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Yet another Halong tour question

Posted by bellowe on 8/7/2008 at 03:00

In Feb 08 we will be going to Hanoi. We are bringing 8 Canadians and will be joined by 2 Vietnamese local family members from central Vietnam bringing us to a total of 12.
This should be enough people that I should be able to charter A Junk for a 3 day 2 night tour.
I am looking to book in advance over the internet so I can try to minimize last minute surprises which always seem to happen in Vietnam. I am looking for a tour 100-150 dollar price range pp. After reading many posts, I understand that:
Handspan is reliable but a little more expensive…. Do not own boats
Vega international ( Halong-CatBa ) and Ocean tours ( cruise away )offer a decent value and service

Can anybody recommend any other tour operators that own boats that offer a good reliable service? Who would you deal with if you were responsible for 11 other people and wanted them to come back with positive memories?

Thanks for any help or advice you can give

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Posted by Travelindochine on 10/7/2008 at 22:04

Posted from within Vietnam.


Thanks for your post. I think you should not to do a charter. Its very expensive. I think you had better book a free and easy tours. price about 180 usd/pax. meals on board included.

Have fun

#2 Travelindochine has been a member since 10/7/2008. Location: Vietnam. Posts: 35
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Posted by CatBa2 on 13/7/2008 at 17:40

Posted from within Vietnam.

Keep on getting that feeling that TravelIndochine is a travel agent hustler.

Cruising in Ha Long Bay is a "mine field". At least you discovered Handspan IS expensive.

Most people offering cruises do NOT own boats, even though their adverts say so. Book as close as possible to the boat owner to cut-out multiple middlemens comissions.

The Emneraude is now back in service after a small refit and cabin design.

Book the cruises AS SOON AS YOU GET TO HA NOI *OR* EN ROUTE using your Vietnamese friends to sort out any language hassles.

#3 CatBa2 has been a member since 6/11/2007. Posts: 53

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