Pandaw Cruise Halong Bay - Red River 11 days

RIVER CRUISES

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INSTANT CONFIRMATION

TRIP'S BEST TIME

HIGH WATER: JUNE - NOVEMBER
LOW WATER: DECEMBER - APRIL

CRUISES

UPSTREAM
HALONG BAY - HOA BINH

Pandaw Cruise Halong Bay – Red River 11 days

  • Destinations: Vietnam
  • Trip type: Cruises
  • Duration: 11 days 10 nights
  • Sightseeings: Halong Bay-Thai Binh-Hanoi-Viet Tri-Hoa Binh
  • Trip starting: Upstream from Hanoi to Hoa Binh

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.

Upstream -Please select your date ( Note that the itinerary is a bit change between the low water and the high water) :
09 Sep 16/29 Sep 16/19 Oct 16/08 Nov 16/18 Dec 16/07 Jan 17/27 Jan 17/16 Feb 17/08 Mar 17/01 Apr 17/09 May 17/23 Jun 17/06 Aug 17/19 Sep 17/11 Oct 17/02 Nov 17/24 Nov 17/17 Feb 18/17 Mar 18/14 Apr 18/06 May 18/17 May 18

3,250USD per person

Based on group of 2 persons
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Day 1: Halong Bay Embarkation | Meal: L - D | Overnight: Pandaw Cruise

Warm pick up from Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport. Please look for a Pandaw sign with your name on in the arrival hall. Transfer 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. Arrival in Halong Bay at 16.00pm. Please note that last departure from airport is no later than 12.00 noon.

Special note:
Passenger already in Hanoi, please meet us at 10:00 am at:
SOFITEL PLAZA HANOI
1 Thanh Nien Road, Ba Dinh District., HANOI. VIETNAM
Registration at hotel lobby 10.00am.
Coach departs from Sofitel at 11.00am. Arrival in Halong Bay at 16.00pm.

Passengers already in Ha Long Bay, please come to Tuan Chau International Jetty at 16.00pm for check in.

Day 2: Halong Bay | Meal: B - L - D | Overnight: Pandaw Cruise

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 | Meal: B - L - D | Overnight: Pandaw Cruise

Morning continue cruising in Halong Bay then we will enter the river in the afternoon and setting sail to Pha Lai. Observe the lively and interesting life of the river, a key commercial waterway. We will anchor mid-stream.

Day 4: Halong Bay - Thai Binh river | Meal: B - L - D | Overnight: Pandaw Cruise

Morning sail on Thai Binh river. Excursion to Thanh Ha commuinne for water puppet show & village walkabout. Continue cruising to Ninh Giang.
Afternoon walking tour in Ninh Giang commute and visit a local market to taste the home made special cake BANH CAI. Then we continue by bus (25min) to Stork’s Island before we return back to the ship for dinner.

Day 5: Bat Trang creamic village | Meal: B - L - D | Overnight: Pandaw Cruise

Today we will be cruising towards Hanoi. Enroute, stop at Bat Trang, a ceramic village, in the afternoon.

Day 6: Hanoi | Meal: B - L - D | Overnight: Pandaw Cruise

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 7: The Lower Red River | Meal: B - L - D | Overnight: Pandaw Cruise

Morning 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. Afternoon excursion to a carpenter village. We will arrive in Viet Tri in the evening.

Day 8: Lo river | Meal: B - L - D | Overnight: Pandaw Cruise

In the morning cruising to Tien Du ferry station to the conical hat making village of Gia Thanh. Take in the sights and sounds of the bustling river with all kinds of craft and activity. By bus we continue to Hung Lo Temple.

Day 9: Da river | Meal: B - L - D | Overnight: Pandaw Cruise

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 | Meal: B - L - D | Overnight: Pandaw Cruise

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 - Hanoi | Meal: B - L

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.

Special note

  • Your domestic flight departure from Hanoi must be after 18.00 pm
  • Your international flight departure from Hanoi must be after 19.00 pm

RV ANGKOR PANDAW
Sister to the Katha and from the same yard delivered in 2013, the only difference with the Katha is an enclosed air conditioned dining room insisted on by an American charterer. Originally on the Mekong in 2015 we transferred her to the Red River in North Vietnam. In fact the enclosed dining room has proved useful as it can be cold up there in winter.

  • Build 2012 in Saigon
  • Length: 138.61ft / 42.25m
  • Beam: 28.50ft / 8.70m
  • Draught: 3ft / 90cm
  • Berths: 32 pax

SAFETY & SECURITY

  • All onboard crew is trained and certified as per international marine standards (VIRES)
  • Fire alarm system in all cabins, public areas and back areas
  • Fire fighting system in all ship areas
  • Expert marine superintendant
  • 24 hrs watch on duty
  • Certified hygiene standards for all areas (Johnson & Diversey)

RV ANGKOR PANDAW
Sister to the Katha and from the same yard delivered in 2013, the only difference with the Katha is an enclosed air conditioned dining room insisted on by an American charterer. Originally on the Mekong in 2015 we transferred her to the Red River in North Vietnam. In fact the enclosed dining room has proved useful as it can be cold up there in winter.

  • Build 2012 in Saigon
  • Length: 138.61ft / 42.25m
  • Beam: 28.50ft / 8.70m
  • Draught: 3ft / 90cm
  • Berths: 32 pax

SAFETY & SECURITY

  • All onboard crew is trained and certified as per international marine standards (VIRES)
  • Fire alarm system in all cabins, public areas and back areas
  • Fire fighting system in all ship areas
  • Expert marine superintendant
  • 24 hrs watch on duty
  • Certified hygiene standards for all areas (Johnson & Diversey)
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Tips to tour guides, local guides, bus drivers, boat operators and cyclo drivers.

``Now back in the midst of a Sydney winter, I'm reminiscing fondly about my cruising days, and planning my next Pandaw itinerary. This time though, I won't get away without my husband, now that he's seen the photos and heard the stories!``

Lex Lees | Australia | Oct 2016

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