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“Shockingly crowded and polluted!”
Review of Halong Bay

Ranked #4 of 60 things to do in Halong Bay
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Reviewed May 24, 2016

Having spent several days on Cat Ba, we had a marvellous time exploring the serene beauty of Lan Ha Bay by private boat and kayak. Departing to Ninh Binh we decided to travel through Halong Bay to see what all the fuss is about and hitched a ride on a medium sized cruise boat. Having crossed our beloved Lan Ha Bay once more we finally got into Halong Bay proper and couldn’t believe our eyes, it looked like a naval exercise of the Spanish Armada. Even in February there must have been more than a thousand vessels of all sizes and shapes out on the water and it was virtually impossible to take a picture of the amazing rocks without any boat on it. The stupendous amount of garbage floating in the oil stained waters didn’t help to improve the scene either.
If you absolutely want to take a cruise, by all means do, but avoid the cheap short trips out of Halong City which will invariably take you to this spoiled touristy part of the bay. It is definitely better to invest in a multiday cruise that includes more natural, beautiful and tranquil areas like Lan Ha or Bai Tu Long Bay.

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Reviewed May 24, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I visited Halong Bay as part of an organised tour from Hanoi. We thoroughly enjoyed our overnight cruise and would recommend this experience, even for budget travellers. The only detractor was seeing litter in the water in the area where we went kayaking. Apparently it's been cleaned up a lot in recent years but it's a real shame that there are still plastic wrappers, bags and bottles etc being disposed of thoughtlessly in this amazing place.

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Reviewed May 24, 2016

Halong Bay is really beautiful! The views are simply outstanding. The water was calm, the air was clear, you could just easily get lost in all its magnificence .It felt like no other place on earth. We spent just over 1 day and a night on board a junk cruise boat, as part of a tour of Vietnam.
It should have been one of the real highlights of our holiday. The journey we endured, four excruciating hours on a van each way, was well worth it. Exceptional natural beauty. Definitely well worth a visit!

Thank laurahelenne2009
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Reviewed May 23, 2016 via mobile

Definitely visit, it is so beautiful. I recommend to book one of the better cruises so you can have a truly spoiling and amazing experience.

I think it is much better to book as a package from Hanoi- you will get better price with transport. Just do your research in the ship- the travel agents always want to sell you their favorites first. You can always come and say make me a package with a specific type of ship.

Thank JaRa89
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Reviewed May 23, 2016

I rated this Excellent because I was constantly gob smacked at the beauty of the place and the care and involvement that went into making our time here, brilliant. However I was also surprised at the pollution, both in the "fog" as it's called there and also in the rubbish in the water. There are some lovely spots where you can swim but generally I'd not go in. Having said that, it's definitely worth the trip. The boat we were on (through Vega travel) was fantastic and the tour guide Toan, (pronounced Twan) was funny, helpful and a fountain of knowledge. Do a tour to Cat ba. Brilliant!

Thank Steve and Lisa C
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