Definitely do the three-day tour night tour if you have time

I was really pleasantly surprised by both Halong Bay and Swan cruises. I had read many reviews of the area complaining about how crowded it was and how dirty the war was and I didn't find that to be the case. Yes we came across several other boats over the course of the three days, but once we left from the port of Halong, we certainly didn't feel boxed in The Bay is absolutely stunning, a photographers dream. 

On Swan, one of the advantages is that they spend the nights in a smaller Bay, which may be one of the reasons why our cruise may have been peaceful than some of the reviews I've read. Going in early May may have also helped. This is considered one of the mid-level tours, so it's not luxurious, but the wooden boat was charming and clean, the food was abundant and of good quality and if anyone manages to catch squid, do try once they grilled it up as it was delicious. The show the chef put on making the drunken shrimp, which lots of flames and clouds of steam, was a lot of fun and the shrimp were excellent. The activities were fun and they didn't overdue which I liked and the Kayaking was pretty spectacular. I'd highly recommend it. The cabins were basic but comfortable. The staff were super friendly and helpful. All in this, I'd recommend this was a great trip and very reasonably priced.

Andrew- Australia

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