13 Day Mekong River Cruise

On this unique and inspiring Southeast Asia river cruise through Vietnam and Cambodia, 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.

Spend time in the bustling Ho Chi Minh City which combines historic architecture with modern skyscrapers. See the famous landmarks and try your hand in the kitchen—Vietnamese-style, with a cooking class. Go back in time with an excursion to the Cu Chi Tunnels where you’ll have an opportunity to walk through a section of the immense underground tunnel system used extensively during the Vietnam War. Embark on your river cruise along the Mekong River and immerse yourself in the local cultures with a visit to a vibrant market, the home of a local family making handcrafted sampans, and a workshop to learn how rice wine and traditional candies are made.

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. Go on an ox-cart ride amongst rice paddy fields and witness the daily lives of farmers.

The grand finale of this memorable Southeast Asia river cruise vacation is a stay in Siem Reap, home to the phenomenal Temples of Angkor with an intricacy and architectural grandeur unmatched in the world. Visit famous Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, and the grandeur of the Bayon temple featuring some 200 mysterious faces carved in its many towers. Then enjoy an inspiring Aspara dance performance—a perfect ending to this remarkable and cultural journey!

2024 Departures From $8,160 CAD

2025 Departures From $7,412 CAD

About the Ship:

AVALON SAIGON

Since first taking her maiden voyage on the Mekong River, the Avalon Saigon has been praised for delivering an intimate cruise experience as part of Avalon's award-winning fleet of Suite Ships®. Named "Best New River Cruise Ship" by TravelAge West, the Saigon sails with a maximum of just 36 guests, delivering all the modern features you expect from Avalon Waterways, while incorporating the unique character and charm of Southeast Asia. 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. Cruising uninterrupted from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh (or vice versa), 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 Balcony. With luxurious beds that face the window, you'll never miss a fascinating view on the Mekong. 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.

Ship Amenities

  • Air-conditioned Panorama Lounge

  • Free Wi-Fi when available

  • Open-air observation lounge with shade system & premium lounge chairs

  • Bar serving premium spirits, wine & complimentary coffee, tea, soft drinks, and local beer/spirits throughout the day

  • Sightseeing with Expert Local Guides

  • Spa treatment room

  • Fitness Room

  • Library and games

  • Daily a la carte lunch including regional specialties, healthy Avalon Fresh options and classic dishes

  • Seasonal recipes featuring the freshest local ingredients

  • Onboard lectures, activities & entertainment

  • Non-smoking staterooms & ship interior

  • Vegetarian options available with all meals

  • Complimentary coffee, tea, soft drinks, local beer/spirits with all onboard meals

  • English-speaking friendly crew, staff & professional Cruise Director

  • Daily early-riser coffee & tea

  • Choice of Classic, Active or Discovery excursions so that you can experience your cruise your way

  • Daily a la carte breakfast

  • Complimentary juices with breakfast

  • Four-course à la carte dinners with choice of salads, soups, entrées, dessert or cheese

  • Behind-the-scenes galley tour

  • Complimentary wine with all onboard lunches & dinners

  • Complimentary specialty coffees including espresso and cappuccino available throughout the day

  • Flatscreen satellite TV with English-speaking channels & over 50 free movie options (t)

  • Onboard assistance is available to recommend, reserve and further personalize your cruise

  • Chef-prepared onboard meals with regional cuisine and familiar favorites

  • Headsets for all guided shore excursions

  • Daily cocktail hour with cocktail of the day

  • Complimentary water stations

 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City, still known as Saigon to many. Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.

Day 2 - Ho Chi Minh City

Motorbikes, Monuments, and Mouth-watering Cuisine

CLASSIC EXCURSION

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 featuring the history and relics of the Vietnam War before spending time in bustling Ben Thanh Market.

DISCOVERY EXCURSION

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!

Explore the city further during free time this afternoon.

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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 - Ho Chi Minh City. Excursion to Cu Chi Tunnels

Secret Passageways and Underground Hideouts

CLASSIC EXCURSION

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. Explore these tunnels and learn what life was like living in these cramped spaces.

Enjoy free time this afternoon and evening. Consider stopping for a drink at the famous rooftop bar at the Caravelle Hotel.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 -  Ho Chi Minh City ( Embarkation )

Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding

Transfer to the port in the heart of Ho Chi Minh 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

Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 - Vinh Long - Cu Lao Gieng

Sweets, Sampans, and Sun Hats

DISCOVERY EXCURSION

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

DISCOVERY EXCURSION

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. Lastly, stop at one of Vietnam’s oldest Catholic churches.

AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO CHAU DOC

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6  - Chau Doc-  Long Khanh A - Border Crossing, Cambodia

Colorful markets, Charming Locals, and Cotton Weavers

DISCOVERY EXCURSION

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, see traditional floating homes, speedboat merchants, religious sites, a market selling dried goods, and more.

DISCOVERY EXCURSION

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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 - Phnom Penh

The Royal Treatment

CLASSIC EXCURSION

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.

The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy the city at your leisure.

Just before dinner, children from a local orphanage will perform a show featuring local song and dance.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 - Phnom Penh

A Dark History and Bright Markets

CLASSIC EXCURSION

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:

DISCOVERY EXCURSION

Visit the lively Central Market by tuk-tuk to see its unique Art Deco design.

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

AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO WAT HANCHEY

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 - Wat Hanchey - Angkor Ban

Water Blessings and Back To School Adventures

DISCOVERY EXCURSION

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 EXCURSION

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

Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 - Konpong Louang - Kampong Tralach

Calm Cambodian Countryside

DISCOVERY EXCURSION

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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Phnom Penh (Disembarkation) - Siem Reap

A Pilgrimage of Inspirational Beauty

Fly to Siem Reap, home to the Temples of Angkor, considered by many to be the most spectacular architectural ruins on Earth!

CLASSIC EXCURSION

After lunch, begin your Sightseeing Tour by tuk-tuk to explore the temples. 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.

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12: Siem Reap

Roots Carved in Stone and Celebrated in Dance

CLASSIC EXCURSION

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.

Spend the afternoon at your leisure.

DISCOVERY EXCURSION

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

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Deal 13 - Siem Reap

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals: Breakfast

Don't miss out on this extraordinary journey through the heart of Vietnam and Cambodia. Call us today  to book your 13-day river cruise from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap.

Spaces are limited, so secure your place now and embark on an unforgettable adventure. 

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