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    ^hick, from your previous remarks, you're the type who doesn't like crowds and very touristy places. You haven't been to Petra or the pyramids at Giza, despite being the ME for some years already (correct me if I'm wrong, but I think I read that in another thread).

    My friend is the type who takes selfies, is an FB addict and goes to the famous tourist spots in a place. She & her family also don't do drugs or alcohol, so less chances of getting the services of a motocy guy for stuff. So diff strokes for diff folks.

    I've prepared itineraries for my friend, one for oop North (including Halong Bay) & another for the South. I'll let her choose.

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    You are correct, Katie.

    I avoid "hotspots" and crowded locations like the plague but occasionally get sucked in for the sake of my companion.

    Different strokes indeed.

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    I went 2 years ago. Like everyone says the water is not clean and i never seen anybody swimming but you can kayak. The kayaks are all 2 manned so if your on your own like i was they will find somebody for you to team up with. Be careful when booking your boat. I went for a cheap one and the thing was a rust bucket. Your better to pay a bit more for a decent one. The rocks are amazing

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    Quote Originally Posted by redhaze View Post
    Don't let them sell you on a VIP boat in Hanoi, once you get to Ha Long you will totally end up on the same shitty boat as everyone else.
    Quote Originally Posted by Scottish Gary View Post
    Be careful when booking your boat. I went for a cheap one and the thing was a rust bucket. Your better to pay a bit more for a decent one.
    Conflicting reports. It's all so confusing,...what will I.....<sorry> I forgot I wasn't going for a minute.

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    There are that many boats and companies working ha long bay that it's a throw of the dice to wether ya get a good tour. The Vietnamese do not mind ripping of the punters. Quite expert at it really. Sneaky little fukers.

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    ^This is all true.

    Its not about how much you pay, its just dumb luck. Maybe showing up and buying spot on site is the way to get the right boat. No predicting the crew though. They will likely be tossers regardless

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    Quote Originally Posted by hick View Post
    Conflicting reports. It's all so confusing,...what will I.....<sorry> I forgot I wasn't going for a minute.
    I saw boats in much better condition than mine and i just assumed they must have cost more but then again maybe not

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    I would have thought that too, until I paid more and literally wound up on the same boat and in the same cabin style with people who simply didn't request a nicer boat LMAO

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    The trouble with being a tourist is that at times ya got a just take ya chances with the local Scum.

    Sometimes ya kick a winner and sometimes ya get reamed out.

    Quite normal stuff really.

    The best course of action is knowing someone who can give ya the good oil.
    Stroller is a Yerman faggot.

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    Halong Bay is worth a visit - Overnight on a junk or on Cat Ba island (2D1N). If you have 3 days, I think you should head to Bai Tu Long Bay instead of Halong Bay - Less touristy or more beautiful.

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    HaLong bay is wonderful, worth visit. You must be surprise with the scenic of the bay with thousands of island. I hope you have a good trip.

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    Halong Bay is one of amazing destination in Vietnam with a lot of wonderful places to see and things to do. When visiting there, you can not miss enjoy overnight on cruise tour because it is the best way to explore the beauty of Halong Bay

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    Overnight in cruise tour will amazing tour when visiting Halong Bay, so you should spend at least 1 night in cruise to enjoy amazing atmosphere of Halong Bay at night. You can refer wonderful cruise tour at https://www.halong-bay-tours.com/

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