It’s well worth paying more than the minimum for these tours as there is quite a range of quality of boats taking passengers around Halong Bay. We heard horror stories of people who couldn’t sleep at night because of rats running inside the walls of their ship. For this reason we selected a tour with Handspan Adventure Travel (80 Ma May, Hanoi). The price was $77 US per person travelling on a small and very comfortable minibus with an excellent guide to Halong Bay where we boarded the Dragon’s Pearl for a one night cruise around the islands. The whole trip was first class and we cannot recommend them highly enough.
Halong Bay Sightseeing and Activities
The main attraction of Halong Bay is the stunning limestone karsk scenery. The moment you’re ship sets sail you’ll be snapping away with your camera but don’t worry there’s no rush as the scenery just gets better and better.
Besides the magnificent views, visitors come to explore the caves in the region which can only be accessed from the charter boats. The Handspan Tour included a visit to Hang Sung Sot cave which has three beautiful chambers of stunning rock formations including a famous fertility symbol.