About Vietnam, Cambodia & Mekong River Cruise
Nearly all meals, tours & alcoholic beverages included. Our 2 week cruise/tour along the mighty Mekong River is a cultural immersion into the exotic.
STI has taken the best way to see Southeast Asia, aboard an intimate and luxurious river vessel that gives us “up close and personal” access not only to the most famous historic sights, but also the smaller towns and villages along the way. This time around, we’re headed to Asia to get the very best, up close and personal visit to Vietnam and Cambodia. STI offers an ALL SINGLES cruise with 3 nights in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) and 2 nights in Siem Reap for a full Angkor Wat experience!
Join our all singles cruise of 30 guests aboard the brand new all-suite Avalon Siem ReapSM, YOU HAVE GOT TO SEE THE SUITES! Our private vessel allows us to bring you closer to the must-see sights and mesmerizing scenes of everyday life along the river. See what’s included below.
Inclusive Features of our Mekong River Cruise with stays in Ho Chi Minh and Siem Reap:
- ADD OUR 3 NIGHT, PRE CRUISE PACKAGE TO NORTH VIETNAM & HALONG BAY – See our itinerary page and Price & Options page for more details.
- Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) – 3 Night Hotel Package including a walking tour of the city’s landmarks; visit the Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum, and Ben Thanh Market; Cooking Class; Welcome Dinner; Cu Chi Tunnels excursion
- Cruise – Deluxe, 7-night cruise in a River View Suite with Comfort Collection Beds, featuring premium mattress covers, large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer, premium bath amenities, spacious closets with shelves for ample storage, under-bed luggage storage, bathrobes & slippers
- Cai Be–Sa Dec: Visit a cathedral and see how rice paper, rice wine, and traditional candy are made in Cai Be; visit a brick factory, local market, and the ancient house of Mr. Hyynh Thuy Le in Sa Dec.
- Chau Doc–Cambodian Border Crossing:
Visit a local fish farm and the religious sites at Sam Mountain; see a local market.
- Phnom Penh: Sightseeing by private cyclo including the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum; afternoon at leisure; show by children from a local orphanage.
- Phnom Penh–Prek Bang Kong: Visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and one of the Killing Fields in Phnom Penh; walking tour through Prek Bang Kong village with silk-weaving demonstration.
- Wat Hanchey–Angkor Ban: Visit Wat Hanchey and partake in a traditional water blessing by local monks; walking tour through Angkor Ban village with school visit.
- Prek Dam–Konpong Louang–Kampong Tralach: Visit the silversmith village of Konpong Louang; ox cart ride through the countryside and visit a local farmer’s home in Kampong Tralach.
- Siem Reap (Disembarkation): 2 Night Hotel Package with full day tour of Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple and Angkor Wat. Excursion to Ta Prohm, Banteay Srei, and Les Artisans d’Angkor; Apsara dance performance.
WHAT MAKES THIS THE PERFECT TRIP FOR SINGLES SEEKING AN EXOTIC VACATION WITH A LUXURIOUS TOUCH?
- Roommate Matches Guaranteed, Saving You Over $3000!
- ALL Meals Included and All Shared with other Singles, not Alone
Superb dining with all meals on board daily featuring American Breakfast Daily (B), 9 Lunches (L) and 9 Dinners (D), including a welcome dinner in Ho Chi Minh City.
- Cocktail hour featuring hot and cold hors d’oeuvres & cocktail of the day made with local spirits
- Complimentary Local Beer/Premium Spirits, Soft Drinks, Coffee & Tea throughout the day at the bar and with Every Dinner on the Cruise. Complimentary wine served at dinner.
- All Excursions Included and Enjoyed with Other Solo Travelers, not Alone!
- Expert Local Guide with all excursions
- Headsets for all guided shore excursions
- Bottled water on all excursions
- Fresh fruit & tea after all ship excursions
- More Time at Leisure vs. Time Spent on a Bus
- Special experiences by local entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich our cruise.
- Special Attention from Experienced, Professional Singles Travel Director*
- Company of Other Singles with Similar Interests and Zest for Life
- Private Members Only Chat for this Tour – Plan your Trip and Make New Friends!
*Minimum of 20 guests required. If no director, a guest will be designated as an “STI Ambassador” to coordinate the first day’s activities.
Inclusive features are subject to revision at the discretion of STI. In the event of water level problems on stretches of any river, it may be necessary to operate part of the itinerary by motor coach. Ages listed are not meant as a restriction, but are simply used as a guideline. Singles Travel International does not guarantee the number of guests, ages or ratios.
