7-nt Asian Waterways Avalon Saigon
|Day||Ports of Call|
|1||Phnom Penh, Cambodia|
|2||Angkor Ban, Cambodia|
|3||Phnom Penh, Cambodia|
|4||Phnom Penh, Cambodia|
|5||Chau Doc, Vietnam|
|6||Cu Lao Gieng, Vietnam|
|7||Ben Tre, Vietnam|
|8||Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam|
Know Before You Go
- Pricing includes cruise portion only. For pre and post accommodations, please contact your PERX travel planner.
- Please be discreet, do not discuss your industry discounts with other guests aboard your sailing.
- Please ensure that you have your ID available when boarding.
- We strongly suggest purchasing travel protection to cover medical expenses in the event that medical attention is required.
On this unique and inspiring Southeast Asia river cruise through Cambodia and Vietnam, you'll be immersed in the cultures and ancient traditions as you sightsee and spend time with locals in interesting places along the mighty Mekong River.
In the enchanting Cambodian countryside, go on an ox cart ride amongst rice paddy fields and witness the daily lives of farmers. In a Silversmith Village, see craftsmen making silver artwork using ancient techniques. French influences are still apparent in the lovely capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh. Here you'll tour the National Museum and Royal Palace with its striking Silver Pagoda and enjoy a song and dance performance by children at a local orphanage. On a hilltop at the site of the 8th-century temple of Wat Hanchey, take in the stunning views before walking through the rural village of Angkor Ban to visit with welcoming schoolchildren.
Continue your river cruise into Vietnam where you'll walk through a colorful market as the locals are busy with their daily routine of buying and selling produce. See firsthand how handcrafted sampans are built at the home of a family in Cu Lao Gieng. Via sampan, cruise into Ben Tre and experience Vietnamese culture with a visit to a workshop to learn how rice wine and traditional candies are made. This once-in-a-lifetime Southeast Asia river cruise vacation is sure to create lasting memories!
The all-suite Avalon SaigonSM, our newest Suite Ship® in Asia, was specifically designed to offer the best cruise experience on the Mekong River. She is one of only two ships in the industry, along with her sister ship the Avalon Siem ReapSM, cruising from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap* (or vice versa) eliminating hours of motorcoach travel time, which means you enjoy more cruising! The ship has been meticulously crafted to offer all the modern features you expect, yet it retains the colonial charm fitting to Vietnam and Cambodia. While the number of guests on the ship may be small, the ship isn't. Built as long and wide as other ships that carry twice as many guests, the public spaces never feel congested. From the air-conditioned Panorama Lounge to the open-air observation lounge, there is plenty of seating and spots to relax. Plus, our lounges are located at the front of the ship, not the back, so no matter where you sit you'll always have a great view. Our crew embodies the spirit - you first, no matter what. From the reception staff and bartender to wait staff and room attendant, we always deliver exquisite service that's comfortable and friendly - never stuffy! With Avalon, our ship becomes your home away from home. *Cruising to Siem Reap is dependent on water levels.
- Air-conditioned Panorama Lounge
- Open-air observation lounge with shade system & premium lounge chairs
- Spacious, open-seating dining room
- Bar serving premium spirits, wine & complimentary coffee, tea, soft drinks, and local beer/spirits throughout the day
- Complimentary Wi-Fi access in the lounges (where signal is available)
- Spa treatment room
- Fitness Room
- Library and games
- Non-smoking interior and staterooms
Ship Length: 195ft Total Staff: 24 Guest Capacity: 36
Highlights & Sightseeing
Day 1 Phnom Penh (Embarkation):Onboard welcome reception
Day 2 Wat Hanchey-Angkor Ban:Visit Wat Hanchey and partake in a traditional water blessing by local monks; walking tour in Angkor Ban with school visit
Day 3 Kampong Tralach-Konpong Louang-Phnom Penh:Ox cart ride through the countryside and visit a local farmer's home in Kampong Tralach; visit the silversmith village of Konpong Louang; visit the Tuol Sleng Museum and one of the Killing Fields in Phnom Penh
Day 4 Phnom Penh:Sightseeing by private cyclo, including the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum; show by children from local orphanage
Day 5 Border Crossing-Chau Doc:Visit a local market and the religious sites at Sam Mountain in Chau Doc
Day 6 Long Khanh A-Cu Lao Gieng:Walking tour of Long Khanh A with cotton-weaving demonstration; visit a sampan-making family and interact with a Catholic priest in Cu Lao Gieng
Day 7 Ben Tre:Visit a local garden and a local workshop to see how rice wine and traditional candy are made
Day 8 Ho Chi Minh City (Disembarkation):Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.