We did the 3days/2nights tour with a stay at a hotel on Cat Ba Island and it was great!
We got picked up at our hotel on time and went by bus to ha long bay. The bus ride was 3,5 hours with half an hour break at a ceramic / jewellery factory. The bus itself was clean and comfortable. Only the driving style of the Vietnamese people takes a little to get used to.
When we arrived a Ha-Long-Bay we got off the bus and found ourselves welcomed with a refreshing towel and fresh juice on the boat only fiveminutes later.
The boat looks exactly like I would want it to look like: not a shiny 5 star cruise, but a robust one with a lot of charme, a comfortable eating room and cozy cabines. There are only seven cabines which limits the group size to 14 people which is good in my opinion.
Every activity (kayaking, cycling, hiking) had the perfect time - it was never too Lon or too short.
The food was simply amazing and the prices for drinks are absolutely acceptable.
The hotel on cat-ba island was nice, we again had a great dinner and breakfast.
The staff and our tour guide "C" were very friendly and their English was fine. "C" was able to tell us lot about everything and knew the answers to almOst all questions.
The bus ride back was an exact copy of the ride there.
If you're looking for a great mix of activities, free time and awesome food and don't need unnecessary luxury, look no further!
Thank you Elation-crew and especially C for a great time!
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