Written on: 17/05/2011
We have just returned to Australia after 3 weeks in Vietnam and one of the highlights was our time spent at Halong Bay.
There are plenty of tour operators sailing on Halong Bay - we chose Indochina Sails and without a doubt it was the right decision. The company presents well on its website; yet our expectations were exceeded. The booking process was fluent, with a comfortable coach trip from Hanoi to Halong Bay. Indochina Sails run a fleet of luxury junks and we sailed on the newest (and smallest) - 'Premium Valentine'. There are 2 spacious bedrooms on board, complete with shower, jacuzzi, and lots of room. Fortunately for us, we were the only couple on board for our 3 day/2 night adventure. It was fantastic...as if we had chartered the boat for ourselves. Five friendly staff on board to take us around Halong Bay and look after us. Our cruise guide was Tu - very professional, good English and a delight to be with. The meals were first class with delicious variety and lots to eat.
It was a wonderful and memorable experience to explore the sights of Halong Bay on a luxury cruise which delivers excellent value for money for couples. We saw spectacular caves, climbed to the top of a small island for an incredible view over the bay, kayaked in beautiful areas, visited a floating fishing village and a pearl farm and still had time to sit back, chill out and soak it all in.
In 2 or 3 years we'll return to charter 'Premium Valentine' and set our own itinerary for a 3 night/4day cruise to further explore Halong Bay and beyond.
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Written by Stephen Mellor