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Castaway Island

Ha Long Bay, Halong Bay, Vietnam
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Ranked #8 of 8 attractions in Halong Bay
Type: Islands
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London, United Kingdom
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81 reviews 81 reviews
47 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Rating this as "very good" isn't exactly true but it's much closer to that than to being "average". I'm quite surprised all other reviews are either unmitigated praise or generic hatred - on a basic level, the food was really very good, the accommodation on the boat very nice and not bad at all on the island whilst the activities... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

This overpriced cruise was unenjoyable from start to finish. The food wasn't nice, no drinks were included, the sleeping arrangements were uncomfortable. Worst of all, all the western staff members running the tour, including the rock climbing belayers, were miserable: they were aggressive, rude, and made us feel like we were an annoyance the whole trip. Save some money and... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

I know they advertise it as a booze cruise and thats what a lot of people are looking for, i personally wanted a little culture also. Everyone on the boat was too busy drinking beer out of eachothers arsecracks to even notice when we were arriving into halong bay.. one of the natural wonders of the world.. the staff are... More

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Hue, Vietnam
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

I was pleasantly surprised by this tour after reading some of the reviews. There is a lot of drinking involved but you don't have to take part if you don't want to. We had to shotgun a beer when we first arrived on the boat but apart from that, a lot of the rules and games were for people who... More

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Phuket, Thailand
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

I paid 220 usd for this tour...i wish i had stayed in the Hilton for this.I got picked up at the Hostel..took about 4 hours to get there then we got on the boat...it was the oldest boat i could see not even sure it is sea worthy...the tour is all about getting drunk...they sell only there beer on the... More

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Stamford, Connecticut
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

This was the BEST three days of our lives. Two 25 year old girls, who don't necessarily consider ourselves the biggest partiers in the world, had a complete blast on this trip. In our opinion, the tour guides only bettered the experience--their enthusiasm kept everyone's spirits high throughout the trip, especially helped since it wasn't the warmest. But the weather... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

3 day tour, with 2 nights. It was all about drinking and drinking games. The food you get was bad. First night you stay on the boat, then you get to the island. You can't do some rock climbing, kayaking and on a rubber band behind a speedboat. The water was so polluted, everywhere where dead fish, plastic and more... More

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Calgary, Canada
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3 attraction reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

My two girlfriends and I booked this tour while staying at Hanoi Backpackers hostel. We were assured by the guy working at the front desk that it was an activity based tour as we were looking primarily for that. Don't get me wrong we are three 26 year old girls and enjoy having a few drinks but this tour was... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014 via mobile

For me, this trip was a joke!! So much that i didn't finish it evan though i paid for it! Travelling asia you are always on gard for getting ripped of. I was stupied enough not to check tripadvisor before because the people selling it was also backpackers, and i thought i could trust them, but i have learned my... More

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Melbourne, Australia
1 review
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

I booked this tour staying at Hanoi Backpackers as the guys on the desk seemed pretty genuine and said they'd really enjoyed it - the activities and that the island was really nice. After reading through the reviews of some other tours I thought it was safest to go with one that supposedly had a good reputation. Yes, I did... More

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