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Kayaking in Ha Long

Posted by joecool on 20/8/2009 at 15:10


5 years ago, I did a 3 day (2 night) kayaking trip in Ha Long with Handspan. The trip was quite expensive, but worth it for me. As far as I know, Handspan is/was the only company with a base camp on one of the islands, away from the tourist boats and noise.

Unfortunately, they do not seem to be offering the 3 day trip anymore, only a shortened 2 day version. So, my questions...

1) Has anybody done this 2 day kayaking trip? What was your experience?

2) Are there any other companies that offer similar trips with kayaking and camping/base camp accommodation?

3) Am I correct in believing that Handspan is the only company that actually has a base camp?

Thanks in advance.



#1 joecool has been a member since 4/8/2009. Posts: 2

Posted by rebeccafarrent on 20/8/2009 at 15:59

Hi Joe,

My husband and I've just had a great experience in Halong bay. We stayed onboard the Pinta Gold which exceeded our expectations as it was comfort in a most friendly and casual atmostphere.

The room was beautifully and simply decorated, clean and was supplied with essentials such as shampoo, body lotion, etc. The staff were superb, always there whenever we needed their help, but not always in our face.

As the tides were up that day, we kayaked to all of the 3 hidden lagoons which was lovely. The water was deep clean, calm and the views were stunning. We were picked up by the tender on the way back as we'd paddled a very long way from where we spent the night.

Sorry as camping isn't our thing, so have no idea about this.

Good luck.


#2 rebeccafarrent has been a member since 2/5/2009. Posts: 37

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Posted by tingers on 21/8/2009 at 13:08

Posted from within Vietnam.

The Pinta/Columbus boats have a kayaking trip included in the cost (as mentioned above). You'll paddle through some tunnels into lagoons - your group will be the only ones in there.

No beach camps but they do a lunch on a private beach as part of their 3 day tours. You can also go trekking on the 3 day trip.

Have a good trip.

#3 tingers has been a member since 9/4/2009. Posts: 36

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