Does anyone know of any cruise operators that have overnight cruises that leave Hanoi around 10.30-11 in the morning, instead of the standard 8- 8.30a.m time?
So far, I have come across only the group fixed departure cruises which costs around USD 100/ person. And, the only tour company which stated that they can leave at the time I wanted was ready to do a private cruise but it costs double that of the group tour package.
Appreciate any advice on possible tours that can start later in the morning (as I need to be in Hanoi till 10.30a.m. that day) and which can drop us directly at the airport the next day by 13.
Also, has anyone gone on the Halongbay day cruise tour that starts from Hanoi around 7.45a.m and drops you back in the city at 8p.m.? How was it? Was the few hours on the bay worth the long hours on the road? Or, did you feel it would have been much better taking the overnight cruise?
Thanks in advance,
[ Edit: Edited on 28-Nov-2009, at 04:35 by Ahila ]
I took a one day HaLong Bay tour back in '06. It was in Feb. over Tet and it was cool/raining in HaNoi. One day was enough in the rain. It is a rugby scrum when dozens of buses arrive at the boats at the same time. The VN know what they are doing, but you get herded like cattle with all the other 1 day people. The 2-3 day people follow another guide. It works out, but it is hectic. The cruise is worth the effort IMO. Even in the rain. Not sure you need more than a day if you cannot swim or kayak. Go for sure, just let the weather decide if you want to spend more than 1 day there.
Good luck with your planning.
One day for Halong trip, it is ok, you will have a chance to visit 2 caves and around the bay. It is not enough time for swim and kayak. And, as you know, the time on bus/car is much more than the time you visit Halong bay. Howevwe, if you have know much time, you can visit Halong 1 day.
If you have much more time, and u would like to have a boat trip, overnight on boat, you can book open tour, departure daily, but the time will be fixed as you know. Or u can book private tour, it is expensive because, you will use private car, private boat. Except u go with one group of 16 people. You will arrange all thing for your tour with your time.