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Emily C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2016

The guide was wonderful and very knowledgeable about the history of Vietnam. The sites were everything I hoped they would be. Those amazing islands had my jaw dropped the whole time. The boat was great as well. The lunch was delicious. I got great weather but it is good to check for rainy season if you are planning a trip. A tropical depression hit the area on my car ride home, so I was lucky!

Anish P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

Very nice tour and boat ride around Halong Bay. Hotel pick was on time and the journey to Halong Bay from centre of Hanoi was a nice comfortable journey. Very interesting and funny guide. Great English too which makes a big difference. Boat ride was nice and relaxed. Lunch was very nice too. Overall a very nice tour

Erica C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

We had a great time in Halong bay. Our guide was so nice and informative. We had a beautiful boat to ourselves and a delicious meal. Highly recommend.

Frank S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2015

great guide, taught us a lot about his country


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2014


patricia d

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2014

What a big good surprise to be alone on the boat it was a private cruise on h a long bay unforgettable

Jenna L Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2008

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.

Patricia C New Zealand

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2008

Absolutely outstanding.

Caroline Y United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2008

The best experience ever! Don't miss it! The best of Vietnam!

Thomas S USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2007

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).

Sharmini P U

4 star rating: Recommended
January 2015

It was an enjoyable tour seeing the history and beautiful cave. Sailing along Halong Bay was quite peaceful. Thank you.

kathy s

4 star rating: Recommended
November 2014

We had an amazing day!! Our guide Duc, was such great fun and the sights unbelievable. Only two downfalls to the day. (1) The toilet stops at workshops where you are expected to make a purchase of the goods on sale. Didn't enjoy the hard sell. (2) We asked for a vegetarian lunch due to dietary requirements and a plate of boiled rice didn't really cut it. Go prepared if you need to eat outside the standard Vietnamese diet.

Marvin Daniel H USA

4 star rating: Recommended
October 2008

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!

Helena D United Kingdom

4 star rating: Recommended
December 2007

The drive to Halong Bay was rather long, three-and-a-half hours, and tedious, but the trip itself and luncheon were very good.

Geoffrey Q Australia

4 star rating: Recommended
February 2007

Very good value, as detailed on the official site.

Johan K Denmark

3 star rating: Worth doing
December 2011


Maggie D

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
March 2007

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 China

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
July 2008

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.

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