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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’ (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.

A choice of 11-day journeys take you through the many towns and villages along its banks and 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 ones that grow 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

All itineraries are subject to change due to seasonal weather conditions (and resultant variations in river and tributary water levels) affecting accessibility to locations. Thus navigation routes, times and excursions may need to be modified at the cruise captain’s or your guide's discretion.

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11 Day - Red River Cruise: Hoa Binh - Halong Bay (Downstream)

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:

TRANSFER FROM HANOI AIRPORT

We pick you up at Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport. Last departure is no later than 10:30 (Unless there are any delays with your flight). Our representative will be waiting for you with a Sign at column No.12. On the right hand sided of the international arrival exit. Arrival in Halong Bay at 12.00.

If you encounter any difficulties, please contact our emergency number of Vietnam.

Please note: Guides and drivers are not allowed inside the terminal building. We will be waiting for you outside with a sign. 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

Meeting point for embarkation in Hanoi will be the Pan Pacific Hotel (1 Thanh Nien Road, Ba Dinh Dist., Hanoi 10000, Vietnam) and registration will be at 09:30am in reception. Please ensure you are checked out and ready in reception on time, departure 10:00am.

For those not staying at the Pan Pacific Hotel, Pandaw will arrange a taxi from your hotel in central Hanoi to the meeting point. We will arrange with your hotel reception and inform of exact time the evening before, typically pick up will be between 08:30 and 09:00am. Surcharges apply for hotels outside of Hoan Kiem District or Hanoi Old Quarter.


Angkor Pandaw's Red River Cruise Downriver Day One - Huong River
Location
Hanoi - Hoa Binh
Day
1 / 11

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
2 / 11

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
3 / 11

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
6 / 11

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
7 / 11

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
8 / 11

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
9 / 11

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
10 / 11

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
11 / 11
1 / 11

11 Day - Red River Cruise: Halong Bay - Hoa Binh (Upstream)

itinerary map

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:

TRANSFER FROM HANOI AIRPORT

We pick you up at Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport. Last departure is no later than 10:30 (Unless there are any delays with your flight). Our representative will be waiting for you with a Sign at column No.12. On the right hand sided of the international arrival exit. Arrival in Halong Bay at 12.00.

If you encounter any difficulties, please contact our emergency number of Vietnam.

Please note: Guides and drivers are not allowed inside the terminal building. We will be waiting for you outside with a sign. 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

Meeting point for embarkation in Hanoi will be the Pan Pacific Hotel (1 Thanh Nien Road, Ba Dinh Dist., Hanoi 10000, Vietnam) and registration will be at 09:00am in reception. Please ensure you are checked out and ready in reception on time, departure 09:30am.

For those not staying at the Pan Pacific Hotel, we will arrange a taxi from your hotel in central Hanoi to the meeting point. We will arrange with your hotel reception and inform of exact time the evening before, typically pick up will be between 08:00 and 08:30am. Surcharges apply for hotels outside of Hoan Kiem District or Hanoi Old Quarter.

PRIVATE ARRIVAL AT HA LONG BAY

For passengers already in Ha Long Bay on the night before, please come to Tuan Chau International Jetty. Embarkation time will be between 12:00 and 13:00.


Angkor Pandaw's Red River Cruise Upriver Day One - Hanoi
Location
Hanoi - Halong Bay
Day
1 / 11

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
2 / 11

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
3 / 11

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
4 / 11

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
5 / 11

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
6 / 11

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
7 / 11

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
8 / 11

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
9 / 11

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
10 / 11

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.

Note: After lunch at local restaurant depart for Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport and central Hanoi hotels. Estimated arrival at Hanoi Airport at 15:15, hotels in Hanoi arriving 16:00. Your flight out of Hanoi airport must be after 16:30 (domestic) or 17:30 (international).

Angkor Pandaw's Red River Cruise Upriver Day Eleven - Thanh Ha Village
Location
Hoa Binh - Hanoi
Day
11 / 11
1 / 11

11 Day - Red River Cruise: Viet Tri - Halong Bay (Downstream)

itinerary map

Embarkation

AM: We pick you up at Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport – Seat in coach. The last departure is no later than 12.00 noon. A Pandaw representative will be waiting for you with a Pandaw Sign in column No12, on the right-hand side of the international arrival exit.

