Beginning in China's Yunnan province, the Red River enters Vietnam at Lào Cai Province, continues its southeasterly course through northwestern Viet Nam. The river flows past the Ha Noi before emptying into the Gulf of Tonkin. Due to the reddish-brown heavily silt-laden water, it is called the Red River (“sông Hồng” in Vietnamese).
The Red River is notorious for its violent floods with its seasonally wide volume fluctuations. It has a reddish-brown tint because of the silt which fertilizes the land along the river. The Red River delta is a major agricultural area of Viet Nam.
Nowadays, the Red River is still an important travel and transportation route. There are many Red River tours that bring visitors to various sites along the river banks. With canoe and small boat, travelers can escape from the city, enjoy fresh air, learn the history of the river and experience Ha Noi in a brand new way. You also see the charming riverside landscape, ancient beauty of the old temples, visiting residents traditional handicraft village and see their daily life.
The trip usually starts at the Chuong Duong Do Wharf. It then will take you to pagodas, including Dam Pagoda and Dai Lo temple in Thuong Tin suburban district. Lunch is served on board. In the afternoon, you will stop at Chu Dong Tu pagoda where Chu Dong Tu, one of the four immortal gods in the Vietnamese pantheon is worshipped. The last stop is Bat Trang pottery village, where you can look at the arts and crafts of the local people and possible shop for some special gifts.
The boat will take you back to the wharf at around 4.30pm.