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RV Avalon Mekong Cruise - Overview Grade: 4 stars Built in: 2012 Good for: Family, Couples, Honeymooners who want to enjoy high and luxury boutique cruise and beautiful scenery in the Mekong River Delta in Vietnam and Cambodia. The newest luxurious boutique Mekong River Cruise was launched in 2012, The Avalon Angkor was specifically designed to cruise where other ships are unable to go - without sacrificing any of the comforts you expect. Her design allows us to enjoy the highest boutique cruise with the Mighty Mekong River Waterway from Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon) to Siem Reap (or vice versa). This eliminates over 7 hours of motocoach travel time to and from your ship, which means you get to enjoy more cruising! The design also lends itself to a more intimate experience, so you can truly immerse yourself in the culture, people, and sights along the Mekong River. Built by traditional craftsmen, the Avalon Angkor has a colonial charm and is hand finished in brass and teak. Time on board delivers a refreshing outdoor experience, as all cabins open to the outside and the large Open-air lounge. Book now: http://cruisesmekongriver.net/bookingtour-avalon-angkor-cruise-saigon-to-siemreap.html Some highlighted information about RV Avalon Angkor Cruise Services: Cabin and Facilities of Avalon Angkor Cruise:

Number of Cabins: 16 cabins Bed Types: Double or Twin Beds Area: 16 sq.m or 172 sq.f Location: Tonle & Angkor Deck Facilities: Comfort Collection Beds, featuring premium mattress covers, Egyptian supercombed cotton linens, woolen blankets & European-style duvets, Soft and firm pillows, Choice of bed configuration (two twins or one queen), Nightly turn-down service, Bedside tables with reading lamps, Hair dryer, Large private bathroom featuring full shower with hairdryer & premium bath amenities, Closet and armoire for storage, Easy under-bed luggage storage, Alarm clock, Bathrobes & slippers, Mini-fridge, Complimentary bottled water ,In-room safe, Individual climate control. Avalon Angkor Cruise Drinks & Meals:


Cuisine Our splendid cuisine is creative, natural and fresh. Using only the best quality products available, our chef has infused delectable Vietnamese and Cambodian culinary delights into the menu.

Sun Deck On request, we serve breakfast to your sun bed on a lap tray. Please fill up your breakfast menu (for balcony or sundeck) which is attached to your directory. Drinks and snacks will be served from 6AM to 10PM from the Bar. Bar & Lounge Enjoy sundowner drinks and snacks a la carte while cruising through an everchanging scenery. Opening Time: 6 am till the last guest leaves. Detailed tineraries of RV Avalon Angkor Cruise: 8 Days/ 7 Nights Downstream Siem Reap to Saigon Day 1 - Avalon Angkor Cruise: Siem Reap Embarkation This morning, transfer from the Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa to your river cruise vessel for your CRUISE down the Mekong through Cambodia and Vietnam. Enjoy time on board the ship as you cruise through Tonle Sap (Great Lake). After the rainy season, this massive body of water can cover around 10,000 square miles and is the perfect breeding ground for fish, which play a vital role in providing food for people living on the lake. This evening, enjoy a welcome reception. Meals: Lunch/ Dinner Acommodation: Avalon Angkor Cruise NOTE: During low water conditions we will not be able to cruise on Tonle Sap. In these cases, we will transfer by motorcoach from Siem Reap to Prek Dam for embarkation. Low water conditions vary from year to year, depending on rainfall but are generally from midJanuary/early February through June. Due to these yearly variations, our ability to cruise on Tonle Sap will be evaluated on a cruise-by-cruise basis. Day 2 - Avalon Angkor Cruise:: Kampong Tralach–Udong–Prek Dam Today, visit Kampong Tralach for an OX CART RIDE past rice paddy fields and the beautiful Cambodian countryside. Continue on to Udong, former capital of Cambodia. Upon arrival, visit a MONASTERY for an in-depth LECTURE ON BUDDHISM. Then, transfer by coach to Prek Dam, where you will join the ship for lunch and an afternoon at leisure to relax on board. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Acommodation: Avalon Angkor Cruise


