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FASCINATING VIETNAM, CAMBODIA & THE MEKONG RIVER (NORTHBOUND) - CATEGORY B - 2019

On this unique and inspiring Southeast Asia 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 fascinating places along the mighty Mekong River.

Spend time in the bustling Ho Chi Minh City which combines historic architecture with modern skyscrapers. See the famous landmarks and try your hand in the kitchen—Vietnamese-style, with a cooking class. Go back in time with an excursion to the Cu Chi Tunnels where you’ll have an opportunity to walk through a section of the immense underground tunnel system used extensively during the Vietnam War. Embark on your river cruise along the Mekong River and immerse yourself in the local cultures with a visit to a colorful market, the home of a local family making handcrafted sampans, and a workshop to learn how rice wine and traditional candies are made.

In the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, tour the National Museum and Royal Palace with its striking Silver Pagoda. 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. Go on an ox cart ride amongst rice paddy fields and witness the daily lives of farmers.

The grand finale of this memorable Southeast Asia river cruise vacation is a stay in Siem Reap, home to the phenomenal Temples of Angkor with an intricacy and architectural grandeur unmatched in the world. See the splendor of the Bayon temple featuring some 200 mysterious faces carved in its many towers. Then enjoy an inspiring Aspara dance performance—a perfect ending to this remarkable and cultural journey!

