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Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & The Mekong

From £4,612 pp

On this unique and inspiring Southeast Asia river cruise through Vietnam and Cambodia, you’ll be immersed in the cultures and ancient traditions as you sight see and spend time with locals in the most fascinating places along the mighty Mekong River. Spend time in the bustling Ho Chi Minh City which combines historic architecture with modern skyscrapers. See the famous landmarks and try your hand in the kitchen – Vietnamese-style, with a cooking class.

Go back in time with an excursion to the Cu Chi Tunnels where you’ll have an opportunity to walk through a section of the immense underground tunnel system used extensively during the Vietnam War. Embark on your river cruise along the Mekong River and immerse yourself in the local cultures with a visit to a colorful market, the home of a local family making handcrafted sampans, and a workshop to learn how rice wine and traditional candies are made. In the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, tour the National Museum and Royal Palace with its striking Silver Pagoda. On a hilltop at the site of the 8th-century temple of Wat Hanchey, take in the stunning views before walking through the rural village of Angkor Ban to visit with welcoming schoolchildren.

Go on an ox cart ride amongst rice paddy fields and witness the daily lives of farmers. The grand finale of this memorable Southeast Asia river cruise is a stay in Siem Reap, home to the phenomenal Temples of Angkor with an intricacy and architectural grandeur unmatched in the world. See the splendor of the Bayon temple featuring some 200 mysterious faces carved in its many towers.

Then enjoy an inspiring Aspara dance performance – a perfect ending to this remarkable and cultural journey!

What’s Included:

  • VIP private home pick up service within 100 miles of your UK airport
  • Flights, Transfers and Port Fees
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on board daily
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with Breakfast: wine, Beer and soft drinks with Lunch & Dinner daily on board
  • Comprehensive programme of included excursions
  • Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options
  • Avalon adventure host available as your guide
  • Adventure centre, complimentary active gear, bicycles, maps
  • Cruise director on board
  • All Gratuities on board
  • Spacious outside Deluxe staterooms with enhanced soundproofing
  • Complimentary WIFI
  • Complimentary Bottled water daily
  • Fitness centre
  • Skydeck, Whirl Pool, Game area
Market, Ho Ch Minh City, Vietnam
Day 1 - UK - Ho Chi Minh City

Depart UK

Day 2 - Ho Chi Minh City

Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City, still known as Saigon to many. Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.

Day 2 - Ho Chi Minh City
Day 3 - Ho Chi Minh City

Motorbikes, monuments and mouthwatering cuisine. CLASSIC Take a walking tour of Ho Chi Minh City’s historic landmarks, including a stop at the Rex Hotel for a refreshing drink at the rooftop bar where the U.S. Military held the infamous “Five O’Clock Follies” during the war.

Then visit the War Remnants Museum and bustling Ben Thanh Market. DISCOVERY For lunch, participate in a hands-on Vietnamese cooking class. Learn to prepare several local dishes and how to recreate them at home.

Last, but not least, sample your delicious creations! Explore the city further during free time this afternoon. This evening join your travelling companions for a special welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 3 - Ho Chi Minh City

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 - Ho Chi Minh City

This morning, leave the city and drive through vast expanses of rice paddies to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, an extraordinary network of tunnels more than 120 miles in length that was used by the Viet Cong as a hideout and secret village during the war.

Learn about how the tunnels were constructed and you will have a chance to walk through a section to experience what life would have been like underground. Return to Ho Chi Minh City and enjoy the rest of the afternoon and evening at your leisure.

Day 4 -  Ho Chi Minh City

Breakfast

Day 5 - Ho Chi Minh City (Embarkation)

This morning, transfer to the port on the Saigon River and board your river cruise vessel to start your cruise up the Mekong River through Vietnam and Cambodia.

Get acquainted with the ship and relax before your welcome reception this evening.