Depart North America: November 4, 2018
Tour Begins in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: November 5, 2018
Tour Ends in Siem Reap, Cambodia: November 17, 2018
OPTIONAL NORTH VIETNAM & HALONG BAY PACKAGE – PRIVATE FOR STI MEMBERS ONLY!
November 2 – Arrive Hanoi (HAN), Vietnam
Welcome to Vietnam! Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in. Overnight at the Intercontinental Hanoi.
November 3 – Hanoi – (B, L, D)
This morning, we’ll take time to look at the life of Ho Chi Minh, the father of modern Vietnam. First, visit the MAUSOLEUM and the humble cottage from which “Uncle Ho” ruled Vietnam until his death in 1969. Next on the agenda: ONE PILLAR PAGODA, the HO CHI MINH MUSEUM, and the Presidential Palace. Stop at the infamous “Hanoi Hilton” before continuing to mystical Hoan Kiem Lake, where you will enjoy a brief guided walk. Also visit the ancient TEMPLE OF LITERATURE, over 900 years old and Hanoi’s first university. Lunch is at KOTO, a non-profit restaurant and hospitality program that trains local street children in restaurant skills they can use to find a job and build a stable life. After lunch, enjoy a CYCLO ride through the fascinating Old Quarter, 36 ancient streets where peddlers trade as they have for centuries. An early dinner this evening is followed by a fascinating performance of Hanoi’s renowned WATER PUPPETS, a traditional art form dating back to the 11th century. Overnight at the Intercontinental Hanoi.
November 4 – Hanoi–Ha Long Bay – (B, L, D)
Travel from Hanoi through the fertile countryside to Hon Gai, gateway to Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located in the Gulf of Tonkin, the Bay is dotted with over 3,000 limestone islands carved into fanciful shapes by the action of the water. Tunnels, caves, and weirdly shaped outcroppings with imaginative names can be found on many of the small islets sprinkled across the bay. Board a CRUISE that explores the caves, and admire the beauty and scale before stopping at one of the many secluded bays. Overnight at the Novotel Hanoi.
November 5 – Ha Long Bay-Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh City – (B)
This morning, we drive to Hanoi and board our flight for Ho Chi Minh City and to join the other members of our group arriving today.
MAIN TOUR FOR MEMBERS NOT PARTICIPATING IN OUR OPTIONAL NORTH VIETNAM & HALONG BAY PACKAGE
Day 1 – Sunday – November 4
Board your overnight flight bound for Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 2 – Monday –November 5 (In Flight Meals)
Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Transfer to our hotel, rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.
Our first day is at leisure due to the varied flight arrival times. Closer to departure, we’ll advise the possibility of a group meet and greet based on all member arrivals. Overnight at the Intercontinental Asiana.
Day 3 – Tuesday – November 6 (B,L,D)
Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
This morning, enjoy a WALKING TOUR of the city’s famous and historic landmarks as you stroll through the heart of the city along Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat) past the Rex Hotel, Ho Chi Minh Square, the Municipal Theatre, the Central Post Office, and Notre Dame Cathedral. Next, visit the REUNIFICATION PALACE and the WAR REMNANTS MUSEUM followed by BEN THANH MARKET, the largest and oldest in the city. For lunch, participate in a hands-on VIETNAMESE COOKING CLASS. Head into the classroom and learn how to prepare different local dishes and the techniques necessary to recreate them once you return home. Last but not least, sample your delicious creations! The afternoon is at your leisure to explore this lively city. Tonight, enjoy a special welcome dinner. Overnight at the Intercontinental Asiana.
Day 4 – Wednesday – November 7 (B)
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam – Excursion To Cu Chi Tunnels
This morning, we leave the city and drive through vast expanses of rice paddies to visit the CU CHI TUNNELS, an extraordinary network of tunnels more than 120 miles in length that was used by the Viet Cong as a hideout and secret village during the war. Here you will learn about how the tunnels were constructed and have a chance to walk through a section to experience what life would have been like underground. Return to Ho Chi Minh City and enjoy the rest of the afternoon and evening at your leisure. Maybe stop at the famous Rex Hotel for a drink and sweeping views of the city. Our STI Concierge will be on hand to organize a group dinner for those looking for dinner companions. Overnight at the Intercontinental Asiana.
Day 5 – Thursday – November 8 (B,L,D)
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (embarkation)
This morning, transfer to the port on the Saigon River and board our river cruise vessel to start our CRUISE up the Mekong River through Vietnam and Cambodia. Get acquainted with the ship and relax before our welcome reception this evening.
