After careful analysis and much deliberation we booked a 2 night, 3 day cruise with Glory Cruise company. We booked the trip through Awesome Travel. Halong Bay has over 300 junks and cruise boats and about half of them have cabins for overnight trips. The quality of the boats ranges from condemed to five star, however the price is not always indicative of the quality as with everthing else in Vietnam many uscrupulous travel agents will see you a cruise on a deluxe boat and you end up on the condemed boat.
We were fortunate as we booked with a reliable agency and we ended up on the very nice Glory Cruise.
Halong Bay is one of the seven wonder’s of the world. It is indeed spectacular. We visited several caves. The first day we visited the Amazing Cave and it is really amazing. It must have been huge to accommodate the 200 or so junks and day trip boats that descended on the site in the afteroon. Most tours start in Hanoi at 8am and it takes about 4 hours to drive to Halong City. From there a boat is boarded and it seems as if all the boats and junks follow the same program. The area around the cave resembles a “Junk” parking lot.