Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia, and The Mekong River (19 Days)

Cruise Line: Avalon Waterways
Hanoi, Vietnam to Bangkok, Thailand
Tour Segment  Cruise Segment
Hanoi, Vietnam

Welcome to Vietnam! Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.

Hanoi, Vietnam

This morning, your Guided Sightseeing takes a 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 Presidential Palace, and the infamous "Hanoi Hilton". 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 an electric cart ride through the fascinating Old Quarter, with 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Hanoi, Vietnam
Ha Long, Vietnam

Travel from Hanoi through the fertile countryside to Hon Gai, gateway to Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located in the Gulf of Tonkin, the bay is dotted with more than 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 Excursion to explore the caves, and admire the beauty and scale before stopping at one of the many secluded bays. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Ha Long, Vietnam
Hanoi, Vietnam
Air travel
Siem Reap, Cambodia

This morning, drive to Hanoi and board your flight for Siem Reap. (Breakfast)

Siem Reap, Cambodia

The Tranquil Temples of Angkor and Joyful Dances. Enjoy some time at your leisure this afternoon to explore Siem Reap's shops for local artisan crafts. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Root-Covered Ruins and Native Noodles. Spend the afternoon at your leisure. (Breakfast)

Siem Reap, Cambodia
Air travel
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Wat Hanchey, Cambodia
Ângkôr Ban, Cambodia

Water Blessings and Back-to-School Adventures. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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

Calm in the Cambodian Countryside. Sail to the capital city of Phnom Penh this afternoon. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 10
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Bonjour! French Charm in Cambodia. 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! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 11
Chau Doc, Vietnam

Good Morning, Vietnam! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 12
Long Khánh Island, Vietnam
Cu Lao Gien, Vietnam

Cotton Weavers & Sampan Makers. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 13
Bến Tre, Vietnam

Sweets and Sampans. This afternoon, enjoy time onboard the ship as we sail to exciting Ho Chi Minh City. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 14
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Motorbikes, Monuments, and Mouthwatering Cuisine. 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. (Breakfast, Lunch)

DAY 15
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Cu Chi Tunnels, Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Secret Passageways and Underground Hideouts. Explore the city further during free time this afternoon. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 16
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Air travel
Bangkok, Thailand

This morning, fly to Bangkok. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. (Breakfast)

DAY 17
Bangkok, Thailand

This morning, your Guided Sightseeing begins with a boat ride on the klongs, Bangkok's famous canals. Stop at the stunning Grand Palace featuring the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Also, visit the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, the oldest and largest Buddhist temple in Bangkok. It houses more than 1,000 Buddha images, including the 49-foot-high and 151-foot-long massive Reclining Buddha. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (Breakfast, Lunch)

DAY 18
Bangkok, Thailand

Enjoy a full day at your leisure. (Breakfast)

DAY 19
Bangkok, Thailand

Your extension ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia, and The Mekong River map

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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