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Castaway Island

Ha Long Bay, Halong Bay, Vietnam
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Ranked #7 of 7 attractions in Halong Bay
Type: Islands
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English first
Stamford, Connecticut
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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5 reviews 5 reviews
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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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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

There seems to be a few negative reviews on here about this tour, but if you're on the fence then keep reading. This tour is for people who WANT TO PARTY in an idyllic location on a private island in the heart of Ha long Bay, with a group of likeminded people who you will most likely go on to... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014 via mobile

I did the busy 2 night new year tour. We had 60 people on the island. Rooms on the boat were terrible with missing wallpaper and rats running through the walls. The island had dorms with 13 bunks in an freezing open plan area. The main guides were drunk to be whole time - very immature and had no local... More

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

Having just recently done this despite the reviews here I had a wonderful time. Make no mistake this is definitely a party cruise not a sight seeing/relaxation. One should definitely know what they are getting into before heading out on this boat. Having that out of the way Jess our English tour guide was wonderful and took very good care... More

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

We went there with my boyfriend on one if his friend's advice (and unfortunately failed to read the reviews beforehand). As other travellers wrote, the "guide" (who know nothing about the history of Vietnam or Ha long Bay) started telling you about these "drinking rules". They also explain you that you will need approximately 2.000.000 dong (100$ on top of... More

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London
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013 via mobile

Unless you're 20-nothing,looking for sex, or lick balls to make money(a far more attractive feat in England than in cultural Vietnam I'm afraid), want to drink yourself silly until you're carried off to a hospital for alcohol poisoning and dehydration (yes this happened), and you want to be ripped off about USD 140 (most Halong bay tours operate at USD... More

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