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Avalon Waterways Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong River – Cruise Only Southbound (WSH0)

8 days from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City 
On this unique and inspiring 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 Vinh Long 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 river cruise vacation is sure to create lasting memories!

Ships: Siem Reap - Saigon
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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, 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): 07/12/18, 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 Siem Reap (Embarkation): begin your cruise

Day 2 Kampong Tralach–Konpong Louang–Phnom Penh: ox cart through the countryside and visit a local farmer’s home in Kampong Tralach; visit the silversmith village of Konpong Louang; sightseeing by private cyclo in Phnom Penh including the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum

Day 3 Phnom Penh: visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and one of the Killing Fields; afternoon at leisure; show by children from local orphanage

Day 4 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 5 Vietnam Border Crossing–Chau Doc: visit a local market and the religious sites at Sam Mountain in Chau Doc

Day 6 Long Khong A–Cu Lao Gieng: walking tour of Long Khong 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 workship to see how rice wine & traditional candy are made and a local garden

Day 8 Ho Chi Minh City (Disembarkation): end of vacation

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Itinerary (2018)

Day 1Siem 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. (L,D)

You must meet your Cruise Director in the lobby of our hotel no later than 10:30 am. 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 Siem Reap to Phnom Penh. During this time of year you must meet your Cruise Director at our hotel no later than 8 am. Times are subject to change.
Day 2Cruising: 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 includes visits to the ROYAL PALACE with the spectacular SILVER PAGODA and the NATIONAL MUSEUM, featuring an outstanding display of Khmer artifacts. (B,L,D)
Day 3Cruising: 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 less 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. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore the city. Just before dinner, children from a local orphanage will put on a SHOW featuring local song and dance. (B,L,D)
Day 4Cruising: 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)
Day 5Cruising: Border Crossing––Chau Doc, Vietnam.
 Cross the border this morning into Vietnam and sail to Chau Doc. Upon arrival, walk through the LOCAL MARKET and absorb the atmosphere as locals are busy buying and selling fish, meat, and produce. After lunch, join a sampan excursion 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. (B,L,D)
Day 6Cruising: Long Khong A–Cu Lao Gieng
 After breakfast, 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. 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 for a special INTERACTION WITH A CATHOLIC PRIEST. (B,L,D)
Day 7Cruising: 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 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. (B,L,D)
Day 8Ho Chi Minh City (Disembarkation).
 Your vacation ends this morning with a transfer to our hotel. (B)

Arrival time at our hotel is approximately 8:30 am. Do not book homebound flights prior to 12:30 pm.

Included Avalon Meals

American breakfast daily, 7 lunches, 7 dinners, including a farewell dinner in Ho Chi Minh. 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 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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*02/22/2018 $4,079.00
08/09/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,079.00
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11/08/2018 $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
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12/27/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $3,889.00
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