When we started looking for a cruise company in Halong Bay we were completely lost among all the reviews of all the different cruise boats - they are so many! The most common review we read was that all the boats take the same route and you end up surrounded by tons of people doing the same as you. The result is that the landscape loses its magic and you get to be treated like 'cattle' (as I've read in many reviews). Of course we wanted to avoid this at all costs! It took us 3 days of internet searches to find Handspan and the Treasure Junk. This company claimed to have a slight different route than the majority of the other boats and hence a more quiet experience, so we decided to book it and this was the best decision we could have made. The service was excellent, the boat beautiful and indeed we managed to stay away from the crowds and fully enjoy the heritage of Halong Bay. In fact, we were so happy with Handspan that we ended up booking another tour with them to the perfume pagoda. :)
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