Day 5 - Ho Chi Minh City (Embarkation)

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 - Vinh Long - Cu Lao Gieng

This morning, board a sampan for a scenic cruise to Vinh Long. Upon arrival, visit a local workshop to see how rice paper, rice wine, and traditional candies are made. Other surprises await for those who are brave.

After lunch on the ship, enjoy scenes of daily life along the river near Cu Lao Gieng via sampan. Stop at a local home where a skilled family works together to hand-craft sampans for a living.

Then, ride a specially designed motor cart to one of Vietnam’s oldest churches.

Day 6 - Vinh Long - Cu Lao Gieng

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 - Chau Doc - Cambodian Border Crossing

After breakfast walk through the local market and absorb the atmosphere as locals are busy buying and selling fish, meat and local produce.

Later enjoy a sampan cruise down the backwaters of the Mekong to the religious sites at the base of Sam Mountain.. Along the way see traditional floating homes, speedboat merchants, markets selling dried goods and more.

After lunch a sampan brings you to the village of Long Khong A, where cotton weaving is a well preserved tradition. Return to the ship and set sail for the Cambodian border.

Day 7 - Chau Doc - Cambodian Border Crossing

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 - Phnom Penh

The capital city of Phnom Penh retains its French charm to this day. This morning, your sightseeing tour by private cyclo (a three wheeled bicycle taxi) includes visits to the Royal Palace with the spectacular Silver Pagoda and the National Museum, featuring an outstanding display of Khmer artifacts.

The remainder of the day is at your leisure to enjoy the city. Consider a guided optional tour of a local brewery with free-flowing local beer! Just before dinner, children from a local orphanage will perform a show featuring local song and dance.

Day 8 -  Phnom Penh

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 9 - Phnom Penh

Sightseeing this morning provides a glimpse of the atrocities inflicted on the Cambodian people by the Khmer Rouge regime. Visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, a former high school that housed over 17,000 prisoners. Of this number, it is believed that fewer than 15 survived the torture and avoided being sent to the Killing Fields.

You will also visit one of the Killing Fields, where over 200,000 people were killed by the Khmer Rouge. After lunch, depart Phnom Penh and enjoy some time at leisure .

Day 9 - Phnom Penh

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10 - Wat Hanchey - Angkor Ban

This morning, visit Wat Hanchey, a temple dating back to the 8th century and the Chenla Empire. Located on a hilltop, enjoy stunning views of the surrounding area and partake in a traditional Water Blessing given by local monks.

After lunch, enjoy a walking tour through the rural village of Angkor Ban. Here you will see traditional Khmer houses and visit a local school.

NOTE: The climb to Wat Hanchey features a steep incline. If you feel you are unable to make the climb, you will be driven to the top by car.

Day 10 -  Wat Hanchey - Angkor Ban

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11 - Konpong Louang - Kampong Tralach

Today, start your sightseeing at the silversmith village of Konpong Louang. See talented craftsmen use age-old techniques to turn pure silver into works of art. Continue on to Kampong Tralach for an ox cart ride past rice paddy fields and the beautiful Cambodian countryside. Along the way, stop to meet a local farmer and learn about his daily life. Return to the ship for lunch.

This afternoon, cruise up the Tonle River to Tonle Sap (Great Lake).

NOTE: During low water conditions, generally mid-December to August, we will not be able to cruise up the Tonle River to Tonle Sap. Low water conditions vary from year to year, depending on rainfall so this will be evaluated on a cruise-by-cruise basis.

Day 11 - Konpong Louang - Kampong Tralach

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 12 - Siem Reap (Disembarkation)

A pilgrimage of inspirational beauty fly to Siem Reap, home to the Temples of Angkor, considered by many to be the most spectacular architectural ruins on Earth! This morning, arrive in Siem Reap and start your sightseeing of the Temples of Angkor, considered by many to be the most spectacular architectural ruins on Earth.

Constructed between the 9th and 13th centuries, the temples were built around the Khmer interpretations of Indian religious and political beliefs that ultimately evolved from Hinduism to Buddhism. The complex architectural grandeur of the Angkor temples is arguably unmatched among ancient ruins anywhere in the world.

