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MEKONG DISCOVERY (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 interesting places along the mighty Mekong River.

Via sampan, cruise into Vinh Long and experience Vietnamese culture with a visit to a workshop to learn how rice wine and traditional candies are made. See firsthand how handcrafted sampans are built at the home of a family in Cu Lao Gieng. Walk through a colorful market as the locals are busy with their daily routine of buying and selling produce. In the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, tour the National Museum and Royal Palace with its striking Silver Pagoda. Enjoy a song and dance performance by children from a local orphanage.

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. Continue this diverse river cruise and stop in a Silversmith Village to see craftsmen making silver artwork using ancient techniques. Go on an ox cart ride amongst rice paddy fields in the enchanting Cambodian countryside and witness the daily lives of farmers. This once-in-a-lifetime Southeast Asia river cruise vacation is sure to create lasting memories!

Inclusions

7 breakfasts
7 lunches
7 dinners
Tour Provider Avalon Waterways
Number of Days
8
Price From
AUD $5,689
Start Location
Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Cambodia
End Location
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Age Range
Min :45
Group Size
20 to 44
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Marine/Cruise
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
10 Jan 201917 Jan 2019OpenAUD $5,689
17 Jan 201924 Jan 2019OpenAUD $5,689
24 Jan 201931 Jan 2019OpenAUD $5,689
31 Jan 201907 Feb 2019OpenAUD $5,689
07 Feb 201914 Feb 2019OpenAUD $5,689
14 Feb 201921 Feb 2019OpenAUD $5,689
21 Feb 201928 Feb 2019OpenAUD $5,689
28 Feb 201907 Mar 2019OpenAUD $5,689
07 Mar 201914 Mar 2019OpenAUD $5,689
14 Mar 201921 Mar 2019OpenAUD $5,689
21 Mar 201928 Mar 2019OpenAUD $5,689
28 Mar 201904 Apr 2019OpenAUD $5,419
04 Apr 201911 Apr 2019OpenAUD $5,419
11 Apr 201918 Apr 2019OpenAUD $5,419
11 Jul 201918 Jul 2019On RequestAUD $4,289
25 Jul 201901 Aug 2019OpenAUD $4,289
01 Aug 201908 Aug 2019OpenAUD $4,289
08 Aug 201915 Aug 2019Fully BookedAUD $4,289 
15 Aug 201922 Aug 2019OpenAUD $4,289
22 Aug 201929 Aug 2019OpenAUD $4,289
29 Aug 201905 Sep 2019OpenAUD $5,109
05 Sep 201912 Sep 2019OpenAUD $5,109
12 Sep 201919 Sep 2019OpenAUD $5,109
19 Sep 201926 Sep 2019OpenAUD $5,419
26 Sep 201903 Oct 2019OpenAUD $5,419
03 Oct 201910 Oct 2019OpenAUD $5,689
10 Oct 201917 Oct 2019OpenAUD $5,689
17 Oct 201924 Oct 2019OpenAUD $5,689
24 Oct 201931 Oct 2019OpenAUD $5,689
31 Oct 201907 Nov 2019OpenAUD $5,689
07 Nov 201914 Nov 2019OpenAUD $5,689
14 Nov 201921 Nov 2019OpenAUD $5,689
21 Nov 201928 Nov 2019OpenAUD $5,689
28 Nov 201905 Dec 2019OpenAUD $5,689
05 Dec 201912 Dec 2019OpenAUD $5,419
12 Dec 201919 Dec 2019OpenAUD $5,109
19 Dec 201926 Dec 2019OpenAUD $5,109
26 Dec 201902 Jan 2020OpenAUD $5,419
Itinerary
Day 1: 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 2: 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 3: 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 4: 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 5: 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 6: 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 7: 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 8: PHNOM PENH (DISEMBARKATION).
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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