Halong Bay is one of UNESCO World Heritages and popular destinations in Quang Ninh Province in Vietnam. It’s very beautiful that travellers should once. You want to do but on a tight budget, if so, how can get there?, what sort of starting price can you expect, for something decent? and are there any companies, travel agents or operators?
Someone said that you would get what you pay, but the cheap price is not always bad.
There is one of recommendations after this request:
In fact, you will get what you pay for when it comes to cruising on Ha Long Bay. However, choosing a nice junk (~$125, 2d1n) can make it a memorable experience, while skimping on a cheap one (~65) can absolutely ruin it.
Travelling more 2 days to Ha Long Bay is better for your trip. With a day to discover Ha Long Bay, it takes 7-8 hours, you can get the cheap price at Vinaday Travel (228, De Tham Str, District 1, Saigon) from $60 per person for 1 day tour , including lunch, fees, bus transfer, boat.
Travellers who used Phoenix Cruise, were really happy with them. Not worth trying to save a few bucks when you can get clean accommodation, good tourist guide and great food.
In Hanoi, there are many cowboys in this area so that you should not travel alone. For a cheap and cheerful service, you can come to travel agents in both Hanoi and Saigon or you can book online with booking or agoda. In Saigon, we recommend you get one at Vinaday Travel. You’ll not get mega luxury but they are alright and will possibly meet your budget provision. For a 3 days 2 nights tour, you just pay from $132 with Golden Lotus Classic Cruise ( including Cruises/ Junk, Shuttle Bus, Entrance fees , Insurance on board, Kayaking, English-speaking guide). This is cheaper than most recommended here on travel agent but we wouldn’t recommend going much cheaper (not that cost necessarily equals quality in this area).
There are so many junks on Halong Bay that it’s always possible to book one at short notice such as Auco, Paradise, Paloma, Oriental Sails, etc.
Before your trip, make sure that you do your homework on travel agent on this area if you are going to commit to doing a tour, as there’s an awful lot of advice on here that will help prevent you from experiencing some of the pitfalls that can be experienced. Beside, you should note that the price included bus transfer to your hotel or not.
Have a nice trip!
(Source: Tripadviser, Internet)