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“another very very ordinary cruise”
Review of Red Dragon Junk

Red Dragon Junk
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Owner description: We offer a wealth of day tours, different tour packages and travel options for throughout Vietnam. We have a passion for the Indochina region, and our mission is to share its storied history, culture and beauty with the rest of the world. We also provide a wide variety of travel services, including fly & drive tours, group tours, custom tours, guided tours, airline tickets, train tickets, hotel bookings, car and coach rentals, and any other related services you might need.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities
Reviewed July 17, 2013

We took their 2day, one night tour of this cruise on 13th July, 2013. We reached Halong Bay and booked this from one travel company called Saigon Tourist located opposite Novotel. This cruise does not take you to the popular spots of Bay ( the fighting cocks and other caves!). But all the spots look the same in Halong Bay after 2 hours of watching the karsts and the islands. This was really a very small boat. On 13th of July, there were only 10 persons on board! As it is a small boat, it has no other facilities other than a small bar and an eating place! Even with 10 people, we felt little cramped! What could have happened if the boat was fully occupied? The room was the smallest cruise room I have ever seen! The toilet was not working and AC was not effective, Anyway, one cannot expect big luxuries in this small boat. Their tour to a cave ( exclusive to Indochina Junk Company ) was not impressive as one can see better caves in Langkawi area. Kayaking was one good part in their whole program. The guide was not well informed about the flore and fauna of the place as well as the history of Vietnam. Anyhow, one has to do this in Halong Bay and we just checked this. There is one incident which bugs me still. One of the guests broke a glass and they promptly collected USD 2 for this! Luxury cruises!

4  Thank Qwelt
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

I went to ha long bay for 3days 2nights with redragon cruise it wasn't nice as all review people .the food and room were ok but At night it was boring nothing to do on boat .It wasn't as my expect

11  Thank merya297943
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Reviewed June 20, 2013 via mobile

wildly disappointed in this day trip for a number of reasons:

1) it's more of a gift shop tour. they drop you off at an overpriced crappy store on the way there for 30 minutes as a "break". if that's not bad enough, they do it AGAIN on the way back. it's only a 3.5 hour drive each way

2) the boat was fine, at best. not their fault, but all of the junks in Halong are painted an awful white (NOT what you've seen in all of the iconic photos) and this one was pretty bad. fans didn't work, etc.

3) really only did 2 things in the 4 hours we were at sea: kayaked (best part - even though we were rushed to do it in about 25 minutes) and taken to the most depressing cave I've ever seen. someone bedazzled and destroyed this beautiful natural wonderland (isn't this a unesco site?) with neon lights everywhere, dynamited entrances, etc. you can hear the remaining bats going nuts because of all the lights and noise. really sad. oh, and I counted at least 4 more gift shops here.

overall, about 25 minutes of fun and 10 minutes of good sights in exchange for 11.5 hours of irritation. halong is naturally beautiful, but is so over touristed and destroyed that I'm not sure how you would get around it - maybe unless you did a private tour boat.

14  Thank Johnny R
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Reviewed June 11, 2013

The Red Dragon Junk was fantastic. We did the 2 day one night cruise and it was worth the money. With only the 5 rooms on the Red Dragon it ensures smaller numbers and intimacy. The environment is to be seen to be appreciated, so spectacular and so natural. Due to Indochina Junks having access to separate parts of the Bay it means you won't be shoulder to shoulder with the many other junks cruising the Bay. The food, the accommodation and the crew on the Junk were fantastic and the service great also. If doing the road trip from Hanoi the 3 hour drive to Halong Bay in the bus holds its own thrills. Highly recommend.

2  Thank deanfuller67
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Reviewed June 7, 2013 via mobile

We basically booked Red Dragon Junk online by Brilliant Halong Cruises agency.It was definitely worth for value.The cruise is not for group tour for 3 days, so we decided to enjoy 2 days and 1 night cruises. Because we loved the traddional cruise with a special style and see the Bai Tu Bay and Halong Bay as well. The places that this cruise visits were amazing,not many tourists places on the 1st day, and the second day we visited Amazing Cave. Food on cruise was fantastic,we had no complain on this. And we commend the Cruise and angency.

2  Thank saopaolll
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