Exploring the Rivers of Northern Vietnam with Pandaw Cruises

  • Public spaces on the ship include a 24-hour hospitality bar and as well as a library.

    Public spaces on the ship include a 24-hour hospitality bar and as well as a library.

  • The two-deck RV Angkor Pandaw ship.

    The two-deck RV Angkor Pandaw ship.

  • Meals on Pandaw's cruises are prepared by an experienced culinary team.

    Meals on Pandaw's cruises are prepared by an experienced culinary team.

  • All rooms on the RV Angkor Pandaw feature river views.

    All rooms on the RV Angkor Pandaw feature river views.

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Luxury cruise operator Pandaw Cruises this month launched its new Halong Bay & the Red River trip along the rivers of northern Vietnam. Over 10 days, travelers are taken on a luxurious, 32-person ship upstream or downstream between Viet Tri and the famous karst-filled Halong Bay, passing 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 sites around the region, including tours 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. The ship, the RV Angkor Pandaw, is a draw as well, with its on-board bakery, library, lounge bar, team of experienced local and international chefs, and passenger rooms finished in brass and teak.

“We 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.”

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.

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