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The Heart of Cambodia & Vietnam

Eighteen days, two countries; explore Cambodia and Vietnam in style down the Mekong river on this Avalon Waterways River Cruise, 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 Mekong River Cruise 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.

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  • Cruise Line: Avalon Waterways
  • Ship: Avalon Saigon
  • Duration: 17 Nights
  • Departure: Jan - Mar, Aug - Dec
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The Heart of Cambodia & Vietnam Cruise Itinerary

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.

Day 1

Siem Reap

Arrive to Siem Reap, hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-ins.

Day 2

Siem Reap

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.

Day 3

Siem Reap

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.

Day 4

Phnom Penh (EMBARK)

Fly to Phnom Penh and transfer to your ship.

Day 5

Wat Hanchey / Angkor Ban

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.

Day 6

Kampong Tralach / Konpong Louang / Phnom Penh

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.

Day 7

Phnom Penh

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.

Day 8

Chau Doc (border crossing)

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.

Day 9

Long Khanh A-Cu Lao Gieng

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.

Day 10

Vinh Long

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.

Day 11

Ho Chi Minh City (DISEMBARK)

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.

Day 12

Ho Chi Minh City, excursion to Cu Chi tunnels

Today, drive away from the city for a guided visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels.

Day 13

Ho Chi Minh City / Hanoi

Transfer to the airport and fly to Hanoi before arriving to your hotel for the night.

Day 14


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.

Day 15

Hanoi – Ha Long Bay (EMBARK)

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.

Day 16

Ha Long Bay

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.

Day 17

Ha Long Bay – Hanoi (DISEMBARK)

Pay a visit to Sung Sot Cave. Afterwards return to Hanoi and check into your hotel for the night.

Day 18


Your adventure ends after breakfast this morning, make your way to the airport to begin your journey home.

The Heart of Cambodia & Vietnam 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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The Heart of Cambodia & Vietnam Cruise Deals

Explore your way through the much-loved attractions of Vietnam and Cambodia

17 Nights
Jan Mar
Aug Dec

The Heart of Cambodia & Vietnam

  • Siem Reap
  • Phnom Penh (EMBARK)
  • Wat Hanchey / Angkor Ban
  • Kampong Tralach / Konpong Louang / Phnom Penh
  • Phnom Penh
  • Chau Doc (border crossing)
  • Long Khanh A-Cu Lao Gieng
  • Vinh Long
  • Ho Chi Minh City (DISEMBARK)
  • Ho Chi Minh City, excursion to Cu Chi tunnels
  • Ho Chi Minh City / Hanoi
  • Hanoi
  • Hanoi – Ha Long Bay (EMBARK)
  • Ha Long Bay
  • Ha Long Bay – Hanoi (DISEMBARK)
  • Ho Chi Minh City
£6,290pp Est. Price per person
  • Avalon Saigon

The Heart of Cambodia & Vietnam Cruise Review

“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.”

Ollie Fredrickson, Hull

The Heart of Cambodia & Vietnam FAQ

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

Does the Avalon Saigon feature a library?

Yes, the Avalon Saigon has an on-board library complete with activities and games to keep you entertained throughout your stay.

How many days in total will be spent cruising?

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.

Is there Wi-Fi aboard the ship?

Enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi access in all of our lounges (where signal is available).

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