FAQ about Halong Bay traveling.
Day trip or overnight cruise?
Sung Sot Cave or not?
Best time to visit?
Budget cruise or luxury cruise?
I have taken both budget cruises (when I was on my own) and luxury cruises (when I was working there as a tour leader) and I liked them both. The luxury cruises are really nice and some of the boats have super nice restaurants on board and these are suitable for people who want to treat themselves to some luxury. The budget boats that most backpackers take are generally quite ok too though. I have been very happy with the tow different budget boats I have been on. Cabins were a little more simple and the food was not served by uniformed waiters, but it was still nice food anyway and I had no complaints whatsoever on the trips. Back a few years ago, you had some really bad boats cruising Halong Bay, where safety and comfort was horrible, but they lost their license to do tours after the accident where one of them sang a few years ago, so I would say that if you don’t mind simple living then you will be fine on a budget cruise. For backpackers who are used to hostel living, a backpacker cruise on Halong Bay will be quite luxurious, even if they chose one of the cheaper cruises.
What company should you use?
Hope you enjoy your stay in Halong Bay!
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