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2 days & rate (Rates are quoted per cabin in US dollar)

  
Cabin type
1st Jan - 30th April & 1st Oct - 31st Dec
Single Cabin Double Cabin
1st May - 30th Sept
Single Cabin Double Cabin
booking
Superior cabin $304 $330 $240 $290
Deluxe cabin $335 $400 $295 $340
Suite cabin $380 $430 $344 $394
President suite $500 $580 $402 $450

3 days & rate (Rates are quoted per cabin in US dollar)

  
Cabin type
1st Jan - 30th April & 1st Oct - 31st Dec
Single Cabin Double Cabin
1st May - 30th Sept
Single Cabin Double Cabin
booking
Superior cabin $540 $590 $445 $510
Deluxe cabin $560 $620 $474 $530
Suite cabin $624 $710 $564 $620
President suite $750 $800 $620 $680

 

It is designed perfectly in inspiration of Classic Eastern style and finely equiped with modern amenities, Indochina fleet is considered as the most luxury and charming o­ne in Halong bay. Moreover, our qualified, experienced and highly motivated staffs look forward to make your stay impeccable. Indochina is proud to be the first choice of many tourists inside and outside Vietnam for their trip to the World Natural Heritage – Halong Bay.

Indochina Sails have the advantages of big sizes with big floors, standard rooms for big groups.
Facilities  - Restaurants and Bar
- Kayaking Service (Optional)
- A/C cabins with en-suite bathrooms
- First Aid Kits
- Doctor o­n-call
- Luggage Storages
- Emergency Tender boat
- Major credit cards accepted
- Dial-up Internet Access at The Reception
- Conference and Meeting Equipment
- Safety box at the reception
- IDD at the reception
- Boutique
- Library (Rental and Exchange o­nly)
- 24/7 Security

  INDOCHINA SAILS 1 &2 

The Indo 1 and Indo 2 are identical boats and were both launched in 2007. Each comprises 15 cabins (Superior and Deluxe Cabins). The deluxe cabins are are a bit larger and feature rainfall showers and are all situated on the second decks of the boats. 

- Length: 40 m

- Width: 8.5 m

- Height: 19 m

- Depth: 2.5 m

- Number of Cabins: 14

- Dining Room, Bar & Sundeck

 

INDOCHINA SAILS 3

Our newest boat, the Indo 3, launched in late 2008, features ceramic artworks handcrafted in Bat Trang, well known as the home of the country’s most talented ceramic craftsmen. All of our boats are decorated with silk from Van Phuc, the “Silk Village”. In addition to Superior and Deluxe cabins the Indo 3 has very spacious Suites located on the second deck and featuring bathrooms with bathtub/Jacuzzis as well as showers.

- Length: 44 m

- Width: 9 m

- Height: 20 m

- Depth: 2.5 m

- Number of Cabins: 15

- Dining Room Bar & Sundeck

- Massage Cabin

ACCOMMODATION:

- Total cabins: from 14 to 15 cabins

- Superior Twin/ Double: 13m2

- Deluxe Twin/ double: 14 m2

- Suite Double/ Twin: 19m2

- President Suite Double: 24 m2

Facilities and services:

- High-quality wooden décor

- Individually controlled air-condition

- En-suite luxury bathroom

- Massage Shower

- Jacuzzi (Suite and President Suite only)

- Deluxe Toilet Amenities and Towels

- International-standard cabin & suite design

- Hairdryer, Bathrobe and Slippers

- High-quality white bed linen

- Fresh flower

- In-house Telephone

- Mini Bar and Safe

- Complimentary Drinking Water

- Beauty Services and Massage

- Cabin Service (Snack Meals)

- Safety Equipment and Life Vests

- TV & DVD Player (President Suite only

 

 

 

  
Cabin type
1st Jan - 30th April & 1st Oct - 31st Dec
Single Cabin Double Cabin
1st May - 30th Sept
Single Cabin Double Cabin
booking
Superior cabin $304 $330 $240 $290
Deluxe cabin $335 $400 $295 $340
Suite cabin $380 $430 $344 $394
President suite $500 $580 $402 $450

 

 Indochina Sail - 2 days/1 night

The highlight:

- Daytime excursions to an island featuring swimming and a climb to the best panoramic view of the bay

- Kayaking through caves into peaceful lakes surrounded by limestone mountains

- Visit one of the bay’s largest and most spectacular indoor caves, “Sung Sot” or “Surprise Cave”.

Detailed Itinerary:


Day 1: Hanoi - Halong bay

11.30: Arrive at Bai Chay/Halong pier.

12.15: Transfer by tender to the boat – enjoy Welcome Drink, receive cruise briefing and safety instructions.

12.30: Check in and begin cruise. Sail through beautiful Bai Tu Long Bay enroute to Halong Bay.

13.00: Lunch - enjoy deluxe Vietnamese and International Set Menu Lunch. 
Massage service available beginning after lunch and throughout the cruise. Please book in advance with your Cruise Manager.

14.45: Arrive at Luon Cave. Depart from the boat and journey past such popular sites as “Đầu Người” Head Island, “Con Rùa” Turtle Island and “Cổng Trời” Heaven’s Gate Island on the way to the cave. There are two options for exploring the cave and surrounding area. One option is to transfer to small bamboo boats which are rowed by the local people. The second option is to travel by kayak (passengers row kayaks for themselves).

15:45: Return to the boat and sail for about 15 minutes to our second stop – Titop Island.

