AVALON 2018: Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong River - Cruise Only Northbound (WHS0)

8 days from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap

On this unique and inspiring 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 interesting places along the mighty Mekong River.

Via sampan, cruise into Vinh Long and experience Vietnamese culture with a visit to a workshop to learn how rice wine and traditional candies are made. See firsthand how handcrafted sampans are built at the home of a family in Cu Lao Gieng. Walk through a colorful market as the locals are busy with their daily routine of buying and selling produce. In the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, tour the National Museum and Royal Palace with its striking Silver Pagoda. Enjoy a song and dance performance by children from a local orphanage. 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 this diverse river cruise and stop in a Silversmith Village to see craftsmen making silver artwork using ancient techniques. Go on an ox cart ride amongst rice paddy fields in the enchanting Cambodian countryside and witness the daily lives of farmers. This once-in-a-lifetime river cruise vacation is sure to create lasting memories!

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Tour Operator
Globus
Duration
8 Days
Escorted
Escorted - Yes
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1Ho Chi Minh CityThis morning, transfer to the port on the Saigon River and board your river cruise vessel to start your CRUISE up the Mekong River through Vietnam and Cambodia. Get acquainted with the ship and relax before your welcome reception this evening. (L,D)

NOTE:
You must meet your Cruise Director in the lobby of hotel by 9:30 am as your passports must be processed prior to departure from the port. Departure time from the hotel to the ship is 11:30 am.
Day 2Cu Lao GiengThis morning, board a sampan for a scenic cruise to Vinh Long. Upon arrival, visit a LOCAL WORKSHOP to see how rice paper, rice wine, and traditional candies are made. Other surprises await for those who are brave! After lunch on the ship, enjoy scenes of daily life along the river near Cu Lao Gieng via sampan. Stop at a LOCAL HOME, where a skilled family works together to hand-craft sampans for a living. Then, ride a specially designed MOTOR CART to one of Vietnam's oldest churches for a special INTERACTION WITH A CATHOLIC PRIEST. (B,L,D)
Day 3Cambodian Border CrossingAfter breakfast, walk through the LOCAL MARKET and absorb the atmosphere as locals are busy buying and selling fish, meat, and produce. Then join a sampan excursion down the backwaters of the Mekong to the religious sites at the base of SAM MOUNTAIN. Along the way, see traditional floating homes, speedboat merchants, a market selling dried goods, and more. Return to the ship for lunch and head for the Cambodian border. (B,L,D)
Day 4Phnom PenhThe capital city of Phnom Penh retains its French charm to this day. This morning, your sightseeing tour by private cyclo includes 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 at your leisure to enjoy the city. Just before dinner, children from a local orphanage will put on a SHOW featuring local song and dance. (B,L,D)
Day 5Prek Bang KongSightseeing this morning provides a glimpse of the atrocities inflicted on the Cambodian people by the Khmer Rouge regime. Visit the TUOL SLENG GENOCIDE MUSEUM, a former high school that housed over 17,000 prisoners. Of this number, it is believed that fewer than 15 survived the torture and avoided being sent to the Killing Fields. You will also visit one of the KILLING FIELDS, where over 200,000 people were killed by the Khmer Rouge. After lunch, visit the village of PREK BANG KONG, where silk weaving is a well-preserved tradition. Spend time at one house for a SILK WEAVING DEMONSTRATION and to learn more about how silk is produced. (B,L,D)
Day 6Angkor BanThis morning, visit WAT HANCHEY, a temple dating back to the 8th century and the Chenla Empire. Located on a hilltop, enjoy stunning views of the surrounding area and partake in a TRADITIONAL WATER BLESSING given by local monks. After lunch, enjoy a WALKING TOUR through the rural village of Angkor Ban. Here you will see traditional Khmer houses and visit a LOCAL SCHOOL. (B,L,D)

