Auco 1 and 2 owner, Bhaya Cruises, are part of a wider travel group which includes airlines, travel agency, hotels etc. They can transfer guests (usually VIP's) by helicopter or offer scenic flights. I would trust their twin engine chopper over any small cheapie ... not that they'd be many of them in Vn operating commercially.MarcTwoSix;364259 said:You would hop in a cheap helicopter in SEA?
Braver man than me 555
kaptainrob;364238 said:Just adds US$2,000 or more one way .... 2 wheeled Chopper looking more economical
2 of you = US$2,192. Think you'll find they left out the word 'from' and that blurb is based on 12 pax tour, not just a 2 pax transfer by single engine Eurocopter. Worth asking for a quote? Would be much nicer than the 3hr (+ souvenir shop stop) road trip.Rivo;364266 said:Looks like about US $1,000........................
One-Day Halong Bay Helicopter Tour
Destination: Ha Long Bay
Duration: 1 day
Travel to Halong Bay by helicopter is the most comfortable way for one day tour. Instead of 7 hours by car, you can charter a helicopter from Hanoi to Halong bay, one-way flight takes only less than one hour and gives you the beautiful panoramic view on Halong Bay. This tour package includes return flight on private helicopter, 5 minutes scenic tour of Halong Bay, private Luxury Day Cruise in Halong Bay and other services concerned. There are 4 types of helicopter in service: Airbus EC130-T2, Eurocopter EC155-B1, Mi-170 and Mi-172.
Destinations: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Hanoi
Private Tour + Daily departure
Vietnam Helicopter Tours: Halong Bay, Mai Chau, Sapa
|Day||Depart from Hanoi||Arrival in Halong Bay||Price per passenger||Note|
|Tuesday||09h00||09h55||USD 440||Incl 8m scenic Halong tour|
|Wednesday||09h00||09h55||USD 440||Incl 8m scenic Halong tour|
|Saturday||09h00||09h55||USD 440||Incl 8m scenic Halong tour|
|Day||Depart from Halong Bay||Arrival in Hanoi||Price per passenger||Note|
|Tuesday||14h00||14h45||USD 390||Just flight|
|Wednesday||14h00||14h45||USD 390||Just flight|
|Saturday||16h30||17h15||USD 390||Just flight|
There are actually 2 'Essence' hotels, side-by-side, and sharing facilities eg: restaurant/bar but they have separate check-in counters. See here >street viewRivo;367402 said:Hey Rob/Ozzy can you confirm I am corresponding with the correct hotel in Hanoi ?..........................
ESSENCE HANOI HOTEL & SPA
Add:22 Ta Hien street, Old quater, Hoan Kiem District,Hanoi, Vietnam
T: +84-24-3935 2485 |M:+84 1644 338 791 | F: +84-24-3935 1897
E: firstname.lastname@example.org| Skype:nhung.le.304
IIRC, d'Orient was the newer section and we had 3rd window up on right - but the new section extends into that older facade which has another occupant on the ground floor, hence the narrow entrance (complete with Tailor shop). The layout works well but only becomes apparent when you attend the breakfast buffet which was excellent.OZZYGUY;367468 said:The email address email@example.com is the same I corosponded with. But as Rob said they have two hotels next to each other. If you get the wrong one im sure it will be as good and they may even be able to swap you if needed.
With the two days on the boat check the itinarary to see what areas they go to. Our boat came back to the same place we left the first morning and just swapped passangers thay did the one night trip. So we sort of just got 2 x one night cruses. Was a bit disapointed would have just done the one night if we knew that.
Who did you cruise with Ash? Sounds like you got a raw deal. Auco was so good we'd have done a 7 nighter but Azalea looks even more inviting .... https://www.halongcruises.com/cruise/azalea-cruises.html
I did it online, not sure if these guys but they look the same.Rivo;368431 said:Getting close to booking 555.................................just reading about Visa's..................Paer will have no problem from what ive read, but I will need a Visa to enter Vietnam ?.............how do I organize the Visa ?
OZZYGUY;368433 said:I did it online, not sure if these guys but they look the same.
Janice didnt need one.
A Heineken will do it.Rivo;371996 said:I used this service to book my Visa online today, and paid their $12US fee, just have to pay the $25US on arrival and get paperwork................very easy to apply btw.
I checked another online service and their fee was $25US plus the $25US on arrival, so Ozzy saved me $13US, I better buy him a beer 555
And Paer will not require a Visa.