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

Embark on a captivating journey through Southeast Asia’s heartland with the Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & The Mekong River With Hanoi & Ha Long Bay (Northbound) Cruise. This extraordinary Avalon Waterways River Cruise takes you on an odyssey along the Mekong River, unveiling the rich culture of Vietnam and Cambodia.

From the lively streets of Hanoi to the tranquil waters of Ha Long Bay, you’ll encounter the region’s history, culture, and culinary delights. Discover the secrets of Ho Chi Minh City, delve into the Cu Chi Tunnels, and set sail on a luxurious ship along the Saigon River.

With each passing day, your Mekong River Cruise will unveil the magic of this magnificent region, leaving you with a wealth of joy and memories.

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  • Cruise Line: Avalon Waterways
  • Ship: Avalon Saigon
  • Duration: 15 Nights
  • Departure: Sep - Nov & Jan - Mar & Aug - Nov
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Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & The Mekong River Cruise Itinerary

Embark on a captivating 15-night Mekong River adventure with the Avalon Saigon, where the traditional charm of Southeast Asia meets the modern luxury of an Avalon river cruise. Our extraordinary Mekong Cruise whisks you away on a journey that explores the beauty and culture of Vietnam and Cambodia. Discover the vibrant cities, ancient temples, and lush landscapes that define this unique corner of the world. From the bustling streets of Ho Chi Minh City to the majestic temples of Siem Reap, our meticulously crafted itinerary offers you an immersive experience that blends the best of Southeast Asian culture and natural beauty.

Day 1


Arrive in Hanoi.

Day 2


Visit Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum and cottage. Next, see the Presidential Palace, “Hanoi Hilton” and One Pillar Pagoda. You can also explore the ancient Temple of Literature. After, enjoy lunch at Koto. Then, go on an electric-cart ride through the Old Quarter.

Aboard your ship, enjoy an evening water puppet performance.

Day 3

Hanoi / Ha Long Bay

Travel to Hon Gai and explore its caves before stopping at one of the secluded bays.

Day 4

Ha Long Bay / Hanoi / Ho Chi Minh City

Drive to Hanoi before boarding your flight to Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 5

Ho Chi Minh City

Take a Walking Tour of Ho Chi Minh City’s historic landmarks, including the Rex Hotel for a drink. Participate in a Vietnamese cooking class and sample your creations. Use your free time to explore the city. Later, enjoy a special welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 6

Ho Chi Minh City

Go on a guided Visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels. Enjoy your free time in the afternoon and evening.

Day 7

Ho Chi Minh City

Transfer to the port on the Saigon River for embarkation. Enjoy your free time before the evening welcome reception.

Day 8

Vinh Long / Cu Lao Gieng

Visit a local workshop in Vinh Long. Later, explore the individual crafts of Vietnamese families by visiting their workshops and homes. After, visit one of Vietnam’s oldest Catholic churches.

Day 9

Chau Doc / Long Khanh A / Border Crossing – Cambodia

Take a Guided Walk through a local market in Chau Doc. Then, enjoy a river excursion down the Mekong’s backwaters. After lunch, visit Long Khanh for a cotton-weaving demonstration.

Board your ship and set sail for the Cambodian border.

Day 10

Phnom Penh

Enjoy a city tour via private cyclo and visit the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, and National Museum. Use your leisure time as you wish. Before dinner, enjoy a song and dance performance by children from a local orphanage.

Day 11

Phnom Penh

Go on a guided visit to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and one of the Killing Fields. Or, visit the Central Market by tuk-tuk. Later, depart Phnom Penh and enjoy your leisure time aboard the ship.

Day 12

Wat Hanchey / Angkor Ban

Climb or be driven to the hilltop temple of Wat Hanchey and enjoy a traditional water blessing.

Take a Walking Tour through Angkor Ban. Visit a traditional Khmer house and interact with children at a local school.

Day 13

Konpong Louang / Kampong Tralach

Sightsee at Konpong Louang’s silversmith village. Then, board an ox cart for a ride through the Cambodian countryside. Later, enjoy scenic sailing on the Tonle River.

Day 14

Phnom Penh / Siem Reap

Fly to the home of the Temples of Angkor – Siem Reap. After lunch, explore the temples by tuk-tuk.

Enjoy the evening at your leisure or join a guided optional excursion to the Cambodian circus.

Day 15

Siem Reap

Continue your tour of the Angkor Temples at Ta Prohm before visiting Banteay Srei. Stop at a local village famous for making Khmer noodles by hand. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure before a private Apsara Dance Performance in the evening.

Day 16

Siem Reap

Your cruise concludes with breakfast this morning.

Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & The Mekong River Cruise Ships

Avalon Saigon

Named “Best New River Cruise Ship” by TravelAge West, the Avalon Saigon has earned many praises for delivering an intimate cruise experience down the Mekong.

18 Staterooms
Maximum of 36 Guests
Open-air Observation Lounge

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Discover the fascinations of the Mekong River with Crui.se

15 Nights
Aug Nov

Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia &The Mekong River with Hanoi & Ha Long Bay (Northbound)

  • Hanoi
  • Hanoi / Ha Long Bay
  • Ha Long Bay / Hanoi / Ho Chi Minh City
  • Ho Chi Minh City
  • Vinh Long / Cu Lao Gieng
  • Chau Doc / Long Khanh A / Border Crossing – Cambodia
  • Phnom Penh
  • Wat Hanchey / Angkor Ban
  • Konpong Louang / Kampong Tralach
  • Phnom Penh / Siem Reap
  • Siem Reap
£4,820pp Est. Price per person
  • Avalon Saigon

Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & The Mekong River Cruise Review

“I had the incredible opportunity to go on this cruise and it left me absolutely speechless. It was nothing short of extraordinary and I struggle to find any faults whatsoever. The dining experience was delightful with chefs who you can tell have a genuine love for food and it shows in every meal they make. The staff were also always kind and willing to help and my days were filled with unforgettable excursions. Already counting down the days until my next Avalon cruise!”

Markus Ashley, Liverpool, Merseyside

Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & The Mekong FAQ

Find answers to some of the most common questions about river cruising here.

What types of cabins/suites are available on the Avalon Saigon?

There is one type of luxury suite available aboard the Avalon Saigon – the Category A & B Stateroom – which you can read more about in the ‘Accommodation’ segment of the ‘About The Avalon Saigon’ section.

What languages are spoken on board the ship?

The staff for this cruise are English speakers, ensuring ease of communication between the passengers and the staff.

Can you cater for vegetarian passengers?

Yes, we can. We offer vegetarian options with all meals.

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