Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong - Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap

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Introduction

Begin in bustling Ho Chi Minh City, with sightseeing including the Cu Chi Tunnels—a vast network of tunnels used by the Viet Cong. You will also partake in a walking tour of the city's landmarks and a hands-on Vietnamese cooking class. Then, start your cruise on the Mekong River, the thread that connects the people of Southeast Asia. Visit a colourful local market, a sampan builder, and a local establishment to see how rice wine and traditional candy are made. In Phnom Penh, take a tour of the ...

“The food & endless glasses of fine wine were amazing”

The food & endless glasses of fine wine were amazing
The food & endless glasses of fine wine were amazing
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Included Highlights

  • HO CHI MINH CITY (SAIGON) Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit the Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum, Ben Thanh Market; Cu Chi Tunnels excursion
  • 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
  • SA DEC Visit a brick factory, rice factory, local market and the ancient house of Mr Hyunh Thuy Le
  • CHAU DOC Visit a local fish farm and Sam Mountain
  • PHNOM PENH Visit Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields; sightseeing by private cyclo (a type of rickshaw) including Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and National Museum
  • ANGKOR BAN Walking tour through the village
  • SIEM REAP Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple, Ta Prohm and Banteay Srei, Les Artisans d'Angkor, Apsara dance performance
  • WELCOME RECEPTION, CAPTAIN'S RECEPTION AND FAREWELL DINNER

Included in the price

  • Intimate cruising experience on the all-suite Avalon Siem Reap

  • Flights Prices are based on 2 people sharing. In addition a wide range of flights from UK regional airports are also available.

  • Deluxe accommodation An intimate cruise experience on the all-suite Avalon Siem Reap for just 36 passengers. Spacious outside Avalon suites measuring 245 square feet with floor to ceiling sliding glass doors and river views. Each stateroom has hotel-style beds, air-conditioning, large private bathrooms with premium bath amenities, plush bathrobes and slippers. 3 nights at the InterContinental Asiana Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, 2 nights at the Park Hyatt, Siem Reap

  • All meals on board The breakfast buffet offers a wide variety of dishes. Lunch features a buffet and a live cooking station showcasing local specialties served by our Head Chef. In the evening, a four course a la carte dinner awaits you with mouth-watering cuisines. complimentary wine, beer/spirits, tea, coffee, and soft drinks available throughout the day. Meals on tour include 12 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 9 dinners, including a welcome dinner in Ho Chi Minh City and a farewell dinner in Siem Reap

  • Included excursions and sightseeing trips with Local Guides and a choice of optional tours. Bottled water as well as headsets will be available for all guided shore excursions.

  • Professional Cruise Director and staff to help throughout your cruise

  • Gratuities for Cruise Director and crew. Note: tips for local guides are not included.

  • All transfers, local port charges

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Day 1 UK - Ho Chi Minh City

Depart the UK

Day 2 Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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

Day 3 Ho Chi Minh City

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 Rex Hotel for a refreshing DRINK at the popular ROOFTOP BAR where the U.S. Military held the infamous "Five O'Clock Follies" during the war. Next, visit the WAR REMNANTS MUSEUM followed by BEN THANH MARKET, the largest and oldest in the city. For lunch, participate in a hands-on VIETNAMESE COOKING CLASS. Head into the classroom and learn how to prepare different local dishes and the techniques necessary to recreate them once you return home. Last but not least, sample your delicious creations! The afternoon is at your leisure to explore this lively city. Tonight, enjoy a special welcome dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Ho Chi Minh City. Excursion To Cu Chi Tunnels

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 rest of the afternoon and evening at your leisure. Maybe stop at the famous Rex Hotel for a drink and sweeping views of the city. (B)

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. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Cruising: 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 7 Cruising: Chau Doc-Cambodian Border Crossing

Board a sampan for sightseeing around Chau Doc. Along the way you will see scenes of local life, including traditional Vietnamese floating markets and villages. Learn about some of the different species of fish living in the Mekong and see how traditional fishing nets are thrown at a LOCAL FISH FARM. Then, continue down the backwaters of the Mekong to the religious sites at the base of SAM MOUNTAIN. You will also stop to see a LOCAL MARKET where shop owners sell a variety of dried goods. Return to the ship for lunch and head for the Cambodian border. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Cruising: 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 9 Cruising: Phnom Penh-Prek Bang Kong