Day 3 - Avalon Angkor Cruise: Wat Hanchey–Kampong Cham This morning, visit WAT HANCHEY, a temple dating back to the 8th century and the Chenla Empire. Located on a hilltop, enjoy stunning views of the surrounding area and partake in a TRADITIONAL WATER BLESSING given by local monks. After lunch, travel by motorcoach to see the twin holy mountains of PHNOM PROS and PHNOM SREY (man and woman hill), where you will see the beautiful stupa as well as two huge Buddha statues, both measuring over 30 feet long or tall. You will also stop NOKORBACHEY, an Angkorian temple complex featuring several original statues of Buddha. NOTE: The climb to Wat Hanchey features a steep incline. If you feel you are unable to make the climb you will be driven to the top by car. Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Acommodation: Avalon Angkor Cruise Day 4 - Avalon Angkor Cruise: Angkor Ban–Prek Bang Kong Today, start with a WALKING TOUR through the rural village of Angkor Ban. Here you will visit TRADITIONAL KHMER HOUSES, a LOCAL SCHOOL, and a BUDDHIST MONASTERY, where you will meet with the local monks. After lunch, enjoy a visit to the village of PREK BANG KONG, where silk-weaving is a well-preserved tradition. Spend time exploring the many houses in the village to see the weaving and to learn more about the how silk is produced. Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Acommodation: Avalon Angkor Cruise Day 5 - Avalon Angkor Cruise: Phnom Penh Capital The capital city of Phnom Penh retains its French charm to this day. Sightseeing this morning provides a glimpse of the atrocities inflicted on the Cambodian people by the Khmer Rouge regime. Visit the TUOL SLENG GENOCIDE MUSEUM, a former high school that housed over 17,000 prisoners. Of this number, it is believed that less than 15 survived the torture and avoided being sent to the Killing Fields. You will also visit one of the KILLING FIELDS, where over 200,000 people were killed by the Khmer Rouge. After lunch on the ship, enjoy a sightseeing tour 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. Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Acommodation: Avalon Angkor Cruise

Day 6 - Avalon Angkor Cruise: Cambodia–Vietnam Border Crossing, Chau Doc, Vietnam Enjoy the morning at leisure as you cross the border into Vietnam. After lunch on the ship, cruise down the backwaters of the Mekong to Chau Doc. Along the way you will see traditional Vietnamese floating markets and villages. Upon arrival, learn about some of the different species


of fish living in the Mekong at a LOCAL FISH FARM. Then, enjoy a WALKING TOUR of the bustling outdoor market. Last stop is at the religious sites at the base of SAM MOUNTAIN. Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Acommodation: Avalon Angkor Cruise Day 7 - Avalon Angkor Cruise: Sa Dec–Cai Be This morning, board a sampan and enjoy scenes of daily life along the river en route to Sa Dec. Stop at a BRICK FACTORY to see workers forming the clay bricks that fill the local landscape. Also stop at the adjacent RICE FACTORY for insight into the various types of rice produced in the region and to learn about the importance of the rice husk in fueling the brick kilns. Next, ride through the LOCAL MARKET and absorb the atmosphere as locals are busy buying and selling fish, meat, and produce. Your final stop today is the ancient HOUSE OF MR. HYUNH THUY LE, the “lover” of Marguerite Duras, famous French novelist, and inspiration for the film L’Amant (The Lover), directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. Return to the ship for lunch. This afternoon, board a sampan for a scenic cruise though Cai Be Harbor, passing the city’s beautiful French Gothic cathedral. Once on land, tour AN KIET HOUSE and its surrounding gardens, which feature several types of fruit indigenous to the area. Next, stop at a local establishment to see how rice paper, rice wine, and traditional candy are made. Visit the beautiful CATHEDRAL on the waterfront before returning to the ship. Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Acommodation: Avalon Angkor Cruise Mekong River Day 8 - Avalon Angkor Cruise: Ho Chi Minh City (Disembarkation) "Good morning Saigon" Our cruise on the magnificent cruiser comes to an end as the ship winds its way to My Tho, approximately 70km south of Saigon on the upper Mekong river in Vietnam. We bid farewell to the cruise as our journey comes to a close. But the memories - and the friendships made on board - linger on for a lot longer. We disembark at around 8:30 am and we join the transfer to madding crowd of Saigon. Drop off will be at the meeting point in Saigon. we will continue to tailor made your extension tour to Cu Chi Tunnels, Phu Quoc Island, Nha Trang and Hoian... Meals: Breakfast/ • Note: Although it is our intention to operate the itinerary as detailed proposal, we will do our utmost to stick to the set itinerary, however we cannot be held responsible for any last minute changes that might occur. It may be necessary to make some changes as a result of climatic conditions, alterations to cruise schedules or other operational factors. 8 Days/ 7 Nights Upstream Saigon to Siem Reap Day 1 - Avalon Angkor Cruise: Ho Chi Minh City Embarkation. Transfer to the port on the Saigon River and board Avalon Angkor to begin your cruise on the mighty Mekong River. Get acquainted with the ship and relax before your welcome reception this evening. Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Acommodation: Avalon Angkor Cruise Day 2 - Avalon Angkor Cruise: Cai Be – Sa Dec. Cruise by sampan across Cai Be Harbour to tour An Kiet House and gardens, which feature several types of indigenous fruit. Visit a local establishment to see how rice paper, rice wine, and traditional candy are made before viewing the beautiful French Gothic Cathedral on the waterfront. After lunch on board Avalon Angkor, sail by sampan to the quaint riverfront town of Sa Dec, enjoying rural river scenes en route. Visit a Brick Factory and the adjacent Rice Factory for an insight into their production and the importance of the rice husk in fuelling the brick kilns. Later, explore the bustling waterfront market before visiting the delicately ornate House of Hyunh Thuy Le. Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner


