Booked Red Dragon Junk II through our hotel via Indochina Junk for overnight stay on 23rd March. ($195USD each)
Got picked up in mini van early for 4.5 hr drive to Halong Bay - so far so good.
Arrived around 1230 only to be informed shortly after that there was a "90%" chance that the tour would be cancelled due to bad weather (it was a bit blowy outside).
We were told we would find out closer to 4pm if it was 100% cancelled but many people didn't want to wait that long. We were offered no alernative but to wait and as we were 4-5 hrs from Hanoi we had no choice but to wait, and wait, and wait.
We were given lunch around 230 (which we will be charged for) and lunch was tasty.
We were eventually told at 330 that the tour was definitely off but it took till 510pm for us to be herded onto a coach and taken back to town. Another 4.5hours on the bus.
So all in all a disastrous day. Fair enough, you can't do much about the weather but it seemed they were being overly cautious (they kept saying they were waiting for the 'government' to tell them yes or no)
We felt the staff did what they could under the circumstances to keep us informed but we felt we waited too long before being bused back to Hanoi.
Maybe next time!
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