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April 11, 2019

QuirkyCruise Reader Review: ANGKOR PANDAW on Vietnam’s Red River (Pandaw) by Rachael

Vietnam’s Red River (Pandaw) by Rachael

REVIEWER

Rachael from the US.

CRUISE LINE

Pandaw.

SHIP

Angkor Pandaw.

DESTINATION

Halong Bay and Red River, Vietnam.

# OF NIGHTS

10.

DEPARTURE DATE & PORTS

May 2018, from Halong Bay, Vietnam.

OVERALL RATING

5 out of 5 stars (5=excellent, 4=very good, 3=good, 2=poor, 1=terrible)

-Food Rating: 5

-Cabin Rating: 5

-Service/Crew Rating: 5

-Itinerary Rating: 4

HAVE YOU BEEN ON A SMALL SHIP CRUISE BEFORE?

I’ve been on 1 small ship cruise.

REVIEW

I truly enjoyed all aspects of this cruise.  The first few days centered on the picturesque Halong Bay, weaving through the massive limestone rock formations. Sunrise was a particularly beautiful and calming time of day. From there, the trip was more about the day excursions than the river sites. We had the opportunity to see villages and interact with people locally. We could learn about the different customs, village life, and more intimate gatherings in these areas. I loved that this trip was not about shopping at all.

My only frustration is that we were often being shuffled back onto the boat when I wanted to stay in the town. I didn’t really understand the rush when the travel distance on the river was never extensive.

The food on the ship was delicious, it was a good mix of authentic Vietnamese food and more western options too. And the chef graciously provided me all the recipes of dishes that I particularly loved.

Overall a wonderful trip that I would highly recommend.

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