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Review of Indochina Sails

Indochina Sails
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Owner description: What better way to enjoy the spectacular scenery of this UNESCO World Heritage Site than on board an Indochina Sails or Valentine Junk! With over a decade of hosting international guests on the tranquil waters of Halong Bay, Indochina Sails is proud to be one of luxury cruise teams in the Halong Bay.
Reviewed July 9, 2012

We did the 2 nights/3days cruise. .To get to see all this is a must. We were on a Bigger boat but at low season we had only 15 people on the first night and on the second night 8 we had a cabin on the lower floor but no complaints with that then the next day we were upgraded to the next level which definately no complaints. we had a ball. The staf i could not fault,. There was sometimes a little problem with the language barrier but you can get around that. Food was great, weather was great. overlall thankyou Indochina Sails had a fantasict time. the only gripe i have is the painting those beautiful boats white. so sad.

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Reviewed July 8, 2012

We spent two nights and three days aboard Indochina's "Valentine" (5 cabin). Our deluxe cabin was beautifully appointed and extremely quiet and comfortable. The bed and bathroom were larger than found in most (non-floating) hotels. The main thing that stood out though was the quality of service from the staff. We were literally waited on hand and food - from the wonderful breakfast through lunch and dinner - across a range of tour activities and during social moments. Had zero complaints and would do the whole thing all over again in a heartbeat. Highly recommend.

4  Thank traveling_american13
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Reviewed July 4, 2012

After thorough research, my husband booked us at the IndoChina sails. We would suggest the 2 day and 1 night stay for tourists that want to club outdoor activities with some quite relaxed time inside the cruise. The cruise is excellently maintained, absolutely comfortable bedding, tastefully cooked food. Mild mannered staff. The wine tasting , kayaking and tai chi experiences were fun. The cruise mgmt charts out a good schedule of activities - try and get around to doing it. Good fun. To sum up, exclusive luxury at a very affordable price !
Indo china sails made our 1st wedding anniversary memorable, we'd probably head there for our 10th too :)
cheers !

2  Thank FrancinaJohn
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Reviewed July 4, 2012

Our trip on the valentine junk was inspirational. as a person who has issues with heights the staff were attentive and supportive to enable me to climb the hill to surprise cave. Without their support it would have been an experience missed. Worth the trip

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Reviewed July 3, 2012

The service on our one night cruise was excellent from start to finish. The staff were all very attentive with the cruise manager and tour guide being extremely friendly, helpful and humorous.

The cabin was much more spacious than we expected with a comfy bed, air-con and a massive bathroom which was bigger than most hotel bathrooms. The food was very good; we were served a set lunch on arrival and there was a large buffet for dinner and breakfast.

Halong Bay is beautiful and on the one night trip there were three stops along the cruise. On the first day the junk moored in a bay where we opted to pay $10 each to kayak through a rock tunnel to a lagoon where there were monkeys and some interesting scenery. It is possible to take the "bamboo boat" for free but this seemed crowded and not as much fun. The next stop was "Titop Island" where there is a beach and the option to walk to a viewing platform at the top. As all the boats stop here, the beach was packed and we couldn't be bothered with the climb so we stayed on the boat to watch the sun starting to set. There was a wine tasting in the evening where the wine served seemed to be different to that available in the bar. The sparkling wine was very nice as was one of the reds but we weren't impressed with many of the others - its a reasonably well priced thing to do but in hindsight we would have preferred a single decent bottle of wine instead.

In the evening, we moored in a bay for dinner and watched the sunset which was stunning. Unfortunately the tranquility of this was shattered by some "party boat" moored nearby which was pumping out some rubbish dance music and screeching karaoke until about 11pm. It seems that this was a one off promotion event as the boat had "Canon" banners all over it (thanks Canon!!) so hopefully that is the case as it did get somewhat annoying to have the tranquility shattered in this way.

The next day, there was a trip to a cave to see some very unusual stalactites and stalagmites which was interesting - again there were a lot of tourists here as all of the boats stop here at the same time.

A trip to Halong Bay is well worth doing as the scenery is stunning. Whilst there are loads of boats all doing the same trip, the Indochina Sails is a great way to do it.

3  Thank DLLR7880
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