Halong Bay is in northeast Vietnam about 3 hours outside of Hanoi. When thinking about pictures of Vietnam, I'm sure one of those pictures will be of Halong Bay. A few friends who have been to Vietnam have all gone on a cruise along the bay. They've also said the cruises have excellent service (and we all know what a stickler for great service I am) and an amazing price (and we all know how...cheap/frugal I am)...so it sounded like a great option.
The cruises range from simple day trips out and back all the way up to seven days and six nights. Since we don't have a lot of time, we opted for a two day, one night cruise. We opted for a cruise that will allow us to go kayaking along the limestone caves, visit a floating fishing village and take a bit of a hike to get great views of the bay. While on board we'll have three meals, countless cocktails, do some late night squid fishing, hang out and play cards/games with other guests after dinner and a sunrise Tai Chi instructional class.
I'm not at all a guy who like a cruise. My mom and I went on a cruise the year after my dad died and I was really tortured. She enjoyed it, but it just wasn't my thing. Luckily this isn't going to be a traditional cruise -- this isn't a Carnival Cruise ship.
The cruise wasn't as cheap as I was expecting -- but it's definitely not expensive. We are paying $185/person - everything is included. Except for booze. Why is that always the case? How much booze can we really drink anyway?