Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong - Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City

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Introduction

Start in Siem Reap, where you will visit the spectacular Angkor temple complex, whose architectural grandeur is arguably unmatched among the world's ancient ruins. See several of the temples, including spectacular Angkor Wat and the mesmerizing faces of Bayon. Here you will also enjoy a private Apsara dance performance and will visit a development project teaching young adults traditional handicraft techniques. Then, start your cruise on the Mekong River, the thread that connects the people of ...

“I would give the overall experience 10 out of 10”

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Included Highlights

  • SIEM REAP Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple, Ta Prohm and Banteay Srei, Les Artisans d'Angkor, Apsara dance performance
  • KAMPONG TRALACH - KONPONG LOUANG - PHNOM PENH ox cart through the countryside and visit a local farmer's home in Kampong Tralach; visit the silversmith village of Konpong Louang; sightseeing by private cyclo in Phnom Penh including the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum
  • PHNOM PENH visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and one of the Killing Fields; afternoon at leisure; show by children from local orphanage
  • WAT HANCHEY - ANGKOR BAN visit Wat Hanchey and partake in a traditional water blessing by local monks; walking tour through Angkor Ban village with school visit
  • VIETNAM BORDER CROSSING - CHAU DOC visit a local market and the religious sites at Sam Mountain in Chau Doc
  • LONG KHONG A - CU LAO GIENG walking tour of Long Khong A with cotton-weaving demonstration; visit a sampan-making family and interact with a Catholic priest in Cu Lao Gieng
  • BEN TRE Visit a local workship to see how rice wine & traditional candy are made and a local garden
  • HO CHI MINH CITY (SAIGON) Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit the Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum, Ben Thanh Market; Cu Chi Tunnels excursion
  • WELCOME RECEPTION, CAPTAIN'S RECEPTION AND FAREWELL DINNER

Included in the price

  • Flights Prices are based on 2 people sharing. In addition a wide range of flights from UK regional airports are also available.

  • Deluxe accommodation An intimate cruise experience on the all-suite Avalon Siem Reap for just 36 passengers. Spacious outside Avalon suites measuring 245 square feet with floor to ceiling sliding glass doors and river views. Each stateroom has hotel-style beds, air-conditioning, large private bathrooms with premium bath amenities, plush bathrobes and slippers. 2 nights at the Park Hyatt, Siem Reap, 3 nights at the InterContinental Asiana Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City.

  • All meals on board The breakfast buffet offers a wide variety of dishes. Lunch features a buffet and a live cooking station showcasing local specialties served by our Head Chef. In the evening, a four course a la carte dinner awaits you with mouth-watering cuisines. Complimentary wine, beer/spirits, tea, coffee, and soft drinks available throughout the day. Meals on tour include 12 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 9 dinners, including a welcome dinner in Siem Reap and a farewell dinner in Ho Chi Minh City

  • Included excursions and sightseeing trips with Local Guides and a choice of optional tours. Bottled water as well as headsets will be available for all guided shore excursions.

  • Services of an experienced Cruise Director

  • Gratuities for Cruise Director, driver and crew. Note: tips for local guides are not included.

  • All transfers, local port charges

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Day 1 UK - Siem Reap

Depart the UK

Day 2 Siem Reap.

Welcome to Siem Reap, your base during your visit to Angkor, considered by many to be the most spectacular architectural ruins on Earth! Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.

Day 3 Siem Reap.

This morning, start your sightseeing of the TEMPLES OF ANGKOR. Constructed between the 9th and 13th centuries, the temples were built around the Khmer interpretations of Indian religious and political beliefs that ultimately evolved from Hinduism to Buddhism. The complex architectural grandeur of the Angkor temples is arguably unmatched among ancient ruins anywhere in the world. First, visit the best preserved and most famous of all the temples: ANGKOR WAT, honoring the Hindu god Vishnu. Featuring five trademark towers and stunning bas reliefs, it has become a symbol of Cambodia. Then, visit BANTEAY SREI, a unique temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Unlike other temples, it is built on a small scale from red sandstone, which can be carved like wood. This evening, enjoy a PRIVATE APSARA DANCE PERFORMANCE, where the ancient Khmer culture is brought to life by talented dancers, singers, and musicians. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Siem Reap

