Great Northern Vietnam Tour
Aug 30 - Sep 3, 2023
What an awesome trip. Our guide, Than, was super nice and helpful. Even helped my mom down the 500 steps in Tam Coc. Vietnam is a beautiful country and Ha Long Bay was more incredible than we could have imagined. Endless islands and gorgeous weather. Really recommend working with Camellia too. She was responsive, helpful, and made sure the trip was exactly what we wanted.
The rooms are surprisingly nice for a boat. Way better than like a cruise ship. Food is great. They have an affordable spa. And the views are simply incredible. Boat staff are also super nice.
The Hidden Charm hotel in Ninh Binh was quite nice. The staff were friendly, the rooms were clean, and it felt safe. It was conveniently located about 10 minutes from the next day's tour. The hotel also had a restaurant, which was a plus.
The Tirant Hotel in Hanoi was quite luxurious. The rooms were very nice and the beds comfortable. There was a rooftop restaurant which offered great food and a beautiful view of the sunset. Even though I arrived late and didn't do much in Hanoi, the hotel was a positive part of my experience.
I felt at ease with the transportation from the airport to Ninh Binh. The driver and guide were friendly and professional, making the two-hour drive more comfortable. The journey was a bit hectic and stop-go, which might be a problem for those who get motion sickness easily. But overall, the pick-up and transfer service was efficient and reliable.
The Halong Bay cruise was far more incredible than I expected. The views of the islands were absolutely stunning. The cruise itself was a highlight of the trip.
The Thien Canh Son Cave was part of the Halong Bay tour. It was a bit crowded and not as memorable as other parts of the trip. It was a short walk through a small cave. It wasn't a must-see activity, but it was included and gave us a chance to get off the boat.