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Garden Bay Cruise - Triple cabin
Garden Bay Cruise - Halong Bay - Overview
Garden Bay Cruise - deluxe twin cabin with large window.
Garden Bay Cruise - Open Sundeck
Garden Bay Cruise - Private Balcony
Garden Bay Cruise - early morning taichi lesson
Garden Bay Cruise - Waiting Lounge at Hon Gai Pier
Garden Bay Cruise - Waiting lounge at Hon Gai Pier
Garden Bay Cruise - Fishing Village
Visit Surprise Cave ( Sung Sot Cave)
Visit cave with Rowing boat
Private bathroom with full- toiletry
Private bathroom with full- toiletry
Restaurant - dinning room with sea view
Garden Bay Cruise - Open sundeck with sea view
Garden Bay Cruise - Overview
Garden Bay Cruise - Morning Tai Chi Lesson on Sundeck
Garden Bay Cruise - Morning Tai Chi Lesson on Sundeck
Garden Bay Cruise - visit fishing village
Garden Bay Cruise - Including Kayaking
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12 Bedrooms, 12 Bathrooms, Sleeps 24
Halong Bay, Quang Ninh Province

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davethear...
Brisbane, Australia
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“FANTASTIC”
Reviewed January 18, 2013 for a stay in December 2012

Ha Long Bay is not to be missed......it is tranquil and unique,serene and beautiful.The crew of Marguerite Junk were friendly,professional,and attentive to every need....and the food....excellent.I spent two days and one night there,and it was the highlight of my entire trip.I would recommend this to any one considering a trip to Viet Nam

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Melanie W
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“You have to do the 2 nights 3 day tour”
Reviewed January 11, 2013 for a stay in January 2013
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We were lucky enough to have Hop as our tour guide for the 3 days. He was absolutely fantastic and made the trip what it was.
The boat was great and all the staff were friendly. You have to do the 2 nights as the second day is absolutely amazing and you miss out on experiencing the real Halong Bay if you only stay 1 night.

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Bzulu
Lakeville, MN
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“Great way to see Halong Bay”
Reviewed January 10, 2013 for a stay in January 2013
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First, there are three Marguerite Junks now. We were on Marguerite 2.
Because we werent staying in the old quarter, we cabbed in to the office for pickup the morning of the cruise. We were a half hour early, and the office was closed and behind locked steel doors and invisible to us and the cab driver. After a near panic attack for a half hour, we noticed a bus pull up to the far end of the street (the NE end) and voila, we hooked up.
The bus ride is long, with a brief stop at the half way point. Try to sit in front. If you sit over the axle, prepare to be bounced ....big time. The bridge approaches are bone-jarring. Pretty interesting scenery along the way, though. Our guide, Thang, was great and had a lot of information about Vietnam.
As of this year, all the boats from the province were mandated to be painted white. It probably improves the safety quite a lot, but they change in appearance is definitely not for the better. Most of the boats look pretty tatty already and in need of a new paint job. Note to regulating commision......the new rule sucks.
The food is plentiful, and all in all, pretty good. I read a review somewhere about someone complaining that there was too much cilantro (coriander) in the food. In Vietnam.
Some of the food was delicious;crab farci, spring rolls, green papaya salad, and a whole lot of stuff that i had no idea what it was. I ate it all, it was great. Some was just OK.
The liquor prices were Ok as well , two bucks for a beer. The wine was pricier (all over VN in fact) and the local wine was petty dreadful. But a bottle of Chilean ran 32 bucks. What the hell, it's a cruise.
You are served family style ....up to eight at a table. It was nice chatting with our fellow travellers. I think they fill up the boats by , well, race. We were a bunch of tourists from France, Australia, Switzerland, and the US. Many other boats were packed solely with asians. Since we booked on line, i don't know how this works, but it ensured that we could all more or less communicate with each other.
We did a lot of kayaking on the tour, which I hadn't expected. It was pretty darn cold, but the scenery was awesome. Temps about 10-16c (Jan 2013). The morning wakeup call is a bit too early for me, way too early for my wife. Breakfast came out at 0730.
The rooms, well, they look like the rooms in the pictures. Except 10 years aged. The cabins are a bit smaller as well, so if you can leave stuff at the hotel in Hanoi or somewhere, that is good. However, the heat more or less works ( we has to tap our remote and stand with one foot on the ground, etc) but when it does, it is quite toasty in the room. The bathroom is good, hot water and shower fine.
I heard that the Marguertite 2 is better than the 1, not quite as nice as the 3 , but you really don't know what boat you will placed on. The Marguerite 2 used to be called the "elizabeth," according to the name over the wheelhouse, painted over. It was by no means a luxury type cruise, but my wife and I (ages 52-51) thought it was a great time.
The food on day 2 for a two night-three day cruise is not as good as day one, but OK.
Most people take the one night cruise, but with the long drive I recommend the longer one. There are more expensive cruises for the bay that are probably a but nicer, but for us this one was real good.
By the way, the bay is amazing.

