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Published: March 19th 2017
Our last Vietnam adventure was a four day, two night trip on a teakwood boat to Bai Tu Long Bay with Indochina Junk. Tom, always the master planner, had decided long ago that we’d be happier without a crowd of tourists, so he reserved a one-stateroom boat. Bai Tu Long Bay is a less crowded area off HaLong Bay, which has become more and more crowded with tourists over the past 9 years.
Thanks to Tom’s planning, we sailed in luxury on the Princess Junk, with a crew of four (captain, mechanic, chef and guide) taking care –very good care – of us. The weather was foggy and cool, so we spent a good deal of time inside the small dining room cabin, rather than on one of the two decks. Trips out into the bays are pretty similar, traveling around the thousands of karst islands. All the trips offer kayaking (too cold!) and an excursion to a rather sorry cave. The big difference is your boat and its crew.
I had awakened the morning of our trip with laryngitis, so Alex, our guide, kept me well supplied with ginger tea, while our chef, Giang, created
The Princess Junk
They raised the sails, then quickly put us into a small boat so we could take photos.
beautiful, tasty and frequent(!) meals. Captain Khang and mechanic Toi made the ride smooth. They even provided a “barbecue” on a beach, which included five kinds of grilled meat served on a table covered with white linen. I felt like a colonial lady.
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