Mekong River Cruises with Avalon Waterways River Cruises
The Mekong River delivers you to stunning Southeast Asian cities and towns where life has a more relaxed feel and monasteries abound. An Avalon Waterways river cruise on the Mekong will have you sail through Cambodia and Vietnam with a stop in Thailand. These countries will open your eyes to the rich pasts of South Asia.
In Vietnam, you will get a true insight into the daily lives of the people with visits to the lush countryside. Here you will visit markets along the river and stop to see a rice factory processing one of Vietnam's major exports. In a possible excursion to Ho Chi Minh City you will experience city life visiting cathedrals, theaters and museums. Avalon Waterways also offers cruisers the opportunity to learn a little history by touring the Cu Chi tunnels, which were used as a hideout by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War.
Cambodia is an unforgettable place, most known for the temples of Angkor Wat. This temple complex has become famous the world over for its sheer magnificence. Originally built as a Hindu structure, it was converted to Buddhism early in its history. Built between the 9th and 13th centuries, many believe it remained remarkably intact because it is surrounded by a moat.
Avalon Waterways is offering a couple different itineraries on the Mekong, both on the Avalon Angkor, which was designed to sail from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap (something many other ships are unable to do). The Avalon Angkor offers an extremely intimate experience with just 16 staterooms. Be amongst the exclusive few this year on an Avalon Waterways river cruise through Vietnam and Cambodia on the Mekong River. Take the first step by contacting The Cruise Web today.
Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong River 14 Days from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok
14 Days from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok
Cruise Overview:Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong River was named "Best Cruise Itinerary for Off-the-Path Explorers" by Yahoo Travel.
Step back in history as you explore Vietnam and Cambodia on this amazing cruise vacation. Enjoy a 7-night cruise along the Mekong River, discover the ancient ruins of Angkor, visit some of Vietnam's and Cambodia's historical treasures, behold spectacular scenery, and learn about different cultures. This is a journey like no other!
Cambodia and Vietnam have a long history and on this tour, you'll see some of the historical sites, including the Cu Chi Tunnels in Vietnam - a network of tunnels used by the Viet Cong - and the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Cambodia - a former high school that housed over 17,000 prisoners. Learn about the culture with a hands-on Vietnamese cooking class in Ho Chi Minh City, a lecture on Buddhism in Udong, an opportunity to partake in a traditional water blessing given by local monks in Kampong Cham, a private Apsara dance performance in Siem Reap, and a visit to traditional Khmer houses, a local school, and a Buddhist monastery in Angkor Ban.
A highlight of this tour is a visit to the temples at Angkor in Cambodia. These ancient temples, built between the 9th and 13th centuries, are unmatched among ancient ruins anywhere in the world. See many of the temples, including spectacular Angkor Wat, built in the 12th century and honoring the Hindu god Vishnu. Words and photos simply cannot describe these amazing structures. They must be visited in person!
All of this and more await you on this fabulous cruise vacation. So pack your camera and get ready for the trip of a lifetime!
Cruise Highlights & Sightseeing
Deluxe 7-night cruise from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap in an outside stateroom with hotel-style beds.
HO CHI MINH CITY:
Sightseeing with a Local Guide; walking tour of the city's landmarks; visit the Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum, and Ben Thanh Market; cooking class; welcome dinner; Cu Chi Tunnels excursion; visit a rubber plantation; begin your cruise on the Mekong.
Visit An Kiet House and a cathedral; see how rice paper, rice wine, and traditional candy are made.
Visit a brick factory, rice factory, local market, and the ancient house of Mr. Hyunh Thuy Le.
Visit a local fish farm and the religious sites at Sam Mountain; walking tour of a local market.
Visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and one of the Killing Fields; sightseeing by private cyclo including the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum.
PREK BANG KONG:
Walking tour through the village to see silk weaving.
Walking tour through the village.
Visit Phnom Pros, Phnom Srey, Nokorbachey, and Wat Hanchey; partake in traditional water blessing by local monks.
Visit a monastery; lecture on Buddhism.
Ride on a traditional ox cart through the countryside.
Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple, Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm, and Banteay Srei; Les Artisans d'Angkor, Apsara dance performance.
American breakfast daily, 10 lunches, 9 dinners, including a welcome dinner in Ho Chi Minh City and a farewell dinner in Siem Reap.