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“Filthy & hypodermic needles & drugs washed up - no refund!”
Review of Ocean Beach Resort

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Ocean Beach Resort
Ranked #33 of 64 Hotels in Halong Bay
Chiang Mai, Thailand
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11 reviews
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“Filthy & hypodermic needles & drugs washed up - no refund!”
Reviewed 24 July 2008

We booked & payed for 2 nights with a travel agent in Hanoi to stay here one week in advance of our visit.
Upon arrival everthing seemed OK but within an hour, while my 3 young kids were happily playing in the sea and sand, my 8 year old daughter pulled a hypodermic needle out of the sea asking what it was... packets of half used drugs were later washed ashore. Meanwhile a team of 3 men spent their entire day pulling a huge boat full of debris out of the sea in a vain attempt to catch it before it came up onto the beach.
In good faith (having booked & paid in advance) & giving 24+ hours notice that we did not want to stay (there's nothing else to do for kids there!) I was told that only 20% of our 3 rooms would be refunded. When I explained what we had found there was no apology just 'we try to keep the beach clean and the refund policy is clear to see when you book' - we NEVER saw any policy!
Despite the beach, the hotel uses corrugated metal (sharp end up) as a 'wall' around the huts which are also very dangerous.
We left and we lost our money but if it means only 1 person not going there, it'd be worth writing a review as I cannot imagine what could've happened had a child (or adult) had stood on the needle! BEWARE!
I have photo's to back up my statement (just cannot attach them) but please mail me & I can forward.

  • Liked — Food is OK
  • Disliked — Dangerous and dirty
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 October 2007

The Ocean Beach Resort with " bungalow " accommodation was a very pleasant surprise. The setting is idyllic and beautiful , the huts were very comfortable and we spent a very relaxing afternoon swimming, kayaking and resting on the sun lounges under umbrellas

Stayed August 2007
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Property: Ocean Beach Resort
Address: on Cat Ong Island, 3 miles offshore Cat Ba Town | 4hrs by boat from Halong Bay, Halong Bay 84, Vietnam
Region: Vietnam > Quang Ninh Province > Halong Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#11 On the Beach Hotel in Halong Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ocean Beach Resort is located on a small private island, nestled between 2 fabulous beaches. All cottages are artfully appointed with traditional materials. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Ocean Beach Hotel Halong Bay

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