Day 1 - Flight
Day 2 & 3 - Ha Long Bay
Day 4 - Hai Phong
Day 5 - Kinh Thay/Thanh Ha
Day 6 - Phat Diem/Ninh Binh City
Day 7 - Tam Coc 
Day 8 - Red River/Dien Xa
Day 9 -  Hanoi
Day 10 - Bat Trang
Day 11 -  Duong Lam/Viet Tri
Day 12 - Hanoi
Day 13 - Return flight   

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Ha Long Bay & the Red River

A Pandaw cruise on Ha Long Bay, the Red River delta and its tributaries, through the dramatic landscapes and waterscapes of Northern Vietnam and the capital of Hanoi

The Red River flows 700 miles from the Himalayas in Yunnan to the Gulf of Tonkin in Vietnam and as the original route to the coast, until replaced in colonial times by the railway to Hai Phong. In Vietnam it was the scene of historic triumphs over the Chinese. From Ha Long Bay to Hanoi and the highlands, the (Song Hong) Red River and its tributaries drift through a landscape of limestone karsts, luxuriant hills, misted mountains and bright emerald rice paddies. Cruise the Red River and its lesser-known tributaries through northern Vietnam allowing access to historic sites, highland Vietnam, hill tribes and the classic landscapes and waterscapes of Indochina. The Hanoi of today is without question one of the most fascinating cities in South East Asia. No other can compare in terms of the concentration of quality architecture, built during the Chinese and French colonial eras. As a result of the country’s isolation from western development after 1954, Hanoi is preserved as a magnificent tribute to a great era of colonial architecture. 

Key Features

Culture & Natural Wonders
UNESCO Site: Ha Long Bay
Most Drinks Included
Guaranteed Departure 
Group Size: 2 – 19

Day 1 Fly overnight from London Heathrow via Bangkok to Hanoi.

Day 2 Transfer to Ha Long Bay (4 hrs). Well over a thousand islands and islets are scattered across the bay; a National Park with numerous caves, some little more than limestone pillars crowned with forestry, others with beaches, hemming ragged shorelines, or clusters of craggy karst cones soaring skyward from the sea. All are UNESCO protected and even more spectacular when colour-washed by sunset. Embark on the RV Angkor Pandaw for ten nights and cast off for an evening of sailing, mooring in a sheltered bay amidst the beautiful island scenery. (D)

Day 3 Morning sail around Ha Long Bay and its islands dating back 20 million years. Mesmeric, magnificent, mystical scenery makes Ha Long Bay a magnet for visitors to Vietnam. Stop at Viet Hai village to visit a local vegetable farm and typical village houses. Cruise towards Lan Ha Bay to visit a floating fishing house. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Further cruising around Ha Long Bay, visiting a cave by local boat before entering the river to moor near Hai Phong. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Observe the lively and interesting life of the Kinh Thay River. Visit Thanh Ha for a village walk and water puppet show. Continue cruising until late evening. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Visit the famous stone cathedral of Phat Diem. Sail upstream from Day River to Ninh Binh city. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Visit Tam Coc and a bamboo and rattan village. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Sail on the Red River to Dien Xa and visit the bonsai village and meet with local artists. Continue to Hanoi. (B, L, D)

Day 9 In Hanoi visit the war prison also known as the Hanoi Hilton, the Temple of Literature and Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum. Visit a coffee shop and learn about Vietnam’s coffee making industry. Traditional unicorn and lion dance. (B, L, D)

Day 10 Visit Bat Trang ceramic village and sail up the Red River. Excursion to highland Vietnam to see the rice paddies and lime stone rock formations, visiting Tay village and pagodas. (B, L, D)

Day 11 Visit the UNESCO accredited Duong Lam village. Afternoon visit the carpenter and smith village of Ly Nhan. Sail to Viet Tri. Traditional dance performance. (B, L, D)

Day 12 Disembark. See the conical hats of Gia Thanh village and Hung Lo temple. Return to Hanoi (4 hrs) for overnight flight via Bangkok. (B, L)

Day 13 Arrive London Heathrow.

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner


The cruise itinerary may vary according to local conditions.


per person in a Main Deck cabin
Thai Airways from Heathrow

Date Price
August 27 £3695
September 17 £3795
November 19 £3695
No Single Supplement

(limited dates/availability)

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

(limited availability)
2021: Aug 27

Double cabin for sole use £525

Cabin Upgrades

Upper Deck £595
Upper Deck double for sole use £985

Flight Options

Thai Airways Royal Silk Class from £1995

Extension Options

Extension - Hua Hin
5 nights £695
Single supplement £485

Extra Nights - Bangkok
Amari Watergate Hotel (per night) £95
Single supplement £65
Arrival or departure transfer add £25

Extra Nights - Hanoi
Pan Pacific Hanoi (per night) £89
Single supplement £65
Departure transfer add £22

Independent Arrival

Save £800
Arrival/departure transfer with group included

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, all port charges, transfers, 10-night cruise, full board on cruise, excursions, local guides and representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, visa procurement, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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