Treasure Junk- Off the beaten path cruise in Bai Tu Long Bay

       

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Note about Treasure cruise cancellation due to weather conditions

Note about Treasure cruise cancellation due to weather conditions

Thursday, 07/05/2015, 17:12 GMT+7

Because it is always better to be clear about everything from the beginning, please read all this very carefully.

 
Cruise Responsibly

Cruise Responsibly

 

The Treasure is proactively acting for better cruising practices in the region. We are not organizing an environmental revolution (we would love to, but let’s be realistic for a while), but acting at our scale to minimize our social and environmental impact. We also raise awareness among clients, boat crew, local authorities and floating fellows from the archipelago. 
 

Cruising on less traveled routes, hiring and training local people, buying exclusively local fresh products, organizing yearly clean up tours in the area, promoting the practice of kayak, supporting a big environmental project in Vong Vieng floating village, informing and giving advices to our clients, working in close collaboration with local authority on sustainable development issues, refusing to participate in spoiling the caves and other natural areas (the way some caves are exploited in Halong bay is an insult to nature preservation and a slur to visitors’ dignity)... are some of our actions and initiatives for a more responsible tourism. 



Now for you to contribute in a better tourism, here are few tips to keep in mind when you go for a cruise.



1. Bring from home some mineral/bio sunscreen. Coral and maritime biosphere suffer from chemical creams.


2. Consciously use freshwater on board. A short shower uses less water than a longer one; scientists proved it.


3. When using air-conditioner, set the temperature to 25 degrees minimum and set the fan on automatic.


4. Turn off lights and air-conditioner when you do not use them. Check the bathroom’s light twice, it is a tricky one.


5. Do not leave used batteries or any plastic packaging on the boat. Bring all that back to the land, and if possible to the main city and if possible to your home country where rubbish is better processed.


6. While kayaking, ask your guide for some equipment to collect floating garbage on the way (mostly plastic bags and polystyrene blocks). You’ll raise awareness around you.


7. Spread the word about responsible cruises and help us promoting different practices.

Note about Treasure cruise cancellation due to weather conditions

Note about Treasure cruise cancellation due to weather conditions

 

Because it is always better to be clear about everything from the beginning, please read all this very carefully. Cancellation due to weather conditions in Halong is something that happens several times a year.

Weather conditions in North Vietnam can be pretty adverse sometimes and hit sparsely through the year in different forms. To make it short, cruising in Halong could be suddenly forbidden by the authorities in charge due to dangerous weather conditions :

Storms or tropical depression through summer and fall mainly.

Thick fog during winter and spring time.

Too abundant monsoon rains between June and the end of August.




The way we deal with it highly depends on the time we get the information from the authorities in charge. Authorities generally communicate their decision at either 8.00am, 11.00am or 3.00pm. 5 different situations are then the most probable to arise and to concern you:



1. We are informed about the authorities’ decision not to allow boats leaving the pier before our departure from Hanoi at 8.00am. The tour does not leave Hanoi. We can help you to reschedule your trip and book replacement services or so. In that case, full refund for everyone.



2. We are informed about the authorities’ decision not to allow boats leaving the pier at 11.00am AFTER our departure from Hanoi. In that case, we will have lunch on the boat and then drive back you back to Hanoi. We charge 37 USD per person and refund the rest.



3. The authorities allow the boats to cruise during the day but hold them back at the pier for overnight. We arrange a 1-day trip. You will have lunch on the boat, cruise the bay for about 4 to 5 hours [kayaking might be impossible] and have dinner on the boat before returning to Hanoi. Arrival time is expected to be at around 11.00pm at your hotel.

In that eventuality, if we get the information from authorities at 8.00am, you will have the choice to cancel the trip and get full refund. Or to go for it and be charged 90 USD per person while being refunded the rest.

If we receive the information at 11.00am or 3.00pm, we will process the day trip; you will be charged 90 USD and refunded the rest.



4. You planned to go on a 2-night cruise, but the boat will be forbidden to cruise in the afternoon of the day 2 and will have to spend the second overnight at the pier. If so, we shorten your trip to a 1-night cruise and refund the price difference.



5. You planned to go on a 2-night cruise, but the boat will have to spend the second overnight at the pier, while it is still allowed to cruise in the afternoon of the day 2. If so, we shorten your trip to a 1-night plus 1-day cruise. You have dinner on the boat on the second day of the trip before returning to Hanoi. Arrival time is expected to be at around 11.00pm at your hotel. We charge you the price of a 1-night cruise + 50 USD and refund you the rest.



For kids aged from 6 to 11 years old and paying 50%, we will apply the same policy and charge 50% of the amounts mentioned above.

 



In case anything seems not clear to you, please feel free to ask further explanations to our travel consultants. And in case of cancellation we please you to keep those few very important things in mind:

We are absolutely not responsible for any cancellation decision.

When the overnight on boat is compromised, we will help you for any hotel arrangement in Hanoi you may need. But the room will be at your charge.

We try our best to minimize the inconvenience caused by the cancellation. We never hide any decision from you and will put as much transparency as possible in any move made.

We offer a clear and fair refund policy. There shall not be any further financial compensation. In case you have a travel insurance, we are happy to write a cancellation report for you.



Thank you very much for your understanding!

 

The Vessel

The Vessel

 

The Treasure is a one of a kind vessel in the whole Halong archipelago. Based on a solid structure and re-designed in a wooden junk style. It is stable, able to navigate in any seabed of the region and can easily face the rough if needed.


Its giant sails may come as a support to the engine if the winds are with us, they are part of the folklore and give a nice sensation of embracing the big outdoors [editor’s note: absolutely no boat in Halong bay can sail only without the engine running]   


The Treasure is a large vessel, very spacious and comfortable. You will find yourself particularly cozy on it.

 


 

Cabins


The Treasure features 15 cabins, all equipped with comfortable bedding, private western standards bathroom and a stunning view through large windows. The cabins are distributed as follow:

# 2 suites | potentially connectable | 43 sqm | king size bed | bathtub Jacuzzi | A/C | private balcony

# 2 double cabins | 11.5 sqm | queen size bed | shower cabin | A/C

# 10 twin cabins | all convertible into double| 11.5 sqm | 90x195 cm beds | shower cabin | A/C

 


 

Features and Activities


On all of its itineraries, the Treasure offers some kayaking. Real expeditions to lagoons, creeks and floating houses, around the huge standing karsts formations, always away from any other boat. We use Necky kayaks, high quality equipment, imported from Canada and carefully maintained.

To entertain your cruise, vegetable carving and cocktails classes are available. Sometimes upon request as it depends on the number of people on board. Nice wooden board games are also available.


The Treasure features a very large sundeck that you may enjoy anytime of the day. With a cup of coffee witnessing the transient serenity of the bay early morning; relaxing in the sun with a privileged view at the limestone labyrinth; celebrating with a drink this once of a lifetime moment when the moon rises over the karsts.

 


 

Food and Beverages


The Treasure offers a long drink list featuring softs, beers, spirits, wines, cocktails, mocktails, smoothies... to slake your thirst and set the aperitif up or accompany a romantic dinner.

Our chef and his team are devoted to offering you some of the most reputed cuisine of the region. The selection is wide and ingredients always local and fresh. Seafood-based, but not only, the menus are well balanced. Vegetarian and kids can be catered for. We strive to make each meal a colorful event for both eyes and papillae.