Mekong River Cruises to Vietnam & Cambodia | Avalon Waterways
River Cruises with Avalon

Discover the Wonders of Vietnam, Cambodia & Beyond

The Avalon Advantage

A journey with Avalon Waterways along the mighty Mekong River through Vietnam and Cambodia offers an unforgettable blend of fascinating cultures, ancient architectural wonders, and beautiful riverscapes and landscapes. And because bigger isn’t always better, we focus on intimate experiences with exceptional personalized service on our incredible Suite Ships®. Carrying a maximum of 36 guests, we bring you closer to the must-see sights and mesmerizing scenes of everyday life along the river. An expert Cruise/Tour Director and carefully selected Certified Local Guides accompany you throughout your adventure, ensuring no detail is overlooked.

    The Mekong Experience

    Over the past 30 years, “change” has been a constant for Vietnam and Cambodia as they forge paths to the future. Today, these captivating countries are achieving a successful balance between modernization and ancient traditions.

    Cruise the massive Mekong Delta, which covers some 15,000 square miles. This picturesque area accounts for over half of Vietnam’s rice production, prompting it to be nicknamed as the “rice bowl” of the country. One of the highlights is a visit to a local workshop to see how traditional candy and rice wine are made before sampling some yourself. Explore a colorful local market, visit a local sampan builder, and relish other fascinating activities. Explore French-influenced Phnom Penh, the spectacular Silver Pagoda, and learn about the sobering Khmer Rouge regime. Interact with friendly Cambodian people at work and play as you explore villages including a visit with local schoolchildren. You will also partake in a traditional water blessing ceremony with area monks.

    Beyond the Mekong you will explore great sights on land. In Ho Chi Minh City, enjoy a walking tour of the city’s highlights, a cooking class, and visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, a network of tunnels used by the Viet Cong in the war. In charming Siem Reap, enjoy a traditional Apsara dance performance and explore the spectacular Angkor temple complex, whose architectural grandeur is arguably unmatched among the world’s ancient ruins. See several of the temples, including spectacular Angkor Wat and the mesmerizing faces of Bayon. Researchers now believe Angkor was the largest pre-industrial city in the world, and the remaining temples stand as a testament to the wealth and power of the Khmer Empire.

    Depending on the cruise you select, you may also experience other wonders of Southeast Asia including scenic Ha long Bay, Bangkok’s Grand Palace, and, Hanoi’s old quarter.

    With several different itineraries to choose from, Avalon allows you the flexibility to choose a vacation that fits your needs perfectly!

    Delve deeper into the Mekong River and what you will see along the way.

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    Included is the Name of the Game

    At Avalon, “included” is one of our favorite words. That’s why every Avalon cruise includes spacious Panorama SuitesSM with sitting area and huge 14-foot wall-to-wall window, local beer/spirits and soft drinks throughout the day, unique shore excursions led by Certified Local Guides with audio headsets and, of course, expansive panoramic views throughout the ship.

    Included for Every Avalon Guest:

    • Intimate cruise experience with no more than 36 guests
    • Spacious outside Panorama SuiteSM measuring 245 square feet
    • Large closets with shelves for ample storage & in-room safe
    • Comfort Collection BedsSM with premium mattress toppers
    • Large private bathrooms with hairdryer, premium L’Occitane bath amenities & full shower with glass door
    • Large desk with convenient power outlets
    • Individual climate control
    • Minibar with complimentary local beer, soft drinks & bottled water
    • Plush bathrobes & slippers
    • Professional Cruise Director and staff to help throughout your cruise
    • Included sightseeing accompanied by Certified Local Guide
    • Fascinating destination talks and demonstrations by your Cruise Director, Local Guides, and ship’s crew
    • Headsets for all guided shore excursions
    • Bottled water on all excursions
    • Fresh fruit & refreshing drink after all ship excursions
    • Complimentary wine, local beer/spirits, soft drinks, coffee & tea at lunch & dinner
    • Bar serving premium spirits, wine & complimentary coffee, tea, soft drinks, and local beer/spirits throughout the day
    • Fitness Room

    Intimate Cruising at Its Best

    While others claim to offer an intimate cruise experience, Avalon truly delivers on that promise with a maximum of 36 guests.

