The combination of travel agents who promise the earth but deliver nothing but a pile of smelly dirt and travellers with totally unrealistic expectations has long made for a very volatile Ha Long Bay cocktail. What with some 500 licensed junks and the vast majority of travellers to Vietnam experiencing Ha Long Bay via a group tour, one of the most common questions one hears is “How do I pick a good tour?”.
Competition has driven prices down to absurdly low levels and as corner cutting, cheating and bare-faced lies become par for the course so do travellers leaving with a bad taste in their mouth… but it needn’t be that way.
We’ve just added a five part series looking at how to select the right tour to suit your needs — we sent our intrepid researcher on three separate tours — a bargain basement jaunt, a flashpacker option and a more fancy schmantzy choice — and the results are in. Follow the links below to learn all you’ll ever need to know to pick the right tour for you.