2019 : Ultimate Southeast Asia & The Majestic Mekong - Southbound (WSB) : Saigon
21 Day River Cruise Bangkok to Hanoi
This inspiring Southeast Asia river cruise vacation begins in vibrant Bangkok, Thailand. A boat ride on the klongs, Bangkok's famous canals, is the perfect way to start your sightseeing. Continue at the Grand Palace featuring the Temple of the Emerald Buddha followed by the Temple of the Reclining Buddha-the oldest and largest Buddhist temple in the city.
Fly to Siem Reap, Cambodia, where you'll see the magnificent Temples of Angkor. The famous temples here, such as Angkor Wat and the Bayon temple, featuring some 200 mysterious faces carved in its many towers, are a display of intricacy and architectural grandeur unmatched in the world. Next, board your ship and begin your cruise along the mighty Mekong River. Visit the capital city of Phnom Penh, with the magnificent Royal Palace featuring its striking Silver Pagoda and the National Museum. Take in the stunning views at the 8th-century temple of Wat Hanchey before walking through the rural village of Angkor Ban to visit with welcoming schoolchildren.
Continue your cruise into Vietnam and stop in the villages for interactions with locals, such as a visit to the home of a skilled family who make handcrafted sampans for a living. Go on an excursion to the Cu Chi Tunnels, the unbelievable network of tunnels used extensively during the war. In exciting Ho Chi Minh City, enjoy a walking tour of the famous landmarks and try your hand in the kitchen with a Vietnamese cooking class.
Disembark your cruise ship and fly to Hanoi, where you'll explore the famous Old Quarter with peddlers trading goods among its 36 ancient streets. From here, travel to Ha Long Bay in the Gulf of Tonkin, where you'll be amazed at the more than 3,000 limestone islands of varying shapes. Enjoy a 2-night cruise along the bay with visits to the Cua Van Floating Village, fascinating caves, and a chance to swim at Titop Island. The beautiful scenery, ornate temples, and interactions with locals make this Southeast Asia river cruise vacation one you won't soon forget!
Day 1 Bangkok:Welcome to Thailand
Day 2 Bangkok:Boat ride on klongs; visit the Grand Palace, Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and the Temple of the Reclining Buddha
Day 3 Bangkok:Day at leisure
Day 4 Bangkok-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
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; visit a sampan-making family and interact with a Catholic priest in Cu Lao Gieng
Day 13 Ben Tre: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-Hanoi:Fly to Hanoi
Day 17 Hanoi:Visit Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, and Temple of Literature; lunch at Koto; electric cart ride through the Old Quarter; water puppets performance
Day 18 Hanoi-Ha Long Bay (Embarkation):Drive to Ha Long Bay; visit Cua Van floating village
Day 19 Ha Long Bay:Cruise the bay; visit Ti Top Island, Luon Cave, and Dark and Bright Cave; opportunity to explore by kayak
Day 20 Ha Long Bay (Disembarkation)-Hanoi:Visit Sung Sot Cave; drive to Hanoi
Day 21 Hanoi:End of vacation
You've always forged your own path...with your own distinct perspective of looking at the world. Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with your unique style in mind-offering expansive views, wider perspectives, and more cruising. That's why we've designed an intimate cruise experience, with a maximum of 36 guests, that's just a bit different. Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships.
Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board. See the Ship Amenities Section below for more information about the amenities in our fleet's unique ships.
Throughout the Ship:
Avalon has designed included excursions and onboard activities for a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the included tours, adventures, and events that interest you most, so you can enjoy your cruise your way.
(B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner
BANGKOK, THAILANDWelcome to Thailand! Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.
Canals, Temples, and the Buddhas of Bangkok
Classic This morning, your Guided Sightseeing begins with a boat ride on the klongs, Bangkok's famous canals. Visit the stunning Grand Palace featuring the Temple Of The Emerald Buddha. Also, visit the Temple Of The Reclining Buddha, the oldest and largest Buddhist temple in Bangkok. It houses more than 1,000 Buddha images, including the 49-foot-high by 151-foot-long massive Reclining Buddha.
The remainder of the day is at your leisure.
BANGKOKEnjoy a full day at your leisure.
BANGKOK-SIEM REAP, CAMBODIAToday, fly to Siem Reap, your base during your visit to Angkor, considered by many to be the most spectacular architectural ruins on Earth!
(B, L, D)
The Tranquil Temples of Angkor and Joyful Dances
Classic Explore the temples by tuk-tuk. Start at the best preserved and most famous of all the temples: Angkor Wat. Featuring five trademark towers, it is the symbol of Cambodia. Then, continue your Guided Excursion to visit Angkor Thom, where you will explore Bayon Temple with its 200 striking faces carved in 54 towers and impressive bas relief sculptures, OR: Active Visit Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, and Bayon Temple by bike.
