We got the 3 days, 2 nights tour to halong and bai tu long bay. Well, first what they told us: free food and drinks, double room on boat on halong; second trip on a sail junk boat, kayaking, bike, some beach, max 10 people and overnight at an old fishermans house With a guide tour for every step.
What really happened: drinks were always by our own and very expensive, like 2.50USD for a tiger beer semi-cold; double rooms were limited on the boat and guesthouse and not enough for every couple on the trip; we were around 13 on the first night and 16 on the second. No junk boat. No explanation for that at all, only by request and vague answer. There was this sensation that the tour was being organized at it was goin on. On the second day we kayaked twice in different locations and we had to take turns because there werent enough kayaks. We also had counterclock beach time, like ten minutes on day 3. The guides were nice but mostly translators and didnt explained much unless you kept asking. Also, the oldman house turned out to be a cheap guesthouse with little interaction, bad rooms but good vibe between tourists.
Overall the trip was nice, the boat avoided the main tourist areas on halong and the sleepover is worth for the sunrise on the bay. The bike tour was nice, bai tu long is a nice getaway from the tourist buzz. We think we paid extra for being "ethnic" And at the end the tour wasnt very well organized but was still worth it despite giving the impression that it was expensive.
Oh, the meals were always good and fulfilling. But no free drinks!
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