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May '10

Ocean Beach Resort in Cat Ba needs maintenance and to be more friendly

I recently have done an inspection to Cat Ba Ocean Beach resort. In general, the resort is ok. However there are certain points that I would like to note:

– The pictures of the beach in front of the resort in the brochures are fake.
– The water is not clean during the summer time and is only clear after October
– There is a lack of good maintenance, bushes are not well cared, water leaking under the bungalows. The bases of the bungalows have an ugly look. As the whole, the resort is running down.

Note for travel agents and tour operators:
Expect to pay VND 20,000 per person should you would like to do an inspection of the resort. I am a tour operator doing an inspection with hope to increase our business to this area. When we were entering, there was no one at the gate to ask for entrance fee because apparently this staff was having a nap. After inspecting the resort with the guide of one of the staff, and while going out, we were asked by another staff for the entrance fee. We were quite surprised and asked her to check with the resort manager, explaining that we were there working, not on holidays or using the beach…. Finally, they insisted on our paying for the fees. For us, this is very ridiculous.

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