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FASCINATING VIETNAM, CAMBODIA & THE MEKONG RIVER - CATEGORY B (DOWNSTREAM) - 2017

Tour Code - WSH-B 13 days - SIEM REAP to HO CHI MINH CITY (SAIGON) $6159 AUD
Start in Siem Reap, where you will visit the spectacular Angkor temple complex, whose architectural grandeur is arguably unmatched among the world’s ancient ruins. See several of the temples, including spectacular Angkor Wat and the mesmerizing faces of Bayon. Here you will also enjoy a private Apsara dance performance and will visit a development project teaching young adults traditional handicraft techniques. Then, start your cruise on the Mekong River, the thread that connects the people of Southeast Asia. Visit a colorful local market, a fish farm, and a local establishment to see how rice paper and traditional candy are made. In Phnom Penh, take a tour of the city by private cyclo, with visits to the National Museum and the Royal Palace with the stunning Silver Pagoda. Walking tours through the rural villages of Prek Bang Kong and Angkor Ban and an ox cart ride through the countryside at Kampong Tralach will grant you a memorable inside look at life along the river and interactions with the local people. Finally, in bustling Ho Chi Minh City, your sightseeing includes the Cu Chi Tunnels—a vast network of tunnels used by the Viet Cong. You will also partake in a walking tour of the city’s landmarks and a hands-on Vietnamese cooking class.

Standard Features

Destinations

  • CRUISE
    Deluxe 7-night cruise in a Panorama Suite (Category B) with Avalon's exclusive Comfort Collection Beds. Enjoy an intimate river cruise experience with a maximum of 36 guests on board.
  • SIEM REAP
    Visit Angkor Wat, Banteay Srei, Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple, Ta Prohm by tuk-tuk, and Les Artisans d'Angkor; Apsara Dance Performance; onboard welcome reception.
  • 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; sightseeing by private cyclo, including the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum.
  • PHNOM PENH
    Visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and one of the Killing Fields; afternoon at leisure; show by children from local orphanage.
  • WAT HANCHEY-ANGKOR BAN
    Visit Wat Hanchey and partake in a traditional water blessing by local monks; walking tour through Angkor Ban village with school visit.
  • VIETNAM BORDER CROSSING-LONG KHONG A-CHAU DOC
    Walking tour through Long Khong A with cotton-weaving demonstration; visit the religious sites at Sam Mountain, and a local market in Chau Doc.
  • CU LAO GIENG
    Visit a sampan-making family and interact with a Catholic priest.
  • BEN TRE
    Visit a local workshop to see how rice wine and traditional candy are made and a local garden.
  • HO CHI MINH CITY
    Walking tour of the city's landmarks; visit the famous Rex Hotel for a drink, War Remnants Museum, and Ben Thanh Market; cooking class; Cu Chi Tunnels excursion.
  • SIGHTSEEING
    Your day-by-day itinerary indicates in UPPERCASE all inside visits, special features, and guided sightseeing. All included guided sightseeing is conducted by a Certified Local Guide.
  • LOCAL FAVOURITES
    Special experiences by local entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your experience.
  • MEALS
    American breakfast daily, 9 lunches, 9 dinners, including a farewell dinner in Ho Chi Minh. While on board the ship, enjoy complimentary wine with dinner and complimentary coffee, tea, soft drinks, local beer, and local spirits throughout the day.
  • OTHER INCLUDED FEATURES
    Daily cocktail hour featuring cocktail of the day and canapes; Complimentary wine, local beer/spirits, and soft drinks with all dinners on board; Complimentary coffee, tea, soft drinks, local beer/spirits on board throughout the day; Audio headsets on all shore excursions; Bottled water on all shore excursions; Fresh fruit and refreshing drink after all shore excursions.
  • MYACCOUNT
    Personalise your onboard and onshore experiences by choosing from a variety of included or optional excursions, visits & activities. Log on to MyAccount to customise your cruise experience.

Meals

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
12
9
9

Day by Day

  1. ARRIVE SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA.
    Welcome to Siem Reap, your base during your visit to Angkor, considered by many to be the most spectacular architectural ruins on Earth! Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.

  2. SIEM REAP.
    This morning, start your sightseeing of the TEMPLES OF ANGKOR. Constructed between the 9th and 13th centuries, the temples were built around the Khmer interpretations of Indian religious and political beliefs that ultimately evolved from Hinduism to Buddhism. The complex architectural grandeur of the Angkor temples is arguably unmatched among ancient ruins anywhere in the world. First, visit the best preserved and most famous of all the temples: ANGKOR WAT, honouring the Hindu god Vishnu. Featuring five trademark towers and stunning bas reliefs, it has become a symbol of Cambodia. Then, visit BANTEAY SREI, a unique temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Unlike other temples, it is built on a small scale from red sandstone, which can be carved like wood. This evening, enjoy a PRIVATE APSARA DANCE PERFORMANCE, where the ancient Khmer culture is brought to life by talented dancers, singers, and musicians. (B,L,D)

  3. SIEM REAP.
    Today, continue your sightseeing of the Angkor temples by tuk-tuk. Start at ANGKOR THOM where you will explore BAYON TEMPLE. One of the few Buddhist temples in Angkor, it features some 200 striking faces carved in 54 towers and impressive bas reliefs. Next stop is TA PROHM, which, unlike the other temples, has been left relatively untouched. Tree roots grow over and through the ruin walls, allowing you to experience the temple with the same wonder as the early explorers who discovered it. Lastly, stop at LES ARTISANS D'ANGKOR, a development project teaching young adults traditional handicraft techniques. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure to explore this charming town. (B)

  4. SIEM REAP (EMBARKATION).
    This morning, transfer to the port and board your river cruise vessel for your CRUISE down the Mekong through Cambodia and Vietnam. This afternoon, enjoy time on board the ship as you cruise through Tonle Sap (Great Lake). After the rainy season, this massive body of water can cover around 26,000 square kilometres (10,000 square miles) and provides the perfect breeding ground for fish, which provide food for people living on the lake. This evening, enjoy a welcome reception. (B,L,D) NOTE: During low water conditions, generally mid-December to August, we will not be able to cruise on Tonle Sap. In these cases, we will fly from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh for embarkation. No included sightseeing will be missed. Low water conditions vary from year to year, so this will be evaluated on a cruise-by-cruise basis.

  5. CRUISING: KAMPONG TRALACH-KONPONG LOUANG-PHNOM PENH.
    Today, visit Kampong Tralach for an OX CART RIDE past rice paddy fields and the beautiful Cambodian countryside. Along the way, stop to MEET WITH A LOCAL FARMER and learn more about his daily life. Lastly, visit the SILVERSMITH VILLAGE of Konpong Louang. Here you will see talented craftsmen use age-old techniques to turn pure silver into works of art. Then sail to the capital city of Phnom Penh. After lunch, 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. (B,L,D)

  6. CRUISING: PHNOM PENH.
    Sightseeing 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 less 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. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore the city. Just before dinner, children from a local orphanage will put on a SHOW featuring local song and dance. (B,L,D)

  7. CRUISING: WAT HANCHEY-ANGKOR BAN.
    This 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)

  8. CRUISING: BORDER CROSSING-LONG KHONG A, VIETNAM-CHAU DOC.
    Cross the border this morning into Vietnam. A sampan brings you to the village of LONG KHONG A, where cotton weaving is a well-preserved tradition. Spend time at one house for a COTTON-WEAVING DEMONSTRATION and a chance to talk with the family. After lunch, join a sampan excursion down the backwaters of the river 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. Before returning to the ship, walk through the LOCAL MARKET and absorb the atmosphere as locals are busy buying and selling fish, meat, and produce. (B,L,D)

  9. CRUISING: CU LAO GIENG.
    This morning, enjoy time at leisure on board the ship as we sail to Cu Lao Gieng. In the afternoon, board a sampan and enjoy scenes of daily life along the river. 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)

  10. CRUISING: BEN TRE.
    This morning, board a sampan for a scenic cruise to Ben Tre. Visit a LOCAL WORKSHOP to see how rice wine and traditional coconut candy is made. Then, 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. (B,L,D)

  11. HO CHI MINH CITY (DISEMBARKATION).
    Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City, still known as Saigon to many. This morning, enjoy a WALKING TOUR of the city's famous and historic landmarks as you stroll through the heart of the city along Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat) past Ho Chi Minh Square, the Municipal Theatre, the Central Post Office, and Notre Dame Cathedral. Stop at the Rex Hotel for a refreshing DRINK at the popular ROOFTOP BAR where the U.S. Military held the infamous "Five O'Clock Follies" during the war. Next, visit the WAR REMNANTS MUSEUM followed by BEN THANH MARKET, the largest and oldest in the city. For lunch, participate in a hands-on VIETNAMESE COOKING CLASS. Head into the classroom and learn how to prepare different local dishes and the techniques necessary to recreate them once you return home. Last but not least, sample your delicious creations! The afternoon is at your leisure to explore this lively city. (B,L)

  12. HO CHI MINH CITY. EXCURSION TO CU CHI TUNNELS.
    This morning, leave the city and drive through vast expanses of rice paddies to visit the CU CHI TUNNELS, an extraordinary network of tunnels more than 193 kilometres (120 miles) in length that was used by the Viet Cong as a hideout and secret village during the war. Here you will learn about how the tunnels were constructed and have a chance to walk through a section to experience what life would have been like underground. Return to Ho Chi Minh City and enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at your leisure. This evening, join your travelling companions for a special farewell dinner hosted by your Cruise Director. (B,D)

  13. HO CHI MINH CITY.
    Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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22 Jul 2017
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28 Oct 2017
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11 Nov 2017
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Pre/Post City Start Date End Date Single Price
(from)
Twin Price
(from)
Triple Price
(from)
PRE SIEM REAP 01 Sep 2017 31 Dec 2017 $398 AUD $207 AUD
PRE SIEM REAP 01 May 2017 30 Aug 2017 $379 AUD $197 AUD
POST HO CHI MINH CITY (SAIGON) 01 Jan 2017 31 Dec 2017 $371 AUD $193 AUD
Charge Type Name Price
INCLUDED Port Charges $120 AUD
OPTIONAL Gratuity $224 AUD

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