Enjoy some time at your leisure this afternoon to explore Siem Reap's shops for local artisan crafts.
Discovery This evening, a private Apsara Dance Performance brings ancient Khmer culture to life through music, song, and dance.
Root-Covered Ruins and Native Noodles
Classic Continue your Sightseeing Tour to the Angkor temples at Ta Prohm. Tree roots cover the ruin walls, allowing you to experience the temple with the same wonder as early explorers. Then visit Banteay Srei, a unique temple built on a small scale from red sandstone, which can be carved like wood. En route, stop at a village famous for making Khmer noodles by hand.
Spend the afternoon at your leisure.
(B, L, D)
PHNOM PENH (EMBARKATION)
Your intimate Suite Ship® Awaits!
Fly to Phnom Penh and transfer to the port where your ship's crew will be waiting to welcome you onboard. Get acquainted with the ship and relax before your welcome reception this evening.
AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO WAT HANCHEY
(B, L, D)
WAT HANCHEY-ANGKOR BAN
Water Blessings and Back-to-School Adventures
Discovery Visit Wat Hanchey, a hilltop temple dating back to the 8th century. Climb or be driven to the top where you will enjoy stunning views of the surrounding area and partake in a traditional water blessing given by local monks.
Discovery After lunch, enjoy a Walking Tour through the rural village of Angkor Ban. Here, you will visit a traditional Khmer house and interact with children at a local school.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO KAMPONG TRALACH
(B, L, D)
KAMPONG TRALACH-KONPONG LOUANG
Calm in the Cambodian Countryside
Discovery Your Guided Sightseeing starts in Kampong Tralach with an Ox Cart Ride through the beautiful Cambodian countryside. Along the way, stop to meet a local farmer and learn about his daily life. At the silversmith village in Konpong Louang, see talented craftsmen use age-old techniques to turn pure silver into works of art.
Sail to the capital city of Phnom Penh this afternoon. PHNOM PENH
Shining a Light on a Dark History
Classic After lunch, a Visit to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and one of the Killing Fields provides a glimpse into the atrocities inflicted on the Cambodian people by the Khmer Rouge regime.
This evening, spend some free time exploring the city on your own. Perhaps follow the riverfront promenade to the historic Foreign Correspondents Club (FCC).
(B, L, D)
Bonjour! French Charm in Cambodia
Classic Join a Guided Tour of the city by private cyclo with visits to the Royal Palace with the spectacular Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum featuring an outstanding display of Khmer artifacts.
The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy at your leisure. Consider a Guided Optional Tour of a local brewery with free-flowing local beer!
Just before dinner, children from a local orphanage will perform a show, featuring local song and dance.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIETNAM/CAMBODIA BORDER
(B, L, D)
BORDER CROSSING-CHAU DOC, VIETNAM
Good Morning, Vietnam!
Discovery Take a Village Walk through the Chau Doc market, and absorb the atmosphere as locals are busy buying and selling fish, meat, and produce. After lunch, embark on a Guided Excursion down the backwaters of the Mekong. Along the way, see traditional floating homes, speedboat merchants, religious sites, a market selling dried goods, and more.
EVENING CRUISE TO LONG KHANH A
(B, L, D)
LONG KHANH A-CU LAO GIENG
Cotton Weavers & Sampan Makers
Discovery This morning, a sampan brings you to the village of Long Khanh A, for a Cotton-Weaving Demonstration of this well-preserved tradition.
Discovery This afternoon, enjoy scenes of daily life along the river near Cu Lao Gieng via sampan. Join a Guided Excursion to a local home, where a skilled family hand-crafts sampan boats. Then, ride a motor cart to one of Vietnam's oldest churches for a special interaction with a catholic priest.
EVENING CRUISE TO BEN TRE
(B, L, D)
Sweets and Sampans
Discovery Board a sampan this morning and Visit a Local Workshop in Ben Tre to see how rice paper, rice wine, and traditional candies are made. Continue on to a local garden, where several types of fruit indigenous to the area are grown.
This afternoon, enjoy time on board the ship as we sail to exciting Ho Chi Minh City.
AFTERNOON CRUISE TO HO CHI MINH CITY
HO CHI MINH CITY (DISEMBARKATION)
Motorbikes, Monuments, and Mouthwatering Cuisine
Classic Take a Walking Tour of Ho Chi Minh City's historic landmarks, including a stop at the Rex Hotel for a refreshing drink at the rooftop bar where the U.S. Military held the infamous "Five O'Clock Follies" during the war. Then, visit the War Remnants Museum and bustling Ben Thanh Market.