Day 6 – Friday – November 9 (B,L,D)
Cruising: Cai Be–Sa Dec
This morning, board a sampan for a scenic cruise though Cai Be Harbor, passing the city’s beautiful French Gothic cathedral. First stop is a local establishment to see how rice paper, rice wine, and traditional candies are made. Then, take a walk through town to visit the beautiful CATHEDRAL. After lunch on the ship, reboard sampans and enjoy scenes of daily life along the river near Sa Dec. Stop at a BRICK FACTORY to see workers forming the clay bricks that fill the local landscape. Here, we will also learn about the importance of the rice husk in fueling the brick kilns. Next, visit the ancient HOUSE OF MR. HUYNH THUY LE, the lover of French novelist Marguerite Duras and inspiration for the film L’Amant (The Lover), directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. Afterward, walk through the LOCAL MARKET and absorb the atmosphere as locals are busy buying and selling fish, meat, and produce.
Day 7 – Saturday – November 10 (B,L,D)
Cruising: Chau Doc–Cambodian Border Crossing
Board a sampan for sightseeing around Chau Doc. Along the way we will see scenes of local life, including traditional Vietnamese floating markets and villages. Learn about some of the different species of fish living in the Mekong at a LOCAL FISH FARM. Then, continue down the backwaters of the Mekong to the religious sites at the base of SAM MOUNTAIN. We will also stop to see a LOCAL MARKET where shop owners sell a variety of dried goods. Return to the ship for lunch and head for the Cambodian border.
Day 8 – Sunday – November 11 (B,L,D)
Cruising: Phnom Penh
The capital city of Phnom Penh retains its French charm to this day. This morning, our sightseeing tour by private cyclo includes visits to 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 at leisure to enjoy the city. Just before dinner, children from a local orphanage will put on a SHOW featuring local song and dance.
Day 9 – Monday – November 12 (B,L,D)
Cruising: Phnom Penh–Prek Bang Kong
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 fewer than 15 survived the torture and avoided being sent to the Killing Fields. We will also visit one of the KILLING FIELDS, where over 200,000 people were killed by the Khmer Rouge. After lunch, visit the village of PREK BANG KONG, where silk weaving is a well-preserved tradition. Spend time at one house for a SILK WEAVING DEMONSTRATION and to learn more about how silk is produced.
Day 10 – Tuesday – November 13 (B,L,D)
Cruising: Wat Hanchey–Angkor Ban
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, enjoy a WALKING TOUR through the rural village of Angkor Ban. Here we will see traditional Khmer houses and visit a LOCAL SCHOOL.
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 11 – Wednesday – November 14 (B,L,D)
Cruising: Prek Dam–Konpong Louang–Kampong Tralach
Today, dock at Prek Dam and transfer by motorcoach to the SILVERMITH VILLAGE of Konpong Louang. Here we will see talented craftsmen use age-old techniques to turn pure silver into works of art. Continue on to Kampong Tralach for an OX CART RIDE past rice paddy fields and the beautiful Cambodian countryside. Along the way, stop to MEET A LOCAL FARMER and learn about his daily life. Return to the ship for lunch. This afternoon, cruise up the Tonle River to 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.
Day 12 – Thursday – November 15 (B,L)
Cruising: Siem Reap (Disembarkation)
This morning, arrive in Siem Reap and start our sightseeing of the TEMPLES OF ANGKOR, considered by many to be the most spectacular architectural ruins on Earth! Constructed between the 9th and 13th centuries, the temples were built around the Khmer interpretations of Indian religious and political beliefs that ultimately evolved from Hinduism to Buddhism. The complex architectural grandeur of the Angkor temples is arguably unmatched among ancient ruins anywhere in the world. First, visit ANGKOR THOM to see the BAYON TEMPLE. One of the few Buddhist temples in Angkor, it features some 200 striking faces carved in 54 towers and impressive bas reliefs. Next stop is the best preserved and most famous of all the temples: ANGKOR WAT, honoring the Hindu god Vishnu. Featuring five trademark towers and stunning bas reliefs, it has become a symbol of Cambodia. This evening is at leisure to explore charming Siem Reap—or stay to witness sunset at Angkor Wat! Overnight at the Park Hyatt.