16.00: Arrive at Titop Island. Enjoy swimming, relaxing on the beach and climbing the steps to the top of the mountain on the island for fantastic views and photo opportunities. Water and towels will be supplied. We will spend about 45 minutes on the island.

17.00: Depart and sail for about 30 minutes to Luon Bo area, where we will anchor for overnight.

19.15: Dinner - deluxe Vietnamese & Western Buffet or Set Menu Dinner.

20.45: Evening activities include: film entertainment (on some boats) in the dining room at 21.00, board games and playing cards are available, and massage services are available. Passengers may also try their luck at squid fishing from the boat.

21.00 – 23.00: Happy Hour! Buy one drink - get one free (wine by the bottle excluded)

23.00: End of Program for Day One.

 

Day 2: Halong bay - Hanoi

06.45: Coffee, tea and breakfast pastries served in the dining room.

07.00: Enjoy Tai Chi instruction on the sundeck (duration about 30 minutes).

07.00: Arrive at the Surprise Cave area. There is a small fishing village here.

07.45: Transfer by tender to the Surprise Cave. Walk up about 100 steps to the cave entrance and tour the cave for approximately 45 minutes. Walk down about 100 steps and return to the boat.

09.00: Upon return to the boat you will have 30 minutes to freshen up and finish packing. Please remove all of your belongings from the cabins, you may leave heavy luggage outside of the cabins (staff will transfer directly to the pier). Depart for Bai Chay/Halong pier.

09.30: Enjoy Breakfast Set Menu or Buffet in the dining room. We will settle bills after breakfast. Relax on the sundeck or in the dining room enjoying the bay scenery as we approach the pier.

11.00: Arrive at Bai Chay/Halong pier. Transfer by tender to the pier, relax inside the pier building while waiting for return transportation.

Included:
•    Welcome Drink, Kayaking
•    Cruise Itinerary and Program
•    Entrance and Sightseeing Fees
•    In-house English-speaking Tour Guide
•    Luxurious Cabins and Suites with A/C and en-suite Bathrooms
•    Deluxe Vietnamese and International Lunch and Dinner
•    Vietnamese and International Breakfast
•    Conference Equipment (Charter only)
•    Insurance, Taxes and Service Charges

Excluded:
•    Airfares, Car Transfers and Hotels
•    Visa Arrangements
•    Massage Services (please see massage menu in cabin)
•    Beverages, Tips and Personal Expenses
•    All other services not clearly mentioned above

Please Notes:

  • Cruise itinerary and schedule subject to change upon weather and operations conditions.
  • Advance registration is required with full name, date of birth, nationality, passport number, visa expiry date for all Passengers
  • A valid passport is required upon check-in on board. Children whose traveling documents are attached to parents passport must travel with the parent. Credit cards accepted on board: Amex, Visa and MasterCard.
  • Special requests on food (diet or vegetarian) please inform us before departure.
  • Connecting room is available upon request.
  • Surcharge of 25% will be added for cruises on December 24 & 31 and Lunar New Year Eve.

Things to bring
Original passport, swimming suites, sun glasses, insect repellent.

 

  
Cabin type
1st Jan - 30th April & 1st Oct - 31st Dec
Single Cabin Double Cabin
1st May - 30th Sept
Single Cabin Double Cabin
booking
Superior cabin $540 $590 $445 $510
Deluxe cabin $560 $620 $474 $530
Suite cabin $624 $710 $564 $620
President suite $750 $800 $620 $680

 

 Indochina Sail - 3 days/2 nights

The highlight:

Offer kayaking in all of our itineraries for a unique opportunity to see some of Halong Bay’s most interesting scenery while being as close to the sea as possible. Our kayaking excursions incorporate paddling through amazing caves and into placid and peaceful lagoons bringing you as close to the wildlife of Halong Bay as possible. 

Detailed Itinerary:

 

Day 1: Hanoi - Halong           

11.30: Arrive at Bai Chay/Halong pier.

12.15: Transfer by tender to the boat – enjoy Welcome Drink, receive cruise briefing and safety instructions. 

12.30: Check in and begin cruise. Sail through beautiful Bai Tu Long Bay enroute to Halong Bay.

13.00: Lunch - enjoy deluxe Vietnamese and International Set Menu Lunch. 

Massage service available beginning after lunch and throughout the cruise. Please book in advance with your Cruise Manager.

14.45: Arrive at Luon Cave. Depart from the boat and journey past such popular sites as “Đầu Người” Head Island, “Con Rùa” Turtle Island and “Cổng Trời” Heaven’s Gate Island on the way to the cave. There are two options for exploring the cave and surrounding area. One option is to transfer to small bamboo boats which are rowed by the local people. The second option is to travel by kayak (passengers row kayaks for themselves). 

15:45: Return to the boat and sail for about 15 minutes to our second stop – Titop Island.

16.00: Arrive at Titop Island. Enjoy swimming, relaxing on the beach and climbing the steps to the top of the mountain on the island for fantastic views and photo opportunities. Water and towels will be supplied. We will spend about 45 minutes on the island.

17.00: Depart and sail for about 30 minutes to Luon Bo area, where we will anchor for overnight.

19.15: Dinner - deluxe Vietnamese & Western Buffet or Set Menu Dinner.

20.45: Evening activities include: film entertainment (on some boats) in the dining room at 21.00, board games and playing cards are available, and massage services are available. Passengers may also try their luck at squid fishing from the boat.

