderful lunch and got to try out a variety of Vietnamese dishes. It was late January, a bit chilly with no sunshine, and I needed a light jacket. We were still able to experience the beauty of Halong bay and everyone was awed. The overcast conditions gave it a very majestic feel. We also stopped off at the limestone cave, which I thoroughly enjoyed. After about 3.5 to 4 hours it was time for the return trip.
I feel like the 1 day trip was sufficient and that I had not necessarily missed out on anything. The downside is it is a lot of time spent traveling in a bus. However, I would do this tour again. Thanks to Dien for helping to make this a wonderful trip!
An excellent tour. My guide was informative and the lunch onboard the boat was superb! I highly recommend this tour.
Great guide very knowledgeable. The trip itself was terrific. Great sites and cruise lots to see.
Really enjoyed our time on this tour, and the drive there wasn't nearly as bad as I expected.
Ramesh K Singapore
That's what we would call an out of this world natural wonder. Our guide was absolutely brilliant. He paced his presentation throughout the long to and fro journey with an excellent command of the English language. We strongly recommend taking the tour.
Halong Bay is a beautiful natural beauty. Everybody needs to see it once in his/her life.
Our tour guide and driver Sorry! Forgot their names were GREAT!!! I would recommend this tour to everyone.
Halong Bay is beautiful- can't really take a bad photo there :
We didn't have a long time in Hanoi area so going to Halong Bay via bus and returning that same day was perfect! It's fun to see the landscape shift from the city to rural to coast. Our tour guide San was GREAT! Very friendly, knowledgeable, conversant and easy to be around. The boat tour and lunch great food, great scenery. It's a fun stop at the big cave on one of the islands- like some kooky Disney film meets early Star Trek. A bit crowded with boats and people but all part of the experience.
What a fabulous place to visit my tour guide Cuong Tran Dry was awesome. Very knowledgeable. The cruise was lovely and the lunch scumptious. A must do thing for everyone
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