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“Exceeded my expectations”

Dragon Pearl Cruise Halong
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Lockers / storage
Reviewed 2 January 2018

We took the 3 day/2 night Halong and Bai Tu Long Bays on the Dragon's Pearl. Great way to experience this unique geological and beautiful area especially if you are still adjusting to the time change, as I was at the time of this trip. Touring Bai Tu Long Bay takes you away from the very busy Halong Bay.

The staff were all very helpful. Our tour guide was informative and entertaining. And best of all, the food was just fabulous! Each meal contained many courses all deliciously prepared. It was a great way to sample many flavours without feeling overly stuffed.

We enjoyed the kayaking, exploring the caves and the beach bbq was another excellent experience.

So glad we chose to spend the extra on this cruise. I think you get what you pay for in regards to Halong Bay and this tour was well worth it.

Thank Ramona106
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Reviewed 24 October 2017 via mobile

The boat was just perfect and the staff fantastic. Two nights was just right , I think the one night cruise would have felt rushed. Cool ship , not to big and not to small.

1  Thank Travis f
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Reviewed 5 October 2017 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our one night cruise aboard the Dragon Pearl 3. The setting and boat were beautiful. We enjoyed exploring a cave, kayaking and a rowboat trip to a fishing village. It was so peaceful! The staff was exceptional. Our guide, Kim Bay, was organized and funny. The food was beyond our expectations. Mr Bamboo also created lovely food displays. I would highly recommend adding this to your visit to Vietnam.

1  Thank Bobbie T
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Reviewed 24 September 2017

My husband, children (aged 5 and 9) and I all went on the 2 day (1 night) trip into Halong Bay on the Dragon Pearl Junk. Whilst I think such young children may not be an every day occurrence on the ship we were well looked after and the kids could do everything and get involved in the complete experience. The weather was unfortunately a little gloomy as a typhoon was expected in the next few days, but it didn't dampen the experience which was really fantastic. The scenery was just beautiful and the boat was great, with a wonderful range of food. We were all very well looked after. There were only 2 down sides, our children were a bit fussy and it did meant they didn't eat much on the cruise as the food whilst very good was completely Vietnamese (which of course is what you would expect), but we didn't have any other options to chose from to give them. The other minor issue was that I find some very small lice crawling in my sons bed and sheets. We don't know where they came from but when alerted the crew did change them very quickly. However it did not put us the wonderful experience and we did wish we were doing the 2 night tour in the end.

1  Thank Michelle R
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Reviewed 13 September 2017

I put a lot of research into finding the right cruise for Halong Bay. One of the most important criteria for us was was that we wanted to sail into Bai Tu Long Bay, away from the masses of boats to get an more exclusive feel for the incredible landscape in the area. Indochina Junk, is one of the very few companies that offers the cruise into these hidden parts.

We went on Dragon Pearl for 3D2N and wish we could have explored for longer. To really get a feel for the beauty of the bay you need at least an overnight trip!
Everything was exceptional, the transfer from Hanoi, the water puppet show was fun to watch as well, the boarding of the junk was seamless and the junk itself was just how we imagined it. It was a traditional wooden boat, with just 11 luxurious rooms, which made it a more intimate experience than being on one of the larger, modern ships.
Food was served outside on the deck and was always deliciously prepared by the cook. Food allergies and special wishes were considered at all times.

The crew was fantastic, very friendly and helpful with our every request. The excursions by kayak were fun and the visit of the fishing village and the cave were a very interesting experience. One of the highlights of our cruise was definitely the barbecue on the beach.

I would highly recommend a cruise with Indochina Junk, talking to other travellers afterwards had very different experiences to us confirming that I made the right choice. We hope to be able to return one day to do one of their private cruises for longer...

Thank wanderlustplus1
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