Eighteen days, two countries; explore Cambodia and Vietnam in style down the Mekong river on this cruise and stay getaway, featuring two nights in Ha Long Bay.
Enjoy guided tours, hikes, kayaking, tuk tuk rides and a host of onboard demonstrations/activities all made available to you through your Adventure Host. Ride, swim and bike from one destination to the next on the adventure of a lifetime.
Enjoy an intimate experience aboard the Avalon Saigon. Complete with all the creature comforts you’ve come to expect of Avalon Waterways paired with the unique charm of East Asia, this small-but-mighty vessel fosters an authentic and action-packed stay for all our guests.
Enjoy a packed itinerary brought to you by the team at Avalon Waterways, choose from a selection of classic, active and discovery tours to customise your own unforgettable journey down the Mekong. Explore by tuk tuk, kayak and bamboo raft, electric cart and the power of your own two feet through a variety of jaw-dropping destinations.
Arrive to Siem Reap, hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-ins.
Explore temples by tuk-tuk, continue your guided excursion to Angkor Thom, enjoy some time at leisure exploring the shops for local artisan crafts or enjoy a private Apsara Dance Performance.
Continue your Sightseeing tour of the Angkor Temples at Ta Prohm, then visit Banteay Srei and en route, stop at a village famous for making Khmer noodles by hand.
Fly to Phnom Penh and transfer to your ship.
Climb or drive up to the hilltop temple to take part in a traditional water blessing and enjoy an evening walking tour through the rural village of Angkor Ban, including a visit to a traditional Khmer house and interactions with children at a local school.
Enjoy guided sightseeing through Kampong Tralach with an Ox-Cart Ride along the countryside, visit a local farmer and learn about his daily life and visit the Konpong Louang to see talent craftsmen put on a demonstration. After lunch, visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and one of the Killing Fields or visit the lively Central Market by tuk tuk.
Join a guided tour of the city by private cyclo with visits to the Royal Palace with its spectacular SIlver Pagoda, and National Museum featuring an outside display of Khmer artifacts.
Just before dinner, children from a local orphanage will perform a show featuring a local song and dance.
Take a village walk through the Chau Doc market. After lunch, embark on a guided excursion down the backwaters of Mekong, seeing traditional floating homes, speedboat merchants, religious sites and more.
This morning, travel by sampan to the village of Long Khanh A, for a cotton-weaving demonstration. Later this afternoon, enjoy scenes of daily life on Cu Lao Gieng Island, via sampan or local motor cart on a guided excursion to one of Vietnam’s oldest churches, the home of a local family that makes vietnamese conical hats and a local workshop where sampan boats are hand-crafted.
Board a sampan this morning on the way to local workshop in Vinh Long to see how rice paper, rice wine and traditional candies are made.
Enjoy a walking tour of Ho Chi Minh City’s landmarks, including a stop at the Rex hotel’s rooftop bar and the War Remnants Museum and bustling Ben Thanh Market. For lunch, participate in a hands-on Vietnamese Cooking Class.
Today, drive away from the city for a guided visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels.
Transfer to the airport and fly to Hanoi before arriving to your hotel for the night.
Join a guided visit of the Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, Presidential Palace, the infamous “Hanoi Hilton”, and the Temple of Literature. Enjoy lunch at Koto, a non-profit restaurant and hospitality program for local children. Afterwards, enjoy an electric cart ride through the Old Quarter and a Live Performance of Hanoi’s renowned water puppets.
Board the luxurious Paradise Elegance for a 2-night cruise across this UNESCO-designated site. Pay a visit to the Cua Van Floating Village by bamboo raft or enjoy a kayak ride visit to Cua Van Village.
Visit Ti Top island for a swim or 400ft climb to the top of the island. Alternatively explore Luon Cave and Dark & Bright Cave by boat and bamboo raft respectively. Or take the more active route for that same tour and explore via kayak.
Pay a visit to Sung Sot Cave. Afterwards return to Hanoi and check into your hotel for the night.
Your adventure ends after breakfast this morning, make your way to the airport to begin your journey home.
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.
Explore your way through the much-loved attractions of Vietnam and Cambodia
“Great cruise; I especially liked the couple of nights spent in Ha Long Bay. The little ship was really lovely, and exceeded my limited expectations. All other aspects of my stay were standard for Avalon Waterways; large rooms, dedicated staff and lots of touring options.”
Find answers to some of the most common questions about river cruising here.
Yes, the Avalon Saigon has an on-board library complete with activities and games to keep you entertained throughout your stay.
Out of your 18-day holiday, days 4 to 11 will be spent cruising aboard the Avalon Saigon, and days 15 to 17 aboard the Paradise Elegance across Ha Long Bay.
Enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi access in all of our lounges (where signal is available).
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