21.00 – 23.00: Happy Hour! Buy one drink - get one free (wine by the bottle excluded)

23.00: End of Program for Day One.

 

Day 2: Lan Ha Bay or Bai Tu Long Bay

06.45: Coffee, tea and breakfast pastries served in the dining room.

07.00: Enjoy Tai Chi instruction on the sundeck (duration about 30 minutes).

07.45: Enjoy Breakfast served in the dining room.

08.30: Transfer by tender to the “Day Boat” and begin to cruise to some of Halong Bay’s more untouched locales. Exact locations depend on tide conditions. Enjoy a leisurely day of kayaking, cave exploring and swimming. A multi-course lunch will be served mid-day. Pack lightly; swimwear and a set of dry clothes, and as there are different activities during the day bring both shoes (such as trainers) and flip-flops or sandals.

Option 1: Visit Cong Do, Cong Dong, Cong Tay area (first priority)

Option 2: Visit Ba Trai Dao area - Lan Ha bay

16.00: Return by tender to the Indochina Sails boat.

18.30: Arrive at Luon Bo area - anchor for overnight.

19.15: Deluxe Vietnamese and Western Buffet or Set Menu Dinner.

20.45: Evening activities include: film entertainment (on some boats) in the dining room at 21.00, board games and playing cards are available, and massage services are available. Passengers may also try their luck at squid fishing from the boat.

21.00 – 23.00: Happy Hour! Buy one drink - get one free (wine by the bottle excluded)

23.00: End of Program for Day Two.

 

Day 3: Halong bay - Hanoi

06.45: Coffee, tea and breakfast pastries served in the dining room.

07.00: Enjoy Tai Chi instruction on the sundeck (duration about 30 minutes).

07.00: Arrive at the Surprise Cave area. There is a small fishing village here.

07.45: Transfer by tender to the Surprise Cave. Walk up about 100 steps to the cave entrance and tour the cave for approximately 45 minutes. Walk down about 100 steps and return to the boat.

09.00: Upon return to the boat you will have 30 minutes to freshen up and finish packing. Please remove all of your belongings from the cabins, you may leave heavy luggage outside of the cabins (staff will transfer directly to the pier). Depart for Bai Chay/Halong pier.

09.30: Enjoy Breakfast Set Menu or Buffet in the dining room. We will settle bills after breakfast. Relax on the sundeck or in the dining room enjoying the bay scenery as we approach the pier.

11.00: Arrive at Bai Chay/Halong pier. Transfer by tender to the pier, relax inside the pier building while waiting for return transportation.

Included:

•    Welcome Drink
•    Cruise Itinerary and Program
•    Entrance and Sightseeing Fees
•    In-house English-speaking Tour Guide
•    Kayaking
•    Luxurious Cabins and Suites with A/C and en-suite Bathrooms
•    Deluxe Vietnamese and International Lunch and Dinner
•    Vietnamese and International Breakfast
•    Conference Equipment (Charter only)
•    Insurance, Taxes and Service Charges
Excluded:
•    Airfares, Car Transfers and Hotels
•    Visa Arrangements
•    Massage Services (please see massage menu in cabin)
•    Beverages, Tips and Personal Expenses
•    All other services not clearly mentioned above.

Please Notes:

  • Cruise itinerary and schedule subject to change upon weather and operations conditions.
  • Advance registration is required with full name, date of birth, nationality, passport number, visa expiry date for all Passengers
  • A valid passport is required upon check-in on board. Children whose traveling documents are attached to parents passport must travel with the parent. Credit cards accepted on board: Amex, Visa and MasterCard.
  • Special requests on food (diet or vegetarian) please inform us before departure.
  • Connecting room is available upon request.
  • Surcharge of 25% will be added for cruises on December 24 & 31 and Lunar New Year Eve.

Things to bring
Original passport, swimming suites, sun glasses, insect repellent.

 

The luxury, large and cozy dining room are perfectly designed to let people freely enjoy the miraculous view of Ha Long Bay. It can serve 32 customers at a time.


The main food in Indochina Sail is Vietnam traditional dishes prepared from local seafood. Besides, experienced chief of Indochina sails will consult and help you choose other delicious dishes from beef, chicken with fresh herbs and spices in the menu.
According to individual or group bookings, we organize music show with traditional musical group. With the big screen in the centre of the dining room, you can enjoy films "Indochine" - an1992 Academy Award winning French film that tells the story of a young Indochinese woman named Camille..
Indochina sails constantly developing newly-themed dinners and events and its Alacarte Menu.

 The SunDeck

With its comfortable lounge chairs, fresh breeze and dazzling views, the Sundeck invites guests to lie back and relax. Featuring an impressive range of cocktails and an easy, relaxed ambiance, the Sunset Bar is a delightful place to socialize and watch the sun sink behind the bay’s myriad islands.


The Bar and Lounge
Located in the Restaurant, this cozy bar features silk chairs, embroidered décor. A wide variety of wines and cocktails is available.


The Foot Massage
Infused with the scents of lemongrass and fresh herbs, the bay view massage space provides the ultimate escape, allowing guests to enjoy a traditional Vietnamese foot massage in the midst of the bay’s beauty.


Sunrise Tai Chi classes
Greet the day with a morning Tai Chi class, held-weather permitting-on the open-air Sundeck.


Kayaking
Explore the bay’s uninhabited islands and sea caverns in our imported Canadian Seaward kayaks.