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Liked best: The views and the food
Liked least: Bearkfast a bit too early for me
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Alicia C
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“The best way to see Halong Bay”
Reviewed December 6, 2012 for a stay in December 2012
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We researched long and hard to pick who to book with for our Halong Bay Cruise and I'm happy to say it most definitely paid off. The Marguerite Junk was everything we hoped for and more. We had a wonderful guide, Hop, who took such fantastic care of us, as did the all the other staff on the boat. He was knowledgeable, friendly and just so helpful - we honestly couldn't have asked for better treatment from him. The boat was great and our room was beautiful, and very clean. There was hot water with good water pressure, air-conditioning and a fridge in the room, and the bed was super comfortable. The food was great ( a lot of seafood but when in Rome...) and everything seemed so thought out and well planned. We had a great mix of cruising, sightseeing and kayaking through the absolutely spectactular scenery.

Honestly, if you're thinking about doing a Halong Bay Cruise, I cannot recommend these guys highly enough. They did everything they said they would and this cruise exceeded our expectations. Oh, and make sure you do 2 nights 3 days - you'll want the extra time to experience the beauty that is Halong Bay.

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Novianti...
Jakarta, Indonesia
1 review
“3 days 2 nights tour is highly recommended”
Reviewed November 25, 2012 for a stay in November 2012

We enjoyed the 3 days 2 nights trip. The guide (Mr. Jack) picked us up at the hotel and along the way he told us a little bit story about Vietnamese culture and also vietnamese language in casual ways so we don't get bored in a 4 hours driveway to Halong Bay.

On the first day we went to the most crowded and visited cave, the surprise cave and also to crowded beach.

On the second day, we went to a very secluded area of Halong Bay, in which we experienced the natural beauty of Halong Bay and also its mystic surroundings that grants Halong as the new 7 wonders. Our Guide Mr. Jack knows best time to visit the bright cave, so he arranged us to visit the cave when it is less crowded. The bright cave is the best thing during our tour. When we reached the bright cave, we are surrounded by silence and peacefulness. We really enjoy the beautiful moment.

During our stay on board, the staff and captain tried their best to entertain our needs and at the same time make sure of our safety.

The food taste is also recommended. Though I don't like vegetable, but looking at the vegetable dish makes me want to try and the taste is so nice and delicious that makes me forget that I don't like vegetable. One small note on the food, if you don't like cilantro, you better tells your guide as most of the food is using cilantro.

Also thanks to Jack Thang and on board crews that make our stay pleasant, enjoyable and memorable.

At last, combination on the natural beauty of Halong Bay, the good care of the guide and crews make this trips are so highly recommended to be on "has to go" list...

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Liked best: the guide's ability to take the guest to the best spot of Halong Bay on the right time
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Victory's...
Adelaide, Australia
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“Halong bay spectacular”
Reviewed November 10, 2012 for a stay in October 2012

Our tour group stayed for a night on a Marguerite cruise on the awe inspiring (insert other adjectives) halons Bay.
The accommodation and service on the boat was excellent and we were shown many fantastic sights and looked after.
There was an issue with the settling of bills where it seems that staff were using conversion rate tricks to charge a little more for drinks.

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Aibabo
Mataro, Spain
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“Excellent treatment”
Reviewed October 27, 2012 for a stay in October 2012

Best of all was the excellent treatment of the ship's staff, the guide and the person in charge of managing the reserve. They made our stay unforgettable. We were stayed in Hanoi and they picked us up at the hotel, free of charge, and they carried us to Ha Long Bay and returned us back next day. The ship's facilities were correct; the food was very good and varied. With us coincided a vegetarian man that the agency didn’t warn that he needed special menu and they fussed over in order to prepare him a proper meal. The painting of the ships, now all in white, is because Ha Long Bay is one of the seven natural wonders of the world since last year, and they had forced to paint them in that way. It is worth kayaking around the bay, included within the activities. Undoubtedly, our stay at the Marguerite Junk has been one of the best experiences we've ever had. Strongly recommended.

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