Inclusions

12 breakfasts
12 lunches
12 dinners
Tour Provider Avalon Waterways
Number of Days
13
Price From
AUD $7,682
Start Location
Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Cambodia
End Location
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Age Range
Avg. 40+
Group Size
20 to 44
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Cycling/Trekking, Marine/Cruise
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
07 Jan 201919 Jan 2019On RequestAUD $7,682
14 Jan 201926 Jan 2019OpenAUD $7,682
21 Jan 201902 Feb 2019OpenAUD $7,682
28 Jan 201909 Feb 2019OpenAUD $7,682
04 Feb 201916 Feb 2019OpenAUD $7,682
11 Feb 201923 Feb 2019OpenAUD $7,682
18 Feb 201902 Mar 2019OpenAUD $7,682
25 Feb 201909 Mar 2019OpenAUD $7,682
04 Mar 201916 Mar 2019OpenAUD $7,682
11 Mar 201923 Mar 2019OpenAUD $7,682
18 Mar 201930 Mar 2019OpenAUD $7,682
25 Mar 201906 Apr 2019OpenAUD $7,412
01 Apr 201913 Apr 2019OpenAUD $7,412
08 Apr 201920 Apr 2019OpenAUD $7,412
08 Jul 201920 Jul 2019On RequestAUD $6,212
22 Jul 201903 Aug 2019OpenAUD $6,212
29 Jul 201910 Aug 2019OpenAUD $6,212
05 Aug 201917 Aug 2019Stop SalesAUD $6,212
12 Aug 201924 Aug 2019OpenAUD $6,212
19 Aug 201931 Aug 2019OpenAUD $6,212
26 Aug 201907 Sep 2019OpenAUD $7,102
02 Sep 201914 Sep 2019OpenAUD $7,102
09 Sep 201921 Sep 2019OpenAUD $7,102
16 Sep 201928 Sep 2019OpenAUD $7,412
23 Sep 201905 Oct 2019On RequestAUD $7,412
30 Sep 201912 Oct 2019OpenAUD $7,682
07 Oct 201919 Oct 2019OpenAUD $7,682
14 Oct 201926 Oct 2019OpenAUD $7,682
21 Oct 201902 Nov 2019OpenAUD $7,682
28 Oct 201909 Nov 2019OpenAUD $7,682
04 Nov 201916 Nov 2019OpenAUD $7,682
11 Nov 201923 Nov 2019OpenAUD $7,682
18 Nov 201930 Nov 2019OpenAUD $7,682
25 Nov 201907 Dec 2019OpenAUD $7,682
02 Dec 201914 Dec 2019OpenAUD $7,412
09 Dec 201921 Dec 2019OpenAUD $7,102
16 Dec 201928 Dec 2019OpenAUD $7,102
23 Dec 201904 Jan 2020OpenAUD $7,412
30 Dec 201911 Jan 2020OpenAUD $7,862
ItineraryExpand
Day 1: 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 2: HO CHI MINH CITY.
Motorbikes, Monuments, and Mouthwatering Cuisine. CLASSIC - Take a Walking Tour of Ho Chi Minh City's historic landmarks, including a stop at the Rex Hotel for a refreshing drink at the rooftop bar where the U.S. Military held the infamous "Five O'Clock Follies" during the war. Then visit the War Remnants Museum and bustling Ben Thanh Market. DISCOVERY - For lunch, participate in a hands-on Vietnamese Cooking Class. Learn to prepare several local dishes and how to recreate them at home. Last, but not least, sample your delicious creations! Explore the city further during free time this afternoon. This evening join your travelling companions for a special welcome dinner at a local restaurant. (B,L,D)
Day 3: HO CHI MINH CITY. EXCURSION TO CU CHI TUNNELS.
Secret Passageways and Underground Hideouts. CLASSIC - Drive out of the city for a Guided Visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels-an extraordinary network of tunnels more than 193 kilometres (120 miles) in length- used as a hideout and secret village by the Viet Cong. Enjoy free time this afternoon and evening. Consider stopping for a drink at the famous rooftop bar at the Caravelle Hotel. (B)
Day 4: HO CHI MINH CITY (EMBARKATION).
Your Suite Ship is ready for boarding. Transfer to the port on the Saigon River for embarkation. Get acquainted with the ship and relax before your welcome reception this evening. AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO VINH LONG (B,L,D)
Day 5: VINH LONG-CU LAO GIENG.
Sweets, Sampans, and Spires. DISCOVERY - Board a sampan this morning for a local Workshop Visit in Vinh Long to see how rice paper, rice wine, and traditional candies are made. DISCOVERY - This afternoon, enjoy scenes of daily life with a Guided Excursion along the river near Cu Lao Gieng via sampan. Stop at 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. AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO CHAU DOC (B,L,D)
Day 6: CHAU DOC-LONG KHANH A-BORDER CROSSING, CAMBODIA.
Colourful markets, Charming Locals, and Cotton Weavers. DISCOVERY - In Chau Doc take a Guided Walk through the local market and absorb the atmosphere as locals are busy buying and selling fish, meat, and produce. Then embark on a River 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. DISCOVERY - After lunch, a sampan brings you to the village of Long Khanh A for a Cotton-Weaving Demonstration of a well-preserved artisan's tradition. Return to the ship to set sail for the Cambodian border. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PHNOM PENH (B,L,D)
Day 7: PHNOM PENH.
Bonjour! French Charm Lives in Cambodia's Capital City. CLASSIC - Take a City Tour by private cyclo to visit 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 the city 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. (B,L,D)
Day 8: PHNOM PENH.
Shining a Light on a Dark History. CLASSIC - This morning, a Guided Visit of the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and one of the Killing Fields offers a glimpse into the atrocities inflicted on the Cambodian people by the Khmer Rouge regime. After lunch, depart Phnom Penh and enjoy some time at leisure on the ship. AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO WAT HANCHEY (B,L,D)
Day 9: WAT 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 10: KONPONG LOUANG-KAMPONG TRALACH.
Calm in the Cambodian Countryside. DISCOVERY - Start your Guided Sightseeing at the silversmith village in Konpong Louang. Here, see talented craftsmen use age-old techniques to turn pure silver into works of art. In Kampong Tralach board an ox cart for a ride through the beautiful Cambodian countryside. Along the way, stop to meet a local farmer and learn about his daily life. This afternoon, enjoy scenic cruising on the Tonle River. EVENING CRUISE TO PHNOM PENH (B,L,D)
Day 11: PHNOM PENH (DISEMBARKATION)-SIEM REAP.
A Pilgrimage of Inspirational Beauty. Fly to Siem Reap, home to the Temples of Angkor, considered by many to be the most spectacular architectural ruins on Earth! CLASSIC - After lunch, begin your Sightseeing Tour by tuk-tuk to explore the temples. Start at the best preserved and most famous of all the temples: Angkor Wat. Featuring five trademark towers, it is the symbol of Cambodia. Then, visit Angkor Thom, where you will explore Bayon Temple with its 200 striking faces carved in 54 towers and impressive bas-relief sculptures, OR: ACTIVE - Visit Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, and Bayon Temple by bike. The evening is yours to explore charming Siem Reap, stay to witness the sunset at Angkor Wat, or consider a Guided Optional Excursion to the Cambodian circus. (B,L)
Day 12: SIEM REAP.
Roots Carved in Stone and Celebrated in Dance. CLASSIC - Continue your Guided Sightseeing of the Angkor Temples at Ta Prohm. Tree roots cover the ruin walls, allowing you to experience the temple with the same wonder as early explorers. Then visit Banteay Srei, a unique temple built on a small scale from red sandstone, which can be carved like wood. En route stop at a local village famous for making Khmer noodles by hand. Spend the afternoon at your leisure. You may choose a Guided Optional Excursion to further explore Siem Reap or the temple complex by tuk-tuk. DISCOVERY - This evening, a private Apsara Dance Performance brings ancient Khmer culture to life through music, song, and dance. (B,D)
Day 13: SIEM REAP.
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)