Firstly don't get me wrong the scenery at Ha Long Bay is amazing AND it was not the fault of the tour operators that the weather wasn't the greatest HOWEVER I couldn't help but to feel I was being ripped off when the alternative to what I had paid for (described as 2 full days and 1 night cruising on Ha Long Bay) basically turned into a three hour cruise and a mainland visit to a very dodgy beach at low tide.
It is apparent to me the tour operators withheld the information about the bad weather and the subsequent revised tour arrangements until the group were at the point of no return. We had completed 3 and a half hours of the 4 hour drive to Ha Long Bay from Hanoi and we were left with little option but to proceed with the tour and no option to reschedule the tour. I know these guys are there to make money from tourists but it would be nice if that wasn't so transparent.
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