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Address: Ha Long Bay, Halong Bay, Vietnam
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Beware. Only for people who want to party

If I could go back I would have booked a junked boat. Positives: You get to the bay stress free. You have to take two boats and two buses but they have it all organised. Free... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

If I could go back I would have booked a junked boat. Positives: You get to the bay stress free. You have to take two boats and two buses but they have it all organised. Free kayaking was my favourite whenever you want it. The booze cruise is great fun, especially if you're a big drinker/partier! You get to jump... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

I'm really not a big fan of sand and there is plenty of it on Castaway Island! We prebooked this tour before we left the UK having been recommended it by a friend. The tour picked us up from the backpacker hotel around 7am, the journey to castaway island is approx 5 hours and included 2 buses and 2 boats.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

I did the Hanoi Backpackers Castaways Tour which was absolutely amazing. You spend three days, two nights on a private island, in bungalows on a beach. The people are what really makes this place, and the group I had were great fun, I'm sure I made many friends for life! If you have the money and time, it is definitely... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Me and My girlfriend booked through the official booking shop advertised on there website and even after this was passed onto another non castaway tour because they didn't have space on the official one. However they didn't tell us this and charged us the same price as the official vietnam backpackers chain so we were royally ripped off. After calling... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

So disappointed that this was my experience of Halong Bay .... From the moment we started the tour i knew i was doomed. As someone that didn't want to drink much i was made to feel like an absolute loser from the very beginning. It was a totally foreign concept that one can have fun without being blind drunk. Literally... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Went on the Hanoi backpackers castaway tour with two mates and had a great time. The other backpackers were nice people, the tour guides were hilarious and helpful when needed, the Halong bay views were amazing and the partying was non stop. This is not a tour for people who do not want to party, but as long as you're... More 

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Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

I am reporting to you as one of the survivors of the infamous Castaway trip with Hanoi backpackers, which occurred during the recent typhoon. The struggle was real- the initially perceived 3 day trip ended up being 5, and occurred on an island that opted for 333's over water. I witnessed an abundance of tears and an increasing mentality of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

I've been lucky enough to be on this trip 5 times now since 2011. Once when it was purely on a boat, twice to the old island and twice on the new island. I've been inspired to write this review after a not so pleasant and completely unfair article was written in the media by an Australian lad, who took... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

This was the worst tour I have ever been on! It was over priced and we didn't even do half the stuff on our itinerary. Our room did not lock and many people from different groups had cash stolen from their bags (I had at least €100 taken). One person even found one of the Vietnamese workers in our room... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

We got well and truly hoodwinked by the staff at our hostel who recommended this trip to us. We arrived in Hanoi after three weeks travelling around Vietnam. We were really excited to see Halong Bay as we had heard a lot about it and the tourist desk at our hostel were convincing in their recommendations. We initially wanted to... More 

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