Combo Cruise - Halong Bay, Red River & Laos Mekong - Upstream
FRC-836141/832334 Mekong
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At A Glance

What's Included

  • All Accommodation
  • Onboard Enrichment
  • Entertainment and activities
  • All scheduled excursions
  • Cultural performances
  • Selected drinks
  • All gratuities
  • One overnight stay at Pacific Hotel or Ansara
  • One flight from Hanoi or Vientiane
  • Main meals

What's Not Included

  • Overseas transfers
  • Land transfers
  • Pre and post cruise extensions
  • Spa treatments
  • Laundry concierge
  • Premium drinks
  • Single supplements
  • Fuel surcharges
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Day 1
Halong Bay, Vietnam

Translated from Chinese, “Ha Long” means “Bay of Descending Dragons” and this unique UNESCO World Heritage Site is made up of a total of 1,969 settled and unsettled islands. It is famous for its scenic ocean karst topography, which has seen it gain a place in several lists of natural wonders of the world.

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Day 4
Kinh Thay River

Sail along the small river of Kinh Thay with scenic views at every angle

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Day 5
Red River, Vietnam

Starting in Yunnan Province, China and flowing through northern Vietnam, the Red River travels through the capital of Hanoi before surging into Halong Bay. It is an ancient trade route used by the French in the 19th century and its Vietnamese name, Song Hong, means ‘Mother River’. This is thought to be the case because the Red River played an important part in forming the South China Sea millions of years ago.

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Day 6
Ninh Binh

Ninh Binh contains some architectural monuments as well as many chances to enjoy a hiking adventure 

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Day 7
Red River, Vietnam

Starting in Yunnan Province, China and flowing through northern Vietnam, the Red River travels through the capital of Hanoi before surging into Halong Bay. It is an ancient trade route used by the French in the 19th century and its Vietnamese name, Song Hong, means ‘Mother River’. This is thought to be the case because the Red River played an important part in forming the South China Sea millions of years ago.

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Day 8
Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and the nation’s second largest city. Despite many invasions and occupations, Hanoi has retained its flair and has been capital of Vietnam for over a thousand years. The extensive and varying history of this nation is reflected through a plethora of temples, museums, parks, and wartime sites. Hanoi has also established itself as one of the world’s culinary capitals, with many markets and street vendors selling a fine array of Asian dishes.

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Day 10
Red River, Vietnam

Starting in Yunnan Province, China and flowing through northern Vietnam, the Red River travels through the capital of Hanoi before surging into Halong Bay. It is an ancient trade route used by the French in the 19th century and its Vietnamese name, Song Hong, means ‘Mother River’. This is thought to be the case because the Red River played an important part in forming the South China Sea millions of years ago.

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Day 11
Viet Tri, Vietnam
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Day 12
Vientiane, Laos

Vientiane may be the capital city of Laos but, unlike other Southeast Asian capitals, offers a relaxing atmosphere. There are many landmarks worth visiting including a plethora of temples, the Lao National Museum and Patuxai - which resembles Paris’ Arc de Triomphe. A gentle walk by the river offers a calm way to soak in the local atmosphere of this immense city.

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Day 13
Mekong River, Vietnam/Cambodia

Flowing through South East Asia, the Mekong is the longest river in the area and flows through China, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam. It is navigable between the latter two nations, and enables cruisers to gain a deeper insight into the ancient Khmer city of Angkor and the elegant former French colonial city of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City).

From its source in the highlands of Tibet, the Mekong flows through China’s Yunnan province, through deep gorges and rapids to form the Myanmar-Laos border. It then curves through Laos to form part of the Laos-Thailand border. In Laos, the Mekong River descends the Cambodian plain, where it receives water from the magnificent Tonle Sap Lake during the dry season, via the Tonle River. Incredibly, during the rainy season, the floodwaters of the Mekong reverse the direction of the Tonle Sap River flow, causing it flow back into the lake and form a huge 93-mile wide reservoir.

Through a series of distributaries in the Mekong Delta, the Mekong River flows into the South China Sea. This delta is crossed by a number of channels and canals, making it one of the greatest rice-growing areas of Asia. This densely populated area is where you will also find Ho Chi Minh City, one of the most renowned cities in South East Asia. Within this fascinating area, you will find an endless series of towns floating on rafts and rich in river life and activity.

Large vessels are able to cruise along the Mekong River for 217 miles upstream, with Phnom Penh being a designated international port. North of the Cambodian border, the Mekong flows in short sections, as far as the Khone Falls – a six-mile-long series of rapids.

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Day 14
Pak Lai, Laos

The Laos town of Pak Lai was once a French administrative town and many colonial buildings remain here to this day. Pak Lai also offers a regular bustling market and is home to the largest elephant festival in South East Asia, which is often held in February.

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Day 15
Ban Park Bor Village

Cruise along the Mekong to tribal villages enjoy scenic vistas.   

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Day 16
Luang Prabang, Laos

Historically the capital city of Laos, today Luang Prabang is a UNESCO World Heritage site that sits at the confluence of the Nam Khan and Mekong Rivers. Luang Prabang is steeped in culture and heritage, with landmarks such as the Haw Kham – a former royal palace – now a national museum. Another landmark worth visiting is Vat Xieng Toung – the oldest and perhaps the most beautiful monastery in the city.

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Day 18
Pak Ou Caves, Laos

Located at the mouth of the Ou River is the Tham Ting and Tham Theung caves, which overlook the Mekong River. While also providing a great view over the river, these caves are also noted for their miniature statues of Buddha. There are hundreds of wooden Buddhist statues with the caves, each of which depicts the deity in many different positions.

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Day 19
Pak Beng, Laos

Pak Beng delivers a glimpse of rural life in Laos, away from the bustling cities and landmarks. Situated between Huay Xai and Luang Prabang, it is only easily accessible via the Mekong River and, upon arrival, the locals will be delighted to welcome you into their village.

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Day 20
Ban Houayxay

Take scenic walks through this tranquil town, with small bars and restaurants serving the best that Vietnam has to offer. 

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Day 21
Chiang Sean

Located in the northern part of the Chiang Rai Province in Thailand, Chiang Saen in an important port for Thailand's trade with other countries on the upper part of Mekong River.

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