Ha Long Bay is probably the most beautiful place I have been on earth, especially while the sun was setting over the 1,900 plus islands out in the bay. It brought peace and spirituality to the crazy world in which we live. While it was a very long trip to get there on our excursion, Hanoi was an amazing experience. It was the one we were most hesitant to visit, but so glad we did. Throw everything you were taught in school about Vietnam being Communist... because you will have it all wrong. Very capitalistic and fun to experience.
Visited: Dec 09, 2017
Today the celebrity millennium docked at halong. She is the first cruise ship to do so as previously halong bay was a tender port. The cruise port is still under construction and as yet there are no facilities. As the docking pier is quite long the port authorities provided free shuttles. As the millennium was the first cruise ship to use the new docking facility, there was a ceramony red carpets etc with some of the local bigwigs, traditional dancers and drums and filming going on. It certainly looks like they are gearing up for more cruise ships.
The experience from Chan May was so good, our group decided to to tour together in Ha Long Bay. Once again our 2 Vietnamese ladies got us vans to tour the city and cruise the bay for $30USD and we saw the bay, caves with authentic experience instead of big bus Americanized tours. On our way back we ask our driver to drop us couple of miles from the port near local restaurants and shops, we ended up eating locally and shop all the way back to the ship. Another perfect day.
Visited: Feb 18, 2018
This is by far the most beautiful “Harbour”. Sailing through this miracle was amazing. The ship was positioned close to shore, with a view on the rocks. Tender boots took us to shore within a few minutes.
Visited: Dec 10, 2017
Even though the weather was foggy and it was drizzling - we loved the Junk Cruise, our tour guide was amazing - shout out to Funny Travels for organising it . The pictures looked like something from Pirates of the Caribbean - very mystical and intriguing - would definitely do it again!
Visited: Mar 16, 2019
Did the 11 hour excursion, the only complaint is the 2-3 hour drive to and from Hanoi. Having time do some things on our on and the fact we had an knowledgeable guide was a plus.
Visited: Oct 16, 2019
When on a excursion to the caves. Excursion was a bit rushed.
Visited: Sep 03, 2019
Mesmerising and enchanting.. all visual 🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰
Visited: Dec 07, 2019
Great day for a Junk Boat cruise. There were 3 cruise ships in town on this day so we took a taxi to the junk boat terminal and joined the the multitude of people who were going on tours. We met up with our tour group and before going on the water we enjoyed a traditional Vietnamese lunch. Delicious!. Off to the junk boats. We had read that you need lots of time to be able to explore the waterways so this was perfect. We really enjoyed the tour and they dropped us off at the cruise ship tender area.
Visited: Mar 10, 2018
Red Lotus had a driver and guide waiting for us on arrival. They took us for a tour of Halong Bay. They rented a boat that included lunch for us. We toured the bay and visited the cave. The guide and driver drove us to Hanoi to the Sheraton Hanoi where we had made our own reservations. The price of the tours included lunch and admissions to all sited visited. The next morning the driver and guide picked us up at the hotel for a tour of Hanoi. We attempted to visit the memorial of Ho Chi Minh but the lines were very long with students and over visitor, We visited a couple other locations in the city and returned to the Ho Chi Minh Memorial after it was closed. We took pictures of the area. We went to a water puppet show and shopping after. We returned to the ship later in the evening.
Visited: Dec 10, 2017
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