Today, continue your sightseeing of the Angkor temples by tuk-tuk. Start at ANGKOR THOM where you will explore BAYON TEMPLE. One of the few Buddhist temples in Angkor, it features some 200 striking faces carved in 54 towers and impressive bas reliefs. Next stop is TA PROHM, which, unlike the other temples, has been left relatively untouched. Tree roots grow over and through the ruin walls, allowing you to experience the temple with the same wonder as the early explorers who discovered it. Lastly, stop at LES ARTISANS D’ANGKOR, a development project teaching young adults traditional handicraft techniques. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure to explore this charming town. (B, D)

Day 5 Siem Reap - Embarkation

This morning, transfer to the port and board your river cruise vessel for your CRUISE down the Mekong through Cambodia and Vietnam. This afternoon, enjoy time on board the ship as you cruise through Tonle Sap (Great Lake). After the rainy season, this massive body of water can cover around 10,000 square miles and provides the perfect breeding ground for fish, which provide food for people living on the lake. This evening, enjoy a welcome reception. NOTE: During low water conditions, generally mid-December to August, we will not be able to cruise on Tonle Sap. In these cases, we will fly from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh for embarkation. No included sightseeing will be missed. Low water conditions vary from year to year, so this will be evaluated on a cruise-by-cruise basis. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Cruising: Kampong Tralach–Konpong Louang–Phnom Penh

Today, visit Kampong Tralach for an OX CART RIDE past rice paddy fields and the beautiful Cambodian countryside. Along the way, stop to MEET WITH A LOCAL FARMER and learn more about his daily life. Lastly, visit the SILVERSMITH VILLAGE of Konpong Louang. Here you will see talented craftsmen use age-old techniques to turn pure silver into works of art. Then sail to the capital city of Phnom Penh. After lunch, your sightseeing tour by private cyclo includes visits to the ROYAL PALACE with the spectacular SILVER PAGODA and the NATIONAL MUSEUM, featuring an outstanding display of Khmer artifacts (B, L, D)

Day 7 Cruising: Phnom Penh.

Sightseeing this morning provides a glimpse of the atrocities inflicted on the Cambodian people by the Khmer Rouge regime. Visit the TUOL SLENG GENOCIDE MUSEUM, a former high school that housed over 17,000 prisoners. Of this number, it is believed that less than 15 survived the torture and avoided being sent to the Killing Fields. You will also visit one of the KILLING FIELDS, where over 200,000 people were killed by the Khmer Rouge. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore the city. Just before dinner, children from a local orphanage will put on a SHOW featuring local song and dance. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Cruising: Wat Hanchey–Angkor Ban

This morning, visit WAT HANCHEY, a temple dating back to the 8th century and the Chenla Empire. Located on a hilltop, enjoy stunning views of the surrounding area and partake in a TRADITIONAL WATER BLESSING given by local monks. After lunch, enjoy a WALKING TOUR through the rural village of Angkor Ban. Here you will see traditional Khmer houses and visit a LOCAL SCHOOL. (B, L, D)

Day 9 Cruising: Cambodia - Vietnam Border Crossing, Chau Doc, Vietnam.

Cross the border this morning into Vietnam and sail to Chau Doc. Upon arrival, walk through the LOCAL MARKET and absorb the atmosphere as locals are busy buying and selling fish, meat, and produce. After lunch, join a sampan excursion down the backwaters of the river to the religious sites at the base of SAM MOUNTAIN. Along the way, see traditional floating homes, speedboat merchants, a market selling dried goods, and more. (B, L, D)

Day 10 Cruising: Cu Lao Gieng

After breakfast, a sampan brings you to the village of LONG KHONG A, where cotton weaving is a well-preserved tradition. Spend time at one house for a COTTON-WEAVING DEMONSTRATION and a chance to talk with the family. In the afternoon, board a sampan and enjoy scenes of daily life along the river. Stop at a LOCAL HOME, where a skilled family works together to hand-craft sampans for a living. Then, ride a specially designed MOTOR CART to one of Vietnam’s oldest churches for a special INTERACTION WITH A CATHOLIC PRIEST. (B, L, D)

Day 11 Cruising: Ben Tre

This morning, board a sampan for a scenic cruise to Ben Tre. Visit a LOCAL WORKSHOP to see how rice wine and traditional coconut candy is made. Then, 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. (B, L, D)

