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Halong Bay

Halong Bay and Red River - Upstream

Halong Bay - Hoa Binh - Example 11 Day Cruise aboard RV Angkor Pandaw
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Set sail deep into Highland Vietnam on this 11-day Halong Bay and Red River upstream cruise as you travel through the Kinh Thay River, a key commercial waterway. Cruise towards Hanoi and stop at Bat Trang, a ceramic village. Then visit the bustling city of Hanoi, which has must-sees like the Vietnam War prison known as the Hanoi Hilton, the temple of literature where Confucius did his thinking, and the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Then journey up the Red River to Viet Tri-not a picturesque town. Then cruise to Tien Du ferry station to the village of Gia Thanh, makers of the conical hats. Then sail upstream while admiring the unspoiled beauty of the Da River. Your cruise concludes at Hoa Binh.
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  • Sail around Halong Bay with its 1,500 limestone islands and rock formations
  • Observe the lively life of the Kinh Thay River, a key commercial waterway
  • Explore Hanoi must-sees: Vietnam War prison, temple of literature, and more
  • Discover the unspoiled beauty of the Da River
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Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.

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Day 1: Halong Bay | Embark

Transfer from Hanoi to Halong Bay to embark your Pandaw ship followed by lunch on board. Cast off in the afternoon with a welcome cocktail for an evening sail, dropping anchor in a sheltered bay amidst the beautiful island scenery.

Day 2: Halong Bay

Morning sail around Halong Bay and beyond with its 1,500 dramatic limestone islands and extraordinary rock formations, dating back 20 million years. Stop at Viet Hai Village and explore on mountain bike or electric buggy, visiting the village’s vegetable farm and typical village houses. It is a breath-taking trip along a small road winding its way through the limestone rocks.

Day 3: Halong Bay

Exploration of Halong Bay continues with a visit to the so called “Dark and Bright Cave”. Take a kayak or a local basket boat rowed by fishermen and enter this remarkable cave into an enclosed area similar to a crater. Bats can be heard in the cave and massive stalagmites hang from the ceiling.

Day 4: The Kinh Thay River

Observe the lively and interesting life of the KinhThay river, a key commercial waterway. Meet your guide in the dining room for a lecture on Vietnam, its history, geography and the boat people.

Day 5: Bat Trang Village

The day is spent cruising towards Hanoi. Enroute, stop at Bat Trang in the afternoon, a ceramic village. On the way back to the ship watch a traditional unicorn and lion dance at the jetty. This dance originated in China and spread over Southeast Asia.

Day 6: Hanoi

Drop anchor in the capital and bustling city of Hanoi to visit some highlights of this Asian metropolis. Must-sees include the notorious Vietnam War prison known as the Hanoi Hilton, temple of literature where Confucius did his thinking, and the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.

Day 7: The Lower Red River

Morning sail through the 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. Go ashore to visit a timeless Arcadian Vietnam with emerald green rice paddies punctuated by limestone rock formations. Of particular interest are the Thay and Tay Phuong Pagodas.

Day 8: Lo River

In the morning cruising to Tien Du ferry station to the village of Gia Thanh, makers of the conical hats (known as ‘non la’). Take in the sights and sounds of the bustling river with all kinds of craft and activity

Day 9: The Da River

Day sailing upstream while admiring the unspoiled beauty of the Da River. Stop to visit K9 Ho Chi Minh Memorial House, a small museum newly opened to international visitors introducing the life of President Ho Chi Minh and his contributions to the country’s revolution. You moor overnight mid-river alongside Ba Vi National Park with its rich and diverse tropical and subtropical flora and fauna.

Day 10: Hoa Binh

Hoa Binh was the site of a major battle with the French in 1951 & 1952 and is home to the Muong ethnic group. The Hoa Binh Dam at the Black River is the largest hydroelectric dam in Vietnam and Southeast Asia. Take a morning boat ride on the reservoir of Hoa Binh and explore the inner workings of the power station. In the afternoon, visit a museum and local village where villagers still wear traditional dress before being treated to a traditional performance by local hill tribe people.

Day 11: Hoa Binh | Disembark

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Disembark after breakfast (08.30am) and transfer to Hanoi. Lunch is served at a local restaurant, followed by a transfer to Hanoi airport or drop off point Pan Pacific Hotel Hanoi.


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  • 10 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 10 Dinners
  • 10 Nights Accommodations
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  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
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  • English Speaking Guide
  • All entrance fees as per program
  • Local mineral water, Jugged coffee, Teas & Tisanes
  • Transfers between ports of embarkation and Hanoi International Airport at the start and end of the voyage
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  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
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  • Beverages other than the ones mentioned in inclusions
  • Passport or Visa fees
  • Tips to tour guides, local guides, bus drivers, boat operators and cyclo drivers.


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