Day 13 – Friday – November 16 (B,D)
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Today, continue our sightseeing of the Angkor temples. Unlike the other temples, TA PROHM has been left relatively untouched. Tree roots grow over and through the ruin walls, allowing you to experience the temple with the same wonder as the early explorers who discovered it. Then, visit BANTEAY SREI, a unique temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Unlike other temples, it is built on a small scale from red sandstone, which can be carved like wood. Next, stop at LES ARTISANS D’ANGKOR, a development project teaching young adults traditional handicraft techniques. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure. This evening, enjoy a PRIVATE APSARA DANCE PERFORMANCE, where the ancient Khmer culture is brought to life by talented dancers, singers, and musicians. Overnight at the Park Hyatt.
Day 14 – Saturday – November 17 (B)
Siem Reap (REP), Cambodia
Our vacation ends with breakfast this morning, followed by transfers to the airport for your homebound flight.
Itinerary is subject to change at the discretion of Avalon Waterways without compensation. Singles Travel International is not responsible for the consequences of any changes.
Once you make your online reservation, an STI reservation specialist will contact you to review and recommend additional services. Depend on them for assistance with airfare, proper protection, pre and post tour services. Once that step is complete, you will receive a final invoice from us confirming your reservation details.
READ your invoice and the FAQ page very carefully and advise if any changes need to be made.
Please submit a COLOR copy of your passport to us within 7 days of your reservation (within 24 hours if reserved after July 27, 2018).
Next, say hello to your fellow travelers on the chat!
Your “Final Vacation Details & Meetup Information” including transportation and how to meet up with the group will be posted here 14 days prior to trip start date. Questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The cruise only begins in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on November 5, 2018, and ends in Siem Reap, Cambodia on the morning of November 17, 2018. Therefore the tour is 12 nights/13 days. Note: Flights from North America must depart on November 4 in order to arrive in Ho Chi Minh City on November 5, so the actual length of the trip is 13 nights/14 days (first night on airplane).
A deposit is due at time of reservation. Refer to the Price and Options tab for the amount. Final payment is due in our office by July 27, 2018. A reminder will be emailed to you 7 days prior to due date and your card will automatically be charged. If you make a reservation after July 27, full payment will be automatically charged at time of reservation and penalties will apply.
Yes. All cancellations must be made in writing to Singles Travel International and are subject to per person penalties as follows:
– After deposit a minimum charge of $350 plus credit card charges will apply in addition to other penalties listed below.
– Between January 1 and July 26, 2018, a $500 penalty applies.
– After July 27, 2018, any cancellations or “no-shows” – 100% penalty.
Note that if you elect to take a roommate and he/she cancels after our cut off date, we will do everything to find a new match. However, if no match is found, the difference in cost for a single cabin/room is the responsibility of the guest who cancels. No refund will be given to the guest who cancels, regardless of cruise or tour company policy as stated above. Singles Travel International is not responsible for costs related to cancellations after our cut off date.
Make sure you are at our hotel in Ho Chi Minh City on November 5, 2018. Our STI Concierge will be awaiting our arrival and will assist with check in and organize a meet and greet for those arriving in the daytime. Specific information about the hotel name and address will be provided prior to departure in our FVD & MI documents.
Singles Travel International is a vacation event company that plans singles events and markets our events at our expense to create a “singles only” experience. We do not allow guests to join the group unless the reservation has been made by STI. Our policy is firm for tours and cruises, as well as pre and post trip hotel stays. Members and friends that “show up” will not be allowed to participate without paying an equivalent fee to the rest of the group that made the reservation with STI. Your credit card on file will automatically be charged.
Of course. We offer packages on both occasions and you may reserve your space on the Price and Options Tab. Transportation to and from the hotel in Ho Chi Minh City and to the airport in Siem Reap is not included in our package, but is available for purchase on the Price & Options Tab (Rates are subject to increase at any time before final payment is made). Although we make every effort, Singles Travel International does not guarantee roommate shares for optional pre and post cruise stays. If no roommate is found, single occupancy rates prevail.
OUR SUPERIOR HOTELS
– **Ho Chi Minh:**Intercontinental Asiana Saigon
– **Siem Reap:**Park Hyatt
In order to accommodate singles from all over the world, our tours and cruises are priced as land/cruise only. Therefore, airfare is additional. Singles Travel International is a licensed ticketing agency and oftentimes has low negotiated fares.
In order to be ready to begin the tour in Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) on November 5. You will be required to depart your home city on the day before. The trip concludes on the morning of November 17 in Siem Reap (REP) and we recommend scheduling your flight after 11 a.m. If you add extra nights, schedule your flight any time on departure date.
