We booked a 2D1N cruise directly with Indochina Junks. It was a stress-free booking process. I had corresponded with Ms Trang Hoang and her replies were always very prompt. She was very patient in answering my gazillion questions as well. Thumbs-up to her!
On the day of our tour, the pick-up was on time. There were 4 other people on board the bus, although they were not all heading onto the same boat as us. The bus was comfortable and water was provided to us. The journey there is a crazy 4-hour trip, with some bumpy bits along the way. It was broken up into 2 parts by a 20-min toilet break (on the way there) and a water puppet show (on the way back) but it was still tiring! I can sleep anywhere but I even woke up during the bumpy bits! It's of no fault of Indochina but beware!
The waiting centre was clean and comfortable. We had to transfer to a smaller boat to get to the our boat - the Red Dragon I. It was a cosy boat for 11 people; there were only 9 of us for this particular tour. Our guide was Hoang, who made an effort to memorise every one's names and
even food allergies!
We were a group of 3, so this was one of the few, if not only, junk that had a cabin for 3. Our cabin was at the front of the boat, so there were windows on both sides of the cabin. There was a comfortable queen and single bed. Both the cabin and bathroom were not very big, but it is to be expected for a junk. We had a very good night's rest watching the sea from our windows and waking up to a beautiful morning. The only complaint we had was about the water drainage in the bathroom - it was a little slow to drain and there was a teensy bit of flooding. But again, this is to be expected for a junk and it didn't diminish our enjoyment of the cruise at all.
The food on board was mainly seafood and it was yummy! The crew ensured that passengers with food allergies were provided with different food. One of the passengers was unwell and I overheard a crew offering to cook some other food for her if she preferred. I thought that was very good service.
We enjoyed the activities as well - visiting the cave, kayaking and swimming and visiting the fishing village. As Indochina has exclusive use of the island, the kayaking and swimming was only limited to passengers from Indochina junks, so it was private and enjoyable.
You should definitely visit Halong Bay if you're in Hanoi, and should stay overnight on a junk boat for a fantastic experience of the Bay. Book with Indochina if you do!
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