Halong Bay has been a popular destination for travelers in Vietnam for decades. This breathtaking UNESCO world heritage site also recently received the honor of being named one of the New Seven Natural Wonders of the World, so visiting its thousands of cliff islands is a must for any visitor to Vietnam.
There are a few options for visiting Halong Bay, but most will choose to take a cruise for either one or two nights. Picking the right trip is actually not as easy as it sounds due to the large amount of travel agencies offering tours. Choosing a bad one would mean a terrible experience and a huge waste of money. So then, what should you consider when picking a tour?
a�� Dona��t take a one day trip from Hanoi. Getting to Halong Bay takes a bit over 4h, so going there for just a few hours is only going to make you wish you could stay longer.
a�� Dona��t try to go to Halong Bay by bus and catch a last minute cruise. A lot of stories from people trying to save some money and they all ended up in the same disastrous way. A�These people not only spent more money than they would have by purchasing a package, they also had worse tours.
a�� Dona��t go for the cheapest option you can find. What Ia��m trying to say is pay a bit more to be safe, but dona��t overpay an agent thata��s trying to convince you that their boat is the nicest or prettiest- they all look pretty much the same due to some new regulations that all boats have to be painted white, so many boats are not able to show off their intended colors.