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HALONG BAY AND RED RIVER
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Pioneer the Red River with Pandaw!

For the first time travellers will be able to explore the key sites of Northern Vietnam by river ship traversing the Red River delta and its main tributaries, connecting the wonders of Halong Bay with the excitements of down town Hanoi, and then on into the interior, well off the beaten track. This is a combination of scenic beauty, lively and interesting (sometimes industrial) life of the river and exploring rivers where no other tourist craft operate.

Sailing deep into Highland Vietnam we will discover the mountain villages and a number of tribal areas. We will go as far as is navigable up the Song Red River and then down the little known Da or Black River. Note this is a new river expedition and itineraries and schedules very much subject to change due to uncertain local conditions.

Note that departures from December to March have an alternative itinerary covering a larger inland water cruising area on the coastal plain area. We cruise in beautiful rural areas as well as some interesting more industrial sections. Note the daily temperature range at this time of year can be from 7C to 21C and there is a higher chance of mists. 

"In North Vietnam we have an expression," says our guide Duoc -- or Duke, as his badge reads. "The Red River is our mother's milk."
Northern cruising: A journey up Vietnam's Red River - 24 Oct 2016 article by Colin Hinshelwood for CNN Travel

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PRE CRUISE EXTENSIONS

Pre Tour Hanoi 1 Night

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Hue & Hoi An 4 Nights Pre Tour

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POST CRUISE EXTENSIONS

Post Tour Hanoi 1 Night

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Post Tour Sapa & Hanoi 4 Nights

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Hue & Hoi An 4 Nights Post Tour

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ITINERARY

Upstream      Downstream

DAY 1 HALONG BAY

Transfer from Hanoi International Airport or meeting point to Halong Bay to embark your Pandaw ship with a stop for lunch en route. Cast off late afternoon with a welcome cocktail for an evening sail, dropping anchor in a sheltered bay amidst the beautiful island scenery.

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DAY 2 HALONG BAY

Morning sail around Halong Bay and beyond with its 1,500 dramatic limestone islands and extraordinary rock formations, dating back 20 million years.

Stop at Viet Hai Village and explore on mountain bike or electric buggy, visiting the village’s vegetable farm and typical village houses. It is a breath-taking trip along a small road winding its way through the limestone rocks.

In the afternoon continue cruising towards Lan Ha Bay for a visit to a floating fishing house.

Weather dependent, end the day with cocktails at a beautiful beach in Halong Bay - bring your swimwear!

More about Lan Ha Bay

DAY 3 HALONG BAY

Exploration of Halong Bay continues with a visit to the so called “Dark and Bright Cave”. Take a kayak or a local basket boat rowed by fishermen and enter this remarkable cave into an enclosed area similar to a crater. Bats can be heard in the cave and massive stalagmites hang from the ceiling.

Depart Halong Bay and enter the river to drop anchor near Hai Phong.

In the afternoon, our chef will share his skills in fruit carving and demonstrate how to create Vietnamese spring rolls.

More about Halong Bay

DAY 4 THE KINH THAY RIVER

Observe the lively and interesting life of the KinhThay river, a key commercial waterway.

Meet your guide in the dining room for a lecture on Vietnam, its history, geography and the boat people.

Afternoon excursion to Thanh Ha Commune with village walk and a private water puppet show set under the shade by a beautiful pond of lotus and lilies.

Return to ship and continue cruising until late evening, dropping anchor midstream.

More about Thanh Ha and Water Puppets

DAY 5 BAT TRANG VILLAGE

The day is spent cruising towards Hanoi. Enroute, stop at Bat Trang in the afternoon, a ceramic village. On the way back to the ship watch a traditional unicorn and lion dance at the jetty.

This dance originated in China and spread over Southeast Asia.

