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Hanoi River Cruises

About Hanoi 

Though Vietnam’s famous capital doesn’t sit on the banks of the Mekong, it’s a common starting point for the majority of cruises which explore the iconic river, as you’ll typically fly into the city and have time to explore before transferring to your vessel to start your cruise. It’s certainly no surprise that river cruise itineraries include the chance to see Hanoi. As the former capital of French Indochina, it has a fascinating cultural heritage as well as a much more ancient one, rich in eastern tradition. It’s since been the capital of North Vietnam, then unified Vietnam and boasts a wealth of historical attractions. There is of course also the opportunity to step back in time an explore one of the country’s darkest historical chapters, the Vietnam War. 

Exploring Hanoi 

The legacy of the former North Vietnam leader and Communist revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh is still very much in evidence in the city and two of Hanoi's most popular attractions have a direct link with him. His former Presidential Palace is famed not for its opulence but its relative austerity, as during his time living in the city, Ho Chi Minh chose this modest wooden house set in serene surroundings over an opulent palace. The former leader’s Mausoleum is a popular place of pilgrimage and has added gravitas, owing to the fact that it’s the place where the he read his Vietnam Manifesto back in 1945. 

The Vietnamese Museum of Ethology is a popular choice for many river cruise excursions, offering the perfect overview of the country’s history thanks to an excellent and informative collection of exhibits. Forever to be known by its savagely ironic nickname the Hanoi Hilton, Hoa Lo Prison is the place where American prisoners of war were held during the Vietnam War but also where people were imprisoned during the French Colonial era. Though most of the original prison has been demolished, the remainder was developed into a poignant reminder of the past. The Temple of Literature is home to Vietnam’s first national university and dates back to 1070. It likely has little in common with your alma mater, offering peaceful gardens and temples structures. 

Those wishing to immerse themselves completely in the city’s atmosphere and culture should head to the Old Quarter, where each bustling street is named after the goods or services it provides. It’s busy, noisy and hectic but the perfect way to get a taste of Hanoi life and of course, pick up a bargain or two. 

If tales of the country’s turbulent history or the hustle-bustle of the Old Quarter prove to be a little overwhelming, it’s good to know you can take a little respite on the banks of the Lake of the Restored Sword. It’s conveniently located in the city centre and offers an oasis of leafy calm, complete with Japanese Red Bridge and temple. 

Hanoi tips 

If you are intent on exploring temples, mausoleums or places of worship in the city, it’s important to note that there are always strict dress codes in place which mean that you’ll have to cover up bare arms and legs, so be sure to dress appropriately. For an authentic taste of Hanoi, try Xoi xeo, which is sticky rice topped with mung bean and fried onion.

Hanoi Itineraries

Ho Chi Minh City

Hanoi to Shanghai

6 sailing dates August 2019 to April 2020
32 Nights From Fly From UK, to Arrive UK
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £11239pp
Phnom Penh

Indochina Explorer & Luxury Mekong

4 sailing dates July 2019 to March 2020
22 Nights From Fly From UK, to Silk Islands
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £8429pp
Phnom Penh

Highlights of Vietnam, Cambodia & Luxury Mekong

19 sailing dates June 2019 to April 2020
19 Nights From Fly From UK, to Arrive UK
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £5699pp
Siem Reap

Essence of Vietnam, Cambodia & Luxury Mekong 24 Da

14 sailing dates June 2019 to April 2020
23 Nights From Fly From UK, to Arrive UK
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £7749pp
Phnom Penh

Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi

1 sailing date December 2019
14 Nights From Ho Chi Minh City, to Vietnam , Hanoi
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Phnom Penh

Ultimate Southeast Asia & the Majestic Mekong

1 sailing date January 2019
21 Nights From UK, to UK
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Siem Reap

Ultimate Southeast Asia & the Majestic Mekong

1 sailing date August 2019
22 Nights From UK, to UK
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Siem Reap

Heart of Cambodia & Vietnam - Southbound

47 sailing dates January 2019 to April 2020
19 Nights From UK, to UK
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Ho Chi Minh City

Highlights of Vietnam, Cambodia & Luxury Mekong

41 sailing dates January 2019 to April 2020
17 Nights From Hanoi, Vietnam to Cambodia , Siem Reap
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Siem Reap

Indochina Explorer & Luxury Mekong

10 sailing dates February 2019 to March 2020
20 Nights From Hanoi, Vietnam to , Ho Chi Minh City
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Siem Reap

Treasures & Temples of Vietnam & Cambodia

9 sailing dates September 2019 to April 2020
16 Nights From Hanoi, Vietnam to Cambodia , Siem Reap
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Phnom Penh

Grand Tour of Vietnam & Cambodia

9 sailing dates August 2019 to March 2020
20 Nights From Hanoi, Vietnam to Cambodia , Siem Reap
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Ho Chi Minh City

Grand Tour of Vietnam & Cambodia

7 sailing dates September 2019 to March 2020
20 Nights From Siem Reap, Cambodia to Vietnam , Hanoi
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Phnom Penh

Treasures & Temples of Vietnam & Cambodia

8 sailing dates August 2019 to April 2020
16 Nights From Hanoi, Vietnam to , Ho Chi Minh City
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Ho Chi Minh City

Essence of Vietnam, Cambodia & Luxury Mekong

3 sailing dates February 2019 to April 2019
23 Nights From Hanoi, Vietnam to Cambodia , Siem Reap
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Ho Chi Minh City

Timeless Wonders of Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong

1 sailing date December 2018
14 Nights From Ho Chi Minh City, to Vietnam , Hanoi
Uniworld River Cruises logo FROM £4599pp
Siem Reap

Fascinating Vietnam hanoi ha long bangkok SB

51 sailing dates December 2018 to April 2020
18 Nights From Hanoi, Vietnam to , Bangkok / Laemchabang
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Phnom Penh

Fascinating Vietnam hanoi ha long bay NB

56 sailing dates December 2018 to April 2020
15 Nights From Hanoi, Vietnam to Cambodia , Siem Reap
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Siem Reap

Fascinating Vietnam hanoi ha long bangkok SB

51 sailing dates December 2018 to April 2020
15 Nights From Hanoi, Vietnam to , Ho Chi Minh City
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Hanoi

Vietnam & Cambodia Explorer and Mekong

3 sailing dates February 2019 to April 2019
18 Nights From Hanoi, Vietnam to Cambodia , Siem Reap
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