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If you have already spent a few days in Hanoi this Cruise is what you need to bring back a little... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Kelowna, Canada
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I can only agree with the previous review - a stunning adventure

We too sailed on Dragon Pearl #3 but our host was Coco on the 18th November Great host, fabulous... read more

Reviewed 25 November 2018
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

Indochinajunk are an outstanding company. everything was excellent from start to finish. The mini van we were picked up with was the most luxury van I've ever sat in. It's a fairly long drive from Hanoi so it was nice to be comfortable.

The boat itself has 9 cabins, but one was empty so there was only 16 passengers who came from wide ranging backgrounds and of all ages from 18 to 65. we had a Canadian TV reporter and his producer girlfriend, 2 New York Lawyers (amazingly, for American lawyers, they were really nice people), a waiter, a carer, some retired people, computer programmer, etc. American, British, French, Austrian, German and Dutch nationalties were there, but luckily everyone spoke English. Probably the best thing about the tour was how friendly everyone was. we moved around at mealtimes so that everyone ate with everyone by the end of the trip. My wife and I are not always that sociable but it was natural here and we really enjoyed the company.

We did the three day two night trip and I recommend this as you go further away from the tourist areas and it also gives you more time to get to know everyone. The kayaking on the second day was a highlight, and we saw no other boats apart from a few local fisherman. Indochinajunk seem to have a special license so that their customers get to go to the best places first. we had a beach bar-b-que and visited a cave on the island. There was nobody else there, but just as we were leaving, a flotilla of at least a dozen boats arrived full of tourists.

The food on board is very good and the young chef takes a lot of care about what he produces. You also get a huge amount of it so you definitely won't go hungry. The service from the guide and the rest of the crew was also exceptional. Nothing is too much trouble for these guys or their company. There was a young girl on board who got ill - not the boats fault - and had to spend most of the trip in bed. When we arrived back to Halong, Indochinajunk not only gave her a lovely bunch of flowers but some if not all of her money back. They didn't have to do that, but it was impressive that they did.

Nothing is perfect of course. The cabins are very small, but we only slept in them anyway, and the drinks prices are high for Vietnam, although not so bad compared to UK wine prices in restaurants.

If you are considering which tour to go with, I suggest this one, you will have a fantastic time.

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank Fandango11
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Reviewed 6 February 2018

The morning Pho on deck was one of the highlights of our trip to Vietnam. You can get up early and do yoga on the top deck while the mists and mountains float by. Magical! Don't miss out on kayaking, it was also super fun. Can do right off the ship.

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank Jennifer S
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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.

Date of experience: December 2017
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.

Date of experience: October 2017
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.

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank bobbiet438
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