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Join our CEO, Tammy Weiler on this incredible and unique voyage, ALL SINGLES cruise by land and sea, taking in the the best of Southeast Asia!  We’ve chartered the entire ship (All Suite, Avalon Saigon*), so that together, we’ll discover ancient mysteries in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), Vietnam and Siem Reap, Cambodia, then cruise the mighty Mekong River.

We’ll be immersed in the cultures and ancient traditions as we sightsee and spend time with locals in the most intriguing places along the Mekong River.  Our President’s Club vacation give members a chance to spend time with Tammy, learn more about her “why” for Singles Travel International and what ignites her passion for getting 50+ singles on the road, together.

 INCLUSIVE FEATURES OF OUR TOUR:

  • 12-Night Land & Cruise Vacation – (3) Nights 5-Star Hotel Accommodations at the Park Hyatt Siem Reap*, Cambodia; (7) Nights in a Panorama Suite aboard Avalon’s Suite Ship Saigon; and (2) Nights 5-Star Hotel Accommodations at The Reverie Saigon* in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Panorama Suites on the Saigon are on the Tonle and Mekong decks
  • 30 Meals: 12 American Breakfasts (B), 9 Lunches (L) and 9 Dinners (D)
  • One-way flight from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh
  • HAPPY HOUR CLUB Each Evening with OPEN BARfeaturing hot and cold hors d’oeuvres & cocktail of the day made with local spirits
  • Complimentary Local Beer/Premium Spirits, Wine, Soft Drinks, Coffee & Tea at the Bar and with Every Dinner While on the Cruise.
  • 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.
  • Complimentary Wifi in the Lounges aboard the Saigon and in hotel lobby of Park Hyatt and The Reverie Saigon 
  • Complimentary Excursions in Every Port: Your Choice of Classic, Active, Discovery
  • Expert Local Guide and Personal Headset with all excursions – See Highlights Below!
  • Siem Reap, Cambodia: Guided tour of Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, and Bayon Temple (either by bike or tuk-tuk); tour of the Angkor temples at Ta Prohm; visit Banteay Srei
  • Wat Hanchey / Angkor Ban, Cambodia: Visit to 8th century temple Wat Hanchey, and partake in traditional water blessing; walking tour through the rural village of Angkor Ban
  • Kampong Tralach / Konpong Louang, Cambodia: Guided sightseeing from Kampong Tralach, with an ox-cart ride through the beautiful Cambodian countryside and meeting a local farmer to learn about his life; visit silversmith village in Konpong Louang to see how local handicrafts are made
  • Phnom Penh, Cambodia: Choice of visit to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and one of the Killing Fields or visit the lively central market with its unique Art Deco design by tuk-tuk; guided tour of the city with visits to the Royal Palace (with the spectacular Silver Pagoda) and the National Museum
  • Chau Doc, Vietnam: Walk through the lively Chau Doc market; guided excursion down the backwaters of the Mekong
  • Long Khanh A / Cu Lao Gieng, Vietnam: Morning visit to the village of Long Khanh A for a cotton-weaving demonstration of this well-preserved tradition; afternoon guided excursion, beginning with a visit to one of Vietnam’s oldest Catholic churches; visit the home of a local family that makes Vietnamese conical hats; lastly, visit a local workshop where a skilled family hand-crafts sampan boats.
  • Vinh Long, Vietnam: Sampan boat tour to visit a local workshop making rice paper, rice wine, and traditional candies
  • Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: Walking tour of Ho Chi Minh City’s historic landmarks, including a stop at the Rex Hotel for a refreshing drink at the rooftop bar where the U.S. Military held the infamous “Five O’Clock Follies” during the war; visit the War Remnants Museum and bustling Ben Thanh Market; hands-on Vietnamese cooking lesson; guided visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels
  • ADD OUR OPTIONAL 3 NIGHT, PRE CRUISE PACKAGE TO NORTH VIETNAM & HALONG BAY – November 15-18, 2024 – See our itinerary page for day-to-day and add when checking out for the main program details.

    Our Optional, 3 Night, All Inclusive Package to the “Mythical Bay of Dragons” Includes:

    • Company of other Single Travelers
    • 3 Nights Accommodations at Lotte Hotel Hanoi (2) & Vinpearl Resort & Spa Ha Long (1)
    • 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
    • Private Tour of Hanoi with Guided Sightseeing of famous sites, One Pillar Pagoda, Uncle Ho’s Cottage, Hanoi Hilton, Temple of Literature
    • Lunch at Koyo – Non Profit Organization and Hospitality Program that helps street children learn skills for more stable employment
    • Electric Cart Ride through the fascinating Old Quarter
    • Performance of Hanoi’s renowned Water Puppets
    • Day cruise on Halong Bay
    • Private Group Transfer to the Airport
    • One Way Flight from Hanoi to Siem Reap
    • All Gratuities for Local Guides and Meals
    • Baggage Handling
    • Hotel Taxes
    • Arrival Transfer from the Airport to the Hotel in Hanoi
    • Departure  Transfer from the Hotel to the Airport in Hanoi
    • Arrival Transfer from the Airport in Siem Reap to the Hotel to meet the group!

