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“Comfortable interior and no complaints”

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Garden Bay Cruise - Triple cabin
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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
Garden Bay Cruise - Cooking Class
Garden Bay Cruise - Overview
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12 Bedrooms, 12 Bathrooms, Sleeps 24
Halong Bay, Quang Ninh Province

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wakeupcal...
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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24 reviews
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“Comfortable interior and no complaints”
Reviewed March 24, 2013 for a stay in March 2013

Guide Thang speaks good English and can respond well to our questions. Interior is clean. Local food is served - good food, but some Westerners may not be comfortable eating them.

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Traveling group: Friends
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Cathy K
Toronto, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Most memorable experience, excellent tour guide!”
Reviewed March 23, 2013 for a stay in March 2013

We did the 2night 3days tour in March. Our tour guide (Hop) took great care of us. He broke the ice on the tour bus on our way to halong bay, and told us a lot about traditions of Vietnam, like weddings and funerals, betle nuts, which made the ride more interesting.

The bus to and from halong bay was comfortable, air conditioned and we were given water.

The boat was nice and clean, the pics we saw before hand were fairly accurate. The food was excellent, abundant, and they were very good with offering substitutes for people with special diets such as fried eggs to replace ham at breakfast.

The highlight of this trip is definitely the kayaking. On the 2nd day, the guests staying 2 nights were placed on a "day boat" to go further into halong bay, and we kayaked at less busy lagoons, the experience was magical, and we spent the afternoon on a beach. There is one thing I would improve on the day trip, and that is more clarity on the prices on board the day boat.. We knew nothing is free (drinks wise), but what we did not know is the costs and that we had to settle when we get off the day boat! We thought bills were settled when we check out so this was a surprise to us.

I think the marguerite junk was excellent overall, we had a great time, thank you Hop for doing a great job :)

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Liked best: Kayaking
Liked least: day boat drinks menu non existent
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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Sandra C
Aldbourne, null, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Best trip ever had”
Reviewed March 10, 2013 for a stay in December 2012

Our tour guide Tang really organised and looked after us from day one. We took the two day, one night trip. Collected from the hotel and given lots of local, really interesting history on the way. Coach was comfortable and felt safe on every aspect of the journey. The Boat was really comfortable, our room with double bed an en suite, ultra modern and luxurious. Food was great, so was the service. We felt thoroughly spoiled and well looked after the whole time. Would recommend this trip but I would do three days in future. I hope to return one day and do it again. Thanks to Tang and all the staff.

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Liked best: The whole package.
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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JohnFamil...
Melbourne, Australia
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124 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Cruise was great and staff were helpful and friendly”
Reviewed March 2, 2013 for a stay in February 2013

We cruised on one of the Marguerite Junk Boats on Halong Bay with our adult daughters. We had two rooms which were well presented and comfortable. The sights and experiences on the tour were the highlight but made all the better by "Jack" as he told us to call him. Jack spoke great English and had a great sense of humour.

We were picked up from our hotel in Hanoi and taken to Halong city/port for transfer to the Junk. The road from Hanoi is rough and the drive took much longer than you might expect because of road conditions and the traffic. On the trip Jack informed us of sites and the Vietnamese culture in general.

All the activities on the bruise were well timed and organised. We saw the cave, had a lovely dinner (the food was fabulous), went kayaking and visited the grotto early in the morning before it all became too crowded.

Jack also helped my husband with recharging his mobile phone for data on the Vietnamese SIM we brought on arrival. We found Jack to be a wealth of information and he recommended a couple of sites to visit in Ninh Binh which turned out to be great.

We had a great time and would recommend this company to others.

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Liked best: The service and ease with which the trip went
Liked least: The road to and from Hanoi
Traveling group: Teenagers
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Sue F
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Ha Long Bay with Marguerite Cruises”
Reviewed January 27, 2013 for a stay in January 2013

From the time we were picked up from our hotel to the time we arrived back, everything went smoothly.The staff on the Garden Bay cruise were friendly, helpful and jovial and the food was great. The accommodation was very comfortable and we had no trouble getting a good night's sleep.....I would definitely recommend this cruise

Liked best: The food and the scenery....the company too!...everyone was happy
Liked least: We had to pay for drinks as they were not included which I hadn't realised
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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davethear...
Brisbane, Australia
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11 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“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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Traveling group: Solo Traveler
Your age range 35-49
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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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