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“Great value and less touristy tour of Halong Bay”
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Vega Travel
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Vega Travel really become a truly tour operator, a reliable destination address to ensure your lasting unforgetable experiences in Vietnam. Well trained for sustainable eco-tourism industry and years of traveling, tour guiding experiences and abilities to read tourists’ thought to fulfill their expectation at root and roof regarding the young or the old tourist or eventhough hard to please. Working for three - dimentional target, Vega Travel ’s tour operators trendingly organise your relaxing, incentive trips especially new short and round discovery tours, create your enjoyment at strange lands in pristine nature and basical traditional culture, sustain and light the local destinations up!
Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

I could go in to a lot of detail here about how excellent our tour around Ha Long Bay and Cat Ba Island with Bobby was....but if you’re interested, read the itineraries for the various tours on the Vega travel website and choose the one that works for you - the trip very much exceeded our expectations!
My wife and I really enjoyed our trip, were well looked after and very much appreciated the fact that Vega run smaller tours (ours was 16 people) that avoid the crowds (which is important when you want to enjoy the view and peace of such an incredible location). The activities and food were great - as were the $1 beers and facilities on board/in the hotel.
One piece of advice - bring shoes if your tour involves going into the caves around Ha Long or cycling/walking on Cat Ba Island.
Thank you Bobby - you were an interesting and caring host and made our trip extra special

Thank Kelvin M
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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

We had recommendations to book a trip with Vega Travel, and we were very pleased with the service. Small groups, knowledgeable guides with very good English, excellent staff and food on board. Couldn't have asked for more! Be careful when you book your trip, a lot of agencies will book big groups in huge boats... the experience is lost.

Thank Ana L
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Reviewed 3 April 2018

The Vega 3-day tour from Halong Bay to Cat Ba Island (starting and ending in Hanoi) is the thing to do! Vega limits this tour to 16 people, to my mind just the right size for a cruise. Be careful of imitation tours using “Vega” in the name; ie, be sure it is Vega Travel you book with.

Beautiful scenery, relaxing boat time, scrumptious meals, and interesting activities are all included. And we had the delightful guiding of Bobby (who chose this English name because nobody else in Vietnam is called “Bobby” – Vietnamese name Bach, pronounced “Bahk”) – a guy with a keen sense of humour.

You are picked up early morning at your hotel in Hanoi, then travel by bus for about 4 hours to Halong Bay, then transfer onto a smallish cruise boat with cabins for 16, sharing. Travelling through the amazing Karst landscape made up by a tranquil green sea and hundreds of islands, we had lunch, relaxing time, then a kayak around the islands and to various caves.

When going for the kayak, remember to wear sneakers / good water wise sandles –since you walk over very sharp rocks. If your flip-flops become slip-slops, your toes may slide into one of those knife-edge stones, like mine did. A few bloody toes, however, did not detract from the interesting formations on these islands. The caves were interesting, although they do not compare with the caves at Mulu’s caves on Borneo island, nor are they as well looked after.

We moored in a quiet bay and slept the first night in our cabins – scrumptious meal (after a cooking class) and good sleep after some socialising. (Note to Vega: I propose that you install some shelving / hooks in the cabins – instead of having to live out of suitcases placed on little space in the cabin not occupied by the bed.)

Next morning we were up for breakfast at 6:40 (Bobby ran a very punctual programme), a trip to some bigger caves, and then transfer mid-sea to the boat to Cat Ba Island. This transfer is necessitated since boats authorized to operate in one area may not operate in the other.

The second boat was a bit more rustic, with no cabins, but served a good lunch and then stopped for some free time, including jumping off the boat, swimming and kayaking. Bobby took those who chose another guided kayak trip past a family-run floating fishing / oyster farm (of which there are many), explaining how it works, and then took us to a massive magical “cove” accessed through a sea-made “tunnel”. This cove was fully encircled by an island, with only one small gap: the tunnel: what a special space!

The boat arrived at Cat Ba harbor and a bus transported us to the Hang Long hotel, to arrive in time for a glorious sunset. You have the evening off for a meal of your liking in one of the many restaurants on the Cat Ba waterfront. We ate at a small place with lovely Vietnamese food: the Dolphin restaurant (which is part of the “Dolphin Hotel Backpackers”).

Next morning the bus left promptly at 7:40, after breakfast. Another lovely cruise through this vey photogenic area, among the islands, another mid-sea transfer back to your Halong Bay boat, lunch at 11am, and arrival at Halong Bay shortly before 12 for your transfer back to Hanoi.

A really enjoyable 3 days (apart from the dangerous driving of the bus driver on the way back to Hanoi).

Thank Dawie B
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Reviewed 3 April 2018

We went on the 2 day tour from Ho Chi Minh city to Mekong Delta with an overnight stay in a Hotel.
The tour was amazing and the highlight of our holiday. This was mostly due to our tour guide Rachel(Phung).
She was so informative and organised. She also had a great sense of humour.
We especially enjoyed the boat trip to the floating market and the candy factory was great. We were served outstanding lunch on our first day in a lovely homestay.
Unfortunately we had a small accident at the beginning of the tour, but Rachel dealt with this calmly. She was very kind to me and I think she is a very caring tour guide.
We were delayed by 2 hours due to the accident but Rachel reorganised everything.
I really enjoyed the whole experience and would recommend this tour, especially Rachel as a tour guide.

Thank jmodonovan
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Reviewed 3 April 2018

We had a great itinerary with this company, the extra night on Cat Ba Island was well worth it, our guide Tiger, not sure how to spell this?, was well informed and well organised. The boat's were great, the hotel was above our expectations, all the staff were very friendly and helpful, food was delicious and plentiful.

Thank lesleyandgraham2018
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