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Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia, & The Mekong River (Northbound)

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Escape on a captivating river cruise through the heart of Southeast Asia, traversing the rich landscapes of Vietnam and Cambodia along the iconic Mekong River. This journey offers a deep dive into the vibrant cultures and age-old traditions, connecting you with the essence of this fascinating region.

Your adventure begins in the dynamic Ho Chi Minh City, where historic architecture seamlessly blends with towering modern skyscrapers. Discover the city’s famous landmarks and delve into Vietnamese culinary arts with a hands-on cooking class. Step back into history with a visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels, an extensive underground network that played a crucial role during the Vietnam War. As you cruise along the Mekong River, immerse yourself in local life with visits to bustling markets, a family-run sampan workshop, and a session learning how traditional rice wine and candies are crafted.

In Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, explore the treasures of the National Museum and the opulent Royal Palace, home to the exquisite Silver Pagoda. Journey to Wat Hanchey, an ancient 8th-century temple, and enjoy breathtaking views from its hilltop location. Experience the warmth of rural Cambodia in the village of Angkor Ban, engaging with local schoolchildren and taking an ox-cart ride through serene rice paddies, observing the daily routines of the farmers.

The journey culminates in the magical city of Siem Reap, gateway to the awe-inspiring Temples of Angkor. These architectural marvels, including the iconic Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, and the enigmatic faces of Bayon Temple, showcase an unmatched level of intricacy and grandeur. Your Southeast Asia river cruise concludes with a captivating Apsara dance performance, a fitting finale to this extraordinary journey filled with cultural insights and unforgettable experiences.

About the Avalon Saigon

ver since its inaugural journey along the Mekong River, the Avalon Saigon has garnered acclaim as a standout vessel in Avalon’s prestigious fleet of Suite Ships®. Celebrated as the “Best New River Cruise Ship” by TravelAge West, this ship offers an exclusive and intimate cruising experience, accommodating a maximum of only 36 guests. The Saigon boasts modern amenities expected from Avalon Waterways, all while embracing the distinctive charm and spirit of Southeast Asia.

The Avalon Saigon’s design is both innovative and practical, allowing it to navigate areas inaccessible to larger vessels, despite its comparably spacious dimensions. This unique capability ensures a seamless cruise from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh (or the reverse), eliminating the lengthy bus transfers often required by other river cruise itineraries.

Onboard the Suite Ship, guests are treated to an elegant fusion of classic colonial style and contemporary luxury, perfectly mirroring the cultural essence of Vietnam and Cambodia. Each Panorama Suite is a spacious haven, featuring 245-square-feet of living area, complete with expansive panoramic windows, transforming the entire space into an Open-Air Balcony. The suites are thoughtfully designed with beds facing the windows, ensuring guests never miss a moment of the Mekong’s captivating vistas.

The Avalon Saigon also offers ample space for relaxation without feeling overcrowded. The air-conditioned Panorama Lounge and the open-air observation lounge provide a variety of seating options and cozy spots for unwinding, all with spectacular forward-facing views.

True to Avalon’s “you first” philosophy, the ship’s crew delivers unparalleled service, embodying relaxed luxury at every turn. From the welcoming reception staff to the attentive wait staff and room attendants, every aspect of service on the Avalon Saigon is crafted to reflect the exceptional Avalon difference, making each journey along the Mekong a memorable and luxurious experience.

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