VIETNAM, CAMBODIA & THE MEKONG RIVER

Trip Date: 
Friday, November 4, 2022 - Saturday, November 19, 2022
Trip Location: 
VIETNAM, CAMBODIA & THE MEKONG RIVER

FASCINATING VIETNAM, CAMBODIA & THE MEKONG RIVER 

 

OPTION #1: 7 nights cruise Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh. Day 7 – Day 14

Starting at $6590.

Single Supplement, $2590

 

Or

 

OPTION #2: 15 Nights

2 nights Hanoi, 1 night Ha Long Bay, 3 nights Ho Chi Minh City, 7 nights cruise, and 2 nights Siem Reap. Starting at $9990.

November 4 - 19, 2022

Single Supplement, $3690.

 

Includes all activities and meals as described, domestic flights, transfers and gratuities. The fee also includes 1 sighted guide per 2 clients. The Avalon Saigon is designed to venture easily into areas where other cruise ships cannot, with just 36 guests. the Saigon eliminates hours of motorcoach travel time associated with other river cruise ship itineraries

 

Day 1 HANOI, VIETNAM

(D)

Welcome to the northern region of Vietnam. Check into INTERCONTINENTAL WESTLAKE or similar.

Relax by the pool, have a snack or explore the neighborhood. Our group will meet for an early “Meet & Greet” dinner.

 

DAY 2

(B, L, D)

HANOI

This morning, your guided tour takes a look at the life of Ho Chi Minh, the father of modern Vietnam. First, visit the mausoleum and the humble cottage from which “Uncle Ho” ruled Vietnam until his death in 1969. Next on the agenda: One Pillar Pagoda, the Presidential Palace, and the infamous “Hanoi Hilton.” Also visit the ancient Temple of Literature, over 900 years old and Hanoi’s first university. Lunch is at Koto, a non-profit restaurant and hospitality program that teaches local street children restaurant skills for more stable employment opportunities. After lunch, enjoy an electric-cart ride through the fascinating Old Quarter, with 36 ancient streets where merchants trade as they have for centuries. An early dinner this evening is followed by a fascinating performance of Hanoi’s renowned water puppets, a traditional art form dating back to the 11th century.

 

DAY 3

(B, L, D)

HANOI—HA LONG BAY

Travel from Hanoi through the fertile countryside to Hon Gai, gateway to Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located in the Gulf of Tonkin, the bay is dotted with more than 3,000 limestone islands carved into fanciful shapes by the action of the water. Tunnels, caves, and weirdly shaped outcroppings with imaginative names can be found on many of the small islets sprinkled across the bay. Board a Cruise Excursion with a stop to go  inside a cave and explore hands on with our guide . We’ll spend the night at WYNDHAM LEGEND, or similar.

 

 

DAY 4

(B)

HA LONG BAY—HANOI—HO CHI MINH CITY

This morning, drive to Hanoi and board your flight for Ho Chi Minh City. We’ll check into THE REVERIE SAIGON. Our group will have an optional dinner either in the hotel or in the neighborhood.

 

 

DAY 5

(B, L, D)

HO CHI MINH CITY

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.

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!

Our group will explore the city further during free time this afternoon with some retail therapy.

This evening, join your traveling companions for a special welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

 

DAY 6

(B)

HO CHI MINH CITY. 

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.

From hour hotel, our group may want to stroll down the tree lined boulevard to visit local shops and bistros.  We are on our own for dinner and can pick a place in the neighborhood. A visit to the pool or spa could work, too.

 

DAY 7

(B, L, D)

HO CHI MINH CITY (EMBARKATION)

We will transfer to our ship for embarkation. Those who are doing just a cruise Will join us onboard today.

Get acquainted with the ship and relax before your welcome reception this evening.

AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO VINH LONG

 

DAY 8

(B, L, D)

VINH LONG—CU LAO GIENG

Board a sampan this morning to Visit a local workshop in Vinh Long where you will learn how rice paper, rice wine, and traditional candies are made.

This afternoon, enjoy scenes of daily life on Cu Lao Gieng Island via sampan and local motor cart. Your Guided Excursion starts at a local workshop, where a skilled family hand-crafts sampan boats. Then, visit the home of a local family that makes Vietnamese conical hats, or “Non la,” from materials available to them such as palm leaves and bamboo. These iconic hats are primarily used as protection from the sun and rain but you may also see them used as a basket to carry home goods from the market. 

AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO CHAU DOC

 

DAY 9

(B, L, D)

CHAU DOC—LONG KHANH A—BORDER CROSSING, CAMBODIA

In Chau Doc take a Guided Walk through the local market and absorb the atmosphere as locals are busy buying and selling fish, meat, and produce. Then embark on a River Excursion down the backwaters of the Mekong. Along the way, we’ll go by floating homes, speedboat merchants, religious sites, a market selling dried goods, and more.

