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Welcome to our Ha Long Bay Tours Page

 

Since 1994, the Aussie based, Griswald's Vietnamese Vacations & our REAL Kangaroo Café offices in Ha Noi have offered high quality, small group tours to Halong Bay & Cat Ba Island & at reasonable prices too. We specialise in singles, couples, small groups & families & offer private charter tours as well.

The Kangaroo Café

    

Our You Tube & Face Book pages are often updated & worth a squiz too !


Here's some good news about our Ha Long Bay Tours !

We normally operate 2 boats - our 7 room boat & our 4 room boat & it depends on the group sizes as to which one we use although when we're busy we sometimes use both !!!

As well as these 2 boats we now have a 2 room boat that's available for private charter. It's set up to handle 2 couples or 4 persons but can comfortably handle groups of 6 or even 8 passengers !

There are some pics of the 2 room boat further down the page & you'll see the rooms are more than big enough to handle some extra passengers.

Our 7 room, 14 Person Boat

This just might be the page you've been looking for !

Something about our tours, the travel industry & how to choose what's best for you !

The shameless self promotion & paid for reviews on the various travel forums has been exposed for the fraud it is & thanks, must begin with Chris Emmins & his team at . Chris, like us, has no time for bullies & isn't scared to take on these big outfits. He's been a lifesaver to hundreds of companies like ours & many thousands of tourists as well

The recently did an exposé on one of the biggest "online review" mobs & even published the employment contract that was offered to phony, armchair travellers.  N H T writes, "Too many competitors with axes to grind against competing businesses have got away with writing negative reviews based purely upon jealousy, anger or both. Those reviews get published and the innocent victims are business owners trying to run their operations as best they can." 

Treating hotels, tour companies & tourists with contempt is a disgrace. All in the name of advertising revenue !!!

Unlike the 1 time only posters &/or the Tourists without cameras (AKA our nasty competitors) the posts below are from normal people who wrote honestly about their time with us.

For some real info about us written by real people please have a look at our Testimonials page & also a couple of really good You tube posts from former customers BUT with real names & faces. 

Click on Amy & Ken's You tube clip of their trip with us. (thanks so much you two) & A Canadian family who are decent, kind & thoughtful - read their blog to see more !

Over the last 16 or so years we've had literally thousands of people choose us for their tours.  Time & again our customers & some for their 2nd, 3rd & 4th trip have said they chose us because they wanted to go with the tour operator & not just another ticket seller.

That's how we know - We're not like everybody else !

It makes all the difference in price, quality, service & Safety

So, please beware of the many, nasty crooks that continue to copy us ! 

 

Some Various Boat Pics

Double & Twin Share Rooms

           

Private En Suite Bathrooms

           

Some pics of our Fancy 2 Room (Adjoining), Private Charter boat

           

Kayaking on our tours

 

There's Kayaking & there's Kayaking. On our tours we visit the largest fishing village in the bay & our guests either go in their own Kayaks (1 or 2 person) or in a traditional rattan boat with a skipper. The Rattan boats can take groups of 4 or 5 & is ideal for families or those wishing to take it a bit easier. The map above shows the various popular spots along the way (the school, homes etc) & the entire trip around the village takes an hour or so but really depends on you. It's a great option & from there we go for a swim !!!

           

           

           

Swimming &/or acting like big kids !!!

           

           

Night Fishing for squid - (Sorry but we can't guarantee you'll get any !)

           

Various Other Ha Long Bay Tour Pics

Ti Top Island

           

Sung Sot (The Amazing) Cave

           

Mr. Dung's hotel where we stay on Cat Ba.

           

           

The A/con, BMC Restaurant for lunch before returning to Ha Noi.

           

           

The Hong Ngoc, Agent Orange Victims work shop.

It's our nature stop on the way to the bay & features good food, clean toilets !

           

From an Aussie travel doco Maxie did some years ago.

           

Other Ha Long Bay pics, some from many years ago.

Some of the people in these pics we became friends with & still are today which is just great ! 

           

           

           

           

Various other pics.

           

           

 

Some of our 2 Day Halong Bay tour details

(Please email us for a comprehensive 2 Day Halong Bay tour itinerary)

 

With the REAL Kangaroo Café, you'll get - transportation, all meals, COLD drinks at reasonable prices, air con room (with private en suite bathroom), entrance fees, an English speaking guide for our special ........

Winter Price - $109 USD P/person, twin share, full price !

