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Bai Tho Junks - Private Tours ‑ CLOSED

Hanoi, Vietnam
About Bai Tho Junks - Private Tours
Bai Tho junks combine the traditional style with all the comforts and amenities that you would expect. The accessible design seamlessly merges the spectacular scenery with cozy living areas to allow passengers to create a one of a kind Halong Bay experience.
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Clare-Emmett wrote a review Dec 2018
Sittingbourne, United Kingdom102 contributions8 helpful votes
We really enjoyed the overnight Halong Bay Cruise. We were lucky to have a lovely en suite room, although I know that the rooms below deck are not quite so nice. Our guide for our trip was “Linda”, she was lovely, spoke excellent English and was very knowledgeable. On the first day we visited a floating village. We also had a Vietnamese cooking lesson - we made spring rolls. The food provided on board was lovely with some very fresh and extremely tasty seafood. We visited some caves on the second day. The only thing I would say is that many boats do the same route and it was quite busy and a bit too touristy, but was worth it to see the stunning views. The rest of the crew were not as friendly as Linda, but they didn’t speak English very well. My husband enjoyed some squid fishing off the boat in the dark and was the first on board to make a catch! We were the only English on a boat full of Italians. They all grouped together and we did feel a little isolated. It would have been better if there was a more even mix of nationalities. Would recommend this trip.
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Date of experience: November 2018
Wanda wrote a review May 2017
Vancouver Island, Canada232 contributions75 helpful votes
It was fabulous to sail through the karsts/ islands. The scenery is incredible. The " Surprising " cave was totally amazing and photos can 't do it justice. The junk is basic accommodation as the name suggests. The staff on board were not very welcoming and could improve their hospitality. The lunch they provided contained 8 or 10 seafood courses most of which we enjoyed. There were multiple seafood courses for dinner too. But since we are not huge seafood eaters we asked for some vegetarian courses the next day and these were provided. I was glad had I had yoga pants and jacket with me because it pretty cold lat night.
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Date of experience: February 2017
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Debray6 wrote a review Nov 2016
Tatenhill, United Kingdom105 contributions103 helpful votes
We travelled as a family of six and had three rooms that were all quite spacious and good facilities. The boat itself is a little rustic but we enjoyed the character and style of the boat and because it can only accommodate 20 people it gives it a more relaxed approach. The food was fantastic, especially if you like fish and the trips were not too intense and were enjoyable, especially the fishing village and beach. The only negative for me was that drinks were very expensive and was a bit of a entrapment process as where else are you going to get drinks!!! Charging 4 dollars a beer was over the top. Apart from that we cannot fault the rest of the trip.
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Date of experience: November 2016
2 Helpful votes
Louise B wrote a review Oct 2016
Chilton, United Kingdom2 contributions1 helpful vote
We spent two nights aboard the Victory Star and, after reading some of the reviews, were pleasantly surprised. The room was very nice with a huge bathroom (with shower & jacuzzi bath) and comfortable bed and our own private balcony. The staff were helpful friendly and honest, my husband left his wallet in the room after check out and was tracked down by one of the friendly cleaning staff who kindly returned it to him. The schedule was packed and days started very early but we enjoyed cruising around the bay, kayaking and swimming around the boat. Food was good but there was far too much!! After a big breakfast, 6/7 course lunch and the same for dinner we were stuffed. I don't eat fish/seafood and was given a delicious alternative for every course. Drinks, however, were very expensive. We had planned ahead and brought some of our own only to see that they charge a hefty corkage if you get caught with your own drinks on board. Instead we drank on the balcony and were not charged.
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Date of experience: October 2016
Bill D wrote a review Aug 2016
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain83 contributions38 helpful votes
Halong Bay was much bigger than expected - it goes on for miles! The trip was great with the continual changing of the scenery , peace and lovely time to relax on deck. The food was really good and the service likewise. The short trips we took to visit caves , fishing villages and the beach were just fine. I´d repeat with these people.
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Date of experience: July 2016