Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia, and The Mekong River – Cruise Only Southbound (8 Days)

Cruise Line: Avalon Waterways
Siem Reap, Cambodia to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Tour Segment  Cruise Segment
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Tonle Sap, Cambodia

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 onboard 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: You must meet your cruise director in the lobby of our hotel no later than 10:30 am. During low water conditions, generally mid-December to August, we will not be able to cruise across Tonle Sap to Siem Reap. In these cases, we will fly from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh. During this time of year, you must meet your cruise director at our hotel no later than 8 am. Times are subject to change. (Lunch, Dinner)

Kampong Tralach, Cambodia
Kompong Luong, Cambodia
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Kampong Tralach–Kompong Luong–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 Kompong Luong. 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Wat Hanchey, Cambodia
Ângkôr Ban, Cambodia

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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Chau Doc, Vietnam

Border Crossing–Châu Đốc, Vietnam: Cross the border this morning into Vietnam and sail to Châu Đốc. 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Long Khánh Island, Vietnam
Cu Lao Gien, Vietnam

Long Khánh–Cù Lao Giêng: After breakfast, a sampan brings you to the village of Long Khánh, 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 handcraft 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Bến Tre, Vietnam

Bến Tre: This morning, board a sampan for a scenic cruise to Bến 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 onboard the ship as we sail to exciting Ho Chi Minh City. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Your vacation ends this morning with a transfer to our hotel. Note: Arrival time at our hotel is approximately 8:30 am. Do not book homebound flights prior to 12:30 pm. (Breakfast)

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What's Included


  • Services of a professional Cruise Director | Onboard lectures | Complimentary Wi-Fi access | Activities & Nightly piano music | Sightseeing with Local Guides | Headsets for all guided shore excursions | Superb dining with all meals on board daily featuring full breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including a welcome reception, Captain’s reception, and farewell dinner | Quality wines from Europe’s most famous wine regions with every dinner | One sitting with open seating arrangements

Not Included

  • Airfare | Gratuities | Any items of a personal nature | Anything not specifically noted as included

About Us

When designing its new ships, Avalon Waterways started with the traveler instead of the ship. This is a river cruise company that invites innovation, imagination and a relentless desire to create a smart use of space be its guide. The result? More space. Bigger views. More comfort … All thanks to one-of-a-kind Panorama SuitesSM on the industry’s only Suite Ships®. The Suite Ships of Avalon are revolutionizing the river cruise industry. For instance, on these signature vessels, Avalon brings an unprecedented level of thoughtfulness and attention to detail to every aspect of the Panorama Suites, providing travelers an oasis to escape to, not escape from. Even better? Avalon doesn’t offer travelers just a few Panorama Suites on each ship. Instead, 80 percent of the guest rooms on Suite Ships are Panorama Suite (they’re 30 percent larger than the average river cruise room). In designing its ships, Avalon has refused to see space as a barrier. That fact couldn’t be truer when looking at the company’s inspired indoor/outdoor space. For instance, Avalon’s Open-Air Balconies®, a completely new concept, make full use of the intended balcony experience – in any weather condition, in any season – without compromising room space. How? Giant wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows with a 7-foot opening. Avalon has considered every detail of the cruise experience. But perhaps it’s what the company hasn’t done that makes it so unique. It hasn’t filled ships to capacity with people. In fact, because the river cruise line made its rooms so spacious, there’s more room for less people. Simply put, Avalon Waterways is built differently

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