So... I wanted your help on planning my trip to Ha Long Bay.
What shall I do? Shall I get a bus ticket in Hanoi to travel to the bay? Should I sleep at a hotel or a boat? If I do sleep on a boat, what is the best company to buy from?
Thank you, in advance, for your help.
#1 caroquette has been a member since 15/4/2014. Posts: 22
It all depends on your budget since there are 3 classes of cruises for Halong Bay. I suggest the mid-range cruises, and they will include transportation from Hanoi. Recently, I was on the Dragon Pearl cruise, but was a little disappointed (mainly with the food). I have heard very good things about the Bhaya cruises, and I suggest you book with this agent.
My advice is to avoid the budget cruises for the sake of safety and your comfort. There is very little to do in Halong City, itself - it's all about the cruise!
#2 daawgon has been a member since 17/4/2007. Posts: 1,082
The two are very different, Carolina. I haven't been to Halong Bay, but I can attest for the natural beauty and cultural diversity of the Sapa region. Check out some pictures, read up on the forum, and figure out for yourself what you'd prefer!
For a Halong Bay tour you'll be swimming, kayaking, eating, and drinking on a boat with other travelers, surrounded by magnificent karst limestone landscapes.
For Sapa, you have the option to trek through local hill tribes, interact with locals, and take in the gorgeous mountainous views and cooler mountain climate.
It's all about your preferences, I feel the two are far too different to compare though.
Thank you all for the advice!
#5 caroquette has been a member since 15/4/2014. Posts: 22