We are just back from an excellent 3 day tour of Ha Long Bay with Vega Travel and a great tour guide, Duc "Duckie" Le. Everything was super well organized and every logistic seamless. We essentially stepped off the bus/van and onto the first boat, stepped off that boat onto the bigger one, etc. without ever standing around waiting for more than a minute or two. Duc was informative and funny and really took care of us throughout the tour, literally holding our hands as we transferred boats but also such a great communicator in terms of laying out for us the day's agenda and always making sure we had exactly what we needed: camera, water, hiking shoes, swim suit, etc. We also loved how Duc answered all our questions with such earnestness and intelligence and shared many personal stories which helped us get to know Vietnam through his life experiences.
The tour itself was perfect for us, not wanting a party boat, but a respectful, friendly, awesome international group and an active agenda of recreation: hiking, biking, kayaking, and swimming, most of it quite mellow (although the heat/humidity can make mellow intense), except for maybe the second hike, on Cat Ba Island, where the was a bit of an off the beaten path steep scramble up and over and down a mountain, though Duc gave us the option of opting out and going for a mellow walk and meeting up with the group afterwards. The accommodations were actually better than expected (especially if you splurge for the wonderful cabins on the boat) and all in all this was such a wonderful way to see a true wonder of the world. Not to be missed! If you can, ask for Duckie!
-Amy & Evan
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