Day 12 Ho Chi Minh City - Disembarkation

Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City, still known as Saigon to many. This morning, enjoy a WALKING TOUR of the city’s famous and historic landmarks as you stroll through the heart of the city along Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat) past Ho Chi Minh Square, the Municipal Theatre, the Central Post Office, and Notre Dame Cathedral. Stop at the Rex Hotel for a refreshing DRINK at the popular ROOFTOP BAR where the U.S. Military held the infamous “Five O’Clock Follies” during the war. Next, visit the WAR REMNANTS MUSEUM followed by BEN THANH MARKET, the largest and oldest in the city. For lunch, participate in a hands-on VIETNAMESE COOKING CLASS. Head into the classroom and learn how to prepare different local dishes and the techniques necessary to recreate them once you return home. Last but not least, sample your delicious creations! The afternoon is at your leisure to explore this lively city. (B, L)

Day 13 Ho Chi Minh City. Excursion To Cu Chi Tunnels

This morning, leave the city and drive through vast expanses of rice paddies to visit the CU CHI TUNNELS, an extraordinary network of tunnels more than 120 miles in length that was used by the Viet Cong as a hideout and secret village during the war. Here you will learn about how the tunnels were constructed and have a chance to walk through a section to experience what life would have been like underground. Return to Ho Chi Minh City and enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at your leisure. This evening, join your travelling companions for a special farewell dinner hosted by your Cruise Director. (B, D)

Day 14 Ho Chi Minh City - UK

Your holiday ends after breakfast this morning (B)

Day 15 Flight lands in UK

<note><b>Note:</b> During low water conditions we may not be able to cruise up river to Tonle Sap. Low water levels vary each year, depending on rainfall, but are generally between mid-December and June. Our ability to cruise to Tonle Sap will be evaluated on a cruise-by-cruise basis.</note>

