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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

Hanoi

Imperial Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar

4 sailing dates September 2021 to January 2022
30 Nights From Hanoi (Ha Long Bay), Vietnam, Vietnam to Myanmar , Yangon
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Phnom Penh

Vietnam & Cambodia Discovery

28 sailing dates March 2021 to December 2022
16 Nights From Hanoi (Ha Long Bay), Vietnam, Vietnam to , Saigon (Ho Chi Min City)
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Angkor Wat

Best of Vietnam & Cambodia

33 sailing dates March 2021 to November 2022
21 Nights From Hanoi (Ha Long Bay), Vietnam, Vietnam to Cambodia , Siem Reap
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Phnom Penh

Vietnam & Cambodia Discovery

18 sailing dates March 2021 to March 2022
16 Nights From Hanoi (Ha Long Bay), Vietnam, Vietnam to Cambodia , Siem Reap
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Hanoi

Discover Vietnam and Cambodia

1 sailing date July 2022
17 Nights From Hanoi (Ha Long Bay), Vietnam, Vietnam to , Saigon (Ho Chi Min City)
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Phnom Penh

Natural Wonders of Vietnam & Cambodia

33 sailing dates July 2021 to November 2022
23 Nights From Hanoi (Ha Long Bay), Vietnam, Vietnam to Cambodia , Siem Reap
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Angkor Wat

Vietnam & Cambodia Discovery - Hanoi to Siem Reap

26 sailing dates July 2021 to November 2022
18 Nights From London, United Kingdom to London
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Phnom Penh

Vietnam & Cambodia Discovery - Hanoi to Ho ChiMinh

27 sailing dates July 2021 to November 2022
18 Nights From London, United Kingdom to London
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Chau Doc

From the Mekong Delta to the Temples of Angkor

11 sailing dates July 2021 to December 2021
16 Nights From Hanoi (Ha Long Bay), Vietnam, Vietnam to , Angkor
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Siem Reap

Highlights of Vietnam, Cambodia & Luxury Mekong

25 sailing dates August 2021 to April 2023
19 Nights From Hanoi (Ha Long Bay), Vietnam, Vietnam to , Saigon (Ho Chi Min City)
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Hanoi

Highlights of Vietnam, Cambodia & Luxury Mekong

23 sailing dates July 2021 to May 2023
19 Nights From Hanoi (Ha Long Bay), Vietnam, Vietnam to Cambodia , Siem Reap

Includes flights, overseas transfers, hotel stays in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap and tour

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Phnom Penh

Treasures & Temples of Vietnam & Cambodia

15 sailing dates August 2021 to December 2022
16 Nights From Hanoi (Ha Long Bay), Vietnam, Vietnam to Cambodia , Siem Reap
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Hanoi

Red, Mekong and Yangtze Rivers Odyssey

1 sailing date October 2021
32 Nights From Depart UK, to Arrive UK
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Phnom Penh

Grand Indochina & Luxury Mekong

6 sailing dates July 2021 to December 2021
28 Nights From Hanoi (Ha Long Bay), Vietnam, Vietnam to , Arrive UK
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Hanoi

Hanoi to Siem Reap

17 sailing dates July 2021 to December 2022
20 Nights From Hanoi (Ha Long Bay), Vietnam, Vietnam to Cambodia , Siem Reap
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Phnom Penh

From The Mekong Delta To The Temples Of Angkor

22 sailing dates July 2021 to December 2021
13 Nights From Hanoi (Ha Long Bay), Vietnam, Vietnam to Cambodia , Siem Reap
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Angkor Wat

Essence of Vietnam, Cambodia to Ho Chi Minh City

23 sailing dates July 2021 to April 2023
23 Nights From UK, to Arrive UK
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Siem Reap

Grand Tour of Vietnam & Cambodia from Hanoi

11 sailing dates January 2022 to December 2022
22 Nights From Depart UK, to Arrive UK
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Siem Reap

(DEHA)Treasures & Temples Vietnam&Cambodia to Siem

15 sailing dates August 2021 to December 2022
18 Nights From Depart UK, to Arrive UK
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Siem Reap

(DEHA)Treasures & Temples Vietnam & Cambodia to Ho

16 sailing dates July 2021 to December 2022
18 Nights From Depart UK, to Arrive UK
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