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Boat Trips

The vast majority of visitors to Ha Long Bay come on organized tours from Hanoi and stay in Bai Chay, but it's not difficult to charter a boat locally, though it works out more expensive than a tour unless you can share costs. Most hotels and some restaurants in Bai Chay can help with boat hire, as can Quang Ninh Tourism (tel 033/846274), beside the entrance to the Ha Long Hotel. Alternatively, go direct to the boatmen at the tourist wharves, 2km out of town to the west, or around the harbour in Hong Gai. Rates range from $4 to 7 per hour (maximum ten people). Always agree the itinerary in advance and pay at the end. As it takes about an hour to get in among the islands, a full day 's boat tour (6-8hr) is preferable to two half-days. You could also try and arrange to overnight on board (take warm clothes) but officially a permit is required. Every meal on board costs an extra $2-4 per person. There have been occasional reports of thefts, so either have someone stay on the boat all the time or leave valuables in your hotel safe. A few caverns are still unlit, so take a torch , and wear shoes with a good grip.

 
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