    Our incredible Suite Ships®, was specifically designed to offer the best cruise experience on the Mekong River. They are the only ships in the industry cruising from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh (or vice versa) eliminating hours of motorcoach travel time, which means you enjoy more cruising!

    Each ship has been meticulously crafted to offer all the modern features you expect, yet while retaining the colonial charm fitting to Vietnam and Cambodia. While the number of guests may be small, the ships aren't. Built as long and wide as other ships that carry twice as many guests, the public spaces never feel congested. From the air-conditioned Panorama Lounge to the open-air observation lounge, there is plenty of seating and spots to relax. Plus, our lounges are located at the front of the ship, not the back, so no matter where you sit you’ll always have a great view.

    Our crew embodies the spirit—you first, no matter what. From the reception staff and bartender to wait staff and room attendant, we always deliver exquisite service that’s comfortable and friendly—never stuffy! With Avalon, our ship becomes your home away from home.

    Avalon Siem ReapSM (2015) & Avalon Saigon (2018) Features & Amenities:

    • Outstanding service with the highest crew-to-guest ratio of any ship sailing the Mekong
    • Air-conditioned Panorama Lounge
    • Open-air observation lounge with shade system & premium lounge chairs
    • Bar serving premium spirits & complimentary coffee, tea, soft drinks, and local beer/spirits throughout the day
    • Spacious, open-seating dining room
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi access in lounge areas (where signal is available)
    • Spa treatment room (sample spa menu)
    • Fitness Center
    • Library & games
    • Non-smoking interior

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    Live the Suite Life

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    A spacious retreat…did we mention the view?
    Welcome to our innovative Panorama SuitesSM. Designed from the ground up with your comfort in mind—no compromises.

    The décor in each Panorama Suite exudes the charm and grace of Southeast Asia. With an expansive 245 square feet of living space, including private sitting area, you’ll never feel cramped or crowded. The large private bathroom, features a full shower with rain shower head, premium L’Occitane bath amenities, and ample storage. There is even sound-dampening insulation, so it’s less likely you’ll hear your neighbors.

    Your Panorama Suite delivers another remarkable feature: our innovative Open-Air Balcony®. Measuring 14 feet across, this massive wall-to-wall window offers uninterrupted panoramic views. The doors slide open a full 9 feet, creating the feeling of sitting outside. Even the bed faces the window, ensuring you won’t miss a single passing riverscape.


    • Comfort Collection BedsSM, topped by premium mattress covers
    • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, blankets & European-style duvets
    • Soft & firm pillows
    • Choice of bed configuration (two twins or one king)
    • Nightly turn-down service
    • Bedside tables with reading lamps
    • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic window measuring 14-feet wide that opens to transform the living space into a large Open-Air Balcony®
    • Large private bathroom featuring full shower with rain shower head & glass door, hairdryer and premium L’Occitane bath amenities
    • Spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage
    • Easy under-bed luggage storage
    • Writing desk/vanity with mirror & comfortable chair
    • In-house telephone
    • Plush bathrobes & slippers
    • Minibar with complimentary local beer, soft drinks & bottled water
    • In-room safe
    • Individual climate control

    Inspired Dining

    On Board

    With Avalon, every dining experience brings your destination to life. Savor fresh, quality ingredients... and delectable recipes that are crafted by culinary experts. Try authentic dishes from Vietnam and Cambodia-or more familiar Western alternatives. The à la carte breakfast offers a wide variety of dishes to ensure you start your day off right. Lunch is à la carte and features a live cooking station showcasing local specialties served by our Head Chef. In the evening, a four-course à la carte dinner awaits with choice of salads, soups, entrées, dessert or cheese, and complimentary wine, local beer/spirits, soft drinks, coffee & tea. Vegetarian options are available with all meals.
    Sample Menus: Lunch | Dinner & Dessert

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    On Land

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    Start your day with breakfast at your hotel. Where we include lunch or dinner, we have selected some of the best local restaurants to further enhance your experience. You’ll even participate in a hands-on cooking class, where a local chef will teach you how to make some popular Vietnamese dishes. With take-home instructions, you’ll be able to recreate these delicious recipes at home—and be reminded of your amazing trip!

    Superior Hotels

    Every Avalon hotel has been carefully selected by our regional experts. With high-quality service, desirable amenities, spacious guestrooms, and central locations, each is sure to exceed your expectations. View a cruise itinerary for a full list of hotels, amenities and photos.

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