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“Brilliant service - phenomenal cruise”
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Darian Culbert
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Darian Culbert (Be aware of fake persons) is an authorized booking agency of all cruises in Halong Bay. Booking with us is always cheaper, quicker and double guaranteed because you can check your booking status with Darian Culbert and the cruise directly. Click on the links attached on this page to our official website and email! We have NO other website or email please!
Level 4 Contributor
46 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Brilliant service - phenomenal cruise”
Reviewed April 12, 2013

We booked a 2 day 1 night cruise on the Paloma Junk with Darian Culbert. The booking was made via the internet and I must say any queries we had were answered very quickly and efficiently. The cruise itself was fantastic and could not be faulted. We had people from all parts of the world travelling and we all got on well and had a fantastic time. I would thoroughly recommend both Darian Culbert as a booking agent and Paloma Cruises as the company to use.

Visited February 2013
1 Thank seeyalaterAdelaide
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Hong Kong, China
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Equal Pros and Cons”
Reviewed April 10, 2013

We were at the Alova Gold Junk for one night, 2 day stay... Halong Bay is indeed beautiful, must see place when you are in Hanoi. I would recommend it as value for money, but disappointed with the experience we had...

Pros first: Booking was easy; not very expensive and hassle free although you would get cheaper prices when booked in Hanoi but need to be sure of the booking place and spend some time during your visit to book the trip so a trade-off; Good room & bathroom (would have preferred more water pressure but fine), clean boat, good sun deck...

In between: Pick-up was fine, transfer bus fine, tour guide mediocre, Food cannot comment much as we were vegetarians (horrendously bad for us), drink selection (wines were not available as police raided the boat, but cocktails were fine), Accept only cash for the bills (being in a junk in the middle of nowhere, i am fine with this)

Cons: There was a safety incident with my wife during Kayaking, as she was about to get on the kayak it started moving and the kayak provider did not even wait for her to get into it fully. She fell into the water (pulled a hamstring in the process) and i had to jump and bring her back to the dock, also as it was close to a fishing village (very dirty water), we both ended up having rashes all over our body.
Also, we had to transfer to a smaller tripper boat from our junk for every activity we did, it was time consuming and felt we did not have much time in the Junk. I would recommend tours which take their junks directly to the activity places, instead having transfers.

Visited April 2013
9 Thank SivaAanchal
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156 reviews
105 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed April 2, 2013

Our Halong Bay tour was the highlight of our trip. Darian Culbert planned our trip from the service vehicle to the food and boat service. Its unfortunate that we had only one day cruise. One night trip or longer is highly recommended

Visited March 2013
1 Thank filipin0traveller
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Perth, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
137 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Good trip, but it is a long way for one day”
Reviewed March 31, 2013

We booked online and with fairly short notice the day trip from Hanoi to Halong Bay. We had only time for a day tour and we knew it would be a 7 hour return trip, but we wanted to see Halong Bay.
We were picked up from Phoenix tour at the hotel, the tour guide was friendly and funny. The food on the boat was better than I expected with fresh seafood and included a drink e.g. beer.
Halong Bay is beautiful, even when it was quite overcast when we were there. If you have time I think overnight or longer trip would be better, but we knew it and the bus was fairly comfortable. However, the road is not as good and the traffic slow.
Overall we were happy with the tour and can recommend it.

Visited March 2013
1 Thank ReginaCH
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Excellent tour operator.”
Reviewed March 23, 2013

Was very happy with how the day trip was done. It was incredible value for money. Our guide, Mai, was lovely. She was engaging and informative. Some people who've grown up on Hollywood Vietnam war fiction should show some respect and listen to another person's perspective on the war. The bus ride was long but it can't be helped. The pick up was a bit late but understandable given the crazy hanoi traffic. Food was excellent. Overall a great experience. Thankyou of much.

1 Thank JamesNguyenMelbAu
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