PM: Transfer to Viet Tri, embark on your ship, and set sail downstream for sunset and a night on the Red River. Tonight we enjoy a traditional dance on board.

Please note:

TRANSFER FROM HANOI AIRPORT

We pick you up at Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport. Last departure is no later than 10:30 (Unless there are any delays with your flight). Our representative will be waiting for you with a Sign at column No.12. On the right hand sided of the international arrival exit. Arrival in Halong Bay at 12.00.

If you encounter any difficulties, please contact our emergency number of Vietnam.

Please note: Guides and drivers are not allowed inside the terminal building. We will be waiting for you outside with a sign. 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

Meeting point for embarkation in Hanoi will be the Pan Pacific Hotel (1 Thanh Nien Road, Ba Dinh Dist., Hanoi 10000, Vietnam) and registration will be at 09:30am in reception. Please ensure you are checked out and ready in reception on time, departure 10:00am.

For those not staying at the Pan Pacific Hotel, Pandaw will arrange a taxi from your hotel in central Hanoi to the meeting point. We will arrange with your hotel reception and inform of exact time the evening before, typically pick up will be between 08:30 and 09:00am. Surcharges apply for hotels outside of Hoan Kiem District or Hanoi Old Quarter.

Angkor Pandaw - Red River Cruise: Viet Tri - Halong Bay (Downstream)-Day 1
Location
Viet Tri
Day
1 / 11

Gia Thanh Village

AM: In the morning transfer to Gia Thanh village and visit the conical hat-making village. Then continue by bus to visit Hung Lo Temple where we will enjoy a UNESCO-recognized "Hat Xoan" performance.

PM: In the afternoon will moor in Minh Chau to visit a carpenter's village and smith's village in Vinh Phuc province.

Angkor Pandaw - Red River Cruise: Viet Tri - Halong Bay (Downstream)-Day 2
Location
The Lo River
Day
2 / 11

Duang Lam

AM & PM: We will visit the UNESCO-praised village of Duang Lam, then sail downstream on the Red River and visit a timeless Arcadian Vietnam with emerald green rice paddies punctuated by lime stone rock formations. Of particular interest are the Thay and Tay Phuong Pagodas, hardly known, yet with exquisite temples dating from the 8th and 11th century and home to some fine Buddhist statuary carved from jackfruit trees.


Angkor Pandaw - Red River Cruise: Viet Tri - Halong Bay (Downstream)-Day 3
Location
Upper Red River
Day
3 / 11

Hanoi

AM: Dropped anchor in the bustling city of Hanoi, passengers will visit some highlights of this Asian metropolis, must see’s the notorious Vietnam war prison known as the Hanoi Hilton, the temple of literature where Confucius did his thinking, and the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. PM: Welcome back to the ship by Lion Dances.


Angkor Pandaw - Red River Cruise: Viet Tri - Halong Bay (Downstream)-Day 4
Location
Hanoi
Day
4 / 11

Bat Trang Village

AM: In the morning go offshore to visit Bat Trang ceramic village followed by a Unicorn Dance.

PM: Sail down the lower Red River to Dien Xa Bonsai village.

Angkor Pandaw - Red River Cruise: Viet Tri - Halong Bay (Downstream)-Day 5
Location
Lower Red River
Day
5 / 11

Dien Xa Bonsai Village

AM: After breakfast, we visit Dien Xa Bonsai village followed by lunch.

PM: In the afternoon, visit the famous Phat Diem stone Cathedral and a local house where they make rice wine. Back to the ship then sail up the Day River to Ninh Binh.

Angkor Pandaw - Red River Cruise: Viet Tri - Halong Bay (Downstream)-Day 6
Location
Day River
Day
6 / 11

Ninh Binh

AM: In the morning we will visit Thung Nang, taking a rowing boat to the so-called "Halong on land" in Ninh Binh.

