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The Heart of Cambodia & Vietnam (Southbound) 2021

The Heart of Cambodia & Vietnam (Southbound) 2021

Operator: Avalon Waterways
Ship: Saigon
Starts: Siem Reap, Cambodia on Mon, Jan 04, 2021
Ends: Hanoi, Vietnam on Thu, Jan 21, 2021

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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 Ti Top Island. The perfect ending to an unforgettable Southeast Asia river cruise vacation!

  1. Day 1
    SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA
    Mon, Jan 04, 2021
    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.
  2. Day 2
    SIEM REAP
    Tue, Jan 05, 2021
    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)
  3. Day 3
    SIEM REAP
    Wed, Jan 06, 2021
    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)
  4. Day 4
    PHNOM PENH (EMBARKATION)
    Thu, Jan 07, 2021
    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)
  5. Day 5
    WAT HANCHEY–ANGKOR BAN
    Fri, Jan 08, 2021
    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)
  6. Day 6
    KAMPONG TRALACH–KONPONG LOUANG
    Sat, Jan 09, 2021
    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

    A Dark History or Market Dynamics

    CLASSIC After lunch, a Visit to 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, OR:

    DISCOVERY Visit the lively Central Market with its unique Art Deco design by tuk-tuk.

    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)
  7. Day 7
    PHNOM PENH
    Sun, Jan 10, 2021
    The Royal Treatment

    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)
  8. Day 8
    BORDER CROSSING–CHAU DOC, VIETNAM
    Mon, Jan 11, 2021
    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)
  9. Day 9
    LONG KHANH A–CU LAO GIENG
    Tue, Jan 12, 2021
    Cotton Weaving, Conical Hats, and Handcrafted Sampans

    DISCOVERY This morning, a sampan brings you to the village of Long Khanh A, for a Cotton-Weaving Demonstration of this well-preserved tradition.

    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 VINH LONG

    (B,L,D)
  10. Day 10
    VINH LONG
    Wed, Jan 13, 2021
    Sweets and Rice Treats

    DISCOVERY Board a sampan this morning to Visit a Local Workshop in Vinh Long where you will see how rice paper, rice wine, and traditional candies are made.

    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)
  11. Day 11
    HO CHI MINH CITY (DISEMBARKATION)
    Thu, Jan 14, 2021
    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)
  12. Day 12
    HO CHI MINH CITY. EXCURSION TO CU CHI TUNNELS
    Fri, Jan 15, 2021
    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 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 traveling companions for a special dinner in a local restaurant.

    (B,D)
  13. Day 13
    HO CHI MINH CITY–HANOI
    Sat, Jan 16, 2021
    Today, transfer to the airport and fly to Hanoi. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night.

    (B)
  14. Day 14
    HANOI
    Sun, Jan 17, 2021
    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 teaches local children restaurant skills for stable employment opportunities.

    CLASSIC After lunch, enjoy an Electric Cart Ride through the fascinating Old Quarter—with its 36 ancient streets where merchants 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 art form.

    (B,L,D)
  15. Day 15
    HANOI–HA LONG BAY
    Mon, Jan 18, 2021
    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 2-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,L,D)
  16. Day 16
    HA LONG BAY
    Tue, Jan 19, 2021
    Caves, Kayaks, and Scenic Climbs

    DISCOVERY Visit Ti top 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)
  17. Day 17
    HA LONG BAY–HANOI
    Wed, Jan 20, 2021
    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)
  18. Day 18
    HANOI
    Thu, Jan 21, 2021
    Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

    (B)

Countries Visited

Cambodia, Vietnam

Rivers Visited

Mekong

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Accommodation Information

Dates and Prices do not include air travel.
Participation in this vacation requires requires purchase of the following flights from Avalon Waterways, not included in pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway and intra-vacation air segments; or (2) intra-vacation air segments only, starting at $325. Required intra-vacation air segments: Siem Reap/Phnom Penh; Ho Chi Minh City/Hanoi. Air prices were effective on April 7, 2020 and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your tour, air prices may be higher.

Gratuities for Local Guides & drivers are included.

Avalon offers the opportunity for solo travelers to sail with no single supplement (subject to availability).