Planning to add our Halong Bay & Hanoi Tour? Make your flight arrangements to arrive in Hanoi (HAN) on November 2, 2018. Your flight from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh on November 5 is included in your package.
Airport transfers are offered as options with our cruise/tour. We recommend that you book your airport transfers with us. Please notify us at time of booking or at least 30 days prior to departure of your flight arrival and departure times.
Transfers are available for purchase on our Price & Options tab at $29 (REP) and $39 (SGN) and $49 (HAN) each way between the airport and hotel. Arrival and departure times must be between 6:00 a.m. and midnight.
Our tour does not include your airfare and transfers. You are responsible for alcoholic beverages off our ship (included aboard the All Suite, Avalon Siem Reap), incidentals such as laundry and phone calls, plus gratuities to STI staff ($10-15 per day), local guides and the cruise staff. Avalon Waterways also suggests $248 per person for the ship’s crew, cruise director, and any local guides and drivers on the scheduled tour, November 5-17 (not including pre & post tour packages). Gratuities payable onboard the Siem Reap.
Additionally, a visa to enter both Vietnam ($135) and Cambodia ($50). See our FAQ on “Do I need a Passport and Visa to travel to Cambodia and Vietnam?” for complete details.
Absolutely. Our site is so popular that we guarantee to find a roommate for you or the single cabin is on us! In order to take advantage of our offer, you must be paid in full by July 27, 2018. Of course, a VERY LIMITED number of single cabins are available at an additional rate assessed by Avalon Waterways. Even after the cut-off date, we get so many calls that finding a roommate is easy. So please let us know if you are interested when making your booking.
Our guarantee is based on the lowest, inside cabin share rate. If you opt for a higher category and we are unable to match in that category, you are responsible for the difference to move a member into your cabin to make a match. You may also opt to take your own cabin at that time for the single cabin rate. Assessments are made at final payment date, July 27.
Roommate matches are based on the same sex, general age range and smoking preference whenever possible, but not guaranteed. STI reserves the right to make any match up until day of cruising, including roommate changes once onboard for members who select the Share & Save option.
We highly recommend that our guests contact their roommates in advance. Booked members have access to our private online chat. Meet your roommate as well as the other members on your vacation. Singles Travel International makes every effort to accommodate requests, but does not guarantee the satisfaction or success of a roommate match. It’s the responsibility of the guest to contact his/her roommate and ask the appropriate questions.
Optional pre and post cruise/tour stays are not eligible for the guarantee. Chances are excellent that we’ll find you a match, but if no match found by 30 days prior to departure, member pays the single supplement.
Read more about Roommate Matching on our Frequently Asked Questions found at the Help Center.
Please contact your preferred carrier directly to make your reservation. If Singles Travel International issues a promotional economy fare, granting of frequent flyer credit is entirely at the airline’s discretion. If the flights are eligible, to ensure you earn frequent flyer credit from the airline, give your frequent flyer account number when you check in for your flights. In addition, save your boarding passes and the passenger receipt from your airline ticket. You may need to submit these to the airline (not to Singles Travel International) to claim any credit allowed.
The new Avalon ship cruising on the Mekong is specifically designed to offer an intimate experience with a maximum of 36 guests, so you can truly immerse yourself in the culture, people, and sights along the Mekong River. Built by traditional craftsmen, the ship mixes modern comforts with the colonial charm associated with Vietnam and Cambodia. Time on board delivers a refreshing experience, as all cabins open to the outside and the large indoor lounge and open-air observation lounge offer great panoramic views. The design also allows her to be the only ship sailing all the way from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap (or vice versa). This eliminates over 7 hours* of motorcoach travel time to and from your ship, which means you get to enjoy more cruising!
– Open-air observation lounge with shade system & premium lounge chairs
– Bar serving premium spirits
– Non-smoking interior
– Headsets for all guided shore excursions
– English-speaking crew
– Sightseeing with Certified Local Guides
– Cruise Director
– Library and games
– Fitness Center
– Indoor Lounge
– Spa treatment room
– Onboard movie nights
– Complimentary Wi-Fi access in the lounges (when signal available)
– **Panorama Lounge**
Fascinating landscapes serve as the ultimate backdrop as you relax in your ship’s Club Lounge. Coffee service is always available, so grab a cup and exchange vacation stories with fellow travelers, play a board game with newfound friends, or settle in with a good book from the ship’s library.
