First piece of advice. DO THE 2 NIGHT 3 DAY OPTION!!! We were originally going to do the 1 night option and due to trip advisor recommendations we changed it to the 2 night option. Did not regret it for one second. Everyone that did the 1 night option regretted it. It is a 4 hour drive from Hanoi, and having only one night then come all the way back would be way to painful.
On the second day, you go on a day boat that takes you away from the 1001 other tourist boats. We went kayaking into caves, and went into areas that were similar to the location in the movie "The Beach". I was able to dive off the kayak, swim around climb back in and paddle off to another location looking for monkeys etc etc. Great fun. They let me jump off the top of the day boat too.
Staff were impeccable and incredibly hard working, food was great and you never went close to going hungry. Happy hour was good fun and if you ever wondered how Chef's make those vegetable and fruit designs that end up on your plate, there is a lesson on that too. I was with my partner and her parents on this trip and we all had an awesome time, so no matter what age you are, there is something for you. Highlight of our Vietnam trip. Great company. And to cap it all off, the booking manager was waiting for us in our Hotel in Hanoi on our return. She was there to check on how the trip went and that everything went well. She also gave us a lovely gift. Now that is service!
WORD OF WARNING, the water around this beautiful place has been heavily polluted by fishing villages, tourists and operators. This was the most disheartening thing of the trip and maybe a tip for the Vietnamese government, I would be more than happy (and hopefully all other tourists too) to pay an extra $100 on my ticket for a national park entry fee, to start cleaning the place up and managing it better. But oh well. Can't blame the operator for that.
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