8D Mekong Discovery | Selected Jan - Dec 2021 | Save US$1000
Ho Chi Minh City - Phnom Penh
Mode of Travel
River Cruise Vessels
Deluxe outside accommodations with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection Beds
7 Breakfast, 7 Lunch, 7 Dinner
Cambodia & Vietnam Mekong | Cruise on Mekong river between Ho Chi Minh & Phnom Penh. You’ll be immersed in the cultures and ancient traditions of this 2 Indo-China countries.
DAY 1: HO CHI MINH CITY (EMBARKATION) (L,D)
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
DAY 2: VINH LONG-CU LAO GIENG (B,L,D)
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 handcrafts sampan boats. 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, stop at one of Vietnam's oldest Catholic churches. AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO CHAU DOC
DAY 3: CHAU DOC-LONG KHANH A-BORDER CROSSING, CAMBODIA (B,L,D)
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
DAY 4: PHNOM PENH (B,L,D)
The Royal Treatment 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.
DAY 5: PHNOM PENH (B,L,D)
A Dark History or Market Dynamics 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, 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
DAY 6: WAT HANCHEY-ANGKOR BAN (B,L,D)
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
DAY 7: KONPONG LOUANG-KAMPONG TRALACH (B,L,D)
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
DAY 8: PHNOM PENH (DISEMBARKATION) (B)
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.
REVERSE COURSE CRUISE WSH—PHNOM PENH TO HO CHI MINH CITY
Day 1, Phnom Penh (Embarkation); Day 2, Wat Hanchey-Angkor Ban; Day 3, Kampong Tralach-Konpong Louang-Phnom Penh; Day 4, Phnom Penh; Day 5, Border Crossing-Chau Doc; Day 6, Long Khanh A-Cu Lao Gieng; Day 7, Vinh Long; Day 8, Ho Chi Minh City (Disembarkation), your cruise ends this morning.
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