From Halong Bay to Hanoi, this is a new and unique way to cruise Vietnam’s enthralling network of rivers in splendour, staying in cabins furnished in brass and teak.

See extraordinary karst rock formations, dating back 20 million years, explore caves in basket boats rowed by fishermen, sail along the Black River and wander through rice terraces.

The 11-day Cruising northern Vietnam trip costs from £2,930 pp (two sharing), including full-board accommodation, transfers, excursions and the services of a local guide.

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