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Red River & Halong Bay Cruise

Private Travel | Cruises 13 Days & 10 Nights Lead-in price: £3095

Join Pandaw River Expeditions to explore a little-visited area of northern Vietnam and discover rural life in the Red River delta. Enjoy a cruise on Halong Bay, visit the city of Hanoi and sail as far as is navigable up the Red River.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Exciting exploratory cruise up the Red River
  • Scenic cruise on Halong Bay
  • Walking tour of Hanoi
  • Visit tribal villages, temples & pagodas
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Superior Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Hanoi


Days 2-3: Cruise in Halong Bay

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)

Day 4: Cruise on the Bach Dang river

Sail out of Halong Bay, passing Cat Ba island. In the afternoon the ship will enter the Bach Dang river and continue sailing upriver. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Cruise on the Thai Binh river

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)

Days 6-7: Hanoi

Today cruise 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 the next morning in Hanoi for a tour of the city. (B, L, D)

Days 8-9: Cruise on the Red River

Leave Hanoi this morning and visit Bat Trang, a village that specialises in the production of ceramics, then continue along 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)

Days 10-11: Cruise on the Da river

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)

Day 12: Hòa Bình • Fly home

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)

Day 13: Arrive home


Meal basis:

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information Superior tour

This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.

Single supplement

Available on request.

Tailor-made travel

For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £3095 per person

High season from £3995 per person


Vaccination Travel Policy
All clients must be fully vaccinated before travelling with us on a Cox & Kings (C&K) group tour. This means that a customer must have received their full two doses of the COVID‑19 vaccination at least 14 days before travelling with us. This does not apply to our private tours or tailor-made travel. If you have any questions please call us or visit our FAQs page on our website here

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Guaranteed Departures Where a tour date has ‘yes’ listed, this tour is guaranteed to run.

For all other departure dates, once the minimum number of people booked has been reached, this tour is also guaranteed to run. Our sales consultants will be able to advise how many people are booked for your chosen date at the time of enquiry, giving you the confidence to book safe in the knowledge your tour will go ahead.

Terms & Conditions Guaranteed departures will run except in the circumstances where travel to the destination is advised against by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or entry restrictions relating to COVID-19 preclude travel.

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
    • UK departure and overseas airport taxes
    • Accommodation, itinerary & meal basis as described
    • Local Transfers in a private chauffeur-driven vehicle
    • The support (if required) of an English speaking local representative
    • Local guides and entrance fees where applicable

Destinations on this tour

  • Hanoi

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