 

Some of our 3 Day Halong Bay tour details

(Again, please email us for a comprehensive 3 Day Halong Bay & Cat Ba Island itinerary)

 

With the REAL Kangaroo Café, you'll get - transportation, COLD drinks (at reasonable prices), all meals (except dinner on day 2 on Cat Ba island), air con room (with private en suite bathroom) on the boat (& at the hotel on Cat Ba), entrance fees and an English speaking guide for our special ........

Winter Price - $159 USD P/person, twin share, full price !

 

BTW, where kids are concerned - With the REAL Kangaroo Cafe

Kids under 5 (sharing a room with their parents) are FREE !!!

Kids under 10 (sharing a room with their parents) pay only 50% !!!

Kids under 10 (staying in their own room) pay only 75% !!!

 

Being the actual tour operator you won't have to pay for any agents, hotel staff, taxi drivers, internet booking mobs & who knows who else's fees or commissions.  Our prices are stated clearly on our itineraries as are all the other details like group size, what's included, what's not included, accomm details, drink prices etc.

It's all straight forward with us & any questions are easy to answer when you deal with the tour operator.

Please check out the various options & prices too at ....  

Handspam, Phoenix, every hotel mob in Viet Nam (yawn), Ocean Tours & (now even) Ocean Star tours ???, A-Z Queen, the many Backpacker hostel mobs, (more yawn) the 300+ Sinh Cafes in Ha Noi (more yawning but with a look of bewilderment too !), TNK, Christina etc.  There's even tours being flogged in dry cleaner shops & out front of the public dunnies too BUT in terms of overall quality & price, we reckon our tours are well worth a look !

 

A few words on this very silly book now, book now scam !!!

 

For those of you feeling the ridiculous pressure from the book now or you'll miss out rave .....  the answer is simply this, Just Ignore Them. Sending money to someone who then sends it to someone else & maybe even someone else again ...... it's a nonsense & won't guarantee you a spot on anything, anywhere at anytime !!!

If a group of any size turns up to the head office, the tour operator will simply bump you or you two & they'll tell the little ticket seller whatever ! It's the seller that needs them, not the other way around don't forget !

It's that simple & you'll be told some kind of rave but you'll have been bumped anyway. It happens every day ! 

Relax, don't book now, have a cuppa, don't send any money, take a deep breath & give yourself a break This whole urgent thing is just a scam & that's all it is !

It's supposed to be your holiday after all & locking yourself into something because someone you never met before & no one's ever really heard of told you to because it's urgent, urgent & you have to buy now, bla, bla

It's just not true & it's not even close to being true !

And BTW, with us, tipping is appreciated but it's NEVER, compulsory !

Holiday makers you'll be delighted to know that Maxie is in the throes of approaching Rick & Rob (a couple of his mates in the song writing caper) to knock out a jingle for all the grubby tour company bosses out there and it goes like .... The boss pays the wages, the customers never do, la la la (& repeat, over & over & over & ......)

 

The Kangaroo Café

When in Ha Noi don't forget to hop over to the REAL Kangaroo Café You'll find great Vietnamese, vegetarian & western food (at local prices), the coldest beer in Viet Nam as well as the latest information for travellers.  Find out what to buy, where to buy it & better still, what the fair price for it really is. 

Our Air Con Café is only at 22 Bao Khanh St & it's a great place to stop off & the KC staff are always keen to help with all your questions. While you're in the cafe you can pick up a Free local map & the ever important - Free Stubby Holder too !!!

Only at 22 Bao Khanh St Ha Noi

 

                               

Click on the thumbnails above to get a printable version of our Ha Noi (left) or HCM City (right) maps.

 

So, what makes our Café & Tours so popular ?

* Doing business with companies over the internet still makes some people, understandably, nervous.  Only Licensed Australian Travel Agents, like us, are eligible to be members of the Travel Compensation Fund. It's run by the NSW Government Dept of Fair Trading & is something only real travel agents can offer. 


Griswald's & our Kangaroo Café have enjoyed lots of great reviews in various publications around the world.  In Australia, the UK, the USA, Canada, Singapore, Hong Kong etc & in publications like the Sydney Morning Herald, the New York Times, the Boston Globe & with Singapore Airlines to name just a few.

* NEW * Just recently the very popular, BBC - Fast Track's team, popped in whilst in Ha Noi.  Rajan Datar, Mike London & the crew were so kind & we wish to thank them again, very much. They were doing a show on Viet Nam & it's really good, like so many BBC shows are. Fast Track (click) Viet Nam Direct & it's well worth a look.

Our REAL Kangaroo Café in Ha Noi made it into the International Cow 50 of the most amazing burger joints in the world list & our Ha Long Bay Tour has been featured in 2 travel shows as well.


