CruiseSet to launch in mid-2023, RV Song Hong will join RV Angkor on North Vietnam's river sailings.

When the river calls, Pandaw answers with a new ship

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Pandaw's new ship, the RV Song Hong, will feature 10 staterooms, indoor and outdoor dining, and an all-round promenade deck.
Pandaw's new ship, the RV Song Hong, will feature 10 staterooms, indoor and outdoor dining, and an all-round promenade deck. Photo Credit: Pandaw

Fast-growing demand for North Vietnam river cruises is compelling Pandaw to add another ship for the route.

Launching in mid-2023, the RV Song Hong, which means "Red River," will join the company’s RV Angkor on its expedition through North Vietnam’s Red and Black River networks from Halong Bay to the mountains beyond.

According to Pandaw, cruises on RV Angkor are currently booked for months in advance.

RV Song Hong will be built locally in Haiphong, Vietnam, and will be fitted out in sustainably sourced hardwood. It will feature Pandaw's signature promenade deck all around the ship and will offer a choice of indoor or outdoor dining, in the saloon or aft deck. The new ship will feature 10 staterooms, which will be larger than the cabins usually available on Pandaw ships.

Similar to other Pandaw ships, the vessel has been designed with an ultra-shallow draft for coping with tricky waterways.

Pandaw founder Paul Strachan explains: "Only on one of our very clever, smaller Pandaws could we do what we do in so navigationally challenged environment as the Red River, this fits with an increasing demand from our regulars for smaller ships that can go deeper."

Pandaw first began cruising the Red River in 2015, offering insights and scenery around the life and culture of North Vietnam as well as time spent in and around Hanoi.

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