More about Bat Trang

DAY 6 HANOI

Drop anchor in the capital and bustling city of Hanoi to visit some highlights of this Asian metropolis. Must-sees include the notorious Vietnam War prison known as the Hanoi Hilton, temple of literature where Confucius did his thinking, and the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.

Afternoon walking tour of Hanoi’s old quarter,including a visit to a coffee shop to learn about Vietnam’s famous coffee-making industry.

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DAY 7 THE LOWER RED RIVER

Morning sail through the day from Hanoi up the Red River to Viet Tri - not the most picturesque of towns, but an excellent base for going deeper into Highland Vietnam.

Go ashore to visit a timeless Arcadian Vietnam with emerald green rice paddies punctuated by limestone rock formations. Of particular interest are the Thay and Tay Phuong Pagodas.

Afternoon excursion to a carpenter village famous for exquisite carvings and wood work techniques.

Evening arrival in Viet Tri.

More about Thay and Tay Phuong Pagodas

DAY 8 LO RIVER

In the morning cruising to Tien Du ferry station to the village of Gia Thanh, makers of the conical hats (known as ‘non la’). Take in the sights and sounds of the bustling river with all kinds of craft and activity.

The ‘non la’ are handmade with palm leaves and bamboo. There is no machinery available to create this work of art. Their origin dates approximately 3,000 years back.

By bus continue to Hung Lo Temple.

More about Lo River

DAY 9 THE DA RIVER

Day sailing downstream while admiring the unspoilt beauty of the Da River. Pass through the Ba Vi National Park with its rich and diverse tropical and sub-tropical flora and fauna before arriving at Hoa Binh then visit the UNESCO-praised village of Duong Lam.

In the afternoon, take a tour of the ship including the galley, crew area and engine room.

More about Duong Lam

DAY 10 HOA BINH

Hoa Binh was the site of a major battle with the French in 1951 & 1952 and is home to the Muong ethnic group.

The Hoa Binh Dam at the Black River is the largest hydroelectric dam in Vietnam and Southeast Asia. Take a morning boat ride on the reservoir of Hoa Binh power station and visit a local village. A traditional performance by local hill tribe people is given in the evening.

More about Hoa Binh

DAY 11 HOA BINH

Disembark after breakfast (08.30am) and visit a museum and local village where villagers still wear traditional dress.

Lunch will be served at a local restaurant, followed by a transfer to Hanoi airport or drop off point Pan Pacific Hotel Hanoi.

More about Hoa Binh

DAY 1 HALONG BAY

Transfer from Hanoi International Airport or meeting point to Halong Bay to embark your Pandaw ship with a stop for lunch enroute. Cast off late afternoon for an evening sailing, dropping anchor in a sheltered bay amidst the beautiful island scenery.

More about Halong Bay

DAY 2 HALONG BAY

Morning sail around Halong Bay and beyond with its 1,500 dramatic limestone islands and extraordinary rock formations, dating back 20 million years. 

We make a stop at Viet Hai Village and continue our journey by mountain bike or electric buggy to visit the village’s vegetable farm and typical village houses. It is a breathtaking trip along a small road winding its way through the limestone rocks.

In the afternoon we will continue cruising towards Lan Ha Bay for a visit to a floating fishing house.

Weather dependent, we will end the day with cocktails at a beautiful beach in Halong Bay.

More about Halong Bay

DAY 3 HALONG BAY

Our exploration of Halong Bay continues and we stop at the so called “Dark and Bright Cave”. Take a kayak or a local basket boat rowed by fishermen and enter this remarkable cave into an enclosed area similar to a crater. Bats can be heard in the cave and massive stalagmites hang from the ceiling.

In the afternoon, we leave Halong Bay and are enter the river where we  drop anchor near Hai Phong. 

More about Halong Bay

DAY 4 THE KINH THAY RIVER

Observe the lively and interesting life of the Kinh Thay river, a key commercial waterway. 

Afternoon excursion to Thanh Ha Commune with village walk and a private water puppet show set under shade by a beautiful pond of lotus and lilies. 