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, visit the village of PREK BANG KONG, where silk weaving is a well-preserved tradition. Spend time at one house for a SILK WEAVING DEMONSTRATION and to learn more about how silk is produced. (B, L, D)

Day 10 Cruising: 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. (B, L, D)

Day 11 Cruising: 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. 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. (B, L, D)

Day 12 Cruising: Siem Reap (Disembarkation)

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. First, visit the best preserved and most famous of all the temples: ANGKOR WAT, honouring the Hindu god Vishnu. Featuring five trademark towers and stunning bas relief, it has become a symbol of Cambodia. Then, visit BANTEAY SREI, a unique temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Unlike other temples, it is built on a small scale from red sandstone, which can be carved like wood. This evening is at leisure to explore charming Siem Reap—or stay to witness sunset at Angkor Wat! NOTE: 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 sightseeing will begin in the afternoon. 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. (B, L)

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. Lastly, stop at LES ARTISANS D'ANGKOR, a development project teaching young adults traditional handicraft techniques. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure. This evening, enjoy a PRIVATE APSARA DANCE PERFORMANCE, where the ancient Khmer culture is brought to life by talented dancers, singers, and musicians (B, D)

Day 14 Siem Reap

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning (B)

Day 15 Flight land in UK

Note: During low water conditions we may not be able to cruise up river to Tonle Sap. Low water levels vary each year, depending on rainfall, but are generally between mid-December and June. Our ability to cruise to Tonle Sap will be evaluated on a cruise-by-cruise basis.

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Extend your stay in Hanoi and Ha Long Bay ang Luang Prabang at the beginning and the end of your holiday
Days 1-2 Depart UK - Arrive Hanoi.
Day 3 Hanoi. This morning, take time to look at the life of Ho Chi Minh, the father of modern Vietnam. First, visit the Mausoleum and the humble cottage from which "Uncle Ho" ruled Vietnam until his death in 1969. Next on the agenda: One Pillar Pagoda, the Ho Chi Minh Museum and the Presidential Palace. Stop at the infamous "Hanoi Hilton" before continuing to mystical Hoan Kiem Lake, where you will enjoy a brief guided walk. Also visit the ancient Temple of Literature, over 900 years old and Hanoi's first university. Lunch is at Koto, a non-profit restaurant and hospitality program that trains local street children in restaurant skills they can use to find a job and build a stable life. After lunch, enjoy a Cyclo ride through the fascinating Old Quarter, 36 ancient streets where peddlers trade as they have for centuries. An early dinner this evening is followed by a fascinating performance of Hanoi's renowned Water Puppets, a traditional art form dating back to the 11th century. (B,L,D)
Day 4 Hanoi-Ha Long Bay. Travel from Hanoi through the fertile countryside to Hon Gai, gateway to Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located in the Gulf of Tonkin, the Bay is dotted with over 3,000 limestone islands carved into fanciful shapes by the action of the water. Tunnels, caves, and weirdly shaped outcroppings with imaginative names can be found on many of the small islets sprinkled across the bay. Board a Cruise that explores the caves, and admire the beauty and scale before stopping at one of the many secluded bays. (B,L,D)
Day 5 Ha Long Bay - Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh City. Transfer to the airport and fly to Ho Chi Minh City to join Day 2 of the Ho Chi Minh to Bangkok itinerary. (B)
Day 6 - 17. As per the Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap itinerary.
Day 17 Siem Reap - Luang Prabang. Today, fly to Luang Prabang. (B)
Day 18 Luang Prabang. Today, enjoy a full day of sightseeing in this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Start with a visit to the National Museum, formerly the Royal Palace. Nearby is Wat Mai, famous for its 5-tiered roof built in the traditional style of Luang Prabang. You will also visit Wat Visoun and Wat Xieng Thong, often thought to be the most beautiful wat, or monastery, in the city. This afternoon, visit the village of Ban Xang Khong. Here you will witness a Weaving Demonstration and learn about how sa paper is made by hand from the pulp of mulberry trees. (B,L)
Day 19 Luang Prabang. A full day at leisure to explore on your own. You may want to consider an optional morning trip to witness the Tak Bat (almsgiving ceremony), with a visit to a local market. Each morning before dawn, Buddhist monks don their distinctive saffron-colored robes and walk through the streets to collect alms (offerings of food). This is a truly memorable sight you will not soon forget as you personally present alms to the monks and receive their blessings. Afterward, walk through the colorful morning market on the banks of the Mekong River in the center of town. Here you will see locals buy and sell their produce and meats. (B)
Day 20 Luang Prabang - Bangkok. Today, transfer to the airport and fly to Bangkok. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night. (B)
Day 21 Bangkok - UK. After breakfast, depending on the time of your flight, transfer to the airport or enjoy a day at leisure before your flight to the UK. (B)
Day 22 Land UK.