PM: In the afternoon we visit the quaint village of Pham Phao where guests can walk around the village visiting a host family where musical instruments have been made and repaired for generations. Listen to the owner who plays every instrument within his family-run business. We visit local Woodworking Artisans who produce items for local and international markets.

Angkor Pandaw - Red River Cruise: Viet Tri - Halong Bay (Downstream)-Day 7
Location
Ninh Binh
Day
7 / 11

Luoc - Thai Binh - Kinh Thay River

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

PM: Excursion to Thanh Ha Commune with a village walk and a private water puppet show set under shade by a beautiful pond of lotus and lilies. 

We drop anchor near Hai Phong Port, the gateway to Halong Bay. 

Angkor Pandaw - Red River Cruise: Viet Tri - Halong Bay (Downstream)-Day 8
Location
Kinh Thay River
Day
8 / 11

Dark and Bright Cave

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.

Exploring Halong Bay, we stop at 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: We continue our cruise around Halong Bay until we drop anchor in Rang Dua.

Angkor Pandaw - Red River Cruise: Viet Tri - Halong Bay (Downstream)-Day 9
Location
Halong Bay
Day
9 / 11

Viet Hai Village

AM: We make a stop at Viet Hai Village and continue our journey by mountain bike or electric buggy to visit the village’s vegetable farm and typical village houses. It is a breathtaking trip along a small road winding its way through the limestone rocks.

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

Weather dependent, we will end the day with cocktails at a beautiful beach in Halong Bay.

Angkor Pandaw - Red River Cruise: Viet Tri - Halong Bay (Downstream)-Day 10
Location
Halong Bay
Day
10 / 11

Disembarkation

AM: Morning sail to Tuan Chau Jetty.

PM: Disembarkation at 09:00 Tuan Chau Port at Halong Bay. After lunch at local restaurant departure for Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport and central Hanoi hotels. Estimated arrival at Hanoi Airport at 15.30 PM, hotels in Hanoi arriving around 16.30 PM. Your flight out of Hanoi airport must be after 16:30 (domestic) or 17:30 (international).

Angkor Pandaw - Red River Cruise: Viet Tri - Halong Bay (Downstream)-Day 11
Location
Halong Bay
Day
11 / 11
1 / 11

11 Day - Red River Cruise: Halong Bay - Viet Tri (Upstream)

itinerary map

Embarkation

PM: Transfer from Hanoi International Airport or meeting point to Halong Bay to embark on your Pandaw ship with a stop for lunch en route. Cast off the 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 the 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:

TRANSFER FROM HANOI AIRPORT

We pick you up at Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport. Last departure is no later than 10:30 (Unless there are any delays with your flight). Our representative will be waiting for you with a Sign at column No.12. On the right hand sided of the international arrival exit. Arrival in Halong Bay at 12.00.

If you encounter any difficulties, please contact our emergency number of Vietnam.

Please note: Guides and drivers are not allowed inside the terminal building. We will be waiting for you outside with a sign. 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

Meeting point for embarkation in Hanoi will be the Pan Pacific Hotel (1 Thanh Nien Road, Ba Dinh Dist., Hanoi 10000, Vietnam) and registration will be at 09:00am in reception. Please ensure you are checked out and ready in reception on time, departure 09:30am.

For those not staying at the Pan Pacific Hotel, we will arrange a taxi from your hotel in central Hanoi to the meeting point. We will arrange with your hotel reception and inform of exact time the evening before, typically pick up will be between 08:00 and 08:30am. Surcharges apply for hotels outside of Hoan Kiem District or Hanoi Old Quarter.

PRIVATE ARRIVAL AT HA LONG BAY

For passengers already in Ha Long Bay on the night before, please come to Tuan Chau International Jetty. Embarkation time will be between 12:00 and 13:00.



Angkor Pandaw - Red River Cruise: Halong Bay - Viet Tri (Upstream)-Day 1
Location
Hanoi-Halong Bay
Day
1 / 11

Viet Hai Village

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 a mountain bike or electric buggy, visiting the village’s vegetable farm and typical village houses. It is a breathtaking 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 - Red River Cruise: Halong Bay - Viet Tri (Upstream)-Day 2
Location
Halong Bay
Day
2 / 11

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 - Red River Cruise: Halong Bay - Viet Tri (Upstream)-Day 3
Location
Halong Bay
Day
3 / 11

Thanh Ha Village

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 a village walk and a private water puppet show set under the shade by a beautiful pond of lotus and lilies.

