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

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

Your adventure begins in Siem Reap, Cambodia, with the magnificent Temples of Angkor. Constructed between the 9th and 13th centuries, these ancient ruins are a display of architectural complexity and grandeur unlike anything else in the world. Stand in awe at the most famous of these temples, Angkor Wat, which honors 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 before embarking on your river cruise. In Kampong Tralach, an ox cart ride will show you the Cambodian countryside and you’ll meet a local farmer and learn about his daily life. The temple of Wat Hanchey, perched on a hilltop, will provide the most stunning views, and then take part in a traditional water blessing with local monks.

Continue your journey into Vietnam and stroll through a local market—a unique opportunity to see locals buying and selling fresh produce. Via sampan, visit the home of a local family for a cotton-weaving demonstration and a local workshop which makes rice wine and traditional candies. In bustling Ho Chi Minh City, try your hand in the kitchen with a Vietnamese cooking class and go on an excursion to the Cu Chi Tunnels—the extraordinary network of tunnels used by the Viet Cong during the war.

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 $9,999
Start Location
Siem Reap, Cambodia
End Location
Hanoi, Cambodia
Age Range
Avg. 40+
Group Size
20 to 44
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Small Marine/Cruise
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
07 Jan 201924 Jan 2019OpenAUD $9,999
14 Jan 201931 Jan 2019On RequestAUD $9,999
21 Jan 201907 Feb 2019OpenAUD $9,999
28 Jan 201914 Feb 2019OpenAUD $9,999
04 Feb 201921 Feb 2019OpenAUD $9,999
11 Feb 201928 Feb 2019OpenAUD $9,999
18 Feb 201907 Mar 2019OpenAUD $9,999
25 Feb 201914 Mar 2019OpenAUD $9,999
04 Mar 201921 Mar 2019OpenAUD $9,999
11 Mar 201928 Mar 2019OpenAUD $9,999
18 Mar 201904 Apr 2019OpenAUD $9,999
25 Mar 201911 Apr 2019OpenAUD $9,719
01 Apr 201918 Apr 2019OpenAUD $9,719
08 Apr 201925 Apr 2019OpenAUD $9,719
15 Jul 201901 Aug 2019OpenAUD $8,479
22 Jul 201908 Aug 2019OpenAUD $8,479
29 Jul 201915 Aug 2019OpenAUD $8,479
05 Aug 201922 Aug 2019OpenAUD $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 $9,719
23 Sep 201910 Oct 2019OpenAUD $9,719
30 Sep 201917 Oct 2019Stop SalesAUD $9,999
07 Oct 201924 Oct 2019OpenAUD $9,999
14 Oct 201931 Oct 2019OpenAUD $9,999
21 Oct 201907 Nov 2019OpenAUD $9,999
28 Oct 201914 Nov 2019OpenAUD $9,999
04 Nov 201921 Nov 2019On RequestAUD $9,999
11 Nov 201928 Nov 2019OpenAUD $9,999
18 Nov 201905 Dec 2019OpenAUD $9,999
25 Nov 201912 Dec 2019OpenAUD $9,999
02 Dec 201919 Dec 2019OpenAUD $9,719
09 Dec 201926 Dec 2019OpenAUD $9,429
16 Dec 201902 Jan 2020OpenAUD $9,429
23 Dec 201909 Jan 2020OpenAUD $9,719
30 Dec 201916 Jan 2020OpenAUD $10,169
ItineraryExpand
Day 1: SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA.
Welcome to Siem Reap, home to the Temples of Angkor, considered by many to be the most spectacular architectural ruins on Earth! Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.
Day 2: SIEM REAP.
The Tranquil Temples of Angkor and Joyful Dances. CLASSIC - Explore the temples by tuk-tuk. 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, continue your Guided Excursion to 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. Enjoy some time at your leisure this afternoon to explore Siem Reap's shops for local artisan crafts. DISCOVERY - This evening, a private Apsara Dance Performance brings ancient Khmer culture to life through music, song, and dance. (B,L,D)
Day 3: SIEM REAP.
Root-Covered Ruins and Native Noodles. CLASSIC - Continue your Sightseeing Tour 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 village famous for making Khmer noodles by hand. Spend the afternoon at your leisure. (B)