Day 12 - Siem Reap (Disembarkation)

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 13 - Siem Reap

Today, continue your sightseeing of the Angkor temples by tuk-tuk. Start at Angkor Thom where you will explore Bayon Temple.

One of the few Buddhist temples in Angkor, it features some 200 striking faces carved in 54 towers and impressive bas reliefs. Next stop is Ta Prohm, which, unlike the other temples, has been left relatively untouched.

Tree roots grow over and through the ruin walls, allowing you to experience the temple with the same wonder as the early explorers who discovered it.

Day 13 - Siem Reap

Breakfast & Dinner

Day 14 - Siem Reap

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Breakfast

Day 15 - Arrive in the UK
Day 1 - UK - Siem Reap

Depart UK

Day 2 - Siem Reap

Welcome to Siem Reap, your base during your visit to Angkor, considered by many to be the most spectacular architectural ruins on Earth.

NOTE: Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.

Day 2 - Siem Reap
Day 3 - Siem Reap

This morning, start your sightseeing of the Temples of Angkor. Constructed between the 9th and 13th centuries, the temples were built around the Khmer interpretations of Indian religious and political beliefs that ultimately evolved from Hinduism to Buddhism.

The complex architectural grandeur of the Angkor temples is arguably unmatched among ancient ruins anywhere in the world. First, visit the best preserved and most famous of all the temples: Angkor Wat, honouring the Hindu god Vishnu.

Day 3 - Siem Reap

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 - Siem Reap

Today, continue your sightseeing of the Angkor temples by tuk-tuk. Start at Angoer Thom where you will explore Bayon Temple.

One of the few Buddhist temples in Angkor, it features some 200 striking faces carved in 54 towers and impressive bas reliefs. Next stop is Ta Prohm, which, unlike the other temples, has been left relatively untouched.

Tree roots grow over and through the ruin walls, allowing you to experience the temple with the same wonder as the early explorers who discovered it.

Day 4 - Siem Reap

Breakfast & Dinner

Day 5 - Siem Reap (Embarkation)

This morning, transfer to the port and board your river cruise vessel for your cruise down the Mekong through Cambodia and Vietnam.

This afternoon, enjoy time on board the ship as you cruise through Tonle Sap (Great Lake). After the rainy season, this massive body of water can cover around 10,000 square miles and provides the perfect breeding ground for fish, which provide food for people living on the lake. This evening, enjoy a welcome reception.

NOTE: During low water conditions, generally mid-December to August, we will not be able to cruise on Tonle Sap. In these cases, we will fly from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh for embarkation. No included sightseeing will be missed. Low water conditions vary from year to year, so this will be evaluated on a cruise-by-cruise basis.

Day 5 - Siem Reap (Embarkation)

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 - Kampong Tralach – Konpong Louang – Phnom Penh

Today, visit Kampong Tralach for an Ox Cart Ride past rice paddy fields and the beautiful Cambodian countryside. Along the way, stop to meet with a local farmer and learn more about his daily life.

Lastly, visit the silversmith village of Konpong Louang. Here you will see talented craftsmen use age-old techniques to turn pure silver into works of art.

Then sail to the capital city of Phnom Penh. After lunch, your sightseeing tour by private cyclo (a three wheeled taxi).

Day 6 - Kampong Tralach – Konpong Louang – Phnom Penh

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 - Phnom Penh

Sightseeing this morning provides a glimpse of the atrocities inflicted on the Cambodian people by the Khmer Rouge regime. Visit the Tuol Slenf Genocide Museum, a former high school that housed over 17,000 prisoners.

Of this number, it is believed that less than 15 survived the torture and avoided being sent to the Killing Fields. You will also visit one of the Killing Fiewlds, where over 200,000 people were killed by the Khmer Rouge. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore the city.