Snorkeling
Discover the colorful coral and fish that lie beneath the surface of the bay’s clear, calm water.


Cooking classes
Learn more about the ingredients and techniques used to create mouthwatering Vietnamese dishes.


Special events
Traditional dances and musical performances, fashion shows, and other events may be arranged upon request.

 

Cruise Exterior
Great seafood
Funny Staffs
Superior Twin
Swimming
Swimming
Kayaking Around
Swimming
Let's Jump
Restaurant
Cruise Exterior
Cruise Exterior
Deluxe twin
Halong Bay
Superior double
Bathroom
President suite
President suite Bathroom
Massage
Bathroom
Bathroom
Restaurant
Food
Food
Deluxe double
Double cabin
Restaurant
Food
Food
Activities
Sundeck
Restaurant
Sundeck
Map of 3 days - Indochina Sail
Map of 2 days - Indochina Sail
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28 Guest reviews are written by our customers after their trip !
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Arizona
Date of stay:13/06/2013

We did a 3 day/2 night cruise on Indochina Sails 3 and stayed in the suite on the upper level - definitely worth the extra cost for the 2 night and a room with a balcony! I would suggest booking the 3 day/2 night because the 1 night trip seemed very short (people get on and off daily they just shuttle you back and forth - you arrive mid afternoon around 2ish and depart late morning, but if you get the 2 night stay you have a full day in between.) The 2nd day on our trip was by far the best, we got to go kayaking and explore a cave that nobody else was in at the time.. it was very quiet and secluded whereas the first and last day were very busy and packed with people from other tour boats. The crew on our boat was great and one of the highlights was a soccer game between our crew and the crew from another Indochina Sails boat when we stopped at Tetop Island on the first day. Everyone was so friendly and they scheduled squid fishing one night after some of the guys on our boat expressed interest - just ask for anything and they will do their best to make it happen! We enjoyed the atmosphere on the boat and met several other wonderful passengers. The only con I could think of is that the first and last days did get a little touristy, but that is because many of the boats stop at the same attractions and not the fault of Indochina Sails at all.


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Rooney
Date of stay:04/05/2013

From the moment we checked in The Indochinasails team looked after us brilliantly , we did a 2 night cruise which we felt made the 4 hour trip from Hanoi worthwhile , on the second day whilst the junk takes those only doing 1 night back to Halong we transfered to a smaller day boat which although it looked in need of some serious TLC we still had a great day visiting a pearl farm , a floating fishing village and generally just cruising around unfortunately the weather was not good enough for kayaking,swimming or outside dining but the lunchtime food was just as good as the excellent food on the main junk and the wines were reasonably priced.
The cabins were very comfortable, good sized bathroom and shower , the 2 single bed option gives more space and makes life easier for both parties to get in and out of bed


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Robby
Date of stay:29/04/2013

We did the 1 night, 2 day cruise. All the Indochina Sails do the same route every day. I think the 1 night cruise is probably about right. Relaxing and enjoyable. If you do the 2 night cruise you leave the original boat to transfer to a day boat, and then return to the main boat in the next evening when there will already be the new guests in place for the next 1 or 2 night cruise. We had a great bunch of people and everyone bonded and we chose to have one big table for dinner. Its down to luck who is on your cruise and if you strike it off but most people seem very happy to mix. Cabins were lovely, staff very attentive and the companys manager toured the boats in the evening (as your all anchored in the same bay) to check all was well. Overall a very well run company.

Only negative Id mention is how filthy the water is. Vietnam has a real growing litter problem. We saw it everywhere we went. Somehow they need to address this problem before they destroy what they have.


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Steven
Date of stay:30/04/2013

Did 2 day tour with Indochina Sails. Ship only half full so plenty of personal staff attention and service. This is an amazing experience and highly recommended. Unfortunately Halong Bay was smoggy so great scenery couldn be fully appreciated. Food was amazing and the cabins are very well appointed. Don take a big suitcase as there is no room for it (we left ours at our hotel overnight storage at no cost). The ship is lovely and the drinks are very reasonable; happy hour (2 for 1) is 21:00 to 23:00. We gave it a pretty good hammering and total drinks bill was only US$31. A young couple drank cocktails all day/night and their bill was US$81. As per other reviews, the off-boat excursions (hidden lagoon, hilltop lookout-swim, big cave) are a bit of a sausage machine with too many other tourists, so next time would skio them and stay on the boat. Overall a great experience.


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Moore
Date of stay:25/04/2013

Me and my husband booked our cruise via agency "Brilliant Halong Cruises" and we stayed at superior cabin on Indochina Sail. Me, i am pregnant, so i could not eat something like shrimps,oysters, lobsters in a shell. Noticed the operated manager amd they offered us a fantastic food for me and my husband. Our cabin was quiet, because i was not interested in a noisy atmosphere, so the cabin with a great ambience that made us feel comfortable(private bathroom, mineral water inroom for free). The cabin also owned a nice window that reached out of the Bay. Great walks in to the Cave, taichi & sundeck brought a romantic moment . It came to a great result for our tome in Halong Bay.


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Claire
Date of stay:05/04/2013

My husband and I were so pleased that we took our two boys on this overnight tour of Halong Bay. The accommodation was everything you could want. We were greeted warmly and feasted on delicious food throughout the tour. The staff were very attentive to our needs, ensuring we were comfortable. The activities provided (visit to floating fishing village, kayaking, squid fishing and demonstration of cutting food) provided a lot of interest and enjoyment. We met some lovely people too! A must to do in Vietnam although you will have to cross your fingers that the weather will be good!


