An exciting and pioneering itinerary athrough the unchartered waters of the Red River in northern Vietnam. Spend 10 nights enjoying a passenger to staff ratio of 2:1 as you explore the stunning scenery and peaceful rivers bordering China and Vietnam. Built in 2012, RV Angkor Pandaw has 16 cabins split between the main and upper deck, each spanning 170sq ft, and finished in teak and brass. The upper deck includes six premium staterooms, a spacious open-air lounge, air-conditioned dining room, observation deck and a library stocked with contemporary and classic literature. The main deck is home to 10 staterooms.


  • Sail through limestone karsts and emerald green paddy fields
  • Discover the art of traditional Vietnamese folk painting
  • Hike the banks of the Red River, against a beautiful mountain backdrop
  • Meet minority communities living in traditional stilt houses
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  1. Arrive
  2. Day 1 Halong Bay

    Transfer from Hanoi International Airport to Halong Bay (around 4 hours) and board RV Angkor Pandaw to start your cruise. After the first of many delicious lunches to come, you will cast off and sail to a remote, sheltered bay to drop anchor for the night. Enjoy sundowner cocktails on the upper deck as you drink in the panoramic view of awe inspiring limestone karsts, symbolic of northern Vietnam.

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  3. Day 2 Halong Bay and Archipelago

    After a hearty breakfast, sail around Halong Bay and its 1,500 dramatic limestone islands, getting close to extraordinary rock formations dating back 20 million years. Transfer to day boats and explore a floating fishing village, a floating school and limestone caves.

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  4. Day 3 The Kinh Thay River

    Step back in time to the Ly and Tran dynasty as you sail into the Kinh Thay River and explore Yen Duc Village, finally recognised as a national relic in 1993. The poetic scenery combines quiet stretches of river with historical mountains that have given rise to sacred legends.

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  5. Day 4 The Duong River

    Continue your expedition towards Hanoi, stopping en route to visit Dong Ho village - famous for its Vietnamese folk painting on paper made from sticky rice and oysters, dating back to the 11th Century. Later, explore Bat Trang and see how the traditional art of ceramics has been passed from generation to generation.

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  6. Day 5 Hanoi

    Today the RV Angkor Pandaw will arrive into Hanoi, the bustling Vietnamese capital and the country's second largest city after Ho Chi Minh City. Images of Ho Chi Minh ('Uncle Ho') are everywhere, and a visit to his imposing mausoleum is always fascinating. Other highlights include the picturesque Temple of Literature - the country's first university that now teaches only the philosophies of Confucianism - and the remains of the notorious Vietnam war prison, Hanoi Hilton, which contain an interesting museum.

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  7. Day 6 Hanoi

    Visit the traditional silk village of Van Phuk, 8kms south west of the city, for an insight into the fascinating process of silk making, from its creation by silk worms to the finished product of fine, tailored clothing. A traditional cyclo tour is the best way to explore the colourful narrow streets of Hanoi's Old Quarter with its cafe culture and endless shops selling everything one could possibly want.

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  8. Day 7 The Lower Red River

    Enjoy a full day's sailing up the Red River to Viet Tri, the base for exploring Highland Vietnam. Witness a timeless Arcadian Vietnam with emerald green rice paddies and a backdrop of limestone karsts, and explore 8th and 11th Century temples within the barely known Tay village, home to incredible Buddhist statues carved from Jackfruit trees. Finish at an orphanage in Viet Tri, amidst lush gardens, and see how the children are taught to live independently with the help and care of foster parents.

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  9. Day 8 The Upper Red River

    Continue on up the Red River, which has for centuries been a key trade route between China and Vietnam. The scenery starts to change as the mountains loom large and the river narrows and flows at a faster pace. Stop at Hoa Ha, a typical riverside village, and enjoy a hike through the surrounding, beautiful scenery.

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  10. Day 9 The Da River

    Sail downstream on the Da River absorbing peace and tranquillity and breathing in the unspoilt beauty. Pass the Ba Vi National Park, rich in its diverse tropical and sub-tropical flora and fauna, before arriving in Hoa Binh.

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  11. Day 10 Hoa Binh

    Hoa Binh is home to the Muon ethnic group, who still wear colourful traditional clothing. It was also the site of a historic battle with the French in 1951 and 1952; you will learn more at the local museum. The Russians built the largest power station in Southeast Asia here in Hoa Binh between 1979 and 1994, and - subject to security clearance - tours can be arranged deep inside the mountain where 1,000 Russians once toiled.

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  12. Day 11 Disembark in Mai Chau

    Departure day sees a coach trip through awe inspiring scenery as you had towards the sleepy town of Mai Chau, home to the Black Thai and White Thai ethnic minority who still live in bamboo houses on stilts today. Return to the boat and sail downstream to Viet Tri where you disembark for your onward journey.

  13. Depart


Low £ 2,430 $ 3,393 € 2,898
Mid £ 2,985 $ 4,169 € 3,561
High £ 3,610 $ 5,041 € 4,306


  • Pries are per person based on two people sharing a cabin.
  • Sailings are either upstream from Halong Bay to Mai Chau or downstream in reverse.


  • All accommodation as detailed in the itinerary.
  • On board the RV Angkor Pandaw all your meals, excursions, coffee, tea mineral water and tips for crew are included.
  • Private transfers throughout.
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees and guide services as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Internal flights where detailed in the itinerary.


  • International flights.
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary.
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, gratuities (discretionary).
  • Entrance fees and excursions not specifically mentioned as included.
  • Travel insurance or visa fees.

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