Day 7 - Phnom Penh

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 9 - Vietnam Border Crossing - Chau Doc

Cross the border this morning into Vietnam. A sampan brings you to the village of Long Khong A, where cotton weaving is a well preserved tradition. Spend time at one house for a cotton weaving demonstration and a chance to talk with the family.

After lunch, join a sampan excursion around down the backwaters of the river to the religious sites at the base of Sam Mountain. Along the way, see traditional floating homes, speedboat merchants, a market selling dried goods, and more.

Day 9 -  Vietnam Border Crossing - Chau Doc

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10 - Cu Lao Gieng

This morning, enjoy time at leisure on board the ship as we sail to Cu Lao Gieng. In the afternoon, board a sampan and enjoy scenes of daily life along the river.

Stop at a local home, where a skilled family works together to hand-craft sampans for a living. Then, ride a specially designed motor cart to one of Vietnam’s oldest churches.

Day 10 - Cu Lao Gieng

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11 - Ben Tre

This morning, board a sampan for a scenic cruise to Ben Tre. Visit a local workshop to see how rice wine and traditional coconut candy is made.

Then, continue on to a garden where several types of fruit indigenous to the area are grown. This afternoon, enjoy time on board the ship as we sail to exciting Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 11 - Ben Tre

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 12 - Ho Chi Minh City (Disembarkation)

Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City, still known as Saigon to many.

This morning, enjoy a walking tour of the city’s famous and historic landmarks as you stroll through the heart of the city along Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat) past Ho Chi Minh Square, the Municipal Theatre, the Central Post Office, and Notre Dame Cathedral.

Stop at the Caravelle Hotel for a refreshing drink at the popular roof top bar where the U.S. Military held the infamous ‘Five O’Clock Follies.

Day 12 - Ho Chi Minh City (Disembarkation)

Breakfast & Lunch

Day 13 - Ho Chi Minh City

This morning, leave the city and drive through vast expanses of rice paddies to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, an extraordinary network of tunnels more than 120 miles in length that was used by the Viet Cong as a hideout and secret village during the war.

Here you will learn about how the tunnels were constructed and have a chance to walk through a section to experience what life would have been like underground. Return to Ho Chi Minh City and enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at your leisure.

Day 13 - Ho Chi Minh City

Breakfast & Dinner

Day 14 - Ho Chi Minh City

Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

Day 15 - Arrive in the UK

Arrive in the Uk

With its colonial charm and modern features, Avalon Saigon is specifically designed to offer the best cruise experience on the Mekong River, and is one of only two ships cruising from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap and vice versa.

Accommodating up to 36 passengers, the ship is built as long and wide as other ships that carry twice as many guests, so the public spaces never feel congested.

From the air-conditioned Panorama Lounge to the open-air observation lounge, there are plenty of places to relax, and with lounges located at the front of the ship, you’ll always have a great view.

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • Air-conditioned Panorama Lounge
  • Bar serving premium spirits, wine & complimentary coffee, tea, soft drinks, and local beer/spirits throughout the day
  • Fitness Room
  • Open-air observation lounge with shade system & premium lounge chairs
  • Spacious, open-seating dining room
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access in the lounges (where signal is available)
  • Library and games
  • Spa treatment room
  • Non-smoking interior and staterooms

Accommodation & Amenities

  • 18 elegantly appointed staterooms 245 ft²
  • Located over 2 decks Tonle Deck & Mekong Deck
  • All staterooms feature large open air Balcony
  • Finest Egyptian Linens
  • Choice of bed configuration, Twin or king size

Cat A Stateroom

245 ft² – Tonle Deck

  • Comfort Collection BedsSM, featuring premium mattress covers
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, woolen blankets and European-style duvets
  • Soft and firm pillows
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • Large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer and premium bath amenities
  • Wall-to-wall panoramic window measuring 14-feet wide that opens to transform the living space into a large, Open-Air Balcony®
  • Spacious wardrobe with shelves for ample storage
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Alarm Clock
  • In-house telephone
  • Bottled water
  • Bathrobes and Slippers
  • >li>Individual climate control

