I am wanting to go to Halong Bay in May 2014, for 3 days, 2 nights with my husband. We don't have any particular budget.
I have heard good things about both Au Co and Indochina Junk from friends. It seems like Au Co is much newer, more luxurious and spacious whereas Indochina Junk's Dragon Pearl is more traditional looking and the itinerary sounds a lot better - several chances to go kayaking (which I'm keen on) and a dinner in a cave!!!
I have read through all of the negative reviews for Indochina Junk (there are none for Au Co yet) and I'm worried about the company changing the itinerary - I'm hoping this is something that only tends to happen in low season or bad weather... I'm also slightly worried about the age of the Dragon Pearl Junks and small rooms compared to Au Co - though if they stick to the itinerary, I won't really be on the junk that much!
...So please help me to pick one! OR if anyone knows of a new boat that has a better itinerary than Au Co and lots of positive reviews, please let me know!