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Pandaw Cruise 11 days to Explore Halong Bay & Red Rive

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    Duration: 11 days

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For the first time travellers will be able to explain 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. 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.


Day 1: Halong Bay (L,D)
Transfer from Hanoi International Airport/Meeting point to Halong Bay to embark the cruise with a stop for lunch enroute. Cast off in the late afternoon for an evening sailing to drop anchor in a sheltered bay amidst the amazing island scenery.

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 2: Halong Bay (B,L,D)
Morning sail around Halong Bay and beyond with its 1,500 dramatic limestone islands and extraordinary rock formations, dating back 20 million years. We will visit by local boat a local floating home, kayaking or taking a rowing basket boat to bright & dark limestone caves.
Day 3: Halong Bay (B,L,D)
Morning continue cruising in Halong Bay then we will enter the river in the afternoon and setting sail to Pha Lai. We will anchor mid-stream.
Day 4: The Duong River (B,L,D)
Morning sail on Duong river to Duc Tai Village. take a walking around Duc Tai Village and visit a local family where bamboo baskets being made by family member. Back to the ship and have lunch while the ship cruising on Thai Binh river. PM excursion to Thanh Ha commuinne for water puppet show & village walkabout. Continues cruising to Ninh Giang.
Day 5: Ninh Giang (B,L,D)
In the morning take a walking tour in Ninh Giang commune to visit local market and taste a homemade special cake (BANH GAI). Then we will continue to Stork 's island on a 25 minutes bus ride before wer return back to the ship for lunch. Afternoon cruising to Ha Noi.
Day 6: Hanoi (B,L,D)
Docked 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 7: The Lower Red River (B,L,D)
Morning 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 ashore 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 Viet Tri in the evening.
Day 8: Lo river (B,L,D)
In the morning cruising to Tien Du ferry station to the conical hat making village of Gia Thanh. By bus we continue to Hung Lo Temple.
Day 9: The Da River (B,L,D)
Enjoy a day sailing downstream admiring the unspoilt beauty of the Da River. We pass the Ba Vi National Park with its rich and diverse tropical and sub-tropical flora and fauna before arriving at Hoa Binh. We will visit the UNESCO village of Duang Lam.
Day 10: Hoa Binh (B,L,D)
Hoa Binh was the site of a major battle with the French in 1951 & 1952 and is home to the Muong ethnic group.This morning we will take a boat ride on the reservoir of Hoa Binh power station and visit a local village and tonight you will enjoy the traditional performance of local hill tribe people.
Day 11: Disembarkation & Hoa Binh (B)
Disembark after breakfast (08.30am) and visit a museum and local village where villagers still wear traditional dresses. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant, followed by a transfer to Hanoi airport or drop off point Sofitel Plaza.
After lunch at local restaurant departure for Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport. Estimated arrival at Hanoi Airport at 17.00pm and continuing to Sofitel Plaza Hotel, Hanoi arriving 18.00pm.
Your flight out of Hanoi airport must be after 18.00pm (domestic) or 19.00pm (international).



  • Programs & Schedules subject to change without prior notice
  • Cancellation due to bad weather conditions in Halong Bay
  • The cancellation is announced ONLY by the Management Board of Halong Bay and often in short notice of time. Therefore your understandings in these situations are highly appreciated.
  • The period from May to July is considered as storm weather in Halong Bay with many unpredictable weather conditions. Hence more cruises will be cancelled with short notice during this season.
  • In all cases, please contact our consultants directly for any urgent help. We are here to support you with all of our best!

What's Included:

  • Entrance fees
  • Mineral water
  • Gratuities to crew
  • English speaking guide
  • Main meals as indicated
  • Locally made soft and alcoholic beverages
  • Jugged coffee and selection of teas and tisanes
  • Transfers between ports of embarkation and Hanoi International Airport at the start and end of the voyage.

What's Not Included:

  • Laundry
  • Port dues
  • All visa costs
  • International flights
  • Premium spirits and liqueurs
  • Fancy soft drinks like Perrier
  • Imported beverages such as wines
  • Espressos and cappuccinos at bar
  • Fuel surcharges (see terms and conditions)

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