Booked a 2 days/ 1 night cruise on the Red Dragon II and loved it! Yes, it is true as they say, the actual cruise is about 24 hours (from 12 noon to next day 12 noon), and the ride to get there is about 4 long hours each way - but it is just so totally worth it! The Halong Bay area is gorgeous, and the Red Dragon is a great way to experience it.
The boat itself takes about 10-12 people, and we had a great time with our fellow travellers. The food is amazing - all fresh seafood with lots and lots to taste and eat. The first day we spent on the boat, and kayaking and swimming in a beautiful bay in the afternoon. The second day we visited the floating village - amazing! Our guide was a local guy - which was nice. The cabins are small (of course - its on a boat!), but has airconditioning, large windows (that opens and) provide great views, and there is an ensuite bathroom. So you can even enjoy the views of Halong Bay passing even while in the shower :)
For us - 24 hours was enough - but if you want more - just book the 3 day cruise. And just so you know; all the boats in Halong Bay are now white - not the beautiful brown and reds and so on you see in all the pictures. For some reason the authorities decided white was better. I kind of diagree. But don´t let that put you off. The Halong Bay cruise on the "white" Red Dragon is still a treat.
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