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Houton
Date of stay:04/04/2013

I would recommend this company for a cruise around Halong Bay. The transfer from Hanoi and boarding the boat were very efficient and the staff all provided a warm welcome. The food was delicious and the cabins and bathrooms were clean and cosy. The staff were very attentive at all times and they got people on and off the boat to excursions very efficiently. I just wish we had time for 2 nights rather than 1. It was very relaxing and definitely a highlight of our holiday in Vietnam.


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Mrim Ming
Date of stay:03/04/2013

The rooms were nice and clean. The staff ensured we were well taken care of and addressed minor issues immediately. Some people in our family don eat seafood and the staff went above and beyond to ensure we had plenty of tasty food. We booked private ground transfer from the hotel in Hanoi to Halong Bay and upon disembarkation we went directly to the airport for a 16:30 p.m. flight. I was concerned with catching a 16:30 flight the same day we disembarked but it worked out perfectly.

The negative things I would say about the experience is that, because Halong Bay is such a popular destination, it did feel like assembly line tourism. This is not to the fault of Indochina Sails but all the boats and people everywhere. There is also some trash floating in the water, which was sad to see.


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Water Boy
Date of stay:01/04/2013

All-in-all, my wife and I were very happy with Indochina Sails and would heartily recommend it to you, our fellow travelers. Booking on line was hassle free, with promptly-returned emails and we actually received the room that we booked, which was a nice outcome! The hotel pick-up in was efficient, the shuttle bus not too crowded and the travel time was as advertised (3 hours with a stop 1/2 way at a sales factory with clean bathrooms), the transfer from wharf to boat was done cheerfully, quickly & efficiently with no lost luggage.

We were assigned boat # 4 called Indochina Premium, which was conspicuously bigger than all other boats in the area and much more luxurious & spacious. It was junk style with folded up sails that were not used, possibly due to the absence of wind. All boats on the bay were white (dress code?). Ours was a sturdy vessel with no rats, as witnessed on other carriers, and with a reliable engine astern & a solid anchor winch at the bow. This boat was reserved for the 3 day, 2 night people so they did not have to double back and return to the dock after the 1st night to drop off the folks that stayed for 1 night only. I would recommend the 2 night stay. Whether you get off ship for every mini tour or not, it was just nice to relax and disconnect with no wireless on this luxurious boat with comfortable public areas inside and on the top open air deck.

My wife & I had a "Honeymoon Suite", which was one of two at the front of the boat on the 2nd floor with a narrow outdoor verranda. This was a great room, and worth the money, but it did slant downwards towards the stern (no problem for us) so if you like a flatter working surface, request a 1st or 2nd floor room ending in 5, 6, 7 or 8 (eg. 107 or 205...see attached photo). Our bathroom was wonderful, with good natural lighting and strong water pressure from the large, rain shower head. Bathtub water was a bit brown and the tub didn drain properly but we weren planning on using it anyway.

We did try the massage service, which was good. Air conditioning worked best if you opened the doors in front of the hidden unit to allow freer air flow. The complimentary bottle of red wine on the writing desk was much appreciated. The mini fridge worked well and the in room safe was spacious and easy to use. The king sized bed was very comfortable. Complimentary flip flops & robes provided in the wardrobe. The buffet-style meals were excellent with lots of choices and plenty of food for everyone. There were two Happy Hours each evening, offering 2-for-1 drink deals (not for bottles of wine though).

The "destinations" were interesting enough with a mix between eco-tourism & visits to local shops where the proprietors hope to sell you something. Understandable. You have the option to stay on the boat, so it was fine. Absolutely beautiful scenery (see attached photo), with its famous limestone protrusions out of the sea, which made the kayaking all the more fun. The extreme pollution and floating garbage (see attached photo...yes, that is a dishwashing glove) everywhere took away from it all a bit but this is Asia so not really surprising, as not a lot of rules &/or enforcement here in this respect. I hope that this world heritage site receives the respect & cleanup that it deserves and more sooner than later.


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Jaque
Date of stay:27/03/2013

We did a 1night/2 day junk cruise with private transfers from Hanoi. All very efficient, great boat, great food but there were so many ships out there that it was almost chaos. Tai Chi on the sun deck at dawn was a great experience. Enjoy the fabulous scenery but don expect it to be peaceful and idyllic. Lots of floating rubbish as well. Excursions were good but again everywhere was packed with tourists.


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Thomas Groen
Date of stay:28/02/2013

Beautiful trip, the cruise team was extremely helpful, we loved the food ,too. Only one thing, the shuttle bus was failed pick us up in the early morning but they came back one more time. that was great if you spent for a luxury cruise like Indochina Sail, cost 400 for 2 persons.