Discovery For lunch, participate in a hands-on Vietnamese Cooking Class. Learn to prepare several local dishes and how to recreate them at home. Last, but not least, sample your delicious creations!
Enjoy time at your leisure this afternoon and evening for independent exploration. Maybe stop for a drink at the famous rooftop bar at the Caravelle Hotel.
HO CHI MINH CITY. EXCURSION TO CU CHI TUNNELS
Secret Passageways and Underground Hideouts
Classic Drive out of the city for a Guided Visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels-an extraordinary network of tunnels more than 120 miles in length-used as a hideout and secret village by the Viet Cong.
Explore the city further during free time this afternoon.
This evening, join your traveling companions for a special dinner in a local restaurant.
HO CHI MINH CITY-HANOIToday, transfer to the airport and fly to Hanoi. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night.
(B, L, D)
Historic Hanoi and Water Puppets
Classic First, join a Guided Visit of the mausoleum and the humble cottage from which "Uncle Ho" ruled Vietnam until his death in 1969. Next, see iconic sites, including One Pillar Pagoda, the Presidential Palace, and the infamous "Hanoi Hilton." Lastly, visit the 900-year-old Temple of Literature, Hanoi's first university.
Enjoy lunch at Koto, a non-profit restaurant and hospitality program that trains local street children in restaurant skills they can use to become employed for a more stable life.
Classic After lunch, enjoy an Electric Cart Ride through the fascinating Old Quarter-with its 36 ancient streets where peddlers trade as they have for centuries.
Discovery An early dinner this evening is followed by a fascinating Live Performance of Hanoi's renowned water puppets, a traditional 11th-century artform.
(B, L, D)
HANOI-HA LONG BAY
Island Shapes and a Floating Village
Travel from Hanoi through the fertile countryside to Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The bay is dotted with more than 3,000 limestone islands carved into fanciful shapes. Board the luxurious Paradise Elegance for a Two-Night Cruise on the bay.
Discovery Visit the Cua Van Floating Village, home to more than 700 people, by bamboo raft, OR: Active Take a Kayak Ride to visit Cua Van Village.
Enjoy scenic sailing for the remainder of the day before anchoring for the night.
(B, L, D)
HA LONG BAY
Caves, Kayaks, and Scenic Climbs
Discovery Visit Titop Island, for a Guided Excursion for a swim, or climb 400 steps to the top of the island for stunning views. You can also visit Luon Cave by boat, and explore Dark & Bright Cave by bamboo raft, OR: Active Explore Luon Cave and Dark & Bright Cave by Kayak Ride.
After a day of exploring, consider a spa treatment or simply relax for happy hour prior to dinner!
HA LONG BAY-HANOISurprising and Amazing Beauty This morning, relax onboard your ship, or visit Sung Sot Cave, considered one of the most beautiful in the area with its magnificent formations. Afterwards, return to Hanoi and check in to your hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to spend at your leisure.
HANOIYour vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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- Cruise Line
- Avalon Waterways
- Offer valid through 3/31/2019
- 21 Days
- Cruise Ship
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|Day 7||Phnom Penh|
|Day 8||Angkor Ban|
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|Day 11||Chau Doc|
|Day 12||Cu Lao Gieng|
|Day 13||Ben Tre|
|Day 14||Ho Chi Minh City|
|Day 15||Ho Chi Minh City|
|Day 18||Ha Long Bay|
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Dates and Prices do not include air travel.
Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Avalon Waterways, not included in pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway and intra-vacation air segments; or (2) intra-vacation air segments only, starting at $674. Required intra-vacation air segments: Bangkok/Siem Reap; Siem Reap/Phnom Penh; Ho Chi Minh City/Hanoi. Air prices were effective on February 7, 2018 and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your tour, air prices may be higher.
Gratuities for Local Guides & drivers are included (excludes extensions which are to be paid locally).
Avalon offers the opportunity for solo travelers to sail with no single supplement (subject to availability).
Please call for single accommodation details and prices. Triples not available.
All prices are per person based on double room occupancy. Cruise price based on Category B in an Panorama Suite on Mekong Deck. To upgrade to a Category A on Tonle Deck, add $400 per person or $800 in single occupancy.
Extra Nights per person in Bangkok:
January to April: in single room $249; in twin room $130
August to October: in single room $300; in twin room $156
November to December: in single room $328; in twin room $169
Extra Nights per person in Hanoi:
in single room $247; in twin room $129
Prices shown are "starting at" prices and do not include airfare.
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