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THE HEART OF CAMBODIA & VIETNAM (NORTHBOUND) - CATEGORY B - 2019

This magical Southeast Asia river cruise along the Mekong River will take you through Vietnam and Cambodia, showing you the culture and local traditions of each country and the must-see sites along the way.

Your adventure begins in bustling Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, where you’ll get a taste of the culture first-hand with a Vietnamese cooking class and go on a fascinating excursion to the Cu Chi Tunnels, an extraordinary network of tunnels used extensively during the war. Immerse yourself in the everyday life of locals with a stroll through a busy market, and visits to a family’s home for a cotton-weaving demonstration and a local workshop to see how rice wine and traditional candies are made.

Continue your journey into Cambodia where you’ll visit the famous sites, such as the temple of Wat Hanchey, providing spectacular views, and take part in a traditional water blessing with local monks. Enjoy an ox cart ride around the Cambodian countryside and meet a local farmer to learn about his daily life. Siem Reap offers the magnificent Temples of Angkor. These ancient ruins are a display of architectural complexity and grandeur unlike anything else in the world. See the most famous temples here, such as Angkor Wat, honoring the Hindu god, Vishnu; and the Bayon temple, which features some 200 mysterious faces carved in its many towers. Enjoy an inspiring Aspara dance performance and other treasures of the city.

Fly to Hanoi and explore the famous sites, such as the Old Quarter, where peddlers have traded goods for centuries on its 36 ancient streets. Next, a remarkable 2-night cruise along Ha Long Bay will show you its beautiful Limestone Islands. You’ll visit the Cua Van Floating Village, spectacular caves, and even go for a swim at Titop Island. The perfect ending to an unforgettable Southeast Asia river cruise vacation!

Inclusions

17 breakfasts
17 lunches
17 dinners
Tour Provider Avalon Waterways
Number of Days
18
Price From
AUD $10,009
Start Location
Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam
End Location
Hanoi, Vietnam
Age Range
Avg. 40+
Group Size
20 to 44
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Marine/Cruise
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
07 Jan 201924 Jan 2019On RequestAUD $10,009
14 Jan 201931 Jan 2019OpenAUD $10,009
21 Jan 201907 Feb 2019OpenAUD $10,009
28 Jan 201914 Feb 2019OpenAUD $10,009
04 Feb 201921 Feb 2019OpenAUD $10,009
11 Feb 201928 Feb 2019OpenAUD $10,009
18 Feb 201907 Mar 2019OpenAUD $10,009
25 Feb 201914 Mar 2019OpenAUD $10,009
04 Mar 201921 Mar 2019OpenAUD $10,009
11 Mar 201928 Mar 2019OpenAUD $10,009
18 Mar 201904 Apr 2019OpenAUD $10,009
25 Mar 201911 Apr 2019OpenAUD $9,739
01 Apr 201918 Apr 2019OpenAUD $9,739
08 Apr 201925 Apr 2019OpenAUD $9,739
08 Jul 201925 Jul 2019On RequestAUD $8,479
22 Jul 201908 Aug 2019OpenAUD $8,479
29 Jul 201915 Aug 2019OpenAUD $8,479
05 Aug 201922 Aug 2019On RequestAUD $8,479
12 Aug 201929 Aug 2019OpenAUD $8,479
19 Aug 201905 Sep 2019OpenAUD $8,479
26 Aug 201912 Sep 2019OpenAUD $9,429
02 Sep 201919 Sep 2019OpenAUD $9,429
09 Sep 201926 Sep 2019OpenAUD $9,429
16 Sep 201903 Oct 2019OpenAUD $9,739
23 Sep 201910 Oct 2019On RequestAUD $9,739
30 Sep 201917 Oct 2019OpenAUD $10,009
07 Oct 201924 Oct 2019OpenAUD $10,009
14 Oct 201931 Oct 2019OpenAUD $10,009
21 Oct 201907 Nov 2019OpenAUD $10,009
28 Oct 201914 Nov 2019OpenAUD $10,009
04 Nov 201921 Nov 2019OpenAUD $10,009
11 Nov 201928 Nov 2019OpenAUD $10,009
18 Nov 201905 Dec 2019OpenAUD $10,009
25 Nov 201912 Dec 2019OpenAUD $10,009
02 Dec 201919 Dec 2019OpenAUD $9,739
09 Dec 201926 Dec 2019OpenAUD $9,429
16 Dec 201902 Jan 2020OpenAUD $9,429
23 Dec 201909 Jan 2020OpenAUD $9,739
30 Dec 201916 Jan 2020OpenAUD $10,189
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 16: HA LONG BAY.
Caves, Kayaks, and Scenic Climbs. DISCOVERY - Visit Titop Island, for a Guided Excursion for a swim, or climb 400 steps to the top of the island for stunning views. You can also visit Luon Cave by boat, and explore Dark & Bright Cave by bamboo raft, OR: ACTIVE - Explore Luon Cave and Dark & Bright Cave by Kayak Ride. After a day of exploring, consider a spa treatment or simply relax for happy hour prior to dinner! (B,L,D)
Day 15: HANOI-HA LONG BAY.
Island Shapes and a Floating Village. Travel from Hanoi through the fertile countryside to Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The bay is dotted with more than 3,000 limestone islands carved into fanciful shapes. Board the luxurious Paradise Elegance for a Two-Night Cruise on the bay. DISCOVERY - Visit the Cua Van Floating Village, home to more than 700 people, by bamboo raft, OR: ACTIVE - Take a Kayak Ride to visit Cua Van Village. Enjoy scenic sailing for the remainder of the day before anchoring for the night. (B)
Day 14: HANOI.
Historic Hanoi and Water Puppets. CLASSIC - First, join a Guided Visit of the mausoleum and the humble cottage from which "Uncle Ho" ruled Vietnam until his death in 1969. Next, see iconic sites, including One Pillar Pagoda, the Presidential Palace, and the infamous "Hanoi Hilton." Lastly, visit the 900-year-old Temple of Literature, Hanoi's first university. Enjoy lunch at Koto, a non-profit restaurant and hospitality program that trains local street children in restaurant skills they can use to become employed for a more stable life. CLASSIC - After lunch, enjoy an Electric Cart Ride through the fascinating Old Quarter-with its 36 ancient streets where peddlers trade as they have for centuries. DISCOVERY - An early dinner this evening is followed by a fascinating Live Performance of Hanoi's renowned water puppets, a traditional 11th century artform. (B,L,D)
Day 13: SIEM REAP-HANOI.
Today, transfer to the airport and fly to Hanoi. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night. (B)
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 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 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 17: HA LONG BAY-HANOI.
Surprising and Amazing Beauty. This morning, relax onboard your ship, or visit Sung Sot Cave, considered one of the most beautiful in the area with its magnificent formations. Afterwards, return to Hanoi and check in to your hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to spend at your leisure. (B)
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 18: HANOI.
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)