I just wanted to put in a plug for the 3-day seakayaking and camping trip that Handspan has - we stayed at a "base camp" on one of the islands in Halong Bay which was really comfortable and the food was great. We stayed in little huts with mattresses on the floor (2 to a hut), with mosquito nets. They even had hot showers available.
There were only three of us on the trip and we kayaked about 2 hours on the first afternoon - all day the second day and for another 2 -3 hours on the last day. We didn't get the "junk" boat experience (but we weren't really that excited about being stuck on a boat) and hardly saw any other tourist boats as base camp seems to be in a different area. That said, we sure saw the garbage that is partially contributed by tourist boats!
#1 carolyns has been a member since 2/11/2007. Posts: 8
Camping, that is in the wilds under the stars and canvas, is generally frowned on by the police as people have to be registered with them! Fields are not approved accommodation for foreigners.
The police are known for finding accommodation for people who really want to camp in the wilds - even if the accommodation is worse than living in your tent.
#2 CatBa has been a member since 5/3/2007. Posts: 349
Sorry I should have clarified. It was very clear to us that it was one of the few approved areas (?only?) to "camp" - it is eco-friendly (they haul all their garbage out) and even arrange for a major kayak trip each year where they collect garbage on the bay (making only a small dent I'm sure). Additionally, the camp is visited by the park ranger every day. We definitely registered in the same way we registered at any hotel in Vietnam.
#3 carolyns has been a member since 2/11/2007. Posts: 8
carolyns, did you have all your staff with you? I mean backpack, or you paid for hotel for that nights you were on halongbay trip and all left there?
what price did you have?
#5 alicjusia has been a member since 11/6/2008. Posts: 4