Authorities in Vietnam have suspended a boat in Ha Long Bay for overcharging a group of tourists after serving them seafood early this month, according to local media reports.
The suspension of an undetermined length came after one of the tourists wrote on her Facebook that her group of six was "extorted" by the vessel named Minh Huong 58.
The Minh Huong 58 tourism boat in Ha Long Bay. Photo credit: Minh Cuong/VnExpress
She said the group was shocked when receiving a bill of nearly VND10 million (US$446) and complained to the owner that they had not ordered a big enough meal to justify that total amount.
They eventually had to pay the bill and filed a complaint to local authorities.
Inspectors later confirmed that they were overcharged and that the boat did not list food prices as required.
The boat’s owner has also been fined VND1.5 million and ordered to return the extra money to the tourists.