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7-nt Asian Waterways Avalon Siem Reap

Itinerary

DayPorts of Call
1Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
2Cu Lao Gieng, Vietnam
3Cruise Cambodian Border Crossing
4Phnom Penh, Cambodia
5Phnom Penh, Cambodia
6Angkor Ban, Cambodia
7Kampong Tralach, Cambodia
8Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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 Vietnam and Cambodia, you’ll be immersed in the cultures and ancient traditions as you sightsee and spend time with locals in the most interesting places along the mighty Mekong River.

Via sampan, cruise into Vinh Long and experience Vietnamese culture with a visit to a workshop to learn how rice wine and traditional candies are made. See firsthand how handcrafted sampans are built at the home of a family in Cu Lao Gieng. Walk through a colorful market as the locals are busy with their daily routine of buying and selling produce. In the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, tour the National Museum and Royal Palace with its striking Silver Pagoda. Enjoy a song and dance performance by children from 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 this diverse river cruise and stop in a Silversmith Village to see craftsmen making silver artwork using ancient techniques. Go on an ox cart ride amongst rice paddy fields in the enchanting Cambodian countryside and witness the daily lives of farmers. This once-in-a-lifetime Southeast Asia river cruise vacation is sure to create lasting memories!

The new Avalon ship cruising on the Mekong is specifically designed to offer an intimate experience with a maximum of 36 guests, so you can truly immerse yourself in the culture, people, and sights along the Mekong River. Built by traditional craftsmen, the ship mixes modern comforts with the colonial charm associated with Vietnam and Cambodia. Time on board delivers a refreshing experience, as all cabins open to the outside and the large indoor lounge and open-air observation lounge offer great panoramic views. The design also allows her to be the only ship sailing all the way from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap (or vice versa). This eliminates over 7 hours* of motorcoach travel time to and from your ship, which means you get to enjoy more cruising! *Depending on water levels



Ship Length: 195
Total Staff: 24
Guest Capacity: 36

Highlights & Sightseeing

Day 1 Ho Chi Minh City (Embarkation): Onboard welcome reception
Day 2 Vinh Long-Cu Lao Gieng:Visit a local workshop to see how rice paper, rice wine, and traditional candy are made in Vinh Long; visit a sampan-making family and interact with a Catholic priest in Cu Lao Gieng
Day 3 Chau Doc-Long Khanh A-Cambodian Border Crossing:Visit a local market and the religious sites at Sam Mountain in Chau Doc; walking tour of Long Khanh A with cotton-weaving demonstration
Day 4 Phnom Penh:Sightseeing by private cyclo, including the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum; afternoon at leisure; show by children from a local orphanage
Day 5 Phnom Penh:Visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and visit one of the Cambodian Killing Fields
Day 6 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 7 Konpong Louang-Kampong Tralach:Visit the silversmith village of Konpong Louang; ox cart ride through the countryside, and visit a local farmer's home in Kampong Tralach
Day 8 Phnom Penh (Disembarkation):End of vacation