2019 : Ultimate Southeast Asia & The Majestic Mekong with Luang Prabang - Northbound (WBSL) : Saigon
23 Day River Cruise Bangkok to Luang Prabang
This inspiring Southeast Asia river cruise vacation begins in vibrant Bangkok, Thailand. A boat ride on the klongs, Bangkok's famous canals, is the perfect way to start your sightseeing. Continue at the Grand Palace featuring the Temple of the Emerald Buddha followed by the Temple of the Reclining Buddha-the oldest and largest Buddhist temple in the city. Fly to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and enjoy a walking tour of the famous landmarks of the city and try your hand in the kitchen with a Vietnamese cooking class. Go on an excursion to the Cu Chi Tunnels, the unbelievable network of tunnels used extensively during the war. Next, board your ship and begin your cruise along the mighty Mekong River.
As you cruise through Vietnam, you'll stop in the villages for interactions with locals, such as a visit to the home of a skilled family who make handcrafted sampans for a living. In Cambodia, visit the capital city of Phnom Penh, with the magnificent Royal Palace featuring its striking Silver Pagoda and the National Museum. Take in the stunning views at the 8th-century temple of Wat Hanchey before walking through the rural village of Angkor Ban to visit with welcoming schoolchildren. Continue your river cruise adventure to Siem Reap, where you'll see the magnificent Temples of Angkor, the most famous being Angkor Wat and the Bayon temple.
Disembark your cruise ship and fly to Hanoi, where you'll explore the famous Old Quarter with peddlers trading goods among its 36 ancient streets. From here, travel to Ha Long Bay in the Gulf of Tonkin, where you'll be amazed at the more than 3,000 limestone islands of varying shapes. Enjoy a 2-night cruise along the bay and then conclude your trip in Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your sightseeing here will show you the famous sites, such as Wat Xieng Thong, considered the most beautiful monastery in the city. The stunning scenery, ornate temples, and interactions with locals make this Southeast Asia river cruise vacation one you won't soon forget!
Day 1 Bangkok:Welcome to Thailand
Day 2 Bangkok:Boat ride on klongs; visit the Grand Palace, Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and the Temple of the Reclining Buddha
Day 3 Bangkok:Day at leisure
Day 4 Bangkok-Ho Chi Minh City:Fly to Ho Chi Minh City
Day 5 Ho Chi Minh City:Walking tour; visit the famous Rex Hotel for a drink, War Remnants Museum, and Ben Thanh Market; cooking class
Day 6 Ho Chi Minh City:Cu Chi Tunnels excursion
Day 7 Ho Chi Minh City (Embarkation):Onboard welcome reception
Day 8 Vinh Long-Cu Lao Gieng:Visit a local workshop to 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 9 Chau Doc-Long Khanh A-Cambodian Border Crossing:Visit a local market and the religious sites at Sam Mountain in Chau Doc; walking tour of Long Khanh A with cotton-weaving demonstration
Day 10 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 11 Phnom Penh:Visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and visit one of the Cambodian Killing Fields
Day 12 Wat Hanchey -Angkor Ban:Visit Wat Hanchey and partake in a traditional water blessing by local monks; walking tour in Angkor Ban with school visit
Day 13 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 14 Phnom Penh (Disembarkation)-Siem Reap:Fly to Siem Reap; visit Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, and Bayon Temple
Day 15 Siem Reap:Visit Ta Prohm, Banteay Srei, and a noodle-making village; Apsara dance performance
Day 16 Siem Reap-Hanoi:Fly to Hanoi
Day 17 Hanoi:Visit Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, and Temple of Literature; lunch at Koto; electric cart ride through the Old Quarter; water puppets performance
Day 18 Hanoi-Ha Long Bay (Embarkation):Drive to Ha Long Bay; visit Cua Van floating village
Day 19 Ha Long Bay:Cruise the bay; visit Ti Top Island, Luon Cave, and Dark and Bright Cave; opportunity to explore by kayak
Day 20 Ha Long Bay (Disembarkation)-Hanoi-Luang Prabang:Drive to Hanoi; fly to Luang Prabang
Day 21 Luang Prabang:Visit Mount Phousi, Wat Mai, the National Museum, and Wat Xieng Thong
Day 22 Luang Prabang:Day at leisure
Day 23 Luang Prabang:End of vacation
You've always forged your own path...with your own distinct perspective of looking at the world. Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with your unique style in mind-offering expansive views, wider perspectives, and more cruising. That's why we've designed an intimate cruise experience, with a maximum of 36 guests, that's just a bit different. Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships.
Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board. See the Ship Amenities Section below for more information about the amenities in our fleet's unique ships.
