The two-day trip with Handspan Travel's Treasure Junk in Halong Bay was definitely the highlight of our whole travel, and I simply can't imagine a better ship to take.
The rooms were very clean and nice (we had the superior suite as the price difference isn't that big and it's worth the price), the program simply perfect and the tour very nice: you don't stay on the classic tourist routes through halong bay, you don't see that many other tourist ships and you don't have the feeling of being at such a touristy place. Also, there are not that many rooms on the boat, which is why the atmosphere is very intimate and nothing comparable to the other mass-tourism boats. We quickly got into contact with the other travellers and had a fabulous stay.
The only reason why I only give 4* is the staff. The staff is nice and professional, but you have the feeling that you're just perceived as one of the hundreds of tourists they welcome every month. On the one hand, that's understandable, on the other hand I would expect a different service for the price you pay. Also, the program was strictly organized and you need to stick to the plan every minute (even for dinner), but that's kind of understandable regarding the well organized program.
So for the future I would like to tell them to smile and relax a bit more.
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