Luxury cruise operator Pandaw Cruises this month launched its new Halong Bay & the Red River tripÂ along the rivers ofÂ northern Vietnam.Â Over 10 days,Â travelers are taken on a luxurious, 32-person ship upstream or downstream between Viet Tri and the famous karst-filled Halong Bay, passingÂ through Hanoi and taking in landscapes of lush mountains and paddy fields surrounding the Red and Da rivers and their tributaries.
The itinerary includes numerous on-land expeditions to unique sitesÂ around theÂ region, including toursÂ of Hanoi’s Old French Quarter, the 8th-century Buddhist temples of the remote Tay village, the Black Thai and White Thai minority communities known for their stilted bamboo houses, the ceramic and folk painting craftspeople who live along the Duong River, and the wildlife-filled Ba Vi National Park.Â The ship, the RV Angkor Pandaw,Â is a draw as well, with its on-boardÂ bakery, library, lounge bar, team of experienced local and international chefs, andÂ passenger rooms finished in brass and teak.
â€śWe had new and past Pandaw travelers on our first sailing and were really encouraged by their response,” said Pandaw director Hugh Clayson said after the inaugural sailing. “They enjoyed the unique experience of sailing on a larger, luxurious, colonial-style Pandaw ship in Halong Bay, exploring Hanoi from the perspective of the river, and admiring unspoilt scenery on the Da and Red Rivers.â€ť
Prices for the cruise start at US$2,860 and operate year-round, excluding the months of April and May.
For more information, visit Pandaw Cruises.