Throughout the Ship:
Avalon has designed included excursions and onboard activities for a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the included tours, adventures, and events that interest you most, so you can enjoy your cruise your way.
(B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner
BANGKOK, THAILANDWelcome to Thailand! Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.
Canals, Temples, and the Buddhas of Bangkok
Classic This morning, your Guided Sightseeing begins with a boat ride on the klongs, Bangkok's famous canals. Visit the stunning Grand Palace featuring the Temple Of The Emerald Buddha. Also, visit the Temple Of The Reclining Buddha, the oldest and largest Buddhist temple in Bangkok. It houses more than 1,000 Buddha images, including the 49-foot-high by 151-foot-long massive Reclining Buddha.
The remainder of the day is at your leisure.
BANGKOKEnjoy a full day at your leisure.
BANGKOK-HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAMToday, fly to Ho Chi Minh City, still known as Saigon to many. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.
(B, L, D)
HO CHI MINH CITY
Motorbikes, Monuments, and Mouthwatering Cuisine
Classic 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.
Discovery For lunch, participate in a hands-on Vietnamese Cooking Class. Learn to prepare local dishes and how to recreate them at home. Last, but not least, sample your delicious creations!
Explore the city further during free time this afternoon.
This evening join your traveling companions for a special welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
HO CHI MINH CITY. EXCURSION TO CU CHI TUNNELS
Secret Passageways and Underground Hideouts
Classic 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.
Enjoy free time this afternoon and evening. Consider stopping for a drink at the famous rooftop bar at the Caravelle Hotel.
(B, L, D)
HO CHI MINH CITY (EMBARKATION)
Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding
Transfer to the port on the Saigon River for embarkation. Get acquainted with the ship and relax before your welcome reception this evening.
AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO VINH LONG
(B, L, D)
VINH LONG-CU LAO GIENG
Sweets, Sampans, and Spires
Discovery Board a sampan this morning for a Local Visit to a workshop in Vinh Long to see how rice paper, rice wine, and traditional candies are made.
Discovery This afternoon, enjoy scenes of daily life along the river near Cu Lao Gieng via Sampan. Visit a Local Home, where a skilled family hand-crafts sampan boats. Then, ride a motor cart to one of Vietnam's oldest churches for a special interaction with a Catholic priest.
AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO CHAU DOC
(B, L, D)
CHAU DOC-LONG KHANH A-BORDER CROSSING, CAMBODIA
Colorful markets, Charming Locals, and Cotton Weavers
Discovery 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 an excursion down the backwaters of the Mekong. Along the way, see traditional floating homes, speedboat merchants, religious sites, a market selling dried goods, and more.
Discovery After lunch, take a Sampan Ride to the village of Long Khanh A for a Cotton-Weaving Demonstration of this well-preserved tradition.
Return to the ship and head for the Cambodian border.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PHNOM PENH
(B, L, D)
Bonjour! French Charm in Cambodia
Classic Join a Guided Tour of the city by private cyclo with 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, 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.
(B, L, D)
Shining a Light on a Dark History
Classic A Guided Visit to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and one of the Killing Fields provides a glimpse into the atrocities inflicted on the Cambodian people by the Khmer Rouge regime.
After lunch, depart Phnom Penh and enjoy some time at leisure on the ship.
AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO WAT HANCHEY
(B, L, D)
WAT HANCHEY-ANGKOR BAN
Water Blessings and Back-to-School Adventures
Discovery Visit Wat Hanchey, a hilltop temple dating back to the 8th century. Climb or be driven to the top where you will enjoy stunning views of the surrounding area and partake in a traditional water blessing given by local monks.
Discovery 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
(B, L, D)
KONPONG LOUANG-KAMPONG TRALACH
Calm in the Cambodian Countryside
Discovery Start your Guided Sightseeing at the silversmith village in Konpong Louang. Here, see talented craftsmen use age-old techniques to turn pure silver into works of art. In Kampong Tralach, 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
PHNOM PENH (DISEMBARKATION)-SIEM REAP
Fly to Siem Reap, home to the Temples of Angkor, considered by many to be the most spectacular architectural ruins on Earth!
Classic After lunch, begin your Sightseeing Tour by tuk-tuk. Start at the best preserved and most famous of all the temples: 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, or: Active Visit Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, and Bayon Temple by bike.
The evening is yours to explore charming Siem Reap, stay to witness the sunset at Angkor Wat, or consider a Guided Optional Excursion to the Cambodian circus.
Root-Covered Ruins and Native Noodles
Classic Join a Sightseeing Excursion to 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 village famous for making Khmer noodles by hand.
