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SBIre 170 posts

if you do Halong bay choose carefully: we used a small company that left away from the large port (will see if can locate details) great door to door service and good food. The water in the bay is dreadful so don’t swim. .

I wonder if you have managed to find the name of the company please?

If you want a recommendation – I was in Vietnam last week and we did a cruise with Dragon Legend ( on the Dragon Legend 2 boat. It was fantastic. It cruises around Bai Tu Long bay, which is the bay next to Ha Long (and TBH they call it Ha Long on the boat as it is more or less the same). We had heard about trash in the water and over crowding at Ha Long, so we went here instead and really enjoyed it. We booked direct, nice transfers included in a VIP minivan with wifi, great food on board. We did have to sit through a short water puppet show on the way back to Hanoi but it was fine.

Also, if anyone is going to Sapa – I’d hugely recommend the Hotel de la Coupole in Sapa, it’s an MGallery hotel so part of ALL. We also loved the Reverie in HCMC (it’s a LHW) and the Anantara in Hoi An was really good. The Aira in Hanoi was fine, fantastic location for train street, but I think there are better around.

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