Beautiful Cruise on Bai Tu Long Bay

Nov 25th, 2019, 02:16 PM
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Originally Posted by laurieco View Post
jacketwatch, I have the Chase Sapphire Reserve and got the 100,000 sign up bonus. I've had the card for three years and have no plans to cancel it. The benefits are great. I dump the points into my United account and have gotten round trip business class tix to Australia and Tanzania for me and my husband and now have enough for another round trip in biz anywhere in the world, and enough left over for a one way, but the miles add up quickly. Can't do that with Wells Fargo card I don't think. I also love the Priority Pass for airport lounges.
OK. I think I misunderstood that 3% cc fee for a foreign transaction fee which of course Chase reserve does not charge for. My mistake.
Yes we love the Reserve card too. In addition to all you mentioned its so nice to get a live person right away when you call too.
The miles do add up. We have free biz ORD-DEL in January from the saver award tier.
Last year we got biz saver LAX-SYD on Asiana, a partner carrier. ORD-SYD was not available but getting to LAX was easy. Asiana was amazing too. Loved their service.

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Nov 26th, 2019, 04:18 PM
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Yes, the 3% fee is what Indochina Junk is adding on for using a cc. Sadly, this happens in many countries. To me, the fee the bank charges the vendor on a credit card transaction is the cost of doing business. But I'm not going to argue about it. If they charge it, so be it. We paid a 2.5% fee on a $16,000.00 safari last year, but we got 48,000 miles (and the protection a cc gives) so it was worth it. The Chase Sapphire card also gives $10,000.00 of insurance per trip so we only had to take out insurance on $6000.00 of it, a significant savings.

I did book the junk cruise today and paid the deposit. We're taking the smaller, wooden boat for the more "authentic" boat. It looks very nice. I just hope I don't get seasick!

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Nov 26th, 2019, 04:25 PM
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Originally Posted by laurieco View Post
Yes, the 3% fee is what Indochina Junk is adding on for using a cc. Sadly, this happens in many countries. To me, the fee the bank charges the vendor on a credit card transaction is the cost of doing business. But I'm not going to argue about it. If they charge it, so be it. We paid a 2.5% fee on a $16,000.00 safari last year, but we got 48,000 miles (and the protection a cc gives) so it was worth it. The Chase Sapphire card also gives $10,000.00 of insurance per trip so we only had to take out insurance on $6000.00 of it, a significant savings.

I did book the junk cruise today and paid the deposit. We're taking the smaller, wooden boat for the more "authentic" boat. It looks very nice. I just hope I don't get seasick!
Absolutely! The CC protection is worth it. Then there is the miles accumulation for future flights, the insurance, etc. Completely worth it.
Have a great trip!
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Nov 26th, 2019, 04:48 PM
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ellen75005, glad the recommendation worked out and you enjoyed the cruise! Thanks for reporting back and sharing your photos. You had sunnier skies than we did.

laurieco, as I've probably told you on FB, I'm jealous and itching for another trip to Asia. We are thinking about Taiwan for a short trip next fall, but nothing in stone yet. FWIW, our Indochina Junk cruise included the kid, who has had serious motion sickness issues on other occasions. It's been a while, but I don't recall any on this particular trip.
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Nov 28th, 2019, 11:44 PM
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Thanks for your reviewed. I have been stayed 3 days 2 night on the bay with friend, it was my best memorable moments in Vietnam trip. An overnight at the bay was great, we had alot of night activities on boat.
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Nov 29th, 2019, 03:35 PM
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Itís not really like being at sea because youíre not ever in open water. I think it would be extremely unusual to feel sick - itís generally an absolute flat calm.
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Dec 1st, 2019, 04:27 PM
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Good to know that I probably won't get sick, but I'm taking precautions just in case.
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Dec 2nd, 2019, 03:57 AM
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Agree, better to be prepared. But as I said, it didn't even feel like we were moving although I don't know if the smaller boat will make a difference.
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