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Tom & mary
Date of stay:10/09/2012
Yes, I know, I'm gushing -- but my only complaint about our Halong Bay cruise was that it was over way too soon. We spent 2-days-1-night on the Valentine, which has only 5 cabins -- a very small craft for Halong Bay, and well worth the extra money to get on it, in our opinion. The general manager of Indochina Sails (an American expat), lives on this boat -- so if you have any issues at all, he's right there to personally take care of it! The cabin was lovely (see photo). The food was a set menu on our cruise, although I understand they sometimes offer a buffet. Delicious, in any case. The staff is very attentive. The top deck has sun beds and seating areas and Tai Chi at sunrise, if you are so inclined (see photo). You get ferried off to explore a cave and to climb one of the karst hills (approx. 400 steps each way). The bay is always choked with boats; it's a tourist trap, no getting around that -- but you can't help but relax, even among the crowds of tourists. "2-days-1-night" is actually an afternoon, the overnight, and the next morning. (It also can be done in one very long day, which I would not recommend.) In retrospect I wish we had signed up for the second day, during which you board a "day boat" and get taken to some of the more secluded coves away from the crowds, then spend a second night on the Valentine. In fact, I wish we had stayed a week or two. But any time you can spare on the Bay, however brief, is well worth it. This is a real highlight of any tour of Vietnam. - Book with Cross Halong Bay

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kenny
Date of stay:07/09/2012
The Indochina Sails is the perfect cruise to Halong Bay. 1) The staff is friendly. It is always nice to chat with the locals to know them and Vietnam better. 2) The food is delicious and in abundance. When you are travelling with 3 growing teenagers, it is important that they serve a lot of food! :-) Indochina Sails' cooking staff cooked delicious food and we always look forward to have a meal in the dining room. 3) The bedrooms are 5 star standard. It is a full bathroom , with marble top basin counter and shower cubicle. The room decoration is beautiful and comfortable. 4) The itinerary is very well planned for a 2 night stay package. Lots of activities for the 3 day stay, to keep all of us occupied. The visit to the fishing village , the climb up to TipTop Island, the kayaking activities to the caves, the swim on the beach , are all executed professionally. Will definitely recommend Indochina Sails to all who is thinking of visitng Halong Bay. It is a bit more expensive, but definitely value for money

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Mark Zoogberg
Date of stay:01/09/2012
Indochina sails provided us with excellent facilities and service. The cabins exceeded our expectations and the food was plentiful. Kayaking, swimming, squid fishing, top deck wine tasting, sunsets, morning tai chi, cave tours and Mr T our cruise director filled 3 days of exceptional service and experiences. Staff accommodated our special requests, were helpful and relaxed at all times. Would recommend this company to anyone wishing to visit Halong Bay.

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Brooklyn
Date of stay:28/08/2012
Like many others it was hard to choose and book before we left Australia out of the many on offer, but we couldn't have picked better - we sailed on the Indochina Sails 1, absolutely tip-top in every way - food was excellent, staff were great, cabins spotless, comfy and best of all one wall was all window, at night draw back the curtains and watch the thunderstorm light up the beauty of the area! We did the one night, two days with a long drive from Hanoi, I wished I'd done the two nights, but hubbie thought one night was fine. I don't know if we went to quieter places or it was a quiet time for tourists but hardly saw any other boats and certainly none of the rubbish mentioned in other reviews, it was just a stunning area. It did rain heaps, but not a lot you can do about that, though I think Indochina would have if they could! When we first boarded we were given a full safety talk too, which was excellent, all cabins and communal areas have lifejackets, fire extinguishers, rubber mallet to bash out the window, and the windows are safety glass. This was followed by a 6 course (small) tasty lunch - perfect and it just got better!

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Jackstin
Date of stay:25/08/2012
We just spent a sweet holiday in Halong bay with Indochina Sails cruise. This was also our 2nd anniversary so I needed a perfect and special place for my darling Joanna and I. After spending few hours searching through search engines, we decided to pick Indochina Sails cruise in the end after a variety of offers from the cruise tour company Halongluxury Travel It was a right decision because things turned to be so wonderful for us at the beginning of the trip. The road from Hanoi to Halong was long but peaceful with countryside landscapes and green fields all along the way. Our room on Indochina cruise was luxurious but friendly. The staff and the services are two-thumbs-up. We felt like staying in a second home. The trip was a great pleisure with the spectacular sights of Halong bay. We have known this place is being considered to be a world’s new wonder but didn’t know it was this beautiful. Thanks to Indochina Sails crews for a smooth and memorable anniversary and HalongluxuryTravel company for offering us the best price we could find

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Anna Lau
Date of stay:19/08/2012
Myself and my girlfriend have just come back from a 3 day, 2 night Indochina Sails Deluxe Junk cruise and we both have to say it was one of the best things we have done on any of our holidays! The boat itself was fantastic and well worth paying the little extra for an upgrade as we did get to see the basic boats on our transfer back to Halong Bay. We especially chose these cruise as it seemed to be more chilled out than the other cruises on offer and this proved to be the case as we got plenty of time to relax rather than being shipped from one place to the next and having no time to juts take the beauty of the place in. My girlfriend is a vegetarian so we were a little worried about what she would be able to eat with the itinerary saying the menu would be predominantly seafood. Even before we told the staff of this there was easily enough choice for her however the chef also prepared her at least two extra dishes every meal we had which was fantastic. Really the whole experience could not have been better from the staff to the food, to the itinerary the whole experience really was top notch!

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Alex
Date of stay:09/08/2012
We went on the 2 day, 1 night trip on Halong Bay with Indochina Sails on the premium junk. Our trip was organised as part of a tour of Vietnam so we really did'nt know what to expect, but it was fantastic from start to finish. We were welcolmed on board with a cool flannel and drink and after a short talk we went to our rooms. It was lovely, the bed was comfy, aircon worked well and the bathroom was well appointed with a great roomy shower. We had a nice little balcony as well and apart from seeing the water everywhere we would not have known that we were on a boat, so for those concerned about sea sickness don't worry!! Food was plentiful and we had a huge range of all types of Vietnamese and Western foods. We did a couple of little tours on surrounding islands which was also interesting. Congratulations to all of the staff on board, they were very friendly and helpful and also spoke english well. Only thing was we should have booked a longer trip!!

