Posted January 30th, 2014, 03:13 AM
Our stop in Halong Bay is only 1 and 1/2 days. Sitting on a bus for seven hours to Hanoi doesn't sound like fun. Would love to stay in the Halong Bay Area. Any suggestions of which guides or guide companies as well as must sees, in the area.
We were on the Azamara Journey. The ship docked at Cai Lan port.
On day 1 we did the full day (8 hour) tour of Halong Bay.
Our ship left around 1:00 PM on day 2. For day 2, we took the ship provided shuttle bus to the local market. Basically, a shopping market with lots of souvenir shops.
If I recall, the tour company offered a 1/2 day tour to a local village. We decided not to go just in case there would be a problem getting back in time.
Group of 10 for all day (8 hours) Halong Bay tour that included 3 caves/grottoes and Ti Top Island and lunch on board the boat.
Our cost was approximately $100 pp which was dependent on the number of people, where our ship docked and itinerary. The tour company will accommodate you wishes within limitations of time, etc.
Guide was okay. Communication skills okay.
I would recommend them. But check out TripAdvisor for reviews on the company we used and other tour companies to form your own opinion.
Here's the tour company we used:
Tran Le Minh (Mrs)
Travel Consultant - Travel agent Sales Team Leader
Asia Top Travel – Customized Tours & M.I.C.E Solutions
Head Office: #13 Truc Bach Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi, Vietnam
Tel: +84 4 3 715 3569 | Fax: +84 4 3 715 3570 | Mobile: +84 974015583
Email: [email protected]| Skype: minh.att
Yahoo: minhtran.sale | Website: http://www.asiatoptravel.com
Regards from the Pacific Northwest