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Extend your stay in Hanoi and Ha Long Bay at the beginning of your holiday
Days 1-2 Depart UK - Arrive Hanoi.
Day 3 Hanoi. Visit Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh Museum, and Temple of Literature; lunch at Koto; take a cyclo ride through the Old Quarter; water puppets performance. (B,L,D)
Day 4 Hanoi - Ha Long Bay. Travel from Hanoi through the fertile countryside to Hon Gai, gateway to Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located in the Gulf of Tonkin, the Bay is dotted with over 3,000 limestone islands carved into fanciful shapes by the action of the water. Tunnels, caves, and weirdly shaped outcroppings with imaginative names can be found on many of the small islets sprinkled across the bay. Board a cruise that explores the caves, and admire the beauty and scale before stopping at one of the many secluded bays. (B, L, D)
Day 5 Ha Long Bay-Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh City. This morning, drive to Hanoi and board your flight for Ho Chi Minh City, join Day 1 of your Ho Chi Minh to Siem Reap itinerary. (B)
Extend your Stay in Luang Prabang at the end of your holiday
Days 1-13 UK - Siem Reap. As per Ho Chi Minh to Bangkok itinerary.
Day 14 Siem Reap - Luang Prabang, Laos. Today fly to Luang Prabang. (B)
Day 15 Luang Prabang. Today enjoy Today, enjoy a full day of sightseeing in this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Start with a visit to the National Museum, formerly the Royal Palace. Nearby is Wat Mai, famous for its 5-tiered roof built in the traditional style of Luang Prabang. You will also visit Wat Visoun and Wat Xieng Thong often thought to be the most beautiful wat, or monastery, in the city. This afternoon, visit the village of Ban Xang Khong. Here you will witness a Weaving Demonstration and learn about how sa paper is made by hand from the pulp of mulberry trees.(B,L)
Day 16 Luang Prabang. A full day at leisure to explore on your own. You may want to consider an optional morning trip to witness the Tak Bat (almsgiving ceremony), with a visit to a local market. Each morning before dawn, Buddhist monks don their distinctive saffron-colored robes and walk through the streets to collect alms (offerings of food). This is a truly memorable sight you will not soon forget as you personally present alms to the monks and receive their blessings. Afterward, walk through the colorful morning market on the banks of the Mekong River in the center of town. Here you will see locals buy and sell their produce and meats.(B)
Day 17 Luang Prabang - Bangkok. Today, transfer to the airport and fly to Bangkok. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night.(B)
Day 18 Bangkok. After breakfast, depending on the time of your flight, transfer to the airport or enjoy a day at leisure before your flight to the UK. (B)

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DECK Lower Higher
SIZE 245 sq ft 245 sq ft
WINDOW 14 ft panoramic window with open air French balcony 14 ft panoramic window with open air French balcony
BEDS Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony
BATHROOM Large en-suite bathroom with full shower Large en-suite bathroom with full shower
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Category B
Mekong Deck
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Tonle Deck
Deck Plan Key:
  1. Open-air observation lounge with premium lounge chairs
  2. Panorama Lounge
  3. Bar
  4. Reception
  5. Spa treatment room
  6. Dining room
  7. Kitchen
  8. Navigation Bridge
  9. Fitness centre

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