We continue cruising until late evening and drop anchor midstream. 

DAY 5 DAY RIVER

This morning we will visit the famous stone cathedral of Phat Diem. Afternoon sail upstream from Day River to Ninh Binh City.

DAY 6 NINH BINH

In the morning we will visit Tam Coc, taking a rowing boat ride to visit the so call "Halong on land" in Ninh Binh. Afternoon excursion is to visit the bamboo and rattan village where they make their products fopr both domestic and oversea market.

DAY 7 THE LOWER RED RIVER

In the morning we sail upsteam on the Red River to Dien Xa village where we will walk to the bonsai village and meet with local artists and share their bonsai experience. We then continue on the Red River to Hanoi.

DAY 8 HANOI

Dropped anchor in the bustling city of Hanoi, passengers will visit some highlights of this Asian metropolis, must see’s like the notorious Vietnam war prison known as the Hanoi Hilton, temple of literature where Confucius did his thinking and the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Afternoon walking tour of Hanoi including a visit to a coffee shop where we learn about Vietnam’s famous coffee making industry. Before returning to your ship you will enjoy a traditional unicorn and lion dance at the jetty.

DAY 9 HANOI

Morning going off shore to visit Bat Trang ceramic village then sail through day from Hanoi up the Red River to Viet Tri, not the most picturesque of towns but an excellent base for going deeper into Highland Vietnam. Going a shore we visit a timeless Arcadian Vietnam with emerald green rice paddies punctuated by lime stone rock formations. Of particular interest is the Thay and Tay Phuong Pagodas, hardly known, yet with exquisite temples dating from the 8th and 11th century and home to some fine Buddhist statuary carved from jackfruit trees. We will arrive in Vinh Phuc in the evening.

DAY 10 THE UPPER RED RIVER

In the morning we go ashore to visit the UNESCO praised village of Duang Lam. In the afternoon, visit the carpenter and smith village of Ly Nhan. We sail upstream on the Upper Red River to Viet Tri. Enjoy traditional dances on board.

DAY 11 VIET TRI

Disembark after breakfast and visit the conical hat making village of Gia Thanh. By bus we continue to Hung Lo Temple, Lunch will be served at a local restaurant, followed by a transfer to Hanoi airport or drop off point Pan Pacific Hotel Hanoi.

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WHATS INCLUDED

Cruise Price Includes: Entrance fees, guide services (English language), gratuities to crew, main meals, locally made soft drinks, local beer and local spirits, jugged coffee and selection of teas and tisanes, mineral water. Transfers between ports of embarkation and Hanoi International Airport at the start and end of the voyage.

Cruise Price Excludes: International flights, port dues (if levied), laundry, all visa costs, fuel surcharges (see terms and conditions), imported beverages such as wines, premium spirits and liqueurs, fancy soft drinks like Perrier, espressos and cappuccinos at bar and tips to tour guides, local guides, bus drivers, boat operators and cyclo drivers.

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TRANSFERS & JOINING

DAY 1 HALONG BAY

TRANSFER FROM HANOI AIRPORT
We pick you up at Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport – Seat in coach. Last departure is no later than 12.00 noon. Please look for a Pandaw sign with your name on in the arrival hall. Arrival in Halong Bay at 16.00.

TRANSFER FROM HANOI CITY
For passenger already in Hanoi the night before, please meet us at: 10.00

PAN PACIFIC HOTEL HANOI
1 Thanh Nien Road, Ba Dinh District
10000 HANOI
VIETNAM
Tel +84 4 382 38888

Registration at hotel lobby 10.00. Coach departs from Pan Pacific Hotel Hanoi at 11.00. Arrival in Halong Bay at 16.00.

PRIVATE ARRIVAL AT HA LONG BAY
For passengers already in Ha Long Bay on the night before, please come to Tuan Chau International Jetty at 16.00 for check in.