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

Angkor Pandaw - Red River Cruise: Halong Bay - Viet Tri (Upstream)-Day 4
Location
Kinh Thay River
Day
4 / 11

Dien Xa Bonsai Village

AM: This morning we will sail on the Lower Red River and Day River. 

PM: Afternoon visits to the Dien Xa Bonsai Village where we will walk to the bonsai village and meet with local artists and share their bonsai experience. Cruise on the Day River towards Ninh Binh City.

Angkor Pandaw - Red River Cruise: Halong Bay - Viet Tri (Upstream)-Day 5
Location
Lower Red River
Day
5 / 11

Ninh Binh

AM: In the morning we will visit Tam Coc, taking a rowing boat ride to visit the so call "Halong on land" in Ninh Binh.

PM: In the afternoon we visit the quaint village of Pham Phao where guests can walk around the village visiting a host family where musical instruments have been made and repaired for generations. Listen to the owner who plays every instrument within his family-run business. We visit local Woodworking Artisans who produce items for local and international markets.

Angkor Pandaw - Red River Cruise: Halong Bay - Viet Tri (Upstream)-Day 6
Location
Ninh Binh
Day
6 / 11

The Lower Red River

AM: In the morning we sail upstream on the Red River to Phat Diem Cathedral and visit the famous stone cathedral of Pat Diem.

PM: We then continue on the Red River to Hanoi.

Angkor Pandaw - Red River Cruise: Halong Bay - Viet Tri (Upstream)-Day 7
Location
Lower Red River
Day
7 / 11

Hanoi

AM: Dropped anchor in the bustling city of Hanoi, passengers will visit some highlights of this Asian metropolis, must see’s the notorious Vietnam war prison known as the Hanoi Hilton, the temple of literature where Confucius did his thinking, and the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.

PM: Afternoon walking tour of Hanoi including a visit to a coffee shop where we 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.

Angkor Pandaw - Red River Cruise: Halong Bay - Viet Tri (Upstream)-Day 8
Location
Hanoi
Day
8 / 11

Hanoi

AM: Morning going offshore to visit Bat Trang ceramic village then 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. Going a shore we visit a timeless Arcadian Vietnam with emerald green rice paddies punctuated by lime stone rock formations. Of particular interest are the Thay and Tay Phuong Pagodas, hardly known, yet with exquisite temples dating from the 8th and 11th century and home to some fine Buddhist statuary carved from jackfruit trees.

PM: We will arrive in Vinh Phuc in the evening.

Angkor Pandaw - Red River Cruise: Halong Bay - Viet Tri (Upstream)-Day 9
Location
Hanoi
Day
9 / 11

The Upper Red River

AM: In the morning we go ashore to visit the UNESCO-praised village of Duang Lam. In the afternoon, visit the carpenter and smith village of Ly Nhan.

PM: We sail upstream on the Upper Red River to Viet Tri. Enjoy traditional dances on board.

Angkor Pandaw - Red River Cruise: Halong Bay - Viet Tri (Upstream)-Day 10
Location
Upper Red River
Day
10 / 11

Disembarkation

AM: Disembark after breakfast and visit the conical hat-making village of Gia Thanh.

PM: By bus, we continue to Hung Lo Temple, Lunch will be served at a local restaurant, followed by a transfer to Hanoi airport or drop off point Pan Pacific Hotel Hanoi.

Note: After lunch at local restaurant departure for Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport and Hanoi hotels. Estimated arrival at Hanoi Airport at 14:45, hotels in Hanoi arriving 15:30. Your flight out of Hanoi airport must be after 16.00pm (domestic) or 17.00pm (international).