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Denmark
Date of stay:02/07/2012
Halong Bay is an absoulte must. I have been travelling through South East Asia for a month now and this is by far my favourite spot/attraction. Secondly I have to totally disagree with the last review. I also did the 2 nights cruise and I would suggest that EVERYONE does the 2 night. In my opinion one night would not be enough. We were also lucky in the the second day we were the only guests staying the 2 nights and when we transferred to the day boat we had it ALL to ourselves. Yes there is no AC on the boat but there were at least 8 fans going all day inside. During out private second day cruise we didn't see 1 other tourist boat and truly felt that we were all alone in the bay! it was AMAZING! We got to Kayak, swim, cave, visit an oyster farm and have time to read and enjoy the scenery. The cruise in general was exceptional. The staff could not do enough to help and make our stay comfortbale. Mr. T was the man incharge and was helpful, imformative and friendly the entire journey. The food is AMAZING each day there we had a 6 course lunch and dinner was a buffet that consisted of pork, beef, chicken, squid, mussels and prawns. We were stuffed! Rooms were comfortable and needless to say the view out you window was amazing!! Yes this cruise might cost more than others but you get what you pay for and when you see the other boats sailing by you will be very happy you chose Indochina Sails. I for one will be back!

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Tommy
Date of stay:24/06/2012
We have just returned from a 2 night 3 day cruise on Indochina 1 (the newest & largest of their fleet). The boat had 24 cabins of which there were only 11 passengers on the 1st night. As soon as we were collected from the terminal the treatment began, smiles and assistance where needed. Once on board we were given our room & we were delighted with it. Huge bed, room of good size, ensuite was also large with one of the biggest showers I have seen. Everything about the room we loved including the view from the large windows, although my wife wanted to have the A/C dropped lower but it wouldn't go below a pre set temp, which I found fine. Once we had checked into the rooms we were given lunch which consisted of 7 courses - un real! Prawns, calamari among the courses. The day then went to adventure with activities planned & enjoyed by all. Back on the boat its time to freshen up after which staff replennish the room with clean towels etc. By dinner time the 11 of us decided it was time for all of us to get together so we arranged for the staff to combine the tables and as a result we had a fabulous night of fun especially during happy hours (9-11pm). The followind day is spent on a day boat whilst those that only stayed for a night were eventually taken back to port & replaced with a much larger group. We spent the day enjoying other activities, all of which were great, and enjoyed another 7 course lunch. The entire trip was wonderful and I would recommend that if you have the time to do the 3 day 2 night cruise as it gives you time to really enjoy the facilities of the boat. All the staff on board were a delight & always made us feel welcome. They gave us plenty of information on the places visited & always had a cool drink on hand for the passengers. There was only one downfall with the trip, which is nothing to do with Indochina sails, & that is the distance from Hanoi about 4hrs by transport provided & that is another reason to do that extra night. The only cost on top of the original booking is for alcohol & soft drinks which are at a very reasonable cost. - Book with Cross Halong Bay

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Harvard
Date of stay:03/06/2012
Hubby and I booked this at home before we left. Our only regret was that we wish we had of stayed a couple of nights. The trip from Hanoi to Halong Bag was around 3 - 4 hours but we saw buffalo in the rice fields, various crates of animals on the back of motorbikes and many interesting sights along the way. We had a luxury room and you couldn't fault it. Comfy bed and good sized ensuite. Great food and friendly staff. Stopped at an island and climbed 400 steps. Awesome view. Had a choice of keyaking or visiting the floating village. Highly recommend the $15 wine tasting before dinner. Did tai chi in the morning. Visited a cave. Very relaxing floating around. Kept humming the tune to "Love Boat". Do it again in heart beat! - Booked with Cross Halong Bay

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Potomac
Date of stay:12/04/2012
We were very pleased. Our ship is called "Premium"-only 3 months old. We had one of the upgrade cabins. About 14 cabins in all. Truly luxury, first class. Great crew. They speak English. Buffet lunch was great, set dinner and breakfast were fine. The bay is wonderful We made three stips-one to climb a hill-beach available but too cold to swim. Kayaking or sampan to floating village was a special experience-very exotic but in fact the village is very poor. Next day-Tai Chi and then a great cave vist-really large cave called Suprise Cave. The weather was cloudy and foggy. if it had been nicer, like it probably is in the summer, I could have done 2 nights but as it was, one night was probably enough. Very well organized, very professional. The drive from Hanoi is over 3 hours because the roads are so slow. We went straight to the airport-plenty of time for a 5 PM flight. The boat docked at 11 AM. We booked through our travel agency.

