Angkor Pandaw in Ha Long Bay
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Angkor Pandaw

A handsome replica of a colonial-era river-steamer designed for off-the-beaten track exploration.

Overview

The 138-ft Angkor Pandaw is a handsome replica of a colonial-era river steamer dating from 1865. Her teak decks and brass adornments create a wonderfully authentic atmosphere as you cruise through some of Northern Vietnam’s most stunning landscapes. With only 16 cabins over two decks, the Angkor Pandaw experience is all about exploring remote and often hard-to-navigate river sites in a specially-designed luxury small ship. The character features are combined with modern facilities and superb service to ensure that your journey will be a comfortable one.

Your Accommodation

The teak-lined cabins accommodate up to 32 passengers. Each is 168 square feet in size, offering ample living space with the same furnishings and amenities, including air-conditioning, a desk and chair, an en-suite bathroom, and French windows, as well as a private balcony for optimal views along the river.

Double or twin cabins are available. The Upper Deck with its walk-around promenade has six cabins while the Main Deck is similar with 10 cabins. You can look forward to fruit and flowers on arrival, kimonos and slippers, spa-branded amenities, unlimited mineral water, free use of a mini-DVD-player on request and selection of DVDs from the library.

Life On Board

You will want to spend much of your leisure time on the partially-shaded Upper Deck. Here, you can relax on a teak lounger and take in the sights of Vietnam going by; local families in their traditional floating homes will often stop what they are doing to wave as you drift past, giving you a glimpse into their water-based way of life. The Upper Deck also has a library, a fair-trade shop and a small covered deck.

Be sure to take advantage of the open-bridge policy; this is the Captain’s Deck where the weather and charts are studied, where plans for the journey are decided and where the magic happens. Meals are served in the air-conditioned restaurant affording panoramic views. Produce is fresh, regional and seasonal.

The Angkor Pandaw Cruise has two guides who give daily briefings at cocktail hour, and accompany all excursions, which are daily and free. Some local entertainment is offered, such as folk dancing performances and puppet shows, and the ship also has quality mountain bikes for your independent exploration.

Life On The Red River

The ‘Song Hong’ or Red River in Northern Vietnam is an ancient trade route. Hanoi, the busy and ancient capital of Vietnam, straddles the river, while close to its mouth lies the island-studded Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Gulf of Tonkin. The Angkor Pandaw is the only cruise ship to ply this river and its network of tributaries.

The journey through the many towns and villages will give you a glimpse of both rural life and industrial muscle, with low-key excursions emphasizing the traditions that remain vital to Vietnamese life, from visits to a village whose residents specialize in making conical hats to one that grows bonsai trees. Scheduled itineraries vary in accordance with the season but the highlight of every voyage is a night or two at anchor amid the beautiful towering and jagged karst formations of Halong Bay.

Itineraries & Prices

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11-Day
11-Day

11 Day / 10 Night - Red River Cruise: Halong Bay - Hoa Binh

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Embarkation

PM: 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.

*If you want us to pick you up at airport: The coach will leave the airport no later than 10:30 (Unless there are any delays with your flight). Our representative will be waiting for you with a Pandaw Sign at column No12. On the right hand sided of the international arrival exit. Arrival in Halong Bay at 14.00.

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

Angkor Pandaw's Red River Cruise Upriver Day One - Hanoi
Location
Hanoi - Halong Bay
Day
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Viet Hai Village, Lan Ha Bay

AM: 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.

PM: In the afternoon continue cruising towards Lan Ha Bay for a visit to a floating fishing house.

Weather dependent, end the day with cocktails at a beautiful beach in Halong Bay - bring your swimwear!

Angkor Pandaw's Red River Cruise Upriver Day Two - Lan Ha Bay
Location
Halong Bay
Day
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Dark and Bright Cave

AM: 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.

Depart Halong Bay and enter the river to drop anchor near Hai Phong.

PM: In the afternoon, our chef will share his skills in fruit carving and demonstrate how to create Vietnamese spring rolls.

Angkor Pandaw's Red River Cruise Upriver Day Three - Duong Lam
Location
Halong Bay - Kinh Thay River
Day
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Thanh Ha Commune

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

PM: 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.