Angkor Pandaw - Red River Cruise: Halong Bay - Viet Tri (Upstream)-Day 11
Location
Viet Tri
Day
11 / 11
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22 Day - Halong Bay, Red River, & Laos Mekong

itinerary map

Embarkation

AM & PM: Transfer to Viet Tri, embark your ship and set sail downstream for sunset and a night on the Red River. Tonight we enjoy a traditional dance on board.

PLEASE NOTE:

TRANSFER FROM HANOI AIRPORT

We pick you up at Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport – Seat in coach. Last departure is no later than 12.00 noon. Our representative will be waiting for you with a Sign at column No.12, on the right hand sided of the international arrival exit. 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

Meeting point for embarkation in Hanoi will be the Pan Pacific Hotel (1 Thanh Nien Road, Ba Dinh Dist., Hanoi 10000, Vietnam) and registration will be at 09:30am in reception. Please ensure you are checked out and ready in reception on time, departure 10:00am.

For those not staying at the Pan Pacific Hotel, We will arrange a taxi from your hotel in central Hanoi to the meeting point. We will arrange with your hotel reception and inform of exact time the evening before, typically pick up will be between 08:30 and 09:00am. Surcharges apply for hotels outside of Hoan Kiem District or Hanoi Old Quarter.

Angkor Pandaw - Halong Bay, Red River, & Laos Mekong - Day 1
Location
Viet Tri
Day
1 / 22

The Lo River

AM: In the morning transfer to Gia Thanh village and visit the conical hat making village. Then continue by bus to visit Hung Lo Temple where we will enjoy a UNESCO recognized "Hat Xoan" performance.

PM: In the afternoon will moor in Minh Chau to visit a carpenter village and smith's village in Vinh Phuc province.

Angkor Pandaw - Halong Bay, Red River, & Laos Mekong - Day 2
Location
The Lo River
Day
2 / 22

Upper Red River

AM & PM: We will visit the UNESCO praised village of Duang Lam, then sail downstream on the Red River and visit a timeless Arcadian Vietnam with emerald green rice paddies punctuated by lime stone rock formations. Of particular interest are the Thay and Tay Phuong Pagodas, hardly known, yet with exquisite temples dating from the 8th and 11th century and home to some fine Buddhist statuary carved from jackfruit trees.

Angkor Pandaw - Halong Bay, Red River, & Laos Mekong - Day 3
Location
Upper Red River
Day
3 / 22

Hanoi

AM & PM: Dropped anchor in the bustling city of Hanoi, passengers will visit some highlights of this Asian metropolis, must see’s like the notorious Vietnam war prison known as the Hanoi Hilton, temple of literature where Confucius did his thinking and the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Welcome back to the ship by Lion Dances.

Angkor Pandaw - Halong Bay, Red River, & Laos Mekong - Day 4
Location
Hanoi
Day
4 / 22

The Lower Red River

AM: In the morning going off shore to visit Bat Trang ceramic village followed by a Unicorn Dance.

PM: Sail down the lower Red River to Dien Xa Bonsai village.

Angkor Pandaw - Halong Bay, Red River, & Laos Mekong - Day 5
Location
The Lower Red River
Day
5 / 22

Day River

AM: After breakfast we visit Dien Xa Bonsai village followed by lunch.

PM: In the afternoon, visit the famous Phat Diem stone Cathedral and a local house where they make rice wine. Back to the ship then sail up the Day River to Ninh Binh.

Angkor Pandaw - Halong Bay, Red River, & Laos Mekong - Day 6
Location
Day River
Day
6 / 22

Ninh Binh

AM: In the morning we will visit Thung Nang, taking a rowing boat to the so called "Halong on land" in Ninh Binh.

PM: In the afternoon we visit the quaint village of Pham Phao where guests can walk around the village visiting a host family where musician instruments have been made and repaired for generations. Listen to the owner who plays every instrument within his family run business. We visit local Woodworking Artisans who produce items for local and international markets.

Angkor Pandaw - Halong Bay, Red River, & Laos Mekong - Day 7
Location
Ninh Binh
Day
7 / 22

Luoc - Thai Binh - Kinh Thay River

AM & PM: Observe the lively and interesting life on the river before we reach our next destination in the afternoon.