Day 4: SIEM REAP-PHNOM PENH (EMBARKATION).
Your intimate Suite Ship Awaits! Fly to Phnom Penh and transfer to the port where your ship's crew will be waiting to welcome you onboard. Get acquainted with the ship and relax before your welcome reception this evening. AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO WAT HANCHEY (B,L,D)
Day 5: 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 KAMPONG TRALACH (B,L,D)
Day 6: KAMPONG TRALACH-KONPONG LOUANG.
Calm in the Cambodian Countryside. DISCOVERY - Your Guided Sightseeing starts in Kampong Tralach with an Ox-Cart Ride through the beautiful Cambodian countryside. Along the way, stop to meet a local farmer and learn about his daily life. At the silversmith village in Konpong Louang, see talented craftsmen use age-old techniques to turn pure silver into works of art. Sail to the capital city of Phnom Penh this afternoon. PHNOM PENH: Shining a Light on a Dark History. CLASSIC - After lunch, a Visit to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and one of the Killing Fields provides a glimpse into the atrocities inflicted on the Cambodian people by the Khmer Rouge regime. This evening, spend some free time exploring the city on your own. Perhaps follow the riverfront promenade to the historic Foreign Correspondents Club (FCC). (B,L,D)
Day 7: PHNOM PENH.
Bonjour! French Charm in Cambodia. CLASSIC - Join a Guided Tour of the city by private cyclo with 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 yours to enjoy 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. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIETNAM/CAMBODIA BORDER (B,L,D)
Day 8: BORDER CROSSING-CHAU DOC, VIETNAM.
Good Morning, Vietnam! DISCOVERY - Take a Village Walk through the Chau Doc market, and absorb the atmosphere as locals are busy buying and selling fish, meat, and produce. After lunch, embark on a Guided 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. EVENING CRUISE TO LONG KHANH A (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: HO CHI MINH CITY-HANOI.
Today, transfer to the airport and fly to Hanoi. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night. (B)
Day 9: LONG KHANH A-CU LAO GIENG.
Cotton Weavers & Sampan Makers. DISCOVERY -Walking tour of Long Khanh A with cotton-weaving demonstration; visit a Catholic church, a local home to see how Vietnamese conical hats are made, and a sampan-making workshop in Cu Lao Gieng. DISCOVERY - This afternoon, enjoy scenes of daily life on Cu Lao Gieng Island via sampan and local motor cart. Your Guided Excursion starts with a stop at one of Vietnam's oldest Catholic churches. Then, visit the home of a local family that makes Vietnamese conical hats, or "Non la," from materials available to them such as palm leaves and bamboo. These iconic hats are primarily used as protection from the sun and rain but you may also see them used as a basket to carry home goods from the market. Lastly, visit a local workshop where a skilled family hand-crafts sampan boats. EVENING CRUISE TO BEN TRE (B,L,D)
Day 11: HO CHI MINH CITY (DISEMBARKATION).
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! Enjoy time at your leisure this afternoon and evening for independent exploration. Maybe stop for a drink at the famous rooftop bar at the Caravelle Hotel. (B,L)
Day 10: BEN TRE.
Sweets and Sampans. DISCOVERY - Board a sampan this morning and Visit a Local Workshop in Ben Tre to see how rice paper, rice wine, and traditional candies are made. 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. AFTERNOON CRUISE TO HO CHI MINH CITY (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: 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. Explore the city further during free time this afternoon. This evening, join your travelling companions for a special dinner in a local restaurant. (B,D)
Day 18: HANOI.
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)