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arriving in Hanoi heading Ha Long bay for a tour

fisrt time in Vietnam, please need advice on arrival for a decent hotel(budget) and tour operator
10 years ago, February 2nd 2009 No: 1 Msg: #62011  
after reading Lonely planet guide got a bit scared about scams and being ripped off by dodgy taxidrivers .....anyone suggesting an easygoing(cheap and clean) hotel for first night and how to get there from airport...?????
i would love to take the Ha long bay trip
2 or 3 days, what do you think??
Where to book?
can you do that from Hanoi?? what a reasonable price???

thank you brothers and sisters Reply to this

10 years ago, February 2nd 2009 No: 2 Msg: #62020  
Hello Silvio 😊

I deleted your duplicate post. Please avoid posting duplicates.

Mel Reply to this

10 years ago, February 4th 2009 No: 3 Msg: #62170  

Hi Silvio

How about booking a guesthouse in advance, and arrange for them to pick you up from the airport? If you really want to avoid hassle when you arrive it might be worth spending some extra cash on your first night's accommodation.

We stayed at the Manh Dung guesthouse last time we were there, although it wasn't that cheap ($18 a double room), they were reliable. The first time we fly into Hanoi, we took an airport minibus ($2 each) and told them to take us there. They did the scam where they told us it was full and took us to it's 'sister' hotel, which had nothing at all to do with it.

You could try and get a minibus/taxi to simply take you to a street with a lot of guesthouses on in the old quarter and then take a look around yourself. Manh Dung is on Tam Thuong St, there are a lot of guesthouses around there. Just pretend to the driver that it's not your first visit to Hanoi.

As for the tours, every guesthouse and tour operator is selling tours to Halong Bay and Sapa. Again, take a look around and find out what people are offering. Take a look at www.travelfish.org for a discussion on Halong Bay tours. Sometimes you don't get what you are sold/think you're getting.

The 2 day trip is one night in Halong Bay on the boat. The 3 day trip is one night on the boat and one night on Cat Ba island in a hotel.

Have fun,

Kate Reply to this

10 years ago, February 4th 2009 No: 4 Msg: #62209  

thank you o much kate Reply to this

10 years ago, February 4th 2009 No: 5 Msg: #62236  
We used Vega travel for Ha Long Bay and also for Sapa. Take a look at our blogs for the pics and write up of the trips we did with them. Reply to this

10 years ago, February 8th 2009 No: 6 Msg: #62554  
Well you should always set your plans in advance for the best trip, and to avoid scams.
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10 years ago, March 10th 2009 No: 7 Msg: #65537  
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