The actual hostel was one of the nicest I have been to, we had a double room which was large, clean and modern. Our only problem was a guy from the hostel walking in as he pleased, no knocking or apology, as he went to fix the shower or something (we had not noticed any defect) the hostel is in a good location and has decent breakfast options at reasonable prices on offer.
What really let it down was the halong bay tour we did through them. It is run by the hostel and not catered for by some other company.
Would have to be the worst tour I have ever been on. From initially forced onto a separate bus to the others we were traveling with, to being again separated on boats and left on a boat with only the non English speaking crew waiting for half a hour with no idea what's going on before we left the port with only half the group not being told we would meet them half a hour later. After we had been made to wait 45 minutes at a horrible pottery store selling snacks at three times the regular prices. as It only progressed to get worse as the food was cold and dry, the night pathetic as we were forced to play juvenile drinking games at 8pm when everyone had been sitting around happily drinking at an appropriate pace, socializing and having an overall ok night until those who weren't interested in being told what to drink and when, were made uncomfortable to the point which we all left and sat in our rooms for the rest of the night and we were the lucky ones, there was a group of girls sitting on the sun deck who were to intimidated to come down to get to their rooms as they didn't want to be abused by the tour leaders as we had all been earlier. The second night was just the same being virtually abused if we didn't want to get plastered on their terms. In addition the water skiing, wake boarding, tubing, banana tubing was limited to wake boarding and to ten minutes per person. This was made even worse by the fact that the beach was horrible, littered with rubbish, and only around 2m of beach available. But what was really the worst thing was that there was very little of haloing bay seen. We didn't go to any areas that weren't filled with other tourist boats, didn't see a floating fish farm, didn't even Tavel through let alone get to have a good look at any of the floating villages one of the highlights of the bay.
All in all if you want to drink on a boat and a beach, not be informed of any information of the area, not see any of sites, then go for it.
If you want to enjoy all that haloing bay is on a relaxed peaceful manner, stay as far away as possible.
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