Spend the afternoon at your leisure. You may choose a Guided Optional Excursion to further explore Siem Reap, or visit the temple complex by tuk-tuk.
Discovery This evening, a private Apsara Dance Performance brings ancient Khmer culture to life through music, song, and dance.
SIEM REAP-HANOIToday, transfer to the airport and fly to Hanoi. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night.
(B, L, D)
Historic Hanoi and Water Puppets
Classic First, join a Guided Visit of the mausoleum and the humble cottage from which "Uncle Ho" ruled Vietnam until his death in 1969. Next, see iconic sites, including One Pillar Pagoda, the Presidential Palace, and the infamous "Hanoi Hilton." Lastly, visit the 900-year-old Temple of Literature, Hanoi's first university.
Enjoy lunch at Koto, a non-profit restaurant and hospitality program that trains local street children in restaurant skills they can use to become employed for a more stable life.
Classic Enjoy an Electric Cart Ride through the fascinating Old Quarter-with its 36 ancient streets.
Discovery An early dinner this evening is followed by a fascinating Live Performance of Hanoi's renowned water puppets, a traditional 11th-century artform.
(B, L, D)
HA LONG BAY
Island Shapes and a Floating Village
Travel from Hanoi through the fertile countryside to Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The bay is dotted with more than 3,000 limestone islands carved into fanciful shapes. Board the luxurious Paradise Elegance for a Two-Night Cruise on the bay.
Discovery Visit the Cua Van Floating Village, home to more than 700 people-by bamboo raft, OR: Active Take a Kayak Ride to visit Cua Van Village.
Enjoy scenic sailing for the remainder of the day before anchoring for the night.
(B, L, D)
HA LONG BAY
Caves, Kayaks, and Scenic Climbs
Discovery Visit Titop Island for a Guided Excursion to take a swim, or climb 400 steps to the top for stunning views. You can also visit Luon Cave by boat, and explore Dark & Bright Cave by bamboo raft, OR: Active Explore Luon Cave and Dark & Bright Cave by Kayak Ride.
After a day of exploring, consider a spa treatment or simply relax for happy hour prior to dinner!
HA LONG BAY (DISEMBARKATION)-HANOI-LUANG PRABANG, LAOSThis morning, drive to Hanoi and board your flight for Luang Prabang. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel.
LUANG PRABANGToday, enjoy a full day of Guided Sightseeing in this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Begin your morning by ascending Mount Phousi for beautiful views over the city and Mekong River. Then walk through the historic town center stopping at Wat Mai, famous for its 5-tiered roof built in the traditional style of Luang Prabang. You will also visit the National Museum and Wat Xieng Thong, often thought to be the most beautiful wat, or monastery, in the city. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore further. Perhaps consider a sunset cruise on the Mekong!
LUANG PRABANGEnjoy a full day at your leisure.
LUANG PRABANGYour vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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- Avalon Waterways
- Offer valid through 6/30/2019
- 23 Days
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|Day 8||Cu Lao Gieng|
|Day 9||Cambodian Border Crossing|
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|Day 12||Angkor Ban|
|Day 13||Kampong Tralach|
|Day 14||Siem Reap|
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|Day 18||Ha Long Bay|
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|Day 20||Luang Prabang|
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Dates and Prices do not include air travel.
Participation in this vacation requires requires purchase of the following flights from Avalon Waterways, not included in pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway and intra-vacation air segments; or (2) intra-vacation air segments only, starting at $788. Required intra-vacation air segments are Bangkok/Ho Chi Minh City; Phnom Penh/Siem Reap; Siem Reap/Hanoi; Hanoi/Luang Prabang. Air prices were effective on February 7, 2018, and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your tour, air prices may be higher.
Gratuities for Local Guides & drivers are included (excludes extensions which are to be paid locally).
Avalon offers the opportunity for solo travelers to sail with no single supplement (subject to availability).
Please call for single accommodation details and prices. Triples not available.
All prices are per person based on double room occupancy. Cruise price based on Category B in an Panorama Suite on Mekong Deck. To upgrade to a Category A on Tonle Deck, add $400 per person or $800 in single occupancy.
Extra Nights per person in Bangkok:
January to April: in single room $249; in twin room $130
August to October: in single room $300; in twin room $156
November to December: in single room $328; in twin room $169
Extra Nights per person in Luang Prabang:
January to April & September to December 18: in single room $322; in twin room $167
July to August: in single room $217; in twin room $114
December 19 to December 31: in single room $389; in twin room $200
Prices shown are "starting at" prices and do not include airfare.
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