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Angkor Pandaw

SPECIAL OFFER - Halong Bay and Red River 11 Day Cruise (Upstream)

Built in 2013 the Angkor Pandaw is the sister ship to the Kathaw Pandaw and is full of character and comfort. The ship offers journeys around the spectacular Halong Bay and along the Red River in Vietnam. On board there are 16 spacious teak cabins with en suite private facilities located on the Main and Upper Decks boasting colonial style décor. The ship has an enclosed air-conditioned panorama dining room, spacious open-air lounge and lounge bar, library and fair-trade shop.

 

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Embark

Transfer from Hanoi to the ship in Halong Bay where you will embark.

Day 1: Hanoi - Halong Bay

Transfer from Hanoi International Airport or meeting point to Halong Bay to embark the ship. Settle into your cabin and set sail late afternoon and drop anchor in a sheltered bay amidst the amazing island scenery.

Day 2: Halong Bay

Today enjoy a morning sailing in Halong Bay and beyond, with its 2,000 dramatic limestone islands and extraordinary rock formations dating back 20 million years. Visit by local boat a floating home, stop at a beach and enjoy kayaking or taking a rowing basket boat to bright and dark limestone caves.

Day 3: Halong Bay

This morning continue cruising in Halong Bay then the ship 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. Anchor mid-stream.

Day 4: Thai Binh River

Spend the morning sailing on the Thai Binh river. Enjoy an excursion to Thanh Ha commuinne for water puppet show and village walkabout. Continue cruising to Ninh Giang and in the afternoon join a walking tour in Ninh Giang where you will visit a local market to taste the home made special cake Banh Cai. Later continue by bus (25min) to Stork's Island before returning to the ship for dinner.

Day 5: Bat Trang

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

Day 6: Hanoi

Today the ship arrives in Hanoi where you will visit some of the highlights of this fascinating city. Important sights include the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Hanoi Hilton, the notorious Vietnam war prison. In the afternoon enjoy a walking tour of Hanoi visiting a coffee shop where you will 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: Lower Red River

Enjoya morning sail 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. You will go ashore and visit a timeless Arcadian Vietnam with emerald green rice paddies punctuated by lime stone rock formations. Here you may visit the Thay and Tay Phuong Pagodas, hardly known yet with exquisite temples dating from 8th and 11th century and home to some fine Buddhist statuary carved from jackfruit trees. Afternoon excursion to a carpenter village. The ship will arrive in Viet Tri in the evening.

Day 8: Lo River

In the morning cruise 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 you will continue to the Hung Lo Temple.

Day 9: Da River

Enjoy a day sailing downstream admiring the unspoilt beauty of the Da River. Pass the Ba Vi National Park with its rich and diverse tropical and sub-tropical flora and fauna before arriving at Hoa Binh. Here you will visit the UNESCO village of Duang Lam.

Day 10: Hoa Binh

Visit the local museum and a village where locals still wear traditional dress. You will then take a boat ride on the reservoir of Hoa Binh power station. In the evening you can enjoy a traditional performance by local hill tribe people.

Day 11: Hoa Binh - Hanoi

Disembark the ship after breakfast 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 Pan Pacific Hotel Hanoi.

Disembark

Disembark the ship in Hoa Binh. Transfer to Hanoi Airport or hotel via lunch at a local village.

Includes

  • 10 Nights' accommodation on board the Angkor Pandaw
  • Full Board plus local tea/coffee, soft drinks and local beer
  • Sightseeing and excursions as detailed in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees and guide services (English language)
  • Crew gratuities
  • Transfers between ports of embarkation and Hanoi International Airport at the start and end of the voyage

Excludes

  • International flights and transfers
  • Port taxes
  • Fuel surcharges
  • Visa costs
  • Premium soft and alcoholic drinks
  • Gratuities to tour guides, local guides and drivers
 

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