The minibus stop at this place Rong Vang Ba Tien mid way back to the Hanoi. It was not an interesting shop that basically just selling overpriced souvenir.
Halong Bay Tour Package Selection Guides and Tips
With so many tour operators and travel cafes / agencies operating tours to the vast Halong Bay, confusion tends to arise. It’s especially so when the price for the tour packages can range from USD $16 to over USD $100. Here is my observation and guide on how to best enjoy and get the best value out of the Halong Bay trip.
Disclaimer: This article is solely based on my observation and experience on the time of my visit. It may be incorrect or becomes incorrect as time passed.
On the Way to Hanoi
After leaving Halong City for just a while, the minibus crossed a bridge which exposed beautiful scene on the river, quite similar to that of Halong Bay. This inferior photo took thru the bus windows.
Lunch at Thang Long Restaurant
Bien Mo Junk
Chat on the Junk
Today boat trip of Halong Bay was my biggest consent, as most Sinh Cafe or Open Tour tour package just stated that ‘the junk will bring you to tour other part of Halong Bay’ without any specific destination. So it turned out to be my nightmare, the junk simply brought us back to Bai Chay (Halong City) along the longer route across Halong Bay, with no stoppage at anywhere. So we can just sat on the junk and have a nice chat, other than appreciate the wonder of nature beauty.
Fishing in Halong Bay
We were not brought to fish as promised, but fishing has been livelihood for a lot of people in Halong Bay.
More of ‘Other Part’ of Majestic Halong Bay
Headed back to Halong Cit to back to Hanoi, while the junk brought us to ‘other part’ of Halong Bay. There were lots of floating villages here.
Our ‘low cost’ Bien Mo Junk
Enjoyable roof of a junk, but not ours….
More of Cat Ba Island
Cat Ba Island where the junk pier located.