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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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layne01
Palmerston North
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Amazing experience in an amazing place!”
Reviewed 19 May 2013 for a stay in May 2013
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We were on Junk number 3 and from the beginning the tour guide (Tien) spoket perfect English about his country and introduced everyone to each other. On arrival we were met with an 3 course lunch (set menu) of seafood which was excellent.

The rooms were clean and well decorated. The dining room was immaculate. The boat was is a good condition.

Day 1 involved the cave tour, which was spectacular. Then there was the option to either kayak or walk to the top of Ti Top island which offers a panoramic view from the 180m high vantage point which was worth the walk.

The evening meal was well cooked and the service from the staff was excellent and professional. An evening activity was planned for but guests opted to relax on the deck in the evening or try their luck at squid fishing.

The morning of day 2 involved a cave tour then a return voyage through more of the spectacular Halong Bay and through one of the many floating villages.

Overall an pleasant and relaxing experience.

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Liked best: The scenery
Liked least: The bus ride
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 25-34
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Anna_Murz
St. Petersburg, Russia
1 review
“a real feast for the eyes!”
Reviewed 17 May 2013 for a stay in May 2013

overall my friends and I liked the trip: the boat, the food, the service were good.
And we were lucky to have Hop as our guide!

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Liked best: the visit to the Surprise caves area and the cooking class
Travelling group: Friends
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Coralie19...
Tumbi Umbi, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Terrific staff and food”
Reviewed 2 May 2013 for a stay in March 2013

We were on a tour group staying 2 days 1 night. The junk Marguerite Garden was old but had been refurbished. The room was clean and the staff very friendly. The food excellent and drinks at a reasonable price. Our sight seeing tours from the junk were fantastic although we didn't see the monkey's but the cave was one of the best we have ever seen. The scenery cruising around the Bay was spectacular. Unfortunately they didn't have enough rooms for our tour guide so the Captain gave up his for her.
Unfortunately on our 2nd morning while enjoying cruising and sitting on the upper deck on one of the wooden deck chairs (that are different to the pictures in their ads), I was getting off it when the leg collapsed amputating my left thumb. I was immediately attended by the ships head man Mr T and taken by tender to Halong Bay where he had a Taxi waiting for us to be taken to the Hospital. Mr T stayed the whole time I was at the hospital until being transferred to Hanoi. They were wonderful through out my trauma. The deck chair is obviously badly designed and should have a secure pin in the leg to secure it, to prevent this happening again as it was a very unfortunate accident.

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Liked best: Staff and food
Liked least: Design of deck chairs
Travelling group: Large Group
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melbell86
saskatoon
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“excellent! 3 days, 2 nights”
Reviewed 26 April 2013 for a stay in April 2013

My sister and I chose this tour based on the reviews. It was completely out of our budget but decided to try it instead of wasting our money on another tour. It was completely worth it! Everything they said we would do, we did it.

They pick you up at your hotel and you take a mini, bus to Halong Bay. We were a little late arriving but were able to boared he bus directly instead of waiting in the waiting area. Our tour guide spoke really good english and updated us on Vietnam and Halong Bay.

The food was amazing! I normally do not like seafood and I couldn't get enough of it. Just a suggestion to people who have strict diets, it would be a good idea to tell them before hand (I.e. at the time of booking) and the foods you do not or cannot eat. They ask you on he way out there in the van but we had a vegan and it sort of through the crew off.

Our room looked like he picture. We had a twin bed and the bathrooms were clean. There was a fan, AC and a mini fridge. And it was quiet on board during the night.

Doing the 3 days, 2 nights has a different itinerary for he next day then he 2 days, 1 night. There was a bit of confusion with one client so it is best if you know what time your day starts. We went out all day on a boat with only 4 people. There were 3 times where you were given the option to kayak and swim, and usually you have between 40 mins to an hour. We visited a pearl farm but there was no pressure to buy anything.

The next day you had an optional excursion, learned how to make spring rolls, have lunch and then you take a bus back to Hanoi and they drop you off at your hotel.

Overall it was awesome and we are glad we payed the extra money for it. I would recommend it to everyone especially the 3 day, 2 night cruise so you fully enjoy Halong bay.

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HeatherJa...
Calgary, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“I would recommend this cruise!”
Reviewed 23 April 2013 for a stay in April 2013
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Great value for money. Tasty food and so much of it. Our friend requested a "no seafood" menu and the staff did all they could to ensure he got enough food at every meal. Excellent tour away from the crowds on day 2. A 3 day 2 night tour is a must! Comfortable rooms and beautiful shower! We were 100% satisfied with our trip!

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Liked best: The helpful friendly staff
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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