With so many junk operators in Halong Bay, it's almost impossible to decide which junk/operator to choose from.
I have a short list:
Lagoon Explorer: $150pp (Tropical Sails). Smaller boat, only junk that is able sail (rather than motor). The appeal of this junk is that it doesn't appear to be one of the "floating hotels" that I wish to avoid.
Pinta Gold: $125pp (Columbus). Bigger boat, therefore more facilities ?? (massage etc). Its in the floating "hotel category", but has an AMAZING review on tripadvisor, which I can't ignore.
I have read a lot of praise about the Pinta Gold, but not so much about the Lagoon Explorer.Has anyone had first hand experience of the Lagoon Explorer? Or both junks. I want to enjoy Halong Bay in comfort but without the Carnival cruise boat feel.
Your recommendations would be greatly appreciated.