Starting in either Ho Chi Minh City or Cambodia’s Siem Reap, Avalon offers a spectacular itinerary along the serene Mekong River in this captivating country. In Ho Chi Minh City, visit the imposing Reunification Palace and War Remnants Museum on a guided walking tour, and experience the delights of Vietnamese cuisine at the Ben Than Market. Beyond the city are the infamous Cu Chi tunnels: an extraordinary network of tunnels used by the Viet Cong during the war.
Cruise Cai Be Harbour for a tour of An Kiet House and gardens, and journey along the beautiful backwaters of the Mekong passing traditional floating markets and raft-house villages. With its mosques, temples, churches and pilgrimage sites, Chau Doc is a fascinating place to explore.
For passengers who wish to extend their holiday and explore more of Vietnam, there is an extension option to Hanoi, Vietnam’s ancient capital, and the surreally beautiful Halong Bay in the north of the country.
Ho Chi Minh City
Visit the imposing Reunification Palace, left as it was on the day Saigon fell to the north.
Ben Than Market
Tour the market with a local chef and discover the secrets of Vietnamese cuisine.
Cu Chi tunnels
Walk through part of this remarkable Viet Cong network from the Vietnam War.
Get an insight into Vietnam’s rice production at a local rice factory.
Visit a local fish farm to learn about the different species found in the Mekong River.