Cat B Stateroom

245 ft² – Mekong Deck

  • Comfort Collection BedsSM, featuring premium mattress covers
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, woolen blankets and European-style duvets
  • Soft and firm pillows
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • Large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer and premium bath amenities
  • Wall-to-wall panoramic window measuring 14-feet wide that opens to transform the living space into a large, Open-Air Balcony®
  • Spacious wardrobe with shelves for ample storage
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Alarm Clock
  • In-house telephone
  • Bottled water
  • Bathrobes and Slippers
  • Individual climate control

The all-suite Avalon Siem Reap has been designed to provide a luxurious and intimate experience for just 36 guests and give you the chance to experience life along the Mekong. Built by local craftsmen, the ship has modern features yet still retains and reflects the charms of Vietnam and Cambodia.

Avalon Siem Reap also delivers a refreshing outdoor experience, with all suites opening to the outside and two comfortable lounges offering unrivalled panoramic views. From the air-conditioned Panorama Lounge to the open-air observation lounge, there is plenty of seating and spots to relax. Plus, our lounges are located at the front of the ship, so no matter where you sit you’ll always have a great view.

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • Air-conditioned Panorama Lounge
  • Bar serving premium spirits, wine & complimentary coffee, tea, soft drinks, and local beer/spirits throughout the day
  • Fitness Room
  • Open-air observation lounge with shade system & premium lounge chairs
  • Spacious, open-seating dining room
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access in the lounges (where signal is available)
  • Library and games
  • Spa treatment room
  • Non-smoking interior and staterooms

Accommodation & Amenities

  • 18 elegantly appointed staterooms 245 ft²
  • Located over 2 decks Tonle Deck & Mekong Deck
  • All staterooms feature large open air Balcony
  • Finest Egyptian Linens
  • Choice of bed configuration, Twin or king size

Cat A Stateroom

245 ft² – Tonle Deck

  • Comfort Collection BedsSM, featuring premium mattress covers
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, woolen blankets and European-style duvets
  • Soft and firm pillows
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • Large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer and premium bath amenities
  • Wall-to-wall panoramic window measuring 14-feet wide that opens to transform the living space into a large, Open-Air Balcony®
  • Spacious wardrobe with shelves for ample storage
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Alarm Clock
  • In-house telephone
  • Bottled water
  • Bathrobes and Slippers
  • Individual climate control

Cat B Stateroom

245 ft² – Mekong Deck

  • Comfort Collection BedsSM, featuring premium mattress covers
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, woolen blankets and European-style duvets
  • Soft and firm pillows
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • Large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer and premium bath amenities
  • Wall-to-wall panoramic window measuring 14-feet wide that opens to transform the living space into a large, Open-Air Balcony®
  • Spacious wardrobe with shelves for ample storage
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Alarm Clock
  • In-house telephone
  • Bottled water
  • Bathrobes and Slippers
  • Individual climate control

2020 Departures 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th, 26th January 2020 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th February 2020. 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 22nd, 23rd, 29th, 30th March 2020. 5th, 6th April 2020. 13th, 27th July 2020. 10th, 24th August 2020. 7th, 21st, 28th September 2020. 12th, 19th, 26th October 2020. 2nd, 16th, 23rd, 30th November 2020. 21st, 28th December 2020. Prices from £4,612 pp  (Based on 22 March 2020 sailing) 

2021 Departures 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th January 2021. 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd February 2021. 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th March 2021. 5th April 2021 Prices from £4,694 pp  (Based on 29 March 2021 sailing) 

Cruise price based on Cat B in a Panorama suite on Mekong Deck. To upgrade to Cat A on Tonle Deck, add £370 per person. Sailing on Avalon Suite Ships Siem Reap or Saignon. Gratuities during excursions are to be paid locally. Extra nights in Ho Chi Minh City, Siem Reap, Bangkok and Hanoi are available – Please call us for more details. Solo occupancy offers are available on selected dates – please call for details


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