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Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

Beautiful place, great trip for 2 nights, relaxing, inspiring, romantic.
Not to be missed!
The small trips included were also very worthwhile

Thank Jo B
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Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

Two nights on the Red Dragon Halong Bay. Definitely recommend Indochine Junk, Mr T, Cia & crew are brilliant. Mr T very knowledgable & funny. Great kayaking around the islands, swimming. BBQ on the beach. Food absolutely fabulous.
Very relaxing & pleasurable experience.

Thank Ajh301
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Reviewed April 3, 2018

Halong Bay and the surrounding islands themselves are stunning and beautiful. The reason for the low scoring is the incredible water pollution that we witnessed during our one night stay on a houseboat. For a protected UNESCO site to be treated this way is shameful.

The water was full of plastic and garbage. We were encouraged to swim in the water but opted against this as we saw cigarette butts, plastic bottles, plastic containers, garbage bags and styrofoam debris floating past our boat. Taking the kayak was a great experience, but minimized by the floating needle and syringe that meandered past our initial yards and the dead coral that is likely a symptom of the widespread pollution.

The fishing village we were taken to was upsetting as some of the fish are farmed in garbage-littered/oily water. The attached photos do not represent the scale of water pollution we saw (i.e it is worse).

In summary: Halong Bay IS beautiful but the experience is destroyed by the water pollution. Please think hard before spending your hard earned money taking an expensive tour here as you will likely be disappointed. This is particularly true if you go in the busy summer season as, according to our guide, the visitors have no regard for the environment and casually dump garbage off the side of their boats. The government of Vietnam needs to step up to protecting this and other beautiful assets (the urban community there is riddled by air pollution and garbage pollution of roads and waterways) - perhaps the only way to force this action is to take your vacation dollars elsewhere.

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Reviewed April 3, 2018

We had a 24 hour cruise on a sampan which included an overnight stay.
The craft was old but in good repair.
The rooms were small but adequate. There was a smell of septic but an open window was the answer.
The food was aceptable and sufficient.
Bar prices were not economical.
The sites that we were taken to were fine.
There were just too many other boats in the area and it has become overcrowded.

1  Thank aussiedave717
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Reviewed April 3, 2018

The water is not as clean and clear as in photos. We were on a cruise ship. The ship had to drop anchor and we were ferried to land. there is no port to accommodate ships--even our "small" cruise ship. But the bay itself is beautiful and has many rock formations jutting out of the water making it very interesting to see. We boarded a "junk" for a cruise and a visit to an island with a big cave. Very worthwhile part of our visit.

Thank Susan S
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