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Avalon Waterways Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong River – Cruise Only Northbound (WHS0)

8 days from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap 
On this unique and inspiring river cruise through Vietnam and Cambodia, you’ll be immersed in the cultures and ancient traditions as you sightsee and spend time with locals in the most interesting places along the mighty Mekong River.

Via sampan, cruise into Vinh Long and experience Vietnamese culture with a visit to a workshop to learn how rice wine and traditional candies are made. See firsthand how handcrafted sampans are built at the home of a family in Cu Lao Gieng. Walk through a colorful market as the locals are busy with their daily routine of buying and selling produce. In the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, tour the National Museum and Royal Palace with its striking Silver Pagoda. Enjoy a song and dance performance by children from a local orphanage. 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. Continue this diverse river cruise and stop in a Silversmith Village to see craftsmen making silver artwork using ancient techniques. Go on an ox cart ride amongst rice paddy fields in the enchanting Cambodian countryside and witness the daily lives of farmers. This once-in-a-lifetime river cruise vacation is sure to create lasting memories!

Ships: Siem Reap - Saigon

Avalon Highlights & Sightseeing

Day 1 Ho Chi Minh City (Embarkation): begin your cruise

Day 2 Vinh Long–Cu Lao Gieng: visit a local workshop and see how rice paper, rice wine, and traditional candy are made in Vinh Long; visit a sampan-making family and interact with a Catholic priest in Cu Lao Gieng

Day 3 Chau Doc–Long Khong A, Vietnam–Cambodian Border Crossing: visit a local fish farm and the religious sites at Sam Mountain in Chau Doc; walking tour of Long Khong A with cotton weaving demonstration

Day 4 Phnom Penh: sightseeing by private cyclo including the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum; afternoon at leisure; show by children from a local orphanage

Day 5 Phnom Penh: visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and one of the Killing Fields

Day 6 Wat Hanchey–Angkor Ban: visit Wat Hanchey and partake in a traditional water blessing by local monks; walking tour through Angkor Ban village with school visit

Day 7 Konpong Louang–Kampong Tralach: visit the silversmith village of Konpong Louang; ox cart ride through the countryside and visit a local farmer’s home in Kampong Tralach

Day 8 Siem Reap (Disembarkation): end of vacation

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Itinerary (2018)

Day 1Ho 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. (L,D)

NOTE:
You must meet your Cruise Director in the lobby of hotel by 9:30 am as your passports must be processed prior to departure from the port. Departure time from the hotel to the ship is 11:30 am.
Day 2Cruising: 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 for a special INTERACTION WITH A CATHOLIC PRIEST. (B,L,D)
Day 3Cruising: Chau Doc–Long Khong A–Cambodian Border Crossing.
 After breakfast, walk through the LOCAL MARKET and absorb the atmosphere as locals are busy buying and selling fish, meat, and produce. Then join a sampan excursion 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, a market 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. Spend time at one house for a COTTON-WEAVING DEMONSTRATION and a chance to talk with the family. Return to the ship and head for the Cambodian border. (B,L,D)
Day 4Cruising: Phnom Penh.
 The capital city of Phnom Penh retains its French charm to this day. This morning, your sightseeing tour by private cyclo 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. Just before dinner, children from a local orphanage will put on a SHOW featuring local song and dance. (B,L,D)
Day 5Cruising: 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 more than 200,000 people were killed by the Khmer Rouge. After lunch, depart Phnom Penh and enjoy some time at leisure on the ship. (B,L,D)
Day 6Cruising: 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. (B,L,D)

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 7Cruising: Konpong Louang–Kampong Tralach.
 Today, start your sightseeing at the SILVERMITH VILLAGE of Konpong Louang. Here you will 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). After the rainy season, this massive body of water can cover around 10,000 square miles and is the perfect breeding ground for fish, which play a vital role in providing food for people living on the lake. (B,L,D)

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 so this will be evaluated on a cruise-by-cruise basis.
Day 8Cruising: Siem Reap (Disembarkation).
 Your vacation ends this morning with a transfer to our hotel. (B)

NOTE:
Arrival time at our hotel is approximately 9:30 am. Do not book homebound flights prior to 12 pm. During low water conditions, generally mid-December to August, we will not be able to cruise across Tonle Sap to Siem Reap. In these cases, we will fly from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap and will arrive at approximately 12 pm. Do not book homebound flights prior to 4 pm. Times are subject to change.

Included Avalon Meals

American breakfast daily, 7 lunches, 7 dinners, including a welcome dinner in Ho Chi Minh City. While on board the ship, enjoy complimentary wine with lunch & dinner and complimentary coffee, tea, soft drinks, local beer, and local spirits throughout the day.

Avalon Pricing Details

Gratuities to Local Guides & drivers are included.

Price is per person, based on double room occupancy.

Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

Prices shown above include cruise in Category B in a Panorama Suite on Mekong Deck.

To upgrade to a Category A on the Tonle Deck, add $400 per person in double occupancy or $800 in single occupancy.

Avalon Notes

  • During low water conditions, generally mid-December to August, we will not be able to sail across Tonle Sap and will fly from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. No sightseeing will be missed. Low water conditions vary from year to year, so this will be evaluated on a cruise-by-cruise basis.

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Avalon Tour Dates

Tour Land StartAvalon RetailRequest Quote
*02/15/2018 $4,079.00
*03/15/2018 $4,079.00
*03/29/2018 $3,889.00
07/05/2018 $3,079.00
08/02/2018 $3,079.00
08/16/2018 $3,079.00
08/30/2018 $3,669.00
09/13/2018 $3,669.00
09/20/2018 $3,889.00
09/27/2018 $3,889.00
10/04/2018 $4,079.00
10/11/2018 $4,079.00
10/25/2018 $4,079.00
11/01/2018 $4,079.00
11/15/2018 $4,079.00
11/22/2018 $4,079.00
11/29/2018 $4,079.00
12/06/2018 $3,889.00
12/13/2018 $3,669.00
12/20/2018 $3,669.00
12/27/2018 $3,889.00
01/03/2019 $4,199.00
01/10/2019 $4,199.00
01/17/2019 $4,199.00
01/24/2019 $4,199.00
01/31/2019 $4,199.00
02/07/2019 $4,199.00
02/14/2019 $4,199.00
02/21/2019 $4,199.00
02/28/2019 $4,199.00
03/07/2019 $4,199.00
03/14/2019 $4,199.00
03/21/2019 $4,199.00
03/28/2019 $3,999.00
04/04/2019 $3,999.00
04/11/2019 $3,999.00
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