Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & The Mekong River With Bangkok – Southbound

12/13/2019 through 12/27/2019
12/13/2019 through 01/14/2020
Avalon Waterways

On this unique and inspiring Southeast Asia river cruise through Cambodia and Vietnam-including a stay in Bangkok, Thailand-you’ll be immersed in the cultures and ancient traditions as you sightsee and spend time with locals in the most fascinating places along the mighty Mekong River.

Begin in fascinating Siem Reap, Cambodia, to see the phenomenal Temples of Angkor with an intricacy and architectural grandeur unmatched in the world. Be amazed at the splendor of the Bayon temple featuring some 200 mysterious faces carved in its many towers. Enjoy an inspiring Aspara dance performance and tour the other gems of the city before embarking on your river cruise. In the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, tour the National Museum and Royal Palace with its striking Silver Pagoda. 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 cruise into Vietnam and visit a colorful market, the home of a local family making handcrafted sampans, and a workshop to learn how rice wine and traditional candies are made. In bustling Ho Chi Minh City, you’ll visit the famous landmarks and try your hand in the kitchen-Vietnamese-style, with a cooking class. On an excursion to the Cu Chi Tunnels, you’ll walk through a section of the immense underground tunnel system used extensively during the Vietnam War.

Your Southeast Asia adventure concludes in Bangkok, the enchanting capital of Thailand, where you’ll get up close to its most renowned temples, including the Temple of the Reclining Buddha-the oldest and largest of its kind. You’ll also have plenty of leisure time to explore the “Venice of the East”-a perfect ending to this remarkable and cultural journey!

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Day 1 Siem Reap: Welcome to Cambodia

Day 2 Siem Reap: Visit Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, and Bayon Temple; Apsara dance performance

Day 3 Siem Reap: Visit Ta Prohm, Banteay Srei, and a noodle-making village

Day 4 Siem Reap–Phnom Penh (Embarkation): Fly to Phnom Penh; onboard welcome reception

Day 5 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 6 Kampong Tralach–Konpong Louang–Phnom Penh: Ox cart ride through the countryside and visit a local farmer’s home in Kampong Tralach; visit the silversmith village of Konpong Louang; visit the Tuol Sleng Museum and one of the Killing Fields in Phnom Penh

Day 7 Phnom Penh: Sightseeing by private cyclo, including the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum; show by children from local orphanage

Day 8 Border Crossing–Chau Doc: Visit a local market and the religious sites at Sam Mountain in Chau Doc

Day 9 Long Khanh A–Cu Lao Gieng: Walking tour of Long Khanh A with cotton-weaving demonstration; visit a Catholic church, a local home to see how Vietnamese conical hats are made, and a sampan-making workshop in Cu Lao Gieng

Day 10 Ben Tre: Visit a local garden and a local workshop to see how rice wine and traditional candy are made

Day 11 Ho Chi Minh City (Disembarkation): Walking tour; visit the famous Rex Hotel for a drink, War Remnants Museum, and Ben Thanh Market; cooking class

Day 12 Ho Chi Minh City: Cu Chi Tunnels excursion

Day 13 Ho Chi Minh City-Bangkok, Thailand: Fly to Bangkok

Day 14 Bangkok: Boat ride on klongs; visit the Grand Palace, Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and the Temple of the Reclining Buddha

Day 15 Bangkok: Day at leisure

Day 16 Bangkok: End of vacation

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Day 1 Siem Reap
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Day 2 Siem Reap
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Day 3 Siem Reap
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Day 4 Siem Reap – Phnom Penh (Embarkation)
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Day 5 Wat Hanchey – Angkor Ban
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Day 6 Kampong Tralach – Konpong Louang – Phnom Penh
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Day 7 Phnom Penh
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Day 8 Border Crossing – Chau Doc
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Day 9 Long Khanh A – Cu Lao Gieng
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Day 10 Ben Tre
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Day 11 Ho Chi Minh City (Disembarkation)
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Day 12 Ho Chi Minh City
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Day 13 Ho Chi Minh City – Bangkok, Thailand
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Day 14 Bangkok
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Day 15 Bangkok
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Day 16 Bangkok
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