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The Heart of Cambodia & Vietnam (Northbound) 2024

From Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Hanoi, Vietnam
Length: 18 Days - Departs: Mon, Nov 25, 2024
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Nov 25, 2024
Arrival
Dec 12, 2024

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River Cruise Itinerary

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

  1. Day 1
    HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM
    Mon, Nov 25, 2024
    Historic Ho Chi MinhWelcome to Ho Chi Minh City, still known as Saigon to many. Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.HO-CHI-MINH-CITY-WELCOME.jpg
  2. Day 2
    HO CHI MINH CITY
    Tue, Nov 26, 2024
    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 traveling companions for a special welcome dinner at a local restaurant.(B,L,D)HO-CHI-MINH-CITY-FOOD.jpg
  3. Day 3
    HO CHI MINH CITY. EXCURSION TO CU CHI TUNNELS
    Wed, Nov 27, 2024
    Secret Passageways and Underground HideoutsCLASSIC 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.Enjoy free time this afternoon and evening. Consider stopping for a drink at the famous rooftop bar at the Caravelle Hotel. (B)HO-CHI-MINH-CITY-CU-CHI-TUNNELS.jpg
  4. Day 4
    HO CHI MINH CITY (EMBARKATION)
    Thu, Nov 28, 2024
    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)HO-CHI-MINH-CITY-SKYLINE.jpg
  5. Day 5
    VINH LONG–CU LAO GIENG
    Fri, Nov 29, 2024
    Sweets, Sampans, and Sun Hats 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.DISCOVERY This afternoon, enjoy scenes of daily life on Cu Lao Gieng Island via sampan and local motor cart. Your Guided Excursion starts at a local workshop, where a skilled family hand-crafts sampan boats. Then, visit the home of a local family that makes Vietnamese conical hats, or “Non la,” from materials 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, stop at one of Vietnam’s oldest Catholic churches.AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO CHAU DOC(B,L,D)CU-LAO-GIENG-HAT-MAKING.jpg
  6. Day 6
    CHAU DOC–LONG KHANH A–BORDER CROSSING, CAMBODIA
    Sat, Nov 30, 2024
    Colorful markets, Charming Locals, and Cotton WeaversDISCOVERY 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, take a sampan Ride to the village of Long Khanh A for a Cotton-Weaving Demonstration in this well-preserved artisan’s tradition.Return to the ship and head for the Cambodian border.EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PHNOM PENH(B,L,D)LONG-KHANH-A-WEAVING.jpg
  7. Day 7
    PHNOM PENH
    Sun, Dec 01, 2024
    The Royal TreatmentCLASSIC 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. Just before dinner, children from a local orphanage will perform a show featuring local song and dance.(B,L,D)PHNOM-PENH-ROYAL-PALACE.jpg
  8. Day 8
    PHNOM PENH
    Mon, Dec 02, 2024
    A Dark History and Bright MarketsCLASSIC 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, OR:DISCOVERY Visit the lively Central Market by tuk-tuk to see its unique Art Deco design.After lunch, depart Phnom Penh and enjoy some time at leisure on the ship. AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO WAT HANCHEY(B,L,D)PHNOM-PENH-CENTRAL-MARKET.jpg
  9. Day 9
    WAT HANCHEY–ANGKOR BAN
    Tue, Dec 03, 2024
    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)WAT-HANCHEY.jpg
  10. Day 10
    KONPONG LOUANG–KAMPONG TRALACH
    Wed, Dec 04, 2024
    Calm in the Cambodian CountrysideDISCOVERY 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)KAMPONG-TRALACH-OX-CART.jpg
  11. Day 11
    PHNOM PENH (DISEMBARKATION)–SIEM REAP
    Thu, Dec 05, 2024
    A Pilgrimage of Inspirational BeautyFly 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.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)SIEM-REAP-ANGKOR-WAT.jpg
  12. Day 12
    SIEM REAP
    Fri, Dec 06, 2024
    Roots Carved in Stone and Celebrated in DanceCLASSIC 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)SIEM-REAP-ANGKOR-WAT-TEMPLE.jpg
  13. Day 13
    SIEM REAP–HANOI
    Sat, Dec 07, 2024
    Hanoi BoundToday, transfer to the airport and fly to Hanoi. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night. (B)HANOI-CITY-VIEW.jpg
  14. Day 14
    HANOI
    Sun, Dec 08, 2024
    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-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)HANOI-ONE-PILLAR-PAGODA.jpg
  15. Day 15
    HANOI–HA LONG BAY
    Mon, Dec 09, 2024
    Island Shapes and a Floating VillageTravel 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)HA-LONG-BAY.jpg
  16. Day 16
    HA LONG BAY
    Tue, Dec 10, 2024
    Caves, Kayaks, and Scenic Climbs DISCOVERY Visit Ti Top Island, for a Guided Excursion to take a swim, or climb 400 steps to the top 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)HA-LONG-BAY.jpg
  17. Day 17
    HA LONG BAY–HANOI
    Wed, Dec 11, 2024
    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)HA-LONG-BAY-SUNG-SOT-CAVE.jpg
  18. Day 18
    HANOI
    Thu, Dec 12, 2024
    Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.(B)HANOI-FLOWER-VENDOR.jpg

Countries Visited

Cambodia, Vietnam

Rivers Visited

Mekong

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Gratuities for Local Guides & drivers are included (excludes extensions which are to be paid locally).

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

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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

Ratings based off 7 reviews - currently showing 3 reviews with comments only

This trip delivered entertainment, education, and discovery. The operator's staff was truly exceptional.

This was our third trip with Avalon. They always exceed our expectations. The riverboat Avalon Saigon was wonderful. The cabin, food, drinks, and crew were the best we have ever had. The hotels we stayed at were 5 stars. Excellent service and great locations. The tours were all excellent and came off without at smallest problem. Our cruise director was exceptional he worked very hard to make sure everything was running smoothly. He was by far the best director we have ever had. In summary we would highly recommend this trip.

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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