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Located in northwestern Vietnam, the Da River (also known as the Black River) courses through three of the countries beloved provinces – Lai Chau, Son La and Hoa Binh. Spanning between China and Vietnam, this incredible river passes alongside mountains and idyllic villages. Joining the Red River in the Tam Nong District, its total length is 910 km.

During your Halong Bay River Cruise, whether you opt for the Halong Bay & Red River or Halong Bay, Red River & Laos Mekong cruise, you will sail down the majestic river, seeing numerous sights along the way. Unspoilt beauty and diverse tropical surroundings make for an unforgettable voyage whilst in Vietnam.

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Key Facts About The Da River

  • It spans 537 km in Vietnam and 427 km in China
  • It has two hydroelectric plants on its shores
  • Its source is the Yunnan in China
  • It is considered as the most important tributary of the Red River

Pandaw vessel on the Da River Pandaw vessel on the Da River

Top Attractions to Visit Along The Da River

Ba Vi National Park

Filled with tropical plants, a three-peaked mountain and a backdrop of clouds, Ba Vi National Park makes for an extraordinary visit. One of Vietnam’s most popular and famous areas of breathtaking natural beauty, it offers a welcome escape from city life. Its three mountain summits, Dinh Bua (1.296 m), Ngoc Hoa (1,131 m) and Tan Vien (1,226 m) are obscured partly by clouds. Many tourists visit the national park each year to see its beautiful scenery and 11th sacred century shrine which is located at the summit of Tan Vien. the Da River runs through one side of the national park, offering views of the forest and superb vistas.

Hoa Binh

A province in north Vietnam, close to Hanoi, Hoa Binh is famous for its incredible Da Bac Cave, abundance of valleys and wildlife. Situated 5km from the Da River, it is home to the biggest hydroelectric dam in all of Vietnam. A wonderful day trip for those on the river cruise, its numerous sights make it a must for anyone who wants to uncover Vietnamese culture and how it is developing.

Duong Lam

An authentic and rural village close to the centre of Hanoi, Duong Lam is filled with traditional architecture and ancient houses. Known for building temple walls, gates and other buildings from laterite and mud, it has retained much of its historic charm. A place that you can visit during your river cruise, it has a variety of market stands that offer delicious Vietnamese cuisine.

What The Da River is Famous For

The Da River is one of the longest rivers running through Vietnam and into China. With panoramic views that you can take in as your river cruise continues on its course, you won’t be lost for sights to enjoy.

The river itself is famous for its substantial hydroelectric power, with Vietnam’s two hydroelectric plants along its shores – the Hoa Binh Dam (completed in 1994) and the Son La Dam (completed in 2012). It is also known for its remarkable and diverse landscapes that visitors of all ages will be amazed by when on the river cruise.

River Cruises visiting The Da River


River Cruise itinerary for Halong Bay and Red River

Halong Bay and Red River

Halong Bay - Viet Tri

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River Cruise itinerary for Halong Bay and Red River
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