– **Open Air Observation Lounge**
When it comes to meeting new friends, witnessing the splendid scenery, or just taking a moment to relax, this lounge is the ideal place. Modern deck furniture enhances your experience as you soak up the sun or drink in the moonlight, and as you photographically capture your destination’s most scenic beauty and quintessential character.
– **Main Bar & Panorama Lounge**
With an airy, open layout and contemporary design, this attractive space features floor-to-ceiling windows lining the walls—a relaxed, comfortable area that’s perfect for viewing remarkable scenery, taking in the evening entertainment, and enjoying an after-dinner drink, glass of local wine, or coffee with newfound friends.
– **Dining Room**
On an Avalon cruise, expert chefs select the finest ingredients to create delectable dishes that are both inspired and memorable. Each day you’ll embark on an epicurean adventure in your ship’s elegant dining room. Enjoy open seating, bountiful breakfast and lunch buffets, multicourse dinners paired with complimentary regional wines, and the five-star service you’d expect from a fine resort.
– **Lobby & Reception**
On an Avalon river cruise, our number one priority is you. That’s why throughout your journey a friendly, English-speaking crew stands ready to answer your questions, meet your needs, and help you create the vacation of a lifetime. It’s also why we designed a main lobby and reception area bathed in natural light, where you’ll be warmly greeted and will feel immediately at home. You can even stay connected to the folks back home at the onboard Internet Center.
– **Fitness Center**
On an Avalon river cruise, you can benefit from both a mind and body experience. The Fitness Center is well equipped so you can stick to your fitness program while on vacation. Take advantage of state-of-the-art cardio equipment while enjoying the view of the unforgettable passing landscapes.
**Features exclusive to the Avalon Siem Reap®:**
– Headsets for all guided shore excursions in Europe
– Services of a professional Cruise Director
– Sightseeing with Local Guides
– Revolutionary engineering
– Silent Drive System (SDS)
– Non-smoking interior
– Internet access & Wi-Fi hotspots
– Onboard lectures, activities & nightly piano music
– Alarm clock
– Bedside tables with reading lamps
– Comfort Collection BedsSM, featuring premium mattress covers
– Easy under-bed luggage storage
– Floor-to-ceiling sliding-glass door
– Individual climate control
– Large private bathroom featuring full shower with hairdryer & premium bath amenities
– Nightly turn-down service
– Soft and firm pillows
– Writing desk
– Bathrobes & slippers
– Choice of bed configuration (two twins or one king)
– Complimentary bottled water
– Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, woolen blankets & European-style duvets
– In-room safe
– Seating area
– Spacious closets with shelves for ample storage
– Wall-to-Wall Panoramic window
– View Avalon Siem Reap Staterooms.
Of course not. You will be pleased to find out that nearly 90% of our guests on every trip sign up and have never met anyone before joining the group. In over 24 years, we have perfected the singles vacation experience. It is paramount that our guests meet each other right away and have opportunities to mingle every day. From the moment you join our tour, our STI Concierge is waiting to meet you. Our first day begins with an orientation and the camaraderie builds as we go along.
This tour was specially designed for singles ages 45+. We generally have a ratio of 60/40, women to men. Ages listed on our page are not restricted. They are simply used as a guideline. We offer an opportunity for single travelers to see the world in the company of other singles and do not guarantee the ratio or ages.
The month of November in Cambodia represents the dry season meaning there will be almost no rain for six months although the odd, short shower early is not unusual.
The temperature in November is also just about as ‘cool’ as Cambodia gets, making it a popular time to travel for those wishing to maximize their time at the Angkor Temples (avg temp: 25 °C or about 77 °F).
For southern Vietnam, November welcomes back the summer in all its glory with some of the best weather of the year, thanks to clear skies and a drop in humidity (avg temp: 27°C or 80 °F ).
The ship has under bed storage but if sharing a cabin, STI recommends 1 bag per person.
According to the terms of Avalon Waterways, porterage for one suitcase on your cruise/tour is included. This single bag should have dimensions not exceeding 30 x 21 x 11 in. (76 x 53 x 28 cm.), and weight not exceeding 44 lbs. (20 kg.) or less if your air carrier has stricter weight/dimension limitations (you may be required to remove articles and put them in another bag if weight or size limits are exceeded). It is recommended that you consult your air carrier as size and weight limitations vary from airline to airline and even according to destination, and are becoming more restrictive.
