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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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JohnFamil...
Melbourne, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
124 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Cruise was great and staff were helpful and friendly”
Reviewed 3 March 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
Travelling group: Teenagers
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Sue F
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Ha Long Bay with Marguerite Cruises”
Reviewed 27 January 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
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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davethear...
Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“FANTASTIC”
Reviewed 19 January 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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Travelling group: Solo Traveller
Your age range 35-49
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Melanie W
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“You have to do the 2 nights 3 day tour”
Reviewed 11 January 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 11 January 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
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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