Explore a little-visited area of northern Vietnam and discover rural life in the Red River delta, along with a classic cruise on Halong Bay and time spent in the city of Hanoi. The cruise ventures as far as is navigable up the Red River, then down the little-known Da or Black River, discovering small villages and a number of tribal areas. This itinerary is ideal for travellers wishing to combine the key sites of north Vietnam with some off-the-beaten track visits.
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Arrive into Hanoi then drive north to Halong City
and board the RV Angkor Pandaw for 10 nights.
Spend this afternoon and the next morning
exploring Halong Bay, an area of more than 1,600
islands and celebrated for its scenery. (B, L, D)
This morning the ship will sail out of Halong
Bay, passing Cat Ba island. In the afternoon the
ship will enter the Bach Dang river and continue
sailing upriver towards Pha Lai. (B, L, D)
Sail upriver to the village of Duc Tai for a walk
around the village and to visit a local family that
specialises in weaving. Continue cruising up the
Thai Binh river to Thanh Ha commune for a water
puppet show, then on to Ninh Giang. (B, L, D)
Cruise today towards Hanoi, stopping en route
for a walking tour in Ninh Giang commune to
visit the local market and taste a homemade
cake known as banh gai. Arrive next morning in
Hanoi for a tour of the city. (B, L, D)
Leave Hanoi this morning and visit Bat Trang,
a village which specialises in the production
of ceramics, then continue sailing on the Red
River to Viet Tri, an excellent base for venturing
into the highlands of Vietnam to discover small
villages, Buddhist statues and temples. (B, L, D)
Turn back towards the coast and sail downstream
on the Da river to Hòa Bình province, home of
the Muon people. Take a boat ride on Hòa Bình
power station reservoir, visit a local village and
watch a cultural performance. (B, L, D)
Disembark in Hòa Bình after breakfast and visit a
museum and local village where villagers still wear
traditional dress. Transfer to Hanoi international
airport for an evening flight to the UK. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
The RV Angkor Pandaw originally operated on the Mekong river but in 2015 was transferred to the Red River in north Vietnam. The Pandaw fleet of river cruisers are expedition ships that are replicas of colonial-period river steamers and are finished in teak and brass in a 1920s style. With their ultra-shallow draft it is possible for the cruiser to journey into more remote areas on the Mekong that are otherwise inaccessible to other travellers. The RV Angkor Pandaw has 10 main deck and six upper deck staterooms, all with teak fittings, air conditioning, en suite bathrooms and private balconies. The spacious open-air lounge is open to the river breeze during the day and at night, and meals are served in an air-conditioned panorama dining room. The atmosphere on board is convivial and there are no formal dinners. Cuisine is a mixture of Asian and European, served under the supervision of...
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RRH2017: 10 Nights
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