Bring along summer clothing and we recommend that you mix and match using 1-3 colors, such as black, brown and khaki or one other color. Comfortable walking shoes are a must. Our cruise will stop in some of the most charming little towns and once we dock, we’re off for adventure. Walking is the best way to see it all. Note that dress code aboard a river cruise is very casual and some days you may have dinner in the same outfit you wore during day when the schedule is full.
Packing Tips: A river cruise is casual. Pack and extra folding bag for souvenirs and purchases. Pack flat and full to avoid wrinkling. Bring wardrobe basics; mix and match around 2-3 colors. Don’t pack anything valuable, fragile or perishable. Label your luggage with an outside tag, and place an identification card inside each suitcase.
For safe travel in Vietnam and Cambodia, pack a first-aid kit with staples like bandages, disinfectant, tweezers and an anti-diarrheal medicine. To avoid problems in foreign pharmacies, where some drugs might be unavailable or of dubious origin, bring prescription medications in quantities large enough to last your trip. Also pack a fiber supplement for good digestion, as local food often lacks it.
Southeast Asia is usually hot and humid, so pack lightweight clothes made from breathable materials, like cotton. To respect local culture, Footprints Vietnam recommends dressing “cool but conservative,” which will also be appreciated in Cambodia. Choose items like knee-length shorts, long skirts and tops with sleeves and modest necklines, which are also ideal for wearing in Cambodian temples.
The personal care products available in Vietnam and Cambodia, like tampons and pads, might be very different from the ones you are used to. Avoid problems and bring an adequate supply from home to last the trip. Also, only pack cotton underwear, which allow your body to breathe.
**Things for Safety and Comfort**
Pack photocopies of your passport when traveling to Cambodia and Vietnam, which will help you obtain a new one should the original be lost. For extra security, Southeast Asia Travel Advice suggests purchasing a normal-looking belt with a hidden security pouch for storing cash. A high-SPF, broad-spectrum sunblock is also a must, and an umbrella will keep you dry and cool by doubling as a parasol. Also, bring mosquito repellant and baby powder to avoid chafed skin.
Bring a pair of comfortable supportive and sturdy sandals for travel in Cambodia and Vietnam. To make visiting temples and homes easy, look for a pair that are easy to slip on and off, as many places require footwear to be left at the door. If you’re planning to trek or hike, a pair of boots are also a good idea. Simple flip-flops are another must and ideal for walking on the beach or padding around the ship.
Essential Items: We highly recommend that you bring the following items.
– A smile and an open minded attitude
– Binoculars for best sightseeing while cruising
– A good, comfortable pair of broken-in walking shoes
– A pair of shoes for restaurants, evenings on the town (ship is casual)
– Collapsible umbrella (which can double as a sunshade parasol) and/or lightweight raingear.
– Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
– Bug repellent
– Toiletries: all your daily essentials.
– Prescription medications: sufficient supply for the entire trip plus legible written prescription in case of loss. Keep medications in their original, labeled container. Always pack your medications in your carry-on bag!
– Eyeglasses, contacts, contact lens solution. You may want to bring along a written prescription for your eyewear in case of loss.
– Over the counter medications: cold remedy, aspirin/pain reliever, antacid/stomach upset remedy, Band-Aids, money or other anti-bacterial medication.
– Travel alarm clock with illuminated face, especially for guests in an inside cabin.
– Small, Swiss Army type utility knife. Remember to pack this in your checked luggage!
– Travel journal/notepad and reading material.
– Home address book for sending postcards. A useful tip to avoid bringing your entire address book is to pre-write names and addresses of people to whom you want to send postcards on sheets of self-adhesive labels. It saves time and space in your luggage.
– Small, basic sewing kit with a few extra buttons. Remember to pack scissors in your checked bag!
– Photography Equipment: Bring a sufficient supply of film and extra batteries or chargers.
– The electricity current in Vietnam is 220 volts; bring a converter and universal adapter due to various plug styles in Vietnam. [Click here to read more details] (http://www.adoptvietnam.org/travel/electronicsplugs.htm)
YES! All travelers require a valid passport and visas to enter both Vietnam & Cambodia. Passports must have a sufficient number of unused pages (4) for endorsements (visas) abroad and they must also be valid for at least six months past the projected stay.
STI has conveniently arranged for our members to simply purchase their Cambodian visa once onboard the Siem Reap for approximately $50 USD. We will advise the amount in your Final Vacation Details, 14 days prior to departure.
Therefore, you will only be required to apply for one Vietnamese Visa, even if going into North Vietnam for our pre cruise/tour package).
