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Charting Concealed Corners of Vietnam

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Fares
  • Accommodation

A journey overview

  • Hanoi
  • Ninh Binh
  • Hoa Binh
  • Angkor Pandaw
  • Da River
  • Red River
  • Thai Binh
  • Halong Bay

16 Days Explorations
  • Departing:
  • 9 Oct 2020

Authentic Hanoi is revealed through an array of exclusive experiences, showcasing its rich cuisine, culture and history. While on the Red River Delta, the verdant countryside of little-known Ninh Binh mesmerises us. Hidden rivers reveal rural village scenes during our private charter aboard Angkor Pandaw, aiding our discovery of some of the most enchanting sides to Vietnam.

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Itinerary

Arriving in Hanoi, we check into the Sofitel Metropole Legend, staying in Luxury Rooms. Survey Hanoi’s French colonial architecture or pay a visit to Vietnam’s oldest pagoda. Perhaps travel by jeep to see some of Hanoi’s military landmarks or savour the quintessential dishes of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, while exploring its hidden alleys. Travel by cyclo to a local restaurant and become acquainted with your fellow travellers during a Welcome Dinner.

Travel to Ninh Binh and see the Bai Dinh pagoda, the largest Buddhist complex in Southeast Asia. Our exploration of the Thien Ha cave begins aboard row boats; disembarking our vessels, we set out on foot through the remainder of the cave. Our idyllic resort, Tam Coc Garden, provides a serene ambience; ideal for reflecting on our adventures so far. Set out on a bicycle ride to a small village or explore the lush forest of Cuc Phuong National Park.

Return to Hanoi and retire to your Luxury Room within the Sofitel Metropole Legend. Transfer to Hoa Binh to embark our cruise on the Angkor Pandaw. Before too long we find ourselves enjoying a magnificent sunset as we cruise the Da River and on into the night. Afterwards, we observe the Hoa Binh Dam, the largest hydroelectric dam in Southeast Asia, before local hill tribe people put on a traditional performance just for us.

We pass through Ba Vì National Park, then watch as our chef demonstrates how to create authentic Vietnamese spring rolls. Countryside then gives way to bustling activity as we make our approach to Viet Tri. Our journey continues on to Gia Thanh, where the conical hats Vietnam is renowned for are made. The Thay and Tay Phuong Pagodas then bid us welcome before we are captivated by a traditional unicorn and lion dance.

Returning to Hanoi, we visit the notorious former prison known by American POW’s as the Hanoi Hilton. Uncover more of Hanoi’s past at the Temple of Literature, then learn about Vietnam’s coffee industry during a visit to the Old Quarter. At Thanh Hà Commune, by a pond of lotus flowers and lilies, we claim our positions beneath the shade and settle in to enjoy the unique stagecraft of a water puppet show, presented exclusively for us.

We make our passage into Halong Bay, where limestone islands are scattered throughout a vision of utopia. Aboard kayaks, we enter the Dark and Bright Cave. Here, our gaze meets stalactites and we discern the squeaking of bats. We drop anchor in Rang Dua, before turning our attention to the flourishing hillside scenery surrounding the village of Viet Hai. A cruise toward Lan Ha Bay then precedes us enjoying cocktails on the beach at Halong Bay.

We sail toward Tuan Chau jetty, then disembark our ship. From here, we drive to Hanoi for our return journey home.

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