Please call for single accommodation details and prices. Triples not available.

All prices are per person based on double room occupancy. Cruise price based on Category B in an Panorama Suite on Mekong Deck. To upgrade to a Category A on Tonle Deck, add $400 per person or $800 in single occupancy.

Additional accomodations before or after your tour may be available.

Hygiene and Safety Protocols for Avalon Waterways

Today's world has changed, but what remains certain is Avalon Waterways' commitment to guest safety, comfort and peace-of-mind while traveling with us. To that end, Avalon Waterways has established a worldwide Assurance program, with enhanced on-trip protocols and procedures, to ensure the health – and happiness – of guests throughout their travels with us.

It all starts with Avalon Waterways' Global Health & Safety Team, dedicated to ensuring that cleanliness of all operations exceeds today’s travel standards—from start to finish. The following areas address Avalon Waterways' commitment to providing a safe and clean environment for guests.

WELCOME ABOARD

New embarkation procedures to offer guests a safe start to their journey, including:

  • Social distancing throughout embarkation
  • Mandatory health screening, including touch-free temperature-check, for all guests and crew
  • Luggage disinfection prior to onboarding (with crew wearing gloves and masks)

FRESH AIR, INSIDE AND OUT:

In addition to Avalon Waterways' Open-Air staterooms, the air in the ships is not circulated between staterooms; only within an individual stateroom and mixed with fresh, outside air.

BLENDING CULTURAL PROXIMITY WITH SOCIAL DISTANCE:

New social distancing guidelines for guests throughout their Avalon cruise include:

  • Reducing ship capacity as required for more space on board per guest
  • Introducing more dining venues for more dining space per person
  • Crew wearing masks for the duration of the cruise during any guest interaction
  • Providing masks for guests to wear during any event where social proximity could become an issue, including disembarkation for excursions and safety drills
  • Adjusting ratio of guides and coaches for excursions, as required

NEW TECHNOLOGY TO ENSURE CLEANLINESS:

  • Electrostatic disinfecting systems
  • UV disinfecting systems

TOUCHING HEARTS, NOT HANDS:

Reducing risk with hands-free service, including:

  • More hand-sanitizing stations throughout the ship
  • Required use of hand-sanitizing stations when leaving the ship, returning to the ship and entering dining venues as well as entering each public/common space
  • Self-serve stations, including buffets, drinks, specialty coffees and snacks have been replaced with crew service
  • All buffets (breakfast and lunch) replaced by a full range of á la carte menu choices
  • Hourly (or more frequent) disinfection of all public areas

COMMITMENT TO THE CLEANEST SHIPS:

Enhanced cleaning procedures throughout each ship, including these additional steps that go above-and-beyond Avalon’s already strict procedures:

  • Deep disinfection of each stateroom between cruises, including:
    • Use of disinfectants and cleaning materials that meet the highest standards
    • Soft goods in each stateroom (mattress, sofa, window coverings, chairs, etc.) disinfected between cruises
  • Disinfection of all dining areas between meals
  • Disinfection of all shared items like umbrellas, bicycles and other Adventure Center items
  • Disinfection of all goods prior to loading on the ship
  • Ongoing crew training in protective equipment use and hygiene

FOCUS ON CREW HEALTH:

Ensuring a healthy crew, including:

  • Medical certificate required prior to start of contract
  • Daily temperature checks
  • Social distancing in crew living quarters
  • Regular health screenings

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Questions & Answers

Question: Will the day-by-day itinerary change?

Yes, the river cruise itineraries may change due to reasons such as inclement weather or unforeseen events. Your safety is the number one concern aboard and all precautions necessary will be taken in order to ensure passenger safety, including changing itineraries. Please note that when itineraries do change, the ship staff will do their best to substitute any missed port with an alternative destination.

Question: In what language is the river cruise conducted?

The river cruise will be conducted in English only.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
5
Accommodations
5
Itinerary
5
Professional Staff
5
Repeat with Operator
5
Value for Money
5

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We were happy with the services of Avalon Waterways, the tour was very good. We felt the hotel in Ha Long Bay and in Bangkok were below standard, and the tour guide in Bangkok was horrible. Everything else was great.


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