Excursion to Thanh Ha Commune with village walk and a private water puppet show set under shade by a beautiful pond of lotus and lilies. We drop anchor near Hai Phong Port, the gateway to Halong Bay. 


Angkor Pandaw - Halong Bay, Red River, & Laos Mekong - Day 8
Location
Kinh Thay River
Day
8 / 22

Halong Bay

AM & PM: 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.

Exploring Halong Bay, we stop at 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. We continue our cruise around Halong Bay until we drop anchor in Rang Dua.

Angkor Pandaw - Halong Bay, Red River, & Laos Mekong - Day 9
Location
Halong Bay
Day
9 / 22

Halong Bay

AM: We make a stop at Viet Hai Village and continue our journey by mountain bike or electric buggy to visit the village’s vegetable farm and typical village houses. It is a breathtaking trip along a small road winding its way through the limestone rocks.

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

Angkor Pandaw - Halong Bay, Red River, & Laos Mekong - Day 10
Location
Lan Ha Bay
Day
10 / 22

Halong Bay

AM & PM: Morning sail to Tuan Chau Jetty. Disembark and transfer to Hanoi Airport with stop for lunch at a local restaurant. Fly to Chiang Mai and be transported to your hotel where you will have the rest of the evening for self-exploration.

Angkor Pandaw - Halong Bay, Red River, & Laos Mekong - Day 11
Location
Halong Bay
Day
11 / 22

Chiang Khong

AM: Transfers from airports or any city hotel in Chiang Rai (2 hours) and Chiang Mai (6 hours) including Lunch at Ban Rai Sabaidee Farm plus guided visit to the Golden Triangle and the now infamous opium museum.

PM: Embark your ship by 16.00 and enjoy welcome drinks on the sundeck with traditional Thai dancing.

Note : Hotel pick-ups from city hotels in Chiang Mai can be as early as 06.00 or as late as 08.00. From Chiang Rai hotels can be as early as 08.30 or as late as 10.00. Timing varies according to the docking place of the Pandaw vessel. Our representative will call you on the evening before or leave a message with the hotel to reconfirm the exact pick up time.

If your arrival is after the above mentioned time we will pick you up from the airport Chiang Rai (arrival must be before 13.00) or airport Chiang Mai (arrival must be before 13.00) and transfer you to the ship. This transfer will not include any visits to Golden Triangle, Opium House and Lunch due to time limit.

There is a surcharge for private transfers if you are not able to meet us at above scheduled pick-up times.

Angkor Pandaw - Halong Bay, Red River, & Laos Mekong - Day 12
Location
Chiang Khong
Day
12 / 22

Into Laos

AM: Pass through immigration formalities at the Thai/Laos border and re-join the ship. Set sail downstream on the beautiful Upper Mekong River, Morning presentation on the Lao language.

PM: After lunch, if time allows, sightseeing on foot in Pak Sith.

Angkor Pandaw - Halong Bay, Red River, & Laos Mekong - Day 13
Location
Hoa Binh
Day
13 / 22

Pak Beng Elephant Sanctuary

AM: Morning walk at Ban Luang Tong Lao Lowland village.

PM: Laos is known as ‘The land of a million elephants’ and after Lunch we will visit a rescue sanctuary that is helping to preserve the elephants of Laos and provide sustainable alternative employment for Mahouts who once trained and rode these beautiful creatures. In the evening we moor at a sandbank for a special riverside barbecue and cocktail party. Light paper lanterns with the crew and enjoy a dance in remote Laos.

Angkor Pandaw - Halong Bay, Red River, & Laos Mekong - Day 14
Location
Pak Beng
Day
14 / 22

Ban Bor and Yoi Hai Khmu Villages

AM: Today we discover the Khmu minority group and learn about their remote way of life. In the morning we will visit Ban Bor village, home to the Lao & Khummu people.

PM: We will have the opportunity to support locally produced handicrafts and walk through the Khummu village of Yoi Haoi in the afternoon.

