Overview

Day 1 - Flight
Day 2 & 3 - Ha Long Bay
Day 4 - Hai Phong
Day 5 - Kinh Thay/Thanh Ha
Day 6 - Bat Trang
Day 7 - Hanoi 
Day 8 - Red River/Viet Tri
Day 9 - Viet Tri/Tien Du 
Day 10 - Da River
Day 11 - Hoa Binh 
Day 12 - Hanoi 
Day 13 - Return Flight 

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. 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
No Single Supplement
Most Drinks Included
Guaranteed Departure 
Group Size: 2 – 32

 

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; one 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 sailing 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 by local boat a cave 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 Cruise to Bat Trang ceramic village and enjoy a traditional unicorn and lion dance at the jetty before cruising to Hanoi, Vietnam's capital. Straddling the Red River and circling two dozen lakes, Hanoi is as beautiful as it is historic. With its roots dating back a thousand years, its architecture echoes every era from Chinese pagodas, to the tight ‘36 streets’ of the Old Quarter, French colonial elegance and, here and there, jolting modernity. (B, L, D)

Day 7 In Hanoi, visit the war prison also known as the Hanoi Hilton, the Temple of Literature (Vietnam's first university) and Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum. Afternoon walking tour includes a coffee shop to learn about Vietnam's coffee making industry. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Sail up the Red River. Excursion to highland Vietnam to see the rice paddies and lime stone rock formations, visiting Tay village and pagodas dating back some 1,000 years. Visit a carpenter village. Arrive in Viet Tri in the evening for overnight. (B, L, D)

Day 9 Cruise on the Lo River from Viet Tri to Tien Du. See the conical hats made in the bustling Gia Thanh village on the river, then drive to Hung Lo Temple. (B, L, D)

Day 10 Sail downstream on the unspoilt Da (black) River to Hoa Binh, passing Ba Vi National Park with its diverse subtropical flora and fauna. Wander through the UNESCO accredited ancient village of Duong Lam along narrow alleyways and past old temples and houses. (B, L, D)

Day 11 The provincial capital of Hoa Binh was the site of a major battle with the French in 1951. Visit a village of the Muong people. Take a boat on the reservoir of Vietnam’s largest dam, then enjoy a traditional dance performance by the people of a local hill tribe. (B, L, D)

Day 12 Disembark. Visit a traditional hill tribe museum and village. Lunch at a local restaurant. Return to Hanoi (4 hrs) for overnight flight via Bangkok. (B, L)

Day 13 Arrive London Heathrow.

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

Notes

Due to lower water levels Dec-Mar operates on a revised itinerary covering a larger inland water cruising area on the coastal plain area. Please see separate itinerary.

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; one 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 sailing 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 by local boat a cave 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 Heathrow.

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

2019

per person in a Main Deck cabin
Thai Airways from Heathrow

Date Price
May 7 £3745
May 31 £3595
June 22 £3595
August 27 £3695
September 18 £3745

2020

per person in a Main Deck cabin
Thai Airways from Heathrow

Date Price
January 6 £3695
February 6 £3745
March 1 £3745
May 30 £3695
June 20 £3695
July 11 £3895
August 22 £3845
September 12 £3795
November 14 £3695
December 18 £3995
No Single Supplement

(limited dates/availability)

Early Booking Offer

For all 2020 bookings made by 11th April 2019, deduct £300 pp.

Prices Reduced

Save up to £200
(May 31 & Jun 22)

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
Limited availability, on these dates:
2020: Jan 6, Mar 1

Single supplement £495

Cabin Upgrades

Upper Deck £495
Upper Deck double for sole use £995

Flight Options

Thai Airways Royal Silk Class from £1995

Extension Options

Extension - Hua Hin
5 nights £545 (Jan/Feb £695)
Single supplement £375
(Jan/Feb £495)

Extra Nights - Bangkok
Amari Watergate Hotel
(
per night) £65
Single supplement £60
Arrival or departure transfer add £25

Extra Nights - Hanoi
Pan Pacific Hanoi (formerly Sofitel Plaza)
(per night) £65
Single supplement £59
Departure transfer add £19

Independent Arrival

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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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