We stayed here for a few nights at the beginning of our trip through Southeast Asia. Private rooms were spacious and pretty comfortable. The hostel is pretty clean, the breakfast is pretty good, and the staff is very friendly (although communication was sometimes a little tricky). We were happy staying here, and the way I've distributed points below are a reflection of our experience in Hanoi, at the hostel.
I was much less into the tour of Halong Bay. The tour offered by HBH is a party tour, which would have been cool if the two guys running it had been less vile. I don't know how many times we saw one of these guys naked in two days, but it was way too many (I'd go into more graphic detail about the things they did, but TA probably wouldn't post it). Both guys were burnt out and boring, and neither of them did a very good job getting these parties started (they spent most of the day getting wasted). More importantly, they didn't make anyone feel very comfortable. Had I been on the tour by myself, or with girlfriends, and not with my boyfriend, I would have actually felt pretty unsafe. Seriously. It was that bad.
Other aspects of the tour were not great either. We were there in January, and it rained a lot (our friends went on the same tour in October and had a much better time). The rain made for a squishy night in the indoor common area of the boat (watching our guide get naked), and a pretty soggy one on the island. Cabins are open air, even in January, and so our mattresses and covers were damp. I slept in every single piece of clothing I'd brought with me. Food is also pretty disgusting. Overall, disappointing.
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