Angkor Pandaw - Halong Bay, Red River, & Laos Mekong - Day 15
Location
Ban Bor Village
Day
15 / 22

Pak Ou Caves

AM & PM: Continue cruising downstream to Pak Ou, sightseeing by local boat exploring the unique Pak Ou Caves, a Buddhist sanctuary with spectacular limestone cliff faces. See the production of local Laos whisky at the Whisky village and shop for locally produced handicrafts before sailing into the World Heritage City of Luang Prabang. Moor overnight in central Luang Prabang.

Angkor Pandaw - Halong Bay, Red River, & Laos Mekong - Day 16
Location
Pak Ou Caves
Day
16 / 22

Luang Prabang Craft & Culture

AM: Today we explore the various handicrafts of Laos in more detail. We start with a morning walk up the 228 steps to Phousi temple where the best views of Luang Prabang can be found.

PM: After lunch aboard the ship, we visit Ock Pop Tok, a social enterprise providing sustainable employment and training for the women of local weaving villages. We then head to TAEC (Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre) to understand more about Laos musical instruments. Cocktail hour is accompanied by a traditional Bacci ceremony onboard highlighting some of the instruments seen in the afternoon.

Angkor Pandaw - Halong Bay, Red River, & Laos Mekong - Day 17
Location
Duong Lam
Day
17 / 22

Luang Prabang

AM: Early morning walking tour to observe the morning alms offering by local people to the hundreds of monks who walk around the city every morning. We continue after breakfast to the morning market before taking tuktuks for a city tour of this well preserved and unique world heritage site with its many Buddhist temples, libraries and royal palace.

PM: The afternoon is free to explore the beauty and unique atmosphere of Luang Prabang.

Angkor Pandaw - Halong Bay, Red River, & Laos Mekong - Day 18
Location
Luang Prabang
Day
18 / 22

Kaung Si Waterfall

AM: After breakfast sail downstream to Ban Chan where we take part in a pottery demonstration at the local pottery workshop.

PM: After Lunch we moor at Ban Mouang Khai and take a short drive to see the deep jungle pools at the Khaung Si Waterfall where you can swim in the crystal-clear waters. We then stop at the Laos Buffalo Farm, a social enterprise utilizing the abundant buffalo in Laos before rejoining the ship. We sail downstream for a sunset cruise and moor overnight at Ban Na San.

Angkor Pandaw - Halong Bay, Red River, & Laos Mekong - Day 19
Location
Kaung Si
Day
19 / 22

Xayabouri Dam

AM: Morning walk through Ban Na San Hmong Village.

PM: In the afternoon we pass through Xayabouri Hydroelectric Dam and take an inside look of the workings of this somewhat controversial attraction as we pass through the locks. Afternoon walk at Ban Khok Fark and moor overnight.

Angkor Pandaw - Halong Bay, Red River, & Laos Mekong - Day 20
Location
Thanh Ha Village
Day
20 / 22

Ban Pak Yun To Pak Lay

AM: Explore Ban Pak Yun Mixed minorities tribe in the morning, a rural local village before setting sail to Pak Lay, our final destination.

PM: Enjoy a tour of your Pandaw ship and fruit carving demonstration on the sundeck in the afternoon before farewell cocktails and dinner in the evening.

Angkor Pandaw - Halong Bay, Red River, & Laos Mekong - Day 21
Location
Pak Lay
Day
21 / 22

Disembarkation

AM: Disembark at 08:30am followed by a local long-tail boat expedition downstream to Vientiane. Lunch and drinks will be provided on the local boat by your Pandaw chef and bar staff. Arrival to Vientiane around 17:30 with drop off at your hotel or Vientiane airport.

Angkor Pandaw - Halong Bay, Red River, & Laos Mekong - Day 22
Location
Vientiane
Day
22 / 22
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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 Angkor Pandaw's Main Deck Stateroom
10 Cabins

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
6 Cabins

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
  • Lecture room
  • WIFI available
  • Kosher Meals
  • Medical staff
  • Souvenir shop
  • Hot showers
  • All inclusive
  • Charging areas for electronic equipment

Equipment

  • Kayaks / Canoes
  • Bicycles
  • Yoga mats
  • Flash lights
  • Water canteen/bottle
  • Insect repellent
** Use of certain equipment at additional cost, ask for details
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