After lunch, a sampan brings you to the village of Long Khanh A for a Cotton-Weaving Demonstration of a well-preserved artisan’s tradition.

Return to the ship to set sail for the Cambodian border.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PHNOM PENH

 

DAY 10

(B, L, D)

PHNOM PENH

Take a City Tour by private cyclo to visit the Royal Palace with the spectacular Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum featuring an outstanding display of Khmer artifacts.

This afternoon 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.

 

DAY 11

(B, L, D)

PHNOM PENH

This morning, a Guided Visit of the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and one of the Killing Fields offers a glimpse into the atrocities inflicted on the Cambodian people by the Khmer Rouge regime, OR:

Visit the lively Central Market by tuk-tuk (a three-wheeled motorized vehicle).

After lunch, depart Phnom Penh and enjoy some time at leisure on the ship. 

AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO WAT HANCHEY

 

DAY 12

(B, L, D)

WAT HANCHEY—ANGKOR BAN

Visit Wat Hanchey, a hilltop temple dating back to the 8th century. We’ll be driven to the top where you will enjoy a traditional water blessing given by local monks.

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 KONPONG LOUANG

 

DAY 13

(B, L, D)

KONPONG LOUANG—KAMPONG TRALACH

Start your Guided Sightseeing at the silversmith village in Konpong Louang. Here, learn how craftsmen use age-old techniques to turn pure silver into works of art. Board an ox cart for a ride through the beautiful Cambodian countryside. Along the way, stop to meet a local farmer and learn about his daily life.

This afternoon, enjoy scenic cruising on the Tonle River.

EVENING CRUISE TO PHNOM PENH

 

DAY 14

(B, L)

PHNOM PENH (DISEMBARKATION)—SIEM REAP

Those who are doing just the cruise will transfer to the airport for your flights home. The rest of us, fly to Siem Reap, home to the Temples of Angkor, considered by many to be the most spectacular architectural ruins on Earth! We’ll check into PARK HYATT SIEM REAP.

 

After lunch, begin your Sightseeing Tour by tuk-tuk to explore the temples starting at: Angkor Wat. Featuring five trademark towers, it is the symbol of Cambodia. Then, visit Angkor Thom, where you will explore Bayon Temple with its 200 striking faces carved in 54 towers and impressive bas-relief sculptures, 

The evening is yours to explore charming Siem Reap, or consider a Guided Optional Excursion to the Cambodian circus.

 

DAY 15

(B, D)

SIEM REAP

Continue your Guided Sightseeing of 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 local village famous for making Khmer noodles by hand.

This afternoon you may choose an Optional Excursion to explore Siem Reap or the temple complex by tuk-tuk.

This evening, a private Apsara Dance Performance brings ancient Khmer culture to life through music, song, and dance.

 

DAY 16

(B)

SIEM REAP

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

 

Please Note:

  • A $750 deposit per person is required to hold space ($250 is nonrefundable); the balance will be due 90 days prior to the trip.
  • Prices are for double occupancy and do not include international airfare.
  • Upgrade to the upper deck $500..
  • Mind’s Eye Travel recommends trip insurance. 
    • Cruise only $379 pp.
    • Cruise & land $399 pp.
  • Our trips are non-smoking and not combinable with any other offer.

 

SHIP OVERVIEW 

The all-suite Avalon Saigon delivers the best cruise experience on the Mekong River. The Avalon Saigon is designed to venture easily into areas where other cruise ships cannot, while measuring as wide and long as ships carrying twice the number of our just 36 guests. the Saigon eliminates hours of motorcoach travel time associated with other river cruise ship itineraries. The Avalon Saigon Suite Ship incorporates the classic colonial charm befitting the Vietnam and Cambodia experience with the modern features you expect from Avalon. Each Panorama Suite® features 245-square-feet of living space with wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows to create river cruising's only Open-Air BalconySM. You'll also find ample room to roam on board, while never feeling crowded. From the air-conditioned Panorama Lounge to the open-air observation lounge, you'll find plenty of seating and inviting spots to relax. With lounges located at the front of the ship, you'll always have a great forward-focused view no matter where you sit. Our crew embodies Avalon's "you first" spirit from start to finish. From the reception staff and bartender to wait staff and room attendant, you'll experience exquisite service with a relaxed luxury that's come to encompass the Avalon difference. 

 

AMENITIES 

  • Air-conditioned Panorama Lounge
  • Spacious, open-seating dining room
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access in the lounges (where signal is available)
  • Non-smoking interior and staterooms
  • Fitness Room
  • Spa

 

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