Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & The Mekong River With Hanoi & Ha Long Bay (Southbound)

07/11/2020 through 12/23/2020
07/11/2020 through 01/10/2021
Avalon Waterways

On this 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 fascinating places along the mighty Mekong River.

The best way to experience Vietnamese culture is with a tour of its fascinating capital of Hanoi. Go on a cyclo ride through the ancient streets of the Old Quarter and enjoy a water puppet performance. Travel through the peaceful countryside to Ha Long Bay, where you’ll cruise by its breathtaking limestone islands. Next, in Siem Reap, Cambodia, see the phenomenal Temples of Angkor with an intricacy and architectural grandeur unmatched in the world. Enjoy an inspiring Aspara dance performance before embarking on your river cruise. Go on an ox cart ride amongst rice paddy fields and witness the daily lives of farmers. In the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, tour the National Museum and Royal Palace with its striking Silver Pagoda.

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 cruise into Vietnam and visit a colorful market, the home of a local family making handcrafted sampans, and a workshop to learn how rice wine and traditional candies are made.

This memorable Southeast Asia river cruise vacation ends in Ho Chi Minh City, where you’ll see the famous landmarks and try your hand in the kitchen-Vietnamese-style, with a cooking class. On an excursion to the Cu Chi Tunnels, walk through a section of the immense underground tunnel system used during the Vietnam War.

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Day 1 Arrive Hanoi: welcome to Vietnam

Day 2 Hanoi: visit Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh Museum, and Temple of Literature; lunch at Koto; take an electric-cart ride through the Old Quarter; water puppets performance

Day 3 Hanoi–Ha Long Bay: cruise on Ha Long Bay

Day 4 Ha Long Bay–Siem Reap: Fly to Siem Reap

Day 5 Siem Reap: Visit Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, and Bayon Temple; Apsara dance performance

Day 6 Siem Reap: Visit Ta Prohm, Banteay Srei, and a noodle-making village

Day 7 Siem Reap–Phnom Penh (Embarkation): Fly to Phnom Penh; onboard welcome reception

Day 8 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 9 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, or visit the lively central market

Day 10 Phnom Penh: Sightseeing by private cyclo, including the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum; show by children from local orphanage

Day 11 Border Crossing–Chau Doc: Visit a local market and the religious sites at Sam Mountain in Chau Doc

Day 12 Long Khanh A–Cu Lao Gieng: Walking tour of Long Khanh A with cotton-weaving demonstration; interact with sampan-making and conical hat making families in Cu Lao Gieng

Day 13 Vinh Long: Visit a local garden and a local workshop to see how rice wine and traditional candy are made

Day 14 Ho Chi Minh City (Disembarkation): Walking tour; visit the famous Rex Hotel for a drink, War Remnants Museum, and Ben Thanh Market; cooking class

Day 15 Ho Chi Minh City: Cu Chi Tunnels excursion

Day 16 Ho Chi Minh City: End of vacation

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Day 1 Hanoi, Vietnam
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Day 1 Welcome To Vietnam!
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Day 2 This Morning, Your Guided Sightseeing Takes A Look At The Life Of Ho Chi Minh, The Father Of Mode...
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Day 3 Travel From Hanoi Through The Fertile Countryside To Hon Gai, Gateway To Ha Long Bay, A Unesco Wo...
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Day 3 Hanoi-ha Long Bay
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Day 4 Ha Long Bay-hanoi-siem Reap
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Day 6 Classic Continue Your Sightseeing Tour Of The Angkor Temples At Ta Prohm. Tree Roots Cover The Ru...
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Day 7 Phnom Penh (Embarkation)
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Day 8 Wat Hanchey-angkor Ban
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Day 8 Evening/Overnight Cruise To Kampong Tralach
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Day 8 Discovery After Lunch, Enjoy A Walking Tour Through The Rural Village Of Angkor Ban. Here, You Wi...
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Day 9 Kampong Tralach-konpong Louang
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Day 10 Evening/Overnight Cruise To Vietnam/Cambodia Border
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Day 10 Phnom Penh
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Day 10 Classic Join A Guided Tour Of The City By Private Cyclo With Visits To The Royal Palace With The ...
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Day 11 Breakfast|lunch|dinner
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Day 11 Discovery Take A Village Walk Through The Chau Doc Market, And Absorb The Atmosphere As Locals Ar...
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Day 11 Border Crossing-chau Doc, Vietnam
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Day 11 Evening Cruise To Long Khanh A
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Day 11 Border Crossing-chau Doc, Vietnam
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Day 12 Long Khanh A – Cu Lao Gieng
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Day 13 Vinh Long
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Day 14 Ho Chi Minh City (Disembarkation)
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enjoy Time At Your Leisure This Afternoon And Evening For Independent Exploration. Mayb...

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Day 14 Ho Chi Minh City (Disembarkation)
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Day 14 Classic Take A Walking Tour Of Ho Chi Minh City’s Historic Landmarks, Including A Stop At The Rex...
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Day 15 Ho Chi Minh City. Excursion To Cu Chi Tunnels
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Day 16 Ho Chi Minh City
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