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“excellent! 3 days, 2 nights”

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Very good
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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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melbell86
saskatoon
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“excellent! 3 days, 2 nights”
Reviewed April 26, 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
Level 4 Contributor
22 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“I would recommend this cruise!”
Reviewed April 22, 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
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adyh1964
Halifax, Canada
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“Fabulous Halong Bay cruise on the Marguerite Garden”
Reviewed April 10, 2013 for a stay in March 2013
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I booked this cruise at my hotel in Hue, it looked great from the pictures, however you just don't know if if the pictures are really true. These ones didn't lie. From the time I was picked up at my hotel in Hanoi until I was dropped off three days later everything went like clockwork. I would recommend the 3 day, 2 night cruise. Our Tour guide was Thang and he was terrific, spoke excellent english and a friend and I decided we would like to adopt him. His mother wouldn't give him up! He told lovely stories about his country and himself and made everyone comfortable. My room was very nice and the bathroom, though small, this is a boat, was very spa like. Lots of very, very hot water. The meals were delicious and beautifully presented, flowers made from vegatables and fruit and linen tablecloths and napkins, very high end. The staff were delightful and friendly and seemed to anticipate our needs before we did. Having been in the hosipitality industry for many years as the Director of Sales for a hotel chain, I was very impressed with the Marguerite Garden. Would I recommend this cruise, you betcha. This cruise was the highlight of my 3 month tour of South East Asia.

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Simmo1970
Oxford, United Kingdom
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“3 days 2 nights stay... Thank goodness!”
Reviewed April 9, 2013 for a stay in April 2013

Looked at loads of tours and was in the end recommended this tour by our hotel manager, pick up was v smooth, excellent in fact as we were sick with a bug so wanted to delay our pick up, this was no problem as the tour operator sent a cab... Great service. Transfer to the boat easy, not quite as swish as the brochure but I don't think any of them are! Food was excellent service was awesome.
The one piece of advice I would give travellers is to book the 3 day tour if time permits, on the 2 day it is just too far (4 hours) on a bumpy road each way for a day on the bay also the first day you are bussed around like a herd of sheep in and out of the tourist sights along with loads and loads of others. On our 3 day cruise you transfer to a day boat and have a very chilled out day kayaking to a ver pay very secluded bay, a beach trip, pearl farm and great BBQ.on board.

The only thing I would add is ask for a detailed itinerary of your trip before you pay, this will give you a good idea of the actual schedule.

All in all we thought this was good value and excellent service. Happy sailing in halong bay!

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Liked best: Service and guides
Liked least: Litter in the bay... Not the marguerite's fault but it was quite bad.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Familytra...
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“A relaxing 2 nights on Halong Bay”
Reviewed April 2, 2013 for a stay in March 2013

We enjoyed 3 days and 2 nights cruising with Marguerite, and would definitely recommend that you spend 2 nights as on the second day you are taken on a smaller day boat away from the crowds to small beaches and kayaking through limestone caves for the day. As this option is not very popular we were lucky to have just our family and one other person on the day tour. The service on board the marguerite was very attentive and friendly.It was our wedding anniversary and we received lovely flowers and complimentary wine. Halong Bay is beautiful although it was disappointing to see that there is not more done to pick up and remove rubbish. We also have to say a big thank you to the company for the very quick return of an IPod that our son left on the bus when returning to Hanoi within an hour of notifying them they had the iPod back at our hotel.

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Travelling group: Young Children
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wakeupcal...
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Level 3 Contributor
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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Cathy K
Toronto, Canada
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3 reviews
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“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
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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