Return to ship and continue cruising until late evening, dropping anchor midstream.

Angkor Pandaw's Red River Cruise Upriver Day Four - Bat Trang
Location
Kinh Thay River
Day
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Bat Trang Village

AM: The day is spent cruising towards Hanoi.

PM: 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.

Angkor Pandaw's Red River Cruise Upriver Day Five - Lan Ha Bay
Location
Kinh Thay River
Day
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Hanoi

AM: 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.

PM: Afternoon walking tour of Hanoi’s old quarter, including a visit to a coffee shop to learn about Vietnam’s famous coffee-making industry.

Angkor Pandaw's Red River Cruise Upriver Day Six - Viet Tri
Location
Kinh Thay River
Day
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Tay Phuong Pagoda, Viet Tri

AM: 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.

PM: Afternoon excursion to a carpenter village famous for exquisite carvings and wood work techniques. Evening arrival in Viet Tri.

Angkor Pandaw's Red River Cruise Upriver Day Seven - Lo & Red River
Location
Red River
Day
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Gia Thanh, Hung Lo Temple

AM: 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. The ‘non la’ are handmade with palm leaves and bamboo. There is no machinery available to create this work of art. Their origin dates approximately 3,000 years back.

PM: By bus continue to Hung Lo Temple.

Angkor Pandaw's Red River Cruise Upriver Day Eight - Mai Chau
Location
Lo River
Day
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Ba Vi National Park, Hoa Binh

AM: Day sailing downstream while admiring the unspoilt 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.

PM: In the afternoon, take a tour of the ship including the galley, crew area and engine room.

Angkor Pandaw's Red River Cruise Upriver Day Nine - Ninh Giang
Location
Da River
Day
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Hoa Binh

AM: 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.

PM: A traditional performance by local hill tribe people is given in the evening.

Angkor Pandaw's Red River Cruise Upriver Day Ten - Water Puppet
Location
Da River
Day
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Disembarkation

AM: Disembark after breakfast (08.30am) and visit a museum and local village where villagers still wear traditional dress.

PM: Lunch will be served at a local restaurant, followed by a transfer to Hanoi airport or drop off point Pan Pacific Hotel Hanoi.

Angkor Pandaw's Red River Cruise Upriver Day Eleven - Thanh Ha Village
Location
Hoa Binh - Hanoi
Day
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11 Day / 10 Night - Red River Cruise: Hoa Binh - Halong Bay

itinerary map

Embarkation

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

* We can pick you up at Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport – Seat in coach, upon your request. Last departure is no later than 12.00 noon. Our representative will be waiting for you with a Angkor Pandaw Sign at column No12. On the right hand sided of the international arrival exit. Arrival in Hoa Binh jetty at 15.00.

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

Angkor Pandaw's Red River Cruise Downriver Day One - Huong River
Location
Hanoi - Hoa Binh
Day
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Hoa Binh Dam

AM: 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.

PM: Take an afternoon boat ride on the reservoir of Hoa Binh power station. A traditional performance by local hill tribe people is given in the evening.

Angkor Pandaw's Red River Cruise Downriver Day Two - The Duong River
Location
Da River
Day
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Ba Vi National Park

AM: In the morning, visit a museum and local village where villagers still wear traditional dress.

PM: 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.

Our chef will share his skills in fruit carving and demonstrate how to create Vietnamese spring rolls.

Angkor Pandaw's Red River Cruise Downriver Day Three - Locals at Da River
Location
Da River
Day
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Duong Lam Village, Viet Tri

AM: After breakfast by coach through beautiful scenic countryside to the UNESCO praised village of Duong Lam then continue cruising downstream to Viet Tri.

PM: 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.

Angkor Pandaw's Red River Cruise Downriver Day Four - Tay Phuong Pagoda
Location
Da River
Day
4 / 11

Hung Lo Temple, Gia Thanh Village

AM: 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.

Continue by bus to Gia Thanh village, makers of the conical hats (known as ‘non la’). The ‘non la’ are handmade with palm leaves and bamboo. There is no machinery available to create this work of art. Their origin dates approximately 3,000 years back.

