$49.00 day tour through Viator. We didn’t take a chance on going with the $25.00 tour sold in the Old Quarter, nor being ripped off with the $280.00 tour we saw online. Also we said no to the overnight option as the boats are all wooden, old and rats hiding out onboard.
We were pleased with the 3.5 hour drive on our large bus. A scenic drive through the countryside. Rice fields, with water buffalo and rusty old plows. Felt like a scene from the 1920’s.
CRUISING HA LONG BAY
Ha Long Bay is a WOW moment. There are 900 limestone pinnacle mountains rising from the water. Chinese Junk boats everywhere. This also adds to the view.
THROUGH THE CAVES BY BAMBOO BOAT
Next we sail through the caves on bamboo boats, rowed by locals. The scenes of the mountains from sea level are amazing. Walking through the limestone caves were interesting as well.
On return to our boat, the sun is getting lower making the scenery even more gorgeous. Ha Long Bay is the main reason we decided to stay in Hanoi. The view is so incredible and never to be forgotten.