[Click here to apply for your Vietnamese Visa] (http://vietnamembassy-usa.org/consular/visa-application-process)
An alternative to obtaining your Vietnamese Visa in advance is to get a “Visa on Arrival” (pre-approved visa). You will need to obtain an approval letter to check in at your departure airport and to pick up the visa when you arrive in Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi.
U.S. CITIZENS– As of 25 Aug 2016, 1 month, 3 month and 6 month VOA is not available any more, only a 1 year visa. Fee to process approval letter: 1 year validity is $35 and up/person (varies by vendor) and stamping fee at VN airport is: $135. It is best to have exact amount on hand.
[Click here to learn more about how to apply for your Vietnamese Visa Approval Letter] (https://www.myvietnamvisa.com/how-it-works.html)
This information is subject to change at any time. Visa applications are the responsibility of the traveler, not Avalon Waterways nor Singles Travel International.
No inoculations are required for travel to Asia. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) recommends updating all routine booster shots for travel almost anywhere. In addition, we suggest that you have a physical check-up before your trip, and discuss the type of trip in which you are participating with your physician.
You and your physician may access much more, very detailed health information for travelers (including tips on staying healthy while traveling) on the CDC website, cdc.gov. Click their “Traveler’s Health” link or call toll-free 24-hours at 1-800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636).
The currency used throughout the cruise is the US Dollar (onboard) and generally accepted in Cambodia. Be sure to verify the rate of exchange prior to departure and make sure all of your bills are relatively new. Old and form bills will not be accepted. In Vietnam, it is better to exchange your money and deal in the local currency, the Vietnamese Dong.
Make sure that the Vietnamese notes you receive are not torn, this is because many shops and restaurants will not accept them. Also try not to change too much money at one time, as you will end up with a large wad of notes.
Exchange rates fluctuate often. You may find the current exchange rates in the financial sections of newspapers and on the Internet. You may also find a number of websites by typing “foreign exchange rates” in your search engine. Two specific websites are: xe.com and money.cnn.com/markets/currencies.
Currency Exchange: Most hotels and major restaurants in big cities will accept major credit cards, but for incidentals and small vendors you will need some local currency. ATM machines will dispense local currency for internationally accepted ATM cards and/or credit cards. They are usually conveniently located in large cities, but are limited in smaller towns and rural areas. You may exchange cash and traveler’s checks for local currencies at hotels, banks and exchange bureaus.
Credit Cards: Your credit card will be accepted to settle your incidentals bill at all hotels and in major shops, restaurants and aboard the Siem Reap. American Express is not accepted.
Travel Insurance is available through Travel Guard and in addition to direct access immediately upon completing your purchase, you will receive a quote from Travel Guard regarding travel insurance after reserving your vacation. If you have any questions, Travel Guard professional, expert agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us, if you have not received your quote within 3 days.
Your “Final Vacation Details & Meetup” Information document, posted to the FAQ tab 14 days prior to departure, will include phone contact numbers for our hotels. We suggest you leave a copy of this with your family.
The Siem Reap has complimentary Wi-Fi in the Panorama Lounge as long as they have a connection. All of our hotels offer complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas as well as in the rooms.
You may also telephone, telex, radiogram or fax to anywhere in the world and be billed at applicable ship-to-shore rates. Guests may also be contacted onboard our ship via satellite in an emergency, but we recommend that you arrange to make and receive calls, send and receive text messages and read emails on your own cell phones and mobile devices. Check with your phone carrier for rates.
Internet cafes are found everywhere, so leave your laptop at home and take advantage of cheap local services.
Check with your cell phone provider prior to departure to attain call, data and text rates.
Our office is open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. In an emergency after hours, please contact Tammy Weiler at 815-715-6998.
All countries you will visit have laws against the purchase and export of certain items, including antiquities, national cultural property and certain animal products, especially endangered species (ivory, rhino horn, tortoise shell, coral, feathers, etc.). Additionally, the United States has laws prohibiting the import of certain items, which include many of the same things. You face having your purchase confiscated and/or heavy fines for exporting or importing prohibited items.
On return to the U.S., your baggage is subject to search by U.S. Customs. Currently, you are permitted to bring back $800 of goods duty free. Persons aged 21 or over may also bring in one liter of liquor and one carton of cigarettes. If you plan to purchase a lot of souvenirs or expensive items, it is important to retain all purchase receipts. However, please note that U.S. Customs may not accept a receipt as true cost if it seems unusually low for the estimated value of the item. You may access the regulations and restrictions governing US Customs on their official website, click here to learn more.