Avalon Southeast Asia: A World of Difference

Posted on 03/17/2017 | About Asia

Avalon Waterways sails beyond Europe to some of the most captivating waterways of Asia. Our ships – the Avalon Siem Reap℠ and the Avalon Myanmar℠ - are built by local craftsmen and have a maximum of only 36 guests. All staterooms are a spacious 245 square feet with an Open-Air Balcony® featuring a wall-to-wall panoramic window with a sliding glass door.

Our innovative, small ship design allows Avalon to sail all the way from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap, navigate the most stunning stretches of the Irrawaddy and dock in small villages along the way. Our small ship means more time enjoying your cruising, not hours transferring to your ship. The small group size also enables more unique and intimate cultural experiences. Our small ships mean a bigger experience.

In Vietnam and Cambodia, Avalon has arranged your holiday to include 3 nights in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam at the beginning and 2 nights in Siem Reap, Cambodia at the end (or reverse). In the middle is your memorable 7 night cruise.

Highlights of the cruise are an excursion to a local market and cooking class in Ho Chi Minh City; the stunning French colonial architecture in Phnom Penh; the famed Angkor Wat temple in Siem Reap; and a visit to the moving Killing Fields. From a silk-weaving demonstration to a traditional water blessing by local monks, each day promises to deliver memories to last a lifetime. Excursions by hospitable, English-speaking guides at each port of call are sure to enhance your experience

The newest destination for Avalon is Myanmar, until recently a “forbidden” country. After a 2 night stay in the bustling capital of Yangon (formerly Rangoon), you’ll enjoy a leisurely 10 day cruise along the northern Irrawaddy River followed by a final night in Yangon. The itinerary is full of exotic moments from Pagoda visits and tours of tapestry, pottery, gold-leaf and woodcarving workshops, to graceful dance performances.

These two itineraries are amongst the most exotic available on a river, with both being perfect for the nature lover, the curious, the history buff, the photographer, the shopper, the food lover or anyone who wants to experience another culture, with a comfortable and welcoming home to come back to each evening. All of this and so much more await on an adventure you’ll never forget.