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Extend your stay in Hanoi & Ha Long Bay at the end of your holiday
Day 1- 13 as per Siem Reap - Ho Chi Minh City itinerary.
Day 14 Ho Chi Minh City - Hanoi - Ha Long Bay. This morning, fly to Hanoi. Upon arrival, depart the city and travel through the fertile countryside to Hon Gai, gateway to Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (B, D)
Day 15 Ha Long Bay-Hanoi. Located in the Gulf of Tonkin, Ha Long Bay is dotted with over 3,000 limestone islands carved into fanciful shapes by the action of the water. Tunnels, caves, and weirdly shaped outcroppings with imaginative names can be found on many of the small islets sprinkled across the bay. Board a cruise that explores the caves, and admire the beauty and scale before stopping at one of the many secluded bays. Later, return to Hanoi. (B, L)
Day 16 Hanoi. This morning, take time to look at the life of Ho Chi Minh, the father of modern Vietnam. First, visit the Mausoleum and the humble cottage from which "Uncle Ho" ruled Vietnam until his death in 1969. Next on the agenda: One Pillar Pagoda, the Ho Chi Minh Museum, and the Presidential Palace. Stop at the infamous "Hanoi Hilton" before continuing to mystical Hoan Kiem Lake, where you will enjoy a brief guided walk. Also visit the ancient Temple of Literature, over 900 years old and Hanoi's first university. Lunch is at Koto, a non-profit restaurant and hospitality program that trains local street children in restaurant skills they can use to find a job and build a stable life. After lunch, enjoy a cyclo ride through the fascinating Old Quarter, 36 ancient streets where peddlers trade as they have for centuries. An early dinner this evening is followed by a fascinating performance of Hanoi's renowned water puppets, a traditional art form dating back to the 11th century. (B,L,D)
Day 17 Hanoi. After breakfast, free time before your transfer to the airport for your return flight. (B)
Day 18 Home Landing.
Extend your stay in Luang Prabang and Hanoi & Ha Long Bay at the beginning and end of your holiday
Day 1-2 Bangkok Arrive in Bangkok and transfer to the InterContinental Bangkok for one night. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Day 3 Bangkok - Luang Prabang Today, Fly to Luang Prabang (B)
Day 4 Luang Prabang Enjoy a full day sightseeing in this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Start with a visit to the National Museum, formerly the Royal Palace. Nearby is Wat Mai, famous for its 5-tiered roof built in the traditional style of Luang Prabang. Also visit Wat Visoun and Wat Xieng Thong, often thought to be the most beautiful monastery in the city. This afternoon, visit Ban Xiang Khong village to see a weaving demonstration and learn how sa paper is made by hand from the pulp of mulberry trees. (B, L)
Day 5 Luang Prabang A full day at leisure. Perhaps take an optional trip to view the Tak Bat (almsgiving ceremony), with a visit to a local market. Every morning before dawn, saffron-robed Buddhist monks walk the streets collecting alms (offerings of food) and offering blessings. Later, perhaps stroll through the vibrant riverside market. (B)
Day 6 Luang Prabang - Siem Reap Fly to Siem Reap and join day 3 of the Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh Itinerary. (B, D)
Day 4 – 14 as per Siem Reap - Ho Chi Minh City itinerary.
Day 18 Ho Chi Minh City - Hanoi - Ha Long Bay. This morning, fly to Hanoi. Upon arrival, depart the city and travel through the fertile countryside to Hon Gai, gateway to Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (B, D)
Day 19 Ha Long Bay-Hanoi. Located in the Gulf of Tonkin, Ha Long Bay is dotted with over 3,000 limestone islands carved into fanciful shapes by the action of the water. Tunnels, caves, and weirdly shaped outcroppings with imaginative names can be found on many of the small islets sprinkled across the bay. Board a cruise that explores the caves, and admire the beauty and scale before stopping at one of the many secluded bays. Later, return to Hanoi. (B, L)
Day 20 Hanoi. This morning, take time to look at the life of Ho Chi Minh, the father of modern Vietnam. First, visit the Mausoleum and the humble cottage from which "Uncle Ho" ruled Vietnam until his death in 1969. Next on the agenda: One Pillar Pagoda, the Ho Chi Minh Museum, and the Presidential Palace. Stop at the infamous "Hanoi Hilton" before continuing to mystical Hoan Kiem Lake, where you will enjoy a brief guided walk. Also visit the ancient Temple of Literature, over 900 years old and Hanoi's first university. Lunch is at Koto, a non-profit restaurant and hospitality program that trains local street children in restaurant skills they can use to find a job and build a stable life. After lunch, enjoy a cyclo ride through the fascinating Old Quarter, 36 ancient streets where peddlers trade as they have for centuries. An early dinner this evening is followed by a fascinating performance of Hanoi's renowned water puppets, a traditional art form dating back to the 11th century. (B,L,D)
Day 21 Hanoi. After breakfast, free time before your transfer to the airport for your return flight. (B)
Day 22 Land in UK.

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Extend your stay in Luang Prabang at the beginning of your holiday
Day 1-2 Bangkok Arrive in Bangkok and transfer to the InterContinental Bangkok for one night. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Day 3 Bangkok - Luang Prabang Today, Fly to Luang Prabang (B)
Day 4 Luang Prabang Enjoy a full day sightseeing in this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Start with a visit to the National Museum, formerly the Royal Palace. Nearby is Wat Mai, famous for its 5-tiered roof built in the traditional style of Luang Prabang. Also visit Wat Visoun and Wat Xieng Thong, often thought to be the most beautiful monastery in the city. This afternoon, visit Ban Xiang Khong village to see a weaving demonstration and learn how sa paper is made by hand from the pulp of mulberry trees. (B, L)
Day 5 Luang Prabang A full day at leisure. Perhaps take an optional trip to view the Tak Bat (almsgiving ceremony), with a visit to a local market. Every morning before dawn, saffron-robed Buddhist monks walk the streets collecting alms (offerings of food) and offering blessings. Later, perhaps stroll through the vibrant riverside market. (B)
Day 6 Luang Prabang - Siem Reap Fly to Siem Reap and join day 3 of the Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh Itinerary. (B, D)

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DECK Lower Higher
SIZE 245 sq ft 245 sq ft
WINDOW 14 ft panoramic window with open air French balcony 14 ft panoramic window with open air French balcony
BEDS Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony
BATHROOM Large en-suite bathroom with full shower Large en-suite bathroom with full shower
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  1. Open-air observation lounge with premium lounge chairs
  2. Panorama Lounge
  3. Bar
  4. Reception
  5. Spa treatment room
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  7. Kitchen
  8. Navigation Bridge
  9. Fitness centre

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