Is it possible just do do a day trip to Halong Bay or should you allow more time to see it?
#1 kez1908 has been a member since 29/5/2007. Posts: 3
A longer trip is better, mainly because of the transit time involved in getting from Hanoi to the bay (a few hours each way). The single-day trips tend to be very rushed. If time allows, two days with an overnight on the boat is good, three nights with one night on the boat the other on Cat Ba Island better.
Forgot to say, we've got some stories comparing the different style tours -- you can see them via the links below:
How to pick the right Ha Long Bay tour
Ha Long Bay for backpackers -- you get what you pay for
Ha Long Bay for flashpackers -- the best of both worlds
Ha Long Bay for budget-busters -- with a touch of class
Ha Long Bay conclusions and a confession