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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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English first
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Rooms were very basic..we were in a twelve bed dorm with fan so not too easy to sleep. Very poor toilet and shower facilities behind the bar, none in room. Halong bay is beautiful and worth seeing but this tour is very alcohol focused.

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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

One of the best ways to experience Ha Long Bay is to stay on the castaway island, a very small island all to yourself. There are usually around 80 people in total so it's very sociable. They run a booze cruise too which is great, although I'm not keen on these usually, it is pretty relaxed and a great way... More

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Halong Bay is amazing, but the boys running the show there seem to have lost sight of the beauty of the spot and are instead having a really good up-close look up their own bums. The first thing that happened was a dude with "three Harry Potter tattoos, get used to it" started yelling buffalo at me. I wasn't even... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Although the trip is slightly more expensive than many others offered to ha long bay, my friend and I wouldnt have chosen anything else. The staff were fab (buying us plenty of drinks at the bar on the island), the boat had life jackets (always a bonus) and the showers on the boat were beaut, the island was fantastic and... More

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Good fun but disappointed with the sombrero clearing distance on the boat, obviously a design fault which needs to be addressed.

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London, United Kingdom
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49 attraction reviews
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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
18 helpful votes 18 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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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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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Stamford, Connecticut
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5 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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