DAY 11 HOA BINH

DEPARTURE TRANSFER
After lunch at local restaurant departure for Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport. Estimated arrival at Hanoi Airport at 17.00 and continuing to Pan Pacific Hotel Hanoi, arriving 18.00.

Your flight out of Hanoi airport must be after 18.00 (domestic) or 19.00 (international).

DAY 1 HALONG BAY

TRANSFER FROM HANOI AIRPORT
We pick you up at Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport – Seat in coach. Last departure is no later than 12.00 noon. Please look for a Pandaw sign with your name on in the arrival hall. Arrival in Halong Bay at 16.00pm.

TRANSFER FROM HANOI CITY
For passenger already in Hanoi the night before, please meet us at: 10.00am

PAN PACIFIC HOTEL HANOI
1 Thanh Nien Road, Ba Dinh District
10000 HANOI
VIETNAM
Tel +84 4 382 38888

Registration at hotel lobby 10.00am. Coach departs from Pan Pacific Hotel Hanoi at 11.00am. Arrival in Halong Bay at 16.00pm.

PRIVATE ARRIVAL AT HA LONG BAY
For passengers already in Ha Long Bay on the night before, please come to Tuan Chau International Jetty at 16.00pm for check in.

DAY 11 VIET TRI

DEPARTURE TRANSFER
After lunch at local restaurant departure for Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport. Estimated arrival at Hanoi Airport at 16.00pm and continuing to Pan Pacific Hotel Hanoi, arriving 17.00pm. Your flight out of Hanoi airport must be after 18.00pm (domestic) or 19.00pm (international).

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TESTIMONIALS

The Red River - Up Close and Personal - posted by Lucy Allison

I have cruised with Pandaw many times but the food served on this cruise was exceptional - posted by Julie Wheeler

Thanks for another great cruise/holiday with the Pandaw Family - posted by Narelle Richards and Martin Peelgrane

Our Captain and crew did a fantastic job in some trying conditions, Halong Bay was stunning to see - posted by Trevor and Gail Harvey

Well, what a trip - the Angkor Pandaw ship is a treat to travel on - posted by Bruce and Carmen McVicar

It felt like we were among friends rather than staff just doing their job - posted by Maureen Raywood and Susan Norris

The crew of RV Angkor Pandaw, are amazing and are to be congratulated - posted by Meredith Wise and Stephanie Mooney

The excursions, the surprise treats, the variety of experience, and the comforts aboard were all ideal for us - posted by Carolyn and Craig

Wendy Evans, dedicated Pandaw fan and traveler - posted by Wendy Evans

Thank you Pandaw for showing us such fascinating parts of the world - posted by Sandra and John Scott

I can without doubt recommend this cruise to anyone contemplating it and we will do another in the near future - posted by Jon Human

The ship and the crew were excellent. We enjoy all very much. - posted by Gerhard Ohly

I know, this sounds exaggerated, but I tell you I'm still absolutely thrilled! - posted by Emmy Frei-Werlen

The boat is of the highest standard, and the crew were there to make sure we had everything we needed - posted by Helena Tenne

Pandaw never fails to impress - posted by Trevor and Jan Greenwood

Always something to see and do, and so relaxing! - posted by Lex Lees, Australia

I really can't express how superb it was - posted by Jarvis & Gillian Ranson

Review on trip advisor - posted by Chris B

A selection of some of the world's greatest travel experiences - posted by Douglas Shachnow

This was our second trip with Pandaw, and we would certainly consider another - posted by Donald Huse

We loved every bit of the trip - posted by Heather Foster & Chris Currey

We have been frequent travellers all our life, but this travel was really a highlight - posted by Sarah & Pablo Rosenthal-Almirall,

Had a great trip. Crew of ship and local guide Vu all excellent - posted by Maree O'Born

TRAVEL BLOGS

Pandaw's Vietnam Cruise Is Unlike Any Other

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