After doing a lot of researching about different day tour options from Hanoi to Halong Bay, we chose the Luxury day trip option and were very pleased with the level of service. On our tour we were picked up in a comfortable mini-bus with reclining leather seats and wifi and found out that we were the only guests for the day! Our guide Cheung was incredibly friendly and informative as we traveled to Halong and the route taking the toll-road cutting an hour from the trip was appreciated. The junk boat cruise including kayaking and cave tour was standard offering for Halong day tours, but we really appreciated Cheung's enthusiasm - especially compared to other guides and groups we saw. All around the trip was great and paying a little extra for an exclusive and faster trip to and from the bay was great value.