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Avalon Waterways Mekong Discovery – Cruise Only Southbound (WSH0)

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

In the enchanting Cambodian countryside, go on an ox cart ride amongst rice paddy fields and witness the daily lives of farmers. In a Silversmith Village, see craftsmen making silver artwork using ancient techniques. French influences are still apparent in the lovely capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh. Here you’ll tour the National Museum and Royal Palace with its striking Silver Pagoda and enjoy a song and dance performance by children at 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 your river cruise into Vietnam where you’ll walk through a colorful market as the locals are busy with their daily routine of buying and selling produce. See firsthand how handcrafted sampans are built at the home of a family in Cu Lao Gieng. Via sampan, cruise into Ben Tre and experience Vietnamese culture with a visit to a workshop to learn how rice wine and traditional candies are made. This once-in-a-lifetime Southeast Asia river cruise vacation is sure to create lasting memories!

Ships: Siem Reap - Saigon
Special Offer/Promotion

Avalon Waterways Promotions & Special Offers

  • Save $1,000 per couple on select 2018 Avalon Waterways Mekong & Irrawaddy river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 04/05/18, 07/12/18, 09/06/18, 09/20/18, 09/27/18, 10/04/18, 10/11/18, 11/01/18, 11/15/18, 11/22/18, 11/29/18, 01/10/19, 01/17/19, 01/24/19, 01/31/19, 02/07/19, 02/14/19, 02/21/19, 02/28/19, 03/07/19, 03/14/19, 03/21/19, 03/28/19, 04/04/19, 04/11/19
  • Save $2,000 per couple on select 2018 Avalon Waterways Mekong & Irrawaddy river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 07/26/18, 08/09/18, 12/13/18, 12/20/18, 12/27/18, 01/03/19
  • Single supplement waived on select 2018 Avalon Irrawaddy and Mekong river cruise departures*
Restrictions May Apply

Avalon Highlights & Sightseeing

Day 1 Phnom Penh (Embarkation): Onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Wat Hanchey–Angkor Ban: Visit Wat Hanchey and partake in a traditional water blessing by local monks; walking tour in Angkor Ban with school visit

Day 3 Kampong Tralach–Konpong Louang–Phnom Penh: Ox cart ride through the countryside and visit a local farmer’s home in Kampong Tralach; visit the silversmith village of Konpong Louang; visit the Tuol Sleng Museum and one of the Killing Fields in Phnom Penh

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

Day 5 Border Crossing–Chau Doc: Visit a local market and the religious sites at Sam Mountain in Chau Doc

Day 6 Long Khanh A–Cu Lao Gieng: Walking tour of Long Khanh A with cotton-weaving demonstration; visit a sampan-making family and interact with a Catholic priest in Cu Lao Gieng

Day 7 Ben Tre: Visit a local garden and a local workshop to see how rice wine and traditional candy are made

Day 8 Ho Chi Minh City (Disembarkation): Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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WSH - Take this cruise with land stays

Itinerary (2019)

Day 1PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA (EMBARKATION)
 Welcome to Cambodia. Your intimate Suite Ship® Awaits!

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

AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO WAT HANCHEY

(L,D)
Day 2WAT HANCHEY–ANGKOR BAN
 Water Blessings and Back-to-School Adventures

DISCOVERY Visit Wat Hanchey, a hilltop temple dating back to the 8th century. Climb or be driven to the top where you will enjoy stunning views of the surrounding area and partake in a traditional water blessing given by local monks.

DISCOVERY After lunch, enjoy a Walking Tour through the rural village of Angkor Ban. Here, you will visit a traditional Khmer house and interact with children at a local school.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO KONPONG LOUANG

(B,L,D)
Day 3KAMPONG TRALACH–KONPONG LOUANG–PHNOM PENH
 Calm in the Cambodian Countryside

DISCOVERY Your Guided Sightseeing starts in Kampong Tralach with an Ox-Cart Ride through the beautiful Cambodian countryside. Along the way, stop to meet a local farmer and learn about his daily life. At the silversmith village in Konpong Louang see talented craftsmen use age-old techniques to turn pure silver into works of art.

Sail to the capital city of Phnom Penh this afternoon.

PHNOM PENH

Shining a Light on a Dark History

CLASSIC After lunch, join a Guided a Visit to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and one of the notorious Killing Fields for a glimpse into the atrocities inflicted on the Cambodian people by the Khmer Rouge regime.

This evening, spend some free time to explore the city on your own. Perhaps follow the riverfront promenade to the historic Foreign Correspondents Club (FCC).

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN PHNOM PENH

(B,L,D)
Day 4PHNOM PENH
 Bonjour! French Charm Lives in Cambodia

CLASSIC Join a Guided Tour of the city by private cyclo with 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 yours to enjoy at your leisure, 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.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIETNAM/CAMBODIA BORDER

(B,L,D)
Day 5BORDER CROSSING–CHAU DOC, VIETNAM
 Good Morning Vietnam!

DISCOVERY Take a Village Walk through the Chau Doc market, and absorb the atmosphere as locals are busy buying and selling fish, meat, and produce. After lunch, embark on a Guided Excursion down the backwaters of the Mekong. Along the way, see traditional floating homes, speedboat merchants, religious sites, a market selling dried goods, and more.

EVENING CRUISE TO LONG KHANH A

(B,L,D)
Day 6LONG KHANH A–CU LAO GIENG
 Cotton Weavers & Sampan Makers

DISCOVERY This morning, a sampan brings you to the village of Long Khanh A, for a Cotton-Weaving Demonstration of this well-preserved tradition.

DISCOVERY This afternoon, enjoy scenes of daily life along the river near Cu Lao Gieng via sampan. Join a Guided Excursion to a local home, where a skilled family hand-crafts sampan boats. Then, ride a motor cart to one of Vietnam’s oldest churches for a special interaction with a Catholic priest.

EVENING CRUISE TO BEN TRE

(B,L,D)
Day 7BEN TRE
 Sweets and Sampans

DISCOVERY Board a sampan this morning to Visit a Local Workshop in Ben Tre to see how rice paper, rice wine, and traditional candies are made. Continue on to a local 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.

AFTERNOON CRUISE TO HO CHI MINH CITY

(B,L,D)
Day 8HO CHI MINH CITY (DISEMBARKATION)
 Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

(B)

Avalon Pricing Details

Gratuities for Local Guides & drivers are included (excludes extensions which are to be paid locally).

All prices are per person based on double room occupancy.

Avalon offers the opportunity for solo travelers to sail with no single supplement (subject to availability). Please call for single accommodation details and prices. 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 Siem Reap to Phnom Penh. 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
08/09/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,079.00
09/06/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,669.00
09/20/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,889.00
09/27/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,889.00
10/04/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $4,079.00
10/11/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $4,079.00
11/01/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $4,079.00
11/15/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $4,079.00
11/29/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $4,079.00
12/06/2018 $3,889.00
12/13/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,669.00
12/27/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,889.00
01/03/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $4,199.00
01/10/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $4,199.00
01/17/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $4,199.00
01/24/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $4,199.00
01/31/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $4,199.00
02/07/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $4,199.00
02/14/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $4,199.00
02/21/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $4,199.00
02/28/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $4,199.00
03/07/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $4,199.00
03/14/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $4,199.00
03/21/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $4,199.00
03/28/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $3,999.00
04/04/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $3,999.00
04/11/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $3,999.00
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