Ultimate Southeast Asia & the Majestic Mekong - Northbound

This inspiring Southeast Asia river cruise vacation begins in vibrant Bangkok, Thailand. A boat ride on the klongs, Bangkok’s famous canals, is the perfect way to start your sightseeing. Continue at the Grand Palace featuring the Temple of the Emerald Buddha followed by the Temple of the Reclining Buddha—the oldest and largest Buddhist temple in the city. Fly to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and enjoy a walking tour of the famous landmarks of the city and try your hand in the kitchen with a Vietnamese cooking class. Go on an excursion to the Cu Chi Tunnels, the unbelievable network of tunnels used extensively during the war. Next, board your ship and begin your cruise along the mighty Mekong River.

As you cruise through Vietnam, you’ll stop in the villages for interactions with locals, such as a visit to the home of a skilled family who make handcrafted sampans for a living. In Cambodia, visit the capital city of Phnom Penh, with the magnificent Royal Palace featuring its striking Silver Pagoda and the National Museum. Take in the stunning views at the 8th-century temple of Wat Hanchey before walking through the rural village of Angkor Ban to visit with welcoming schoolchildren. Continue your river cruise adventure to Siem Reap, where you’ll see the magnificent Temples of Angkor. The famous temples here, such as Angkor Wat and the Bayon temple, featuring some 200 mysterious faces carved in its many towers, are a display of intricacy and architectural grandeur unmatched in the world.

Disembark your cruise ship and fly to Hanoi, where you’ll explore the famous Old Quarter with peddlers trading goods among its 36 ancient streets. From here, travel to Ha Long Bay in the Gulf of Tonkin, where you’ll be amazed at the more than 3,000 limestone islands of varying shapes. Enjoy a 2-night cruise along the bay with visits to the Cua Van Floating Village, fascinating caves, and a chance to swim at Titop Island. The beautiful scenery, ornate temples, and interactions with locals make this Southeast Asia river cruise holiday one you won’t soon forget!


Day 1 UK

Fly to Bangkok.

Day 2 Bangkok, Thailand

Welcome to Thailand! Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.

Day 3 Bangkok

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Canals, Temples, and the Buddhas of Bangkok


Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.

This morning, your Guided Sightseeing begins with a boat ride on the klongs, Bangkok’s famous canals. Visit the stunning Grand Palace featuring the Temple Of The Emerald Buddha. Also, visit the Temple Of The Reclining Buddha, the oldest and largest Buddhist temple in Bangkok. It houses more than 1,000 Buddha images, including the 49-foot-high by 151-foot-long massive Reclining Buddha.

The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

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2020 departures may be subject to itinerary modifications and full details will be published in February 2019. If we have to modify an itinerary, you will have an opportunity to cancel without penalty. See our full terms and conditions for more details.


Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. There are three types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise:


Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.


We’ve found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.


Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.

Prices & cabin details

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Staterooms available

Price per person


InterContinental Bangkok

This luxurious and elegant hotel located in the heart of Bangkok. Enjoy spectacular views of the city’s skyline from hotel’s rooftop pool bar.

  • Location
    • Centrally located in the Ratchaprasong district, well situated for leisure travellers.

  • Facilities
    • 5 restaurants lounge bar pool bar rooftop swimming pool health and fitness centre
InterContinental Bangkok

Park Hyatt Siem Reap

The Park Hyatt, Siem Reap is the cities most prestigious address and perfect base to explore the Temples of Angkor. Located in the heart of the city, this award winning hotel blends an elegant and contemporary design to create an enlivening resort and residential feel. From the second you arrive you will be welcomed by true Cambodian hospitality and superb service. The stylish guestrooms offer a refined home away from home with all the amenities one would expect from a deluxe hotel. The luxurious collection of accommodation is matched by stylish dining venues that offer fresh, flavorful, well-presented dishes of French and Indochine inspirations. Lighter fare is also offered at The Glass House, the onsite deli-patisserie. Discerning travelers will appreciate the other amenities on offer. Relax by one of the two pools or in the inviting Living Room lounge and bar, get in a work out in the fitness center, or visit The Spa for holistic therapies and treatments using only locally harvested floral and aromatic ingredients.

  • Location
    • Situated in the heart of Siem Reap

  • Facilities
    • Restaurant Bistro Bar Foreign currency exchange Laundry service Spa Swimming pool Dry cleaning Shop

InterContinental Hanoi Westlake

This stylish hotel, on the banks of West Lake is conveniently located in the city centre. With the tranquil lake, spacious luxurious accommodations, facilities and attentive Vietnamese hospitality is the perfect place to stay to enjoy your stay in Hanoi.

  • Location
    • Conveniently located just minutes of the city centre. 

  • Facilities
    • 3 restaurants 2 bars lounge fitness centre spa outdoor swimming pool
InterContinental Hanoi Westlake

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative similar standard hotels to those shown.

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