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

07/25/2018 through 12/17/2018
07/25/2018 through 12/27/2018
Avalon Waterways

On this unique and inspiring river cruise through Cambodia and Vietnam, you’ll be immersed in the cultures and ancient traditions as you sightsee and spend time with locals in interesting places along the mighty Mekong River.

In the enchanting Cambodian countryside, go on an ox cart ride amongst rice paddy fields and witness the daily lives of farmers. In a Silversmith Village, see craftsmen making silver artwork using ancient techniques. French influences are still apparent in the lovely capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh. Here you’ll tour the National Museum and Royal Palace with its striking Silver Pagoda and enjoy a song and dance performance by children at 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 your river cruise into Vietnam where you’ll walk through a colorful market as the locals are busy with their daily routine of buying and selling produce. See firsthand how handcrafted sampans are built at the home of a family in Cu Lao Gieng. 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. This once-in-a-lifetime river cruise vacation is sure to create lasting memories!

Included Features:

Day 1 Siem Reap (Embarkation): begin your cruise

Day 2 Kampong Tralach–Konpong Louang–Phnom Penh: ox cart through the countryside and visit a local farmer’s home in Kampong Tralach; visit the silversmith village of Konpong Louang; sightseeing by private cyclo in Phnom Penh including the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum

Day 3 Phnom Penh: visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and one of the Killing Fields; afternoon at leisure; show by children from local orphanage

Day 4 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 5 Vietnam Border Crossing–Chau Doc: visit a local market and the religious sites at Sam Mountain in Chau Doc

Day 6 Long Khong A–Cu Lao Gieng: walking tour of Long Khong A with cotton-weaving demonstration; visit a sampan-making family and interact with a Catholic priest in Cu Lao Gieng

Day 7 Ben Tre: visit a local workship to see how rice wine & traditional candy are made and a local garden

Day 8 Ho Chi Minh City (Disembarkation): end of vacation

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Day 3 Phnom Penh
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Day 1 Siem Reap (Embarkation)
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Day 8 Ho Chi Minh City (Disembarkation)
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Day 4 Wat Hanchey – Angkor Ban
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Day 2 Kampong Tralach – Konpong Louang – Phnom Penh
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Day 5 Border Crossing – – Chau Doc, Vietnam
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Day 7 Ben Tre
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Day 6 Long Khong A – Cu Lao Gieng
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