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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

Phnom Penh

Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & The Mekong River

18 sailing dates August 2021 to December 2021
15 Nights From Hanoi, Vietnam to Cambodia , Siem Reap
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Siem Reap

The Heart Of Cambodia & Vietnam With Bangkok

54 sailing dates August 2021 to December 2023
20 Nights From Bangkok, Thailand, to Vietnam , Hanoi
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Chau Doc

Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & The Mekong River

55 sailing dates August 2021 to December 2023
15 Nights From Hanoi, Vietnam to , Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Ho Chi Minh City

Grand Indochina & Luxury Mekong

2 sailing dates August 2021 to September 2021
27 Nights From Hanoi, Vietnam to , Bangkok, Thailand
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Angkor Wat

Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City

17 sailing dates September 2021 to November 2022
17 Nights From Hanoi, Vietnam to , Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Hanoi

Highlights of Vietnam, Cambodia & Luxury Mekong

9 sailing dates September 2021 to May 2022
17 Nights From Hanoi, Vietnam to Cambodia , Siem Reap
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Phnom Penh

Essence of Vietnam, Cambodia & Luxury Mekong 1

21 sailing dates August 2021 to April 2023
21 Nights From Hanoi, Vietnam to , Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Phnom Penh

Essence of Vietnam, Cambodia & Luxury Mekong 2

22 sailing dates August 2021 to April 2023
21 Nights From Hanoi, Vietnam to Cambodia , Siem Reap
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Ho Chi Minh City

Hanoi to Siem Reap

20 sailing dates September 2021 to May 2023
17 Nights From Hanoi, Vietnam to Cambodia , Siem Reap
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Angkor Wat

Highlights of Vietnam, Cambodia & Luxury Mekong

13 sailing dates September 2021 to October 2022
17 Nights From Hanoi, Vietnam to Cambodia , Siem Reap
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Ho Chi Minh City

Treasures & Temples of Vietnam & Cambodia

11 sailing dates November 2021 to April 2023
16 Nights From Hanoi, Vietnam to , Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Siem Reap

Indochina Explorer & Luxury Mekong

2 sailing dates September 2021 to November 2021
22 Nights From Depart UK, to Arrive UK
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Ho Chi Minh City

Essence of Vietnam, Cambodia & Luxury Mekong

24 sailing dates August 2021 to April 2023
23 Nights From Depart UK, to Arrive UK
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Phnom Penh

Imperial Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar

4 sailing dates September 2021 to January 2022
30 Nights From Hanoi, Vietnam to Myanmar , Yangon, Myanmar
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Siem Reap

Vietnam & Cambodia Discovery

24 sailing dates August 2021 to December 2022
16 Nights From Hanoi, Vietnam to , Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Hanoi

Hidden Treasures of Vietnam & Cambodia

1 sailing date July 2022
20 Nights From Hanoi, Vietnam to , Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Ho Chi Minh City

Discover Vietnam & Cambodia

16 sailing dates August 2021 to August 2022
16 Nights From Hanoi, Vietnam to Cambodia , Siem Reap
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Phnom Penh

Vietnam & Cambodia Discovery

14 sailing dates August 2021 to March 2022
16 Nights From Hanoi, Vietnam to Cambodia , Siem Reap
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Angkor Wat

Discover Vietnam and Cambodia

1 sailing date July 2022
17 Nights From Hanoi, Vietnam to , Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Ho Chi Minh City

Natural Wonders of Vietnam & Cambodia

30 sailing dates August 2021 to November 2022
23 Nights From Hanoi, Vietnam to Cambodia , Siem Reap
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