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Juliett
Date of stay:04/03/2012
After a shaky start (not caused by Indochina but the cancellation of our origional trip with the Bhaya) we boarded the Indochina sails and were greated by a lovely welcome party, a cold drink and face towel. The boat we were allocated was a beautiful Junk, with lots of character. the boat had around 14 cabins, an enclosed dining area, and a sun deck which covered the whole roof of the boat, which contained plenty of sun loungers and seating for everyone on board. Due to the previous problems with Bhaya, we had been promised a room with a balcony on the 'replacement' boat, by the tour agent. Unfortunately when we got on the boat this hadnt been relayed to the Indochina, so we were given a standard cabin - which was very nice - but not what we had been promised. After a quick chat with Jerry, the General Manager of Indochina (who happened to be on our boat that day) we were moved to cabin 201 - this was amazing!! we had a large room with twin beds, a huge bathroom with bath and a rain shower, and of course a lovely balcony with opening doors. We were so happy with our room that we didnt really want to leave it to do the activities!! The food onboard was very nice, with lots of variety. I was very happy with the food, however my sister (who lives in vietnam) wanted some western style food, as she is used to eating vietnamese food every day, so wasnt as happy as I was - however i dont think you can go wrong with sweet and sour chicken, squid, fried rice dishes, lots of salad and noodle dishes and the amount of fish optioned served was fantastic. the only negative i can say about the food was that the cake/dessert options were not that great! I dont think the vietnamese do cakes very well. this was the general concensus on the boat, however they were OK with a nice cup of tea! Breakfast and lunch was equally good with lots of choices. The trips off the boat consisted of a visit to the beach (with an optional climb up to a viewing platform if desired!), a trip to a floating village, kayaking through caves, a visit to the suprise cave. we also had the 2 night option, so on our 2nd day we went off for the day on a day cruiser which took us to places for Kayaking, swimming, and a pearl farm. I have to say that the day boat is not as good as the main boat, and that as i mentioned previously, we felt that we wanted to spend more time enjoying our own cabin and balcony rather than being put onto a seperate boat. however the food was lovely on the day cruiser, and as there were only 4 of us on the 2 night option, we got the whole day cruiser to ourselves. as part of the day cruiser trip we went kayaking into a lagoon and were lucky enough to see a whole family of monkeys!! The guide said it was very unusual for them to be on the rocks right in front of us, and that usually you could only see them high up in the trees. It made our holiday to see them and we stayed watching them in our Kayake for an hour!! We also took part in the wine tasting which was really good fun - for $15, we got to taste very healthy measures of all 10 wines on offer - however be warned that we only had 1 hour to do this!! we were very tipsy afterwards and we all commented that it would have been better to do the wine tasting on deck after dinner! Jerry was so accomodating, he even sent a transfer boat over to us on our boat to take us off swimming because we were hot! Now that is what i call service!! One word of warning though - if you want to swim off the boat when the smaller transfer boat is not moored alongside - you have to get out of the water using a very steep ladder. My sister and I both struggled with this and we are in our early 30's. someone less mobile would not be able to do it! It is best to wait for the transfer boat to moor alongside so that you can get in and out of the water with ease! All in all we had a fabulous trip - i would recommend to anyone. Halong bay is beautiful and the staff on the Indochina made sure we enjoyed every minute of it!

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anelka
Date of stay:02/02/2012
We booked the 2 days / 1 night stay on Indochina Sails, deluxe room, 2nd level. Our boat was the 'Indochina Sails Premium', which has only been sailing since Nov 2010, and is very new and luxurious. The rooms (24 rooms) were 5 star hotel rooms essentially, with big rain shower-head, spa bath, private A/C, private balcony (on upper level) and all the trimmings. The dining room, lounge and deck areas were spacious - good for mingling with others or for privacy. The food was great - a good selection at the buffet for lunch on Day 1 & brunch on Day 2. There was a set menu for dinner, Vietnamese and Western cuisine. It was filling and delicious. The staff on the boat were super-friendly and very accommodating for any requests; they really tried to keep everyone entertained if you wanted it that way (Tai Chi, food carving demos). We also took advantage of the on-board massage therapist (extra cost), to keep up the pampering. The trip itself was great. The boat sailed smoothly around Halong Bay with stops at TiTop island for spectacular views, a fishing village (which was a highlight) and the following morning we explored Surprise cave. It was a fantastic trip with Indochina Sails - definitely not cheap, but if you are looking to spoil yourself and do it in grand style, this is without doubt the way to go! Transfers by minibus from Hanoi were included - it is a bit of a scary trip, but that is just Vietnam I'm afraid! Halong Bay is spectacular and this trip was a fantastic way to see it! Our only regret was that we didn't book the 3 days / 2 nights instead.

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Stephanie
Date of stay:01/01/2012
We participated on 3 days / 2 nights cruise. This was excellent choice as we had lots of time (~8 hours) to sunbathe, kayak and swim on the ocean on the second day. With 2 day/1 night you just run from one place to another to watch various sights. We (a couple in early 30s) selected Indocina Sails purely due... Booked via Cross Halong Bay

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nicky butt
Date of stay:22/12/2011
We went on the smallest boat in the Indochina Sails line. Ours was called the Valentine, with only 5 cabins. Although the weather was cold and gloomy, we had the most amazing time. The people we met were great and the activities were fun. We only stayed 2 days and one night, but you can also stay 3 days one night. The rooms are great and so is the food. If you have specific food requirements you get your own meal! All meals on the Valentine (I'm not sure about the others) are set menus, except breakfast, where you order your food. The kayaking was fun and the water was beautiful. The surprise cave was amazing. I recommend this to anyone and everyone who just wants to go as a couple or have children ages 7-17. After that there an adult :)

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katharina
Date of stay:11/12/2011
Auf unserer Reise durch Vietnam hatten wir auch die zweitägige Reise durch die Ha Long Bay mit Indochina Sails gebucht....

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Francois
Date of stay:10/10/2011
Une merveille cette petite croisière sur une jonque magnifique, on a passé deux jours et nuit, je peux vous dire...


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