In Nov 2008 we were featured in the internationally popular, UK based, Rough Guide to Far Eastern Adventures which features the very likeable, funny & popular Toby Amies.

Toby & his crew were just great to work with.  Unlike so many people in the film industry, they were honest, decent, funny, kind to us, our staff & treated everyone they met along the way with integrity.  We wish to thank them again most sincerely. 


Here's some REAL reviews that we were very pleased about !

         

From the 2008/9 Rough Guide, Sth East Asia book.

 

Griswald's & our REAL Kangaroo Café make the whole thing of booking your trip, getting there & back again easy, simple & enjoyable but these days, unfortunately, there's any number of dodgy buggers who try their hardest to convey this incredible sense of urgency in order to sign you up & get your money over the net before you get to Viet Nam.  At the hotel there'll be some mug trying to pressure you as well & in both cases it's because they know if you see what's really on offer else where you'd never take their way over priced tours. 

 

You've got to love the corny old lines like ....... it's all gotta go, Ha Long bay is closing down, selling out fast, this is a 1 time offer, this time of year it really busy, it's going to be hard to get a spot etc, bla, bla ......... These nuts are using some of the oldest & most stupid lines as if we haven't heard any of them before.  We have no idea who's doing the sales courses in Viet Nam but we think it could be that bloke with the crook teeth & spandex fetish from the late night tele at home in Oz.

 

So, relax & take your time & it's no busier in Ha Long now than it's ever been & please check the bona fides of any tour mob very carefully before parting with any of your hard earned money. 

 

In the past, tourists had to go back to Ha Long town for the night and venture out again the next day because the boats weren't properly equipped to cater for overnight stays.  BUT, if you end up stuck on one of those tubs with 35 - 100 other people .... just imagine trying to get some quiet time to yourselves or what meal times will be like.  YUK !  The only serious accidents that have happened in the bay have been mainly due to over crowding on the boat.  Not just because it's dangerous either it's not fair to the environment, to our customers or the Vietnamese people who's country has been brutalised by foreign invaders more than any other country in the world.

It's supposed to be a relaxing trip to the World Heritage listed Ha Long Bay not a remake of Ben Hur or like that running with the bulls thing in Spain !!!!

In the lounge/recreation areas we have CD music & DVD systems, so feel free to bring along your favourite music &/or films.  There's always plenty of room to get away, if you wish, or join in the fun with the other guests, it's up to you.  When we started our small group tours to Ha Long Bay we realised that the small group concept was very important not just to our guests, but to the integrity of Ha Long Bay itself.

We have private charter available too so if you'd like a fabulous Junk style boat for yourself, your family or a group of friends please let us know & we'll give you our very best price.

Our commitment to your safety as well as your fun is 100%.  Our boats are fitted with life jackets, maritime radios, fire extinguishers, smoke alarms & 1st aid kits toojust in case you need them.

After the success we've had with our Ha Long Bay and Cat Ba Island Tour we didn't just sit back and think how clever we were.  The tourism industry isn't like that & as one of the very few independent tour operators, we don't have the luxury of being part of one of the big state owned companies to take care of us.

We've got 2 boats leaving nearly every day & our guests couldn't be happier with them.  Our guides & crews are great & the food they cook on board is fan-tas-tic !  The prawns, squid and fresh fish are delicious but we even have vegetarian food too.

 
Our sleep on the boat tours are all about having fun & have been a big hit with our guests too.  Of course the real attraction is the bay itself and one of our nicest ever guests, Larry the lawyer, said this on returning:

"Nothing really could have prepared me for the magnificence of Ha Long" . Well put Larry !

 

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Contact Details
 

The best way to receive more information about us &/or our tours, is to E-mail us.

Our Email address is: kangaroo@kangaroocafe.com

Griswald's Vietnamese Vacations

P.O. Box 501, Leichhardt N.S.W. 2040 Australia

& our REAL Kangaroo Café

22 Bao Khanh St, Hanoi

To chat, person to person (it only costs a Dollar or $2) phone us direct.

Our Office Number in Viet Nam - (844) 382 899 31

Our Mobile Number in Viet Nam - Phone: (844) 913 506 223

Australian Company Registration Number: 107 709 384 

Aust Govt Travel Agents Licence Number (your international protection): 2TA5568

Doing business with companies over the internet still makes some people, understandably, nervous.  Only Licensed Australian Travel Agents, like us, are eligible to be members of the Travel Compensation Fund.  It's run by the Government Dept of Fair Trading & is something only real travel agents can offer. 

 
This page was last updated on  27/02/14