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Day 3 - Avalon Angkor Cruise: Chau Doc, Vietnam – Cambodian Border Crossing. Cruise the beautiful backwaters of the Mekong in a sampan, passing traditional floating markets and raft-house villages en route to charming Chau Doc. Visit a local fish farm to learn about the different species in the Mekong and take a stroll in the cheerful outdoor market before ending the morning with a visit to the pretty pagodas at the base of Sam Mountain. Return to the ship for lunch and set sail for the Cambodian border. Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Acommodation: Avalon Angkor Cruise Day 4 - Avalon Angkor Cruise: Phnom Penh. Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh, is steeped in French colonial charm. This morning's trip offers a sobering glimpse at the atrocities inflicted on the Cambodian people by the Khmer Rouge regime. Visit Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and later, one of the Killing Fields, where over 200,000 people died under orders of the Khmer Rouge. After lunch on the ship, join a sightseeing tour by private cyclo to take in city highlights such as the Royal Palace with the spectacular Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum. Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Acommodation: Avalon Angkor Cruise Day 5 - Avalon Angkor Cruise: Prek Bang Kong – Angkor Ban. Explore the village of Prek Bang Kong, where silk weaving is a well-preserved tradition, and see silk weaving in local houses and how the silk is produced. After lunch, a walking tour through the rural village of Angkor Ban takes in traditional Khmer Houses, a Local School, and a Buddhist Monastery, where you can meet the local monks. Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Acommodation: Avalon Angkor Cruise Day 6 - Avalon Angkor Cruise: Kampong Cham – Wat Hanchey. Travel by coach to the twin holy mountains of Phnom Pros and Phnom Srey (man and woman hill), where you will see the beautiful stupa as well as two huge Buddha statues before visiting Nokorbachey, an Angkorian temple complex featuring several original statues of Buddha. After lunch, visit Wat Hanchey, an 8th century temple dating back to the Chenla Empire. Perched on a hilltop, the temple offers lovely views of the surrounding area. Visitors are welcome to partake in a Traditional Water Blessing given by local monks. Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Acommodation: Avalon Angkor Cruise Note: The climb to Wat Hanchey features a steep incline. If you feel you are unable to make the climb you will be driven to the top by car. Day 7 - Avalon Angkor Cruise: Prek Dam – Udong – Kampong Tralach. Dock at Prek Dam and drive to the village of Udong, former capital of Cambodia, for a visit to a monastery and a lecture on Buddhism. Later, continue to Kampong Tralach for a traditional oxcart ride alongside shimmering rice paddies and through the beautiful Cambodian countryside. Return to the ship for lunch and an afternoon at leisure to relax on board. (B,L,D) Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Acommodation: Avalon Angkor Cruise


Day 8 - Avalon Angkor Cruise: Siem Reap (Disembarkation). This morning, cruise across the lovely Tonle Sap (Great Lake). This massive body of water provides the perfect breeding ground for fish, which play a vital role in providing food for people living on the lake. Reaching Siem Reap, disembark and transfer to your hotel, the Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa. This afternoon, visit the majestic Temples of Angkor. Constructed between the 9th and 13th centuries, the architectural grandeur of this Khmer temple complex is arguably unmatched among ancient ruins anywhere in the world. First, visit Angkor Thom to see the Bayon Temple, adorned with over 200 carved faces. Next, see the 'symbol of Cambodia' Angkor Wat and its five trademark towers. Here you will be joined by an archaeologist from the Apsara Authority for a special guided tour of the ruins. This evening is at leisure to explore charming Siem Reap—or stay to witness sunset at Angkor Wat. Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/ Learn more infomation: http://cruisesmekongriver.net/


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