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Halong Bay & Red River - 11 Days

Halong Bay & Red River
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HALONG BAY AND RED RIVER

For the very first time travelers will be able to explore the key sites of Northern Vietnam by river cruise. 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 life of the river and exploring rivers where no other tourist craft operate.

Sailing deep into the Highlands of Vietnam we will discover the mountain villages and a number of tribal areas. We will go as far as is navigable up the Song Red River and then down the little known Da or Black River. Note this is a new river expedition and itineraries and schedules very much subject to change due to uncertain local conditions.

Please take a moment to read our detailed itinerary. Our Mekong river cruises can easily be combines with one of our local hotels should you wish.  Also it can be combines with any number of our other tours. Should you require any additional services the please contact us and we will be happy to help.

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Prices Starting From $2,487 Per Person*

Note that departures from December to March have an alternative itinerary covering a larger inland water cruising area on the coastal plain area. We cruise in beautiful rural areas as well as some interesting more industrial sections. Note the daily temperature range at this time of year can be from 7C to 21C and there is a higher chance of mists. 

“In North Vietnam we have an expression,” says our guide Duoc — or Duke, as his badge reads. “The Red River is our mother’s milk.” Northern cruising: A journey up Vietnam’s Red River – 24 Oct 2016 article by Colin Hinshelwood for CNN Travel

* All Prices are until the 28th December 2019. Pricing after this date please contact us.

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  • HALONG BAY
  • HALONG BAY
  •  HALONG BAY
  • THE KINH THAY RIVER
  • BAT TRANG VILLAGE
  • HANOI
  • THE LOWER RED RIVER
  • LO RIVER
  • THE DA RIVER
  • HOA BINH

DAY 1 HALONG BAY

Transfer from Hanoi International Airport or meeting point to Halong Bay to embark your Pandaw ship with a stop for lunch en route. Cast off late 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 downstream while admiring the unspoiled beauty of the Da River. Pass through the Ba Vi National Park with its rich and diverse tropical and sub-tropical flora and fauna before arriving at Hoa Binh then visit the UNESCO-praised village of Duong Lam. In the afternoon, take a tour of the ship including the galley, crew area and engine room.

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 power station and visit a local village. A traditional performance by local hill tribe people is given in the evening.

DAY 11 HOA BINH

Disembark after breakfast (08.30am) and visit a museum and local village where villagers still wear traditional dress. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant, followed by a transfer to Hanoi airport or drop off point Pan Pacific Hotel Hanoi.

DAY 1 HOA BINH

Transfer to Hoa Binh, embark your ship at around 15.00 and set sail downstream for sunset and a night on the Da River.

DAY 2 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 an afternoon boat ride on the reservoir of Hoa Binh power station. 

DAY 3 THE DA RIVER

In the morning, visit a museum and local village where villagers still wear traditional dress. A day sailing downstream admiring the unspoilt beauty of the Da River, passing through the Ba Vi National Park with its rich and diverse tropical and sub-tropical flora and fauna before arriving at Trung Ha. 

DAY 4 VIET TRI

After breakfast by coach through beautiful scenic countryside to the UNESCO praised village of Duong Lam then continue cruising downstream to Viet Tri. Take in the sights and sounds of the bustling river with all kinds of craft and activity. Meet your guide in the dining room for a lecture on Vietnam, its history, geography and the boat people.

DAY 5 LO - RED RIVERS

Take in the sights and sounds of the bustling river with all kinds of craft and activity. In the morning cruise to Tien Du ferry station to visit the Hung Lo Temple.

DAY 6 THE LOWER RED RIVER

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 7 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 8 LUOC - THAI BINH - KINH THAY RIVERS

Observe the lively and interesting life on the river before reaching next destination in the afternoon. Afternoon excursion to Thanh Ha Commune with village walk and a private water puppet show set under the shade by a beautiful pond of lotus and lilies. Drop anchor near Hai Phong Port. 

DAY 9 HALONG BAY

Cast off early morning along the river before entering Halong Bay’s amazing island scenery with its 2,000 dramatic limestone islands and extraordinary rock formations dating back 20 million years. 

DAY 10 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 11 HALONG BAY

Morning sail to Tuan Chau Jetty. Disembark at 11.00am for transfer to Hanoi Airport or Pan Pacific Hotel Hanoi with stop for lunch at a local restaurant.

DAY 1 HOA BINH

TRANSFER FROM HANOI AIRPORT
We do pick you up from Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport – seat in coach. Last departure is no later than 12.00 noon. Please look for a our sign with your name on in the arrival hall. Arrival Hoa Binh for embarkation at 15.00.

Please note: Guides and drivers are not allowed inside the terminal building. We will be waiting for you outside. Hanoi Airport has two exits; if you don’t see us, please try the other exit on the same level (30 meters).

TRANSFER FROM HANOI CITY
For passenger already in Hanoi the night before, please meet us at:
PAN PACIFIC HOTEL HANOI
1 Thanh Nien Road, Ba Dinh District
10000 HANOI
VIETNAM

Registration at hotel lobby 11.00.

Coach departs from Pan Pacific Hotel Hanoi at 12.00 noon. Arrival at Hoa Binh Jetty at 15.00.

PASSENGERS WITH OWN ARRANGEMENTS
Please arrive at Hoa Binh Jetty (behind AP Plaza Building) for embarkation at 15.00.

DAY 11 HALONG BAY

DEPARTURE TRANSFER SERVICE
Please note this is a coach service to the airport, domestic flights must depart after 18.00, international flights after 19.00.

Inclusions

  • 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
  • mineral water.
  • Transfers between ports of embarkation and Hanoi International Airport at the start and end of the voyage.

Exclusions

  • International flights
  • laundry
  • all visa costs
  • 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.

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Price From USD$2,925 USD$2,487/person
2,487
Total $ 2,487 USD

Trip Facts

  • HALONG BAY, THE KINH THAY RIVER, BAT TRANG VILLAGE, HANOI, THE LOWER RED RIVER, LO RIVER, THE DA RIVER, HOA BINH
  • 11 Days
  • Main Meals - see Inclusions section
  • Main or Upper Deck Options
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