Great tour...the ride is a bit brutal but friendships with other passengers and conversation helps to pass the time. It's about 4-hours each way on the bus after about 1-hour circling the Old Quarter to pickup other passengers can't really be avoided but does add to the time. The boat ride is really great and very enjoyable passing through three tunnels. I was slightly disappointed the it did not look like the picture being advertised with rice fields on both sides, instead it was through what is probably a better landscape of projecting rocks and caves. I can only imagine that rice fields would get old viewing them from the surface.
The bike ride is short and not very spectacular...is a single road with a short walk at the end with not much to see. The adventure is in riding some Vietnam standard bicycles along the road. It would be good to have a bit more time to stop and take more pictures or explore some of the side streets.
Overall a good trip and our guide, Tony, did a great job of engaging everyone.
The Boat Trip and Bike Trip is awesome . The Food was not up to the mark but the trip is worth it.
Too Many tour people are coming to the same restraunt and suggestion will be to move to another food for lunch or just have a different timing.
Always carry your raincoat or umberlla to that place , even if the Hanoi is sunny .
Small group tour, good buffet lunch. A great trip with tour guide Tony from Vietnam Opentour. He is funny and informative guide. Unfortunately you will not see rice field along the river because the local plant rice on Spring then rice is yellow on Summer only. Anyway, it s worth to visit Tam coc is look small Halong Bay without rice. Highly recommend
Picked up by our guide late. His English was so so. What did I like? Hoa Lu was great and Tam Coc was very interesting indeed. Well worth the trip. But we often had no idea where we were or the names of places we were at. Had to go and find signs.
The drive there and back is long but the scenery was good, however it would have been a lot more productive if we had been given notes about where we were going and what we would see and if the guide would have given some commentary along the way. The biking was very ordinary-the bikes were terrible and the time was only about 20 minutes. The worst part of the trip was the lunch-poor standard and not a good advertisement for Vietnamese cuisine. Unrepresentative swill basically. I can recommend this for the scenery and Tam Coc only. It needs some real work.