NOTE:
The climb to Wat Hanchey features a steep incline. If you feel you are unable to make the climb, you will be driven to the top by car.
Day 7Kampong TralachToday, start your sightseeing at the SILVERMITH VILLAGE of Konpong Louang. Here you will see talented craftsmen use age-old techniques to turn pure silver into works of art. Continue on to Kampong Tralach for an OX CART RIDE past rice paddy fields and the beautiful Cambodian countryside. Along the way, stop to MEET A LOCAL FARMER and learn about his daily life. Return to the ship for lunch. This afternoon, cruise up the Tonle River to Tonle Sap (Great Lake). After the rainy season, this massive body of water can cover around 10,000 square miles and is the perfect breeding ground for fish, which play a vital role in providing food for people living on the lake. (B,L,D)

NOTE:
During low water conditions, generally mid-December to August, we will not be able to cruise up the Tonle River to Tonle Sap. Low water conditions vary from year to year so this will be evaluated on a cruise-by-cruise basis.
Day 8Siem ReapYour vacation ends this morning with a transfer to our hotel. (B)

NOTE:
Arrival time at our hotel is approximately 9:30 am. Do not book homebound flights prior to 12 pm. During low water conditions, generally mid-December to August, we will not be able to cruise across Tonle Sap to Siem Reap. In these cases, we will fly from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap and will arrive at approximately 12 pm. Do not book homebound flights prior to 4 pm. Times are subject to change.
Dates/Pricing

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DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
01/04/2018$4,079.00* (USD) / Land Only Price Siem ReapQuote
01/18/2018$4,079.00* (USD) / Land Only Price Siem ReapQuote
02/01/2018$4,079.00* (USD) / Land Only Price Siem ReapQuote
02/15/2018$4,079.00* (USD) / Land Only Price Siem ReapQuote
03/01/2018$4,079.00* (USD) / Land Only Price Siem ReapQuote
03/15/2018$4,079.00* (USD) / Land Only Price Siem ReapQuote
03/29/2018$3,889.00* (USD) / Land Only Price Siem ReapQuote
07/05/2018$3,079.00* (USD) / Land Only Price Siem ReapQuote
07/19/2018$3,079.00* (USD) / Land Only Price Siem ReapQuote
08/02/2018$3,079.00* (USD) / Land Only Price Siem ReapQuote
08/16/2018$3,079.00* (USD) / Land Only Price Siem ReapQuote
08/30/2018$3,669.00* (USD) / Land Only Price Siem ReapQuote
09/13/2018$3,669.00* (USD) / Land Only Price Siem ReapQuote
09/20/2018$3,889.00* (USD) / Land Only Price SaigonQuote
09/27/2018$3,889.00* (USD) / Land Only Price Siem ReapQuote
10/04/2018$4,079.00* (USD) / Land Only Price SaigonQuote
10/11/2018$4,079.00* (USD) / Land Only Price Siem ReapQuote
10/18/2018$4,079.00* (USD) / Land Only Price SaigonQuote
10/25/2018$4,079.00* (USD) / Land Only Price Siem ReapQuote
11/01/2018$4,079.00* (USD) / Land Only Price SaigonQuote
11/08/2018$4,079.00* (USD) / Land Only Price Siem ReapQuote
11/15/2018$4,079.00* (USD) / Land Only Price SaigonQuote
11/22/2018$4,079.00* (USD) / Land Only Price Siem ReapQuote
11/29/2018$4,079.00* (USD) / Land Only Price SaigonQuote
12/06/2018$3,889.00* (USD) / Land Only Price Siem ReapQuote
12/13/2018$3,669.00* (USD) / Land Only Price SaigonQuote
12/20/2018$3,669.00* (USD) / Land Only Price Siem ReapQuote
12/27/2018$3,889.00* (USD) / Land Only Price SaigonQuote
Disclaimer
US$ Price Details

Gratuities to Local Guides & drivers are included.

Price is per person, based on double room occupancy.

Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

Prices shown above include cruise in Category B in a Panorama Suite on Mekong Deck.

To upgrade to a Category A on the Tonle Deck, add $400 per person in double occupancy or $800 in single occupancy.

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