CRUISETOUR

Ultimate Southeast Asia and The Majestic Mekong With Sapa, Hue, and Da Nang – Northbound (29 Days)

Cruise Line: Avalon Waterways
Ship: Varies by Departure
Bangkok, Thailand to Da Nang, Vietnam
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ARRIVE DEPART
DAY 1
Bangkok, Thailand

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

DAY 2
Bangkok, Thailand

Canals, Temples, and the Buddhas of Bangkok. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (Breakfast, Lunch)

DAY 3
Bangkok, Thailand

Enjoy a full day at your leisure. (Breakfast)

DAY 4
Bangkok, Thailand
Air travel
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Today, fly to Ho Chi Minh City, still known as Saigon to many. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (Breakfast)

DAY 5
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Motorbikes, Monuments, and Mouthwatering Cuisine. Explore the city further during free time this afternoon. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 6
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Cu Chi Tunnels, Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Secret Passageways and Underground Hideouts. Enjoy free time this afternoon and evening. Consider stopping for a drink at the famous rooftop bar at the Caravelle Hotel. (Breakfast)

DAY 7
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 8
Vinh Long, Vietnam
Cu Lao Gien, Vietnam

Sweets, Sampans, and Spires. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 9
Chau Doc, Vietnam
Long Khánh Island, Vietnam

Colorful Markets, Charming Locals, and Cotton Weavers. Return to the ship and head for the Cambodian border. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 10
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Bonjour! French Charm in Cambodia. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to enjoy the city. Consider a Guided Optional Tour of a local brewery with free-flowing local beer! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 11
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Shining a Light on a Dark History. After lunch, depart Phnom Penh and enjoy some time at leisure on the ship. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 12
Wat Hanchey, Cambodia
Ângkôr Ban, Cambodia

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

DAY 13
Kompong Luong, Cambodia
Kampong Tralach, Cambodia

Calm in the Cambodian Countryside. This afternoon, enjoy scenic cruising on the Tonle Sap River. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 14
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Air travel
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Fly to Siem Reap, home to the Temples of Angkor, considered by many to be the most spectacular architectural ruins on Earth! 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. (Breakfast, Lunch)

DAY 15
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Root-Covered Ruins and Native Noodles. Spend the afternoon at your leisure. You may choose a Guided Optional Excursion to further explore Siem Reap, or visit the temple complex by tuk-tuk. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 16
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Air travel
Hanoi, Vietnam

Today, transfer to the airport and fly to Hanoi. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night. (Breakfast)

DAY 17
Hanoi, Vietnam

Historic Hanoi and Water Puppets. Enjoy lunch at KOTO, a non-profit restaurant and hospitality program that trains local street children in restaurant skills they can use to become employed for a more stable life. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 18
Hanoi, Vietnam
Ha Long, Vietnam

Island Shapes and a Floating Village. Travel 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 Two-Night Cruise on the bay. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 19
Ha Long, Vietnam

Caves, Kayaks, and Scenic Climbs. After a day of exploring, consider a spa treatment or simply relax for happy hour prior to dinner! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 20
Ha Long, Vietnam
Hanoi, Vietnam

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 into your hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to spend at your leisure. (Breakfast)

DAY 21
Hanoi, Vietnam
Sa Pa, Vietnam

Today, transfer to the hill-station town of Sapa known for its mountain scenery, rice fields, and colorful ethnic minorities. This afternoon, join a Walking Tour of this small town and visit the local market. (Breakfast)

DAY 22
Sa Pa, Vietnam
Tả Van, Vietnam
Lao Chải, Vietnam
Silver Waterfall, Vietnam
Trạm Tôn Pass, Vietnam
Sa Pa, Vietnam

Your Guided Sightseeing starts with a visit to Ta Van and Lao Chai villages, to see the traditional way of life of the Zay and Black Hmong ethnic groups. These ethnic groups live together here under the watch of Fansipan Mountain. The Zay live a sedentary lifestyle and choose land near the valley's bottom for growing wet rice. The Hmong have historically preferred higher elevations for corn farming but recently they've started gradually moving to lower land and learning from others like the Zay. After lunch, visit the beautiful Silver Waterfall and ascend the highest road in Vietnam to Heaven Gate for stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valley. (Breakfast, Lunch)

DAY 23
Sa Pa, Vietnam
Tả Phìn, Vietnam
Sa Pa, Vietnam

This morning, your Guided Tour includes one of the famous Weekly Markets. Here, the local ethnic minority groups wear their most beautiful costumes as they sell and trade their homemade products. The Flower Hmong group is most recognizable with their colorful dress. After a quick photo stop at the China border, visit Taphin village, home of the Red Dao people who migrated from China starting in the 12th century. The Dao women are recognizable by the bright red turban they wear and, in some cases, shaved eyebrows. Tonight, consider exploring Sapa and stop at the famous "Love Market", where local Hmong and Dao come from their villages for the chance to see one another and perhaps go on a date! (Breakfast, Lunch)

DAY 24
Sa Pa, Vietnam
Hanoi, Vietnam
Air travel
Hue, Vietnam

This morning, drive to Hanoi and board your flight for Hue. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. (Breakfast)

DAY 25
Hue, Vietnam

One of Vietnam's former capitals, Hue is a beautiful, welcoming city that remains a cultural and religious center. Start your Guided Sightseeing with a visit to the Imperial Citadel and the Thiên Mụ Pagoda, the unofficial symbol of the city. In the afternoon, your excursion provides a unique window into Vietnam and its dynastic past. Visit the tombs of the Nguyen Emperors: the Khai Dinh Mausoleum and the Royal Tomb of Tu Duc. (Breakfast, Lunch)

DAY 26
Hue, Vietnam
Da Nang, Vietnam

Today, drive south over spectacular Hải Vân Pass (weather permitting), considered to be one of the most scenic in all of Vietnam. In Da Nang, stop to Visit the Cham Museum and ascend Monkey Mountain to see the Lady Buddha and for panoramic views. Continue on to your resort for the evening. (Breakfast, Lunch)

DAY 27
Da Nang, Vietnam
Hoi An, Vietnam
Da Nang, Vietnam

Hoi An is Vietnam's active trading center and a town that has been largely preserved, with architecture that reflects the influence of Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, French, and British traders. Hoi An is also where French missionary Alexandre de Rhodes introduced Catholicism and Roman script to Vietnam. Start with a Cruise on the Thu Bon River, where you will meet a local fisherman to see how to throw and retrieve a traditional round fishing net called a ro. Next, enjoy a Walking Tour of Hoi An Ancient Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Along the way, visit an old merchant house, the Hoi An Museum, a Chinese assembly hall, and the Japanese Covered Bridge. Then, enjoy some time at your leisure. (Breakfast)

DAY 28
Da Nang, Vietnam

A full day at leisure to further explore the area or relax at your beach resort! (Breakfast)

DAY 29
Da Nang, Vietnam

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

Ultimate Southeast Asia and The Majestic Mekong With Sapa, Hue, and Da Nang – Northbound map

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