We were on the Dragon Pearl from 25th-27th March with 3 freinds and we were really glad we chose the 2 night cruise instead of just 1 night. The bus picked us up from our hotel and the journey to Halong Bay was bumpy, which is just due to the state of the roads. Our group of 20 people were lovely. Our guide for the trip was Tony, who was very knowledgable and friendly. The boat was great, the cabin rustic, with lots of dark wood. Not a lot of storage room, so make sure you take just a small bag. The bathroom very modern. We had a top deck where there were sunbeds for everyone. The food was amazing..! We were quite an awkward group in terms of food requirements - I was quite expecting as a vegetarian to be eating bland food, but the imaginative food they came up with was quite incredible. Another friend had a pea allergy, which they couldn't quite get their head around, as he ended up getting salads without peanuts..! By the end we gave up trying to explain that peanuts were fine! The only thing I would say was that there was a little too much food...there was literally course after course...and even for lunch. So definitely go with an empty stomach! The bar was a bit more expensive than normal bars in Vietnam. We went kayaking, which was fantastic. The dinner in a cave was definitely a highlight and there were a couple of honeymoon couples on the boat and it was really nice that the crew made a fuss over them. Loved the floating fishing village we went to which was facinating. Really glad we spent a bit more and chose Indochina junks, as we were a bit more isolated and not amongst 100s of other boats and overall the amount of effort the staff and chef go to is definitely a 5 * experience.
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