30 Jan 2020
The hotel pickup arrived exactly at the agreed time. Vegetarian food at the cruise was superb. Halong Bay itself was alright. Tour guide is pretty amusing and shares insights about Vietnam during the bus ride. It was a nice way to spend one day.
Expect to spend some additional money on tips and drinks.
We booked with Dragonfly based on the reviews here but walked to their office to book directly which was only 2 minutes from our hotel. Our guide Benjamin was very informative, more so than any other we had over various tours in 2 weeks! The tour itself is great, lunch was delicious and the cave visit is manageable for someone like me with bad knees. The boat goes up close to the amazing rock formations. There is a half hour comfort break half way into the journey at a marble warehouse kinda place where you can also buy various souvenirs.
My only criticism would be that we got picked up last in the morning and we therefore had to take the last 3 seats on the back row of the bus. The middle seat feels like you could be flung forward at any moment, you can't sit back properly or hold on to anything, and with the bus being full you are squashed up against a stranger. Not comfortable for a 7 hour journey there and back. Ps: I didn't see those with comfortable seats and able to sleep leave a tip. ...
Louis our tour guide was great. He was very informative and pleasant to be with. Louis was there very step of the way explaining what to look out for while explaining the history behind the sights. We booked our day trip last minute and glad that we decided to take this tour. There are no regrets. I recommend to anyone visiting Hanoi to take this tour with him.
Trip to Halong Bay area is a must of you visit Hanoi. The bay is in northeast part of Vietnam, is known for its emerald waters and thousands of towering limestone islands topped by rainforests.
I recommend this tour. The bus ride was a bit long but I guess it is the standard route. Our host, Robert was great. He was punctual at pick up, was insightful with good humor too. The tour was well organized and was a great value.
Thank you Robert (hi).
From: Kathy C