     

UNIQUE SINGLES TRAVEL INTERNATIONAL BENEFITS:

  • Singles Travel International Signature Experience: A Half-Day Private Visit to the Kulen Elephant Forest! 
  • Premium Membership Discounts! Save up to $930 on Your Own Space™  Join Today
  • All Excursions Included and Enjoyed with Other Solo Travelers, not Alone!
  • Expert Advice for Travel Documentation and Visas
  • Special Attention from Experienced, Professional Singles Travel Concierge*
  • Company of Other Singles with Similar Interests and Zest for Life
  • Virtual Pre-Trip Get-Together to plan excursions and more!
  • Live, virtual events @ SingleLife.Today, our 365 online community for singles ages 50+ to stay connected when they are not on vacation.
  • Private and Secure Chat Reserved Exclusively for Members on Your Vacation– Plan your Trip and Make New Friends!
  • Safe travel protocols – Reference our Travel with Confidence Promise
  • Fit & Willing to Travel Commitment signed by all members assures a mutually respectful environment

*Hotel accommodations are subject to change at any time at the discretion of Avalon Waterways who reserve the option to swap for a similar property for any reason, at any time.  Avalon Waterways travel credits and discounts are not applicable to charter departures.  

Inclusive features are subject to revision at the discretion of Singles Travel International. 

Itinerary

Mon, Nov 18:  Siem Reap, Cambodia Welcome to Siem Reap, home to the Temples of Angkor, considered by many to be the most spectacular architectural ruins on Earth! Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in. Singles Only Meet and Greet followed by Optional Dinner.
Tue, Nov 19:  Siem Reap, Cambodia (B,L,D): Tranquil Temples of Angkor with your choice from among 2 ways (Classic or Active) to enjoy your experience. Both are included in your cruise package. CLASSIC: Explore the temples by tuk-tuk. Start at the best preserved and most famous of all the temples: Angkor Wat. Featuring five trademark towers, it is the symbol of Cambodia. Then, continue our Guided Excursion to visit Angkor Thom, where we will explore Bayon Temple, with its 200 striking faces carved in 54 towers and impressive bas relief sculptures, OR: ACTIVE: Visit Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, and Bayon Temple by bike. Enjoy some time at leisure this afternoon to explore Siem Reap’s shops for local artisan crafts. This evening, a private Apsara Dance Performance brings ancient Khmer culture to life through music, song, and dance to us as an exclusive discovery experience.   
Wed, Nov 20:  Siem Reap, Cambodia (B):   Root-Covered Ruins and Native Noodles Today we continue our sightseeing tour of the Angkor temples at Ta Prohm. Tree roots cover the ruin walls, allowing us to experience the temple with the same wonder as early explorers. Then we’ll visit Banteay Srei, a unique temple built on a small scale from red sandstone, which can be carved like wood. En route, stop at a village famous for making Khmer noodles by hand. Afternoon at leisure.
Thu, Nov 21:  Phnom Penh, Cambodia / Embarkation (B,L,D): Fly to Phnom Penh and transfer to the port, where the Saigon’s crew will be waiting to welcome us onboard. Get acquainted with the ship and relax before our welcome reception this evening followed by a Thanksgiving Dinner Feast, river cruise style! Later this afternoon/evening, we’ll cruise to Wat Hanchey aboard the Saigon, our home for the next 7 days!
Fri, Nov 22:  Wat Hanchey/Angkor Ban, Cambodia (B,L,D): Water Blessings and Back-to-School Adventures We kick off our day with a visit to Wat Hanchey, a hilltop temple dating back to the 8th century. Climb or be driven to the top, where we’ll 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’ll visit a traditional Khmer house and interact with children at a local school. Evening/overnight cruise to Kampong Tralach
Sat, Nov 23:  Kampong Tralach-Konpong Louang-Phnom Penh, Cambodia (B,L,D): Calm in the Cambodian Countryside Our Guided Sightseeing starts in Kampong Tralach with an Ox-Cart Ride through the beautiful Cambodian countryside. Along the way, stop to meet a local farmer and learn about his daily life. At the silversmith village in Konpong Louang, see talented craftsmen use age-old techniques to turn pure silver into works of art. Sail to the capital city of Phnom Penh this afternoon. Phnom Penh A Dark History or Market Dynamics Choose 1 afternoon tour after lunch today: Visit to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and one of the Killing Fields provides a glimpse into the atrocities inflicted on the Cambodian people by the Khmer Rouge regime, OR: Visit the lively Central Market with its unique Art Deco design by tuk-tuk. This evening, spend some free time exploring the city on our own. Perhaps follow the riverfront promenade to the historic Foreign Correspondents Club (FCC). Your Singles Travel International Concierge will have options to explore.
Sun, Nov 24:  Phnom Penh, Cambodia (B,L,D): The Royal Treatment Join a