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A River Cruise to Red River and Mai Chau

posted Sep 22, 2014, 1:30 AM by Long Quoc Tran   [ updated May 2, 2018, 6:50 AM ]
Luxury river expedition company, Pandaw has announced its new 10-night Halong Bay and the Red River sailing. The itinerary will commence in July 2015 and is bookable by travel agents with immediate effect via and The sailing will offer Pandaw guests the chance to explore the beautiful limestone islands in the iconic Halong Bay, before travelling to the remote upper Red River. Pandaw is the first river expedition operator to do so.   

Hugh Clayson, Pandaw’s commercial director commented: “The new Halong Bay and the Red River itinerary provides agents with a luxury expedition product like no other. Customers looking for that once in a lifetime experience without compromising on luxury will, for the first time, be able to visit the iconic Halong Bay as well as the remote upper Red River in one 10-day itinerary.”

Pandaw’s newest sailing includes two days of sightseeing in the bustling city of Hanoi before entering the Red River with its emerald green rice paddies and 8th and 11th century Buddhist temples. Unexplored by any other river expedition company, Pandaw’s route into the upper Red River will visit the region close to China’s Yunnan Province where the river narrows. Hiking from a remote river village is on offer for guests keen to make the most of this unique off-the-beaten-track experience.

Pandaw guests will enjoy a ‘yacht-like’ feel onboard the 16-suite Angkor Pandaw as well as five-star luxury service and a crew to passenger ratio of 2:1. All excursions are included in this unique itinerary.

Guests will also visit floating villages, a floating school and limestone caves in Halong Bay before entering the Kinh Thay River, mooring at Yen Duc Village surrounded by historic mountains. On the Duong River, the Angkor Pandaw will visit local villages known for their 11th century folk painting and traditional ceramic production. Guests booking before 31 October 2014 can also benefit from a 10 per cent saving.

Build 2012 in Saigon
Length: 138.61ft / 42.25m
Beam: 28.50ft / 8.70m
Draught: 3ft / 90cm
Berths: 32 pax


6 upper deck premium staterooms
Air-conditioned panorama dining room
Spacious, open-air lounge
Observation deck
Lounge bar with complimentary ice cream from sunrise to sunset
24hrs hospitality bar
Fair-trade Shop
Guest relation desk
Library with contemporary and classic literature


10 main deck staterooms

3 day 2 night cruise provides another day and night to get further to the bay. Dragon Legend Cruises will offer a continuous cruise during 3 day while some other tour will break the second day and transfer you to a day boat excursion then back to the main boat, you are free to check with operator when make a reservation. In this longer cruise, you normally have longer time for kayaking, plus a BBQ on the beach or trekking in the island (Cat Ba Island) and fishing village…