PM: Afternoon excursion to a carpenter village famous for exquisite carvings and wood work techniques.

Angkor Pandaw's Red River Cruise Downriver Day Five - Thanh Ha Village
Location
Lo - Red Rivers
Day
5 / 11

Tay Phuong Pagoda, Bat Trang

AM: 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.

PM: Enroute to Hanoi, stop at Bat Trang in the afternoon, a ceramic village (literally: ‘bat’ means ‘bowl’ and ‘trang’ means ‘workshop’). Bat Trang is a seven century-old pottery village, located in an area rich in clay.

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.

Angkor Pandaw's Red River Cruise Downriver Day Six - Water Puppet
Location
Red River
Day
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Hanoi

AM: 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. 

PM: Afternoon walking tour of Hanoi’s old quarter, including a visit to a coffee shop to learn about Vietnam’s famous coffee-making industry.

Angkor Pandaw's Red River Cruise Downriver Day Seven - Mai Chau
Location
Red River
Day
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Luoc, Thai Binh

AM: Observe the lively and interesting life on the river before reaching next destination in the afternoon.

PM: 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.

The Water Puppets are a tradition which dates back as far as the 11th century, originating in the villages of the Red River Delta. The stories tell the day-to-day life of rural Vietnam with a strong reference to Vietnamese folklore. The puppets are made of lacquered wood, and the performers are in a waist-deep pool hidden behind a screen.

Angkor Pandaw's Red River Cruise Downriver Day Eight - Lan Ha Bay
Location
Kinh Thay River
Day
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Dark and Bright Cave, Rang Dua

AM: 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.

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.

PM: Continue cruise around Halong Bay until dropping anchor in Rang Dua.

Angkor Pandaw's Red River Cruise Downriver Day Nine - Lan Ha Bay Drone View
Location
Halong Bay
Day
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Viet Hai Village, Lan Ha Bay

AM: 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.

PM: In the afternoon continue cruising towards Lan Ha Bay for a visit to a floating fishing house. Weather dependent, end the day with cocktails at a beautiful beach in Halong Bay -bring your swimwear!

Angkor Pandaw's Red River Cruise Downriver Day Ten - Duong Lam
Location
Halong Bay
Day
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Disembarkation

AM: Morning sail to Tuan Chau Jetty. Disembarkation at 10.00 Tuan Chau Port at Halong Bay.

PM: After lunch at local restaurant, departure for Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport. Estimated arrival at Hanoi Airport at 15.30 PM and continuing to Pan Pacific Hotel Hanoi, arriving at 16.10 PM. Your flight out of Hanoi airport must be after 16:30 (domestic) or 17:30 (international).

Angkor Pandaw's Red River Cruise Downriver Day Eleven - Hanoi
Location
Halong Bay - Hanoi
Day
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Accommodations

Social Areas

Lounge
Outdoor Lounge
Restaurant
Restaurant
Bridge
Deck
Lecture
The outdoors lounge onboard Angkor Pandaw
The view of the Ha Long Bay from the deck
The dining room with the dinner setup
A stewardess preparing the table onboard Angkor Pandaw
Captain on a bridge
Woman looking overboard
People at the lounge

Suites & Cabins

Angkor Pandaw's Main Deck Stateroom

Main Deck Stateroom

Guests
2
Size
16 m² / 172 ft²
Beds
Double / Twin

These ample-sized rooms feature various amenities to ensure guests have a comfortable stay. On request, guests can get a mini DVD player and enjoy some entertainment in their rooms. The room also comes with spa-branded amenities and a hairdryer to ensure guests stay refreshed.

Angkor Pandaw's Upper Deck Stateroom

Upper Deck Stateroom

Guests
2
Size
16 m² / 172 ft²
Beds
Double / Twin

Guests looking to entertain themselves from the comfort of their rooms can get a mini DVD player on request. The rooms also feature unlimited mineral water for guests to stay dehydrated at all times, kimonos, slippers, a hairdryer, and spa-branded amenities.

Technical Information

Deck Plan

Deck plan

Features

  • Air conditioning
** Use of certain equipment at additional cost, ask for details