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“Sensational Halon Bay experience”

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Garden Bay Cruise - Triple cabin
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Very good
75 reviews
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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Perth, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
140 reviews
51 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
“Sensational Halon Bay experience”
Reviewed 30 November 2014 for a stay in October 2014
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person found this review helpful

We booked 2 days and 1 night on the Marguerite Junk via a local tour operator. The whole Halong Bay experience was great, although the Marguerite Junk was a little dated. The onboard activities and food were ordinary, cabins were basic but comfortable and clean, staff were friendly and welcoming, although English was a limited. The kayaking was fun and after dinner we went squid fishing off the back of the boat, unfortunately not squid were seen. The cave tour was crowded as every boat seemed to be there at the same time. Overall we enjoyed the cruise, and we overnighted at Catba came back on another Junk which looked alot nicer than the Marguerite.

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Liked best: Halong Bay was awesome
Liked least: The Food
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Kerry1005
Brisbane, Australia
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33 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Fantastic”
Reviewed 17 June 2014 for a stay in May 2014
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My husband and I spent 2 days and 1 night on the Marguerite Junk. We had a great time,exploring the caves, going to the beach,rowing,squid fishing,Tai Chi,star gazing and watching the beautiful scenery. Our guide Rocky was with us from leaving Hanoi until our return back. This was very informative, as well as learning he has a fantastic imagination when it comes to rock formation.

The junk and staff were 5 star all the way. The rooms were clean, excellent staff and fantastic food.

Would highly recommend Marguerite Junk.

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Sandra B
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“A great way to see Halong Bay”
Reviewed 6 June 2014 for a stay in May 2014
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person found this review helpful

We booked a two day one night trip on the Marguerite and had a fabulous time. The boat is in great condition with lovely cabins with doors which open straight onto the deck and large windows. There is a great lounging and viewing area on the top deck where tai chi is taught at sunrise, great way to start the day. The staff were really friendly and helpful, food was delicious and plentiful, and I even received a cake with fireworks and a lovely bunch of flowers on my birthday. I would definitely recommend the Marguerite to anyone considering a trip to Halong Bay.

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Jeff S
Port Macquarie, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
120 reviews
68 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Great experience but check the extras bill”
Reviewed 5 June 2014 for a stay in May 2014
5
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We traveled with a larger special interest group and the Margarite Garden cruise was part of a 2 week itinerary, the junk chosen by the organizer. We occupied all but one room and the general view was that the cruise was excellent. The junk was well equipped, quite clean and comfortable although one person had bites from bed bugs after the night's sleep. Additional activities such as Tai Chi, cooking class, kayaking, cave tour etc were all enjoyed. Meals were set menu and included but drinks were extra and a reasonable price given the captive market and the space limitations of the boat. Wifi was intermittent. One unpleasant experience at the end, when paying for the drinks while on board we were charged for extra beer and water we did not consume. I had signed drink tabs during the cruise that had showed total numbers not amounts. When I was presented with these tabs to pay, additional drinks had been added to the totals. It was only a few dollars but left a bad, and lasting, impression. When I spoke to some other group members later, they had just paid without checking, so probably were stung too. Overall, very good but insist on the price being shown on any extras tab.

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Liked best: The overall experience of the junk
Liked least: The scamming for additional money on the extras bill
Travelling group: Large Group
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Veronica...
Sydney, Australia
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“Comfy, nice and clean; incredible tour guide and staff”
Reviewed 4 June 2014 for a stay in March 2014
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I stayed overnight on the Marguerite Junk - the staff went to a lot of effort to entertain us, answer our questions on a variety of subjects, and engage genuinely with everyone on the tour group. The boat itself was really quite nice.

The biggest stand out point was our tour guide, Quáy (sorry Quáy if I have spelt your name wrong!!). Quáy really threw herself into getting to know each of the guests and into making sure we all had the trip we were looking for. Her warmth, energy and genuine friendliness is what made my stay enjoyable.

One particularly outstanding point was that the staff contacted me to refund some extra money I hadn't even realised I'd paid, a good couple of weeks after I'd returned to my home country. Thumbs up for honesty!

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