Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & The Mekong River – Cruise Only Northbound

07/25/2018 through 12/24/2018
07/25/2018 through 01/03/2019
Avalon Waterways

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!

Included Features:

Day 1 Ho Chi Minh City (Embarkation): begin your cruise

Day 2 Vinh Long–Cu Lao Gieng: visit a local workshop and see how rice paper, rice wine, and traditional candy are made in Vinh Long; visit a sampan-making family and interact with a Catholic priest in Cu Lao Gieng

Day 3 Chau Doc–Long Khong A, Vietnam–Cambodian Border Crossing: visit a local fish farm and the religious sites at Sam Mountain in Chau Doc; walking tour of Long Khong A with cotton weaving demonstration

Day 4 Phnom Penh: sightseeing by private cyclo including the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum; afternoon at leisure; show by children from a local orphanage

Day 5 Phnom Penh: visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and one of the Killing Fields

Day 6 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

Day 7 Konpong Louang–Kampong Tralach: visit the silversmith village of Konpong Louang; ox cart ride through the countryside and visit a local farmer’s home in Kampong Tralach

Day 8 Siem Reap (Disembarkation): end of vacation

Itinerary

Day 1 Ho Chi Minh City (Embarkation)
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Day 2 Vinh Long – Cu Lao Gieng
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Day 3 Chau Doc – Cambodian Border Crossing
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Day 4 Phnom Penh
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Day 5 Phnom Penh – Prek Bang Kong
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Day 6 Wat Hanchey – Angkor Ban
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Day 7 Konpong Louang – Kampong Tralach
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Day 8 Siem Reap (Disembarkation)
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