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7-Days Itinerary,Which Junk & Tour Operator???

Posted by rodlove on 16/12/2009 at 16:37

Hi, my buddy and I are planning on spending a week in North Vietnam on celebrity of the Christmas and New Year Eve. We are wondering which tour company is the more realiable as for price and quality of the day tours? with professional guide …would like to spend 1D trip to visit famous spots in Hanoi, 2 D/1N in Sapa to explore the local hill peoples’life and 3D/2N in Ha Long Bay to taste a beach-life so if anyone has other suggestions that would be appreciated. I also would like to check advised good quality junks and tour operators that can arrange good trip in Ha Long Bay. Using some books I've pieced together the following cruises in Ha Long Bay but I have no info about the hygiene of these cruises.
1) Red Dragon Cruise
2) Bayah Cruise
3) Pinta Gold Cruise
4) Phoenix Cruise
Can anyone advise me? or You have a better idea around budget of each?
Kindly recommend soonest...i do not hav much time to source…

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Posted by lexkssnbrg on 16/12/2009 at 17:58


There are too many junk boats offering pretty similar itineraries out the bay which make it a huge headache picking out one of them. We were booked the Pinta Gold and found it to be fantastic value for money. Also for your information, 2 of our friends went on the Bhaya on the same day and raved about the boat and the service.

We had our visas, accommodations and other tours booked with Vietnamstay and would heartily recommend the company to everyone. The hotel rates were the best we were ever offered in Vietnam and our tours were smoothly organized.

It takes you at least 3 nights for a Sapa trip departing from Hanoi, including 2 nights on the train. If you're short on time, just cut out one day in Halong bay and add it to Sapa.

For your record, I just posted a synoptic report in the 'Trip reports' section.

Hope this helps


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Posted by hasherjoe34 on 16/12/2009 at 21:03

I agree with Lex's friends,Bhaya's service is great and its boat is awesome, pricey but satisfaction guaranteed. What could be more lovely than spend your holiday in a nice and luxurious atmosphere.

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Posted by lexkssnbrg on 17/12/2009 at 08:54


Though I don't know which agent you've dealt with, my understanding is that the Bhaya doesn't cost that much for one night aboard.

However, one of the top lessons we learned traveling in Vietnam is that you just get what you pay for. Money does matter but sometimes you need to consider splurging a bit.


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Posted by rebeccafarrent on 18/12/2009 at 16:36

The hubby and I also used Vietnamstay after my friend's rec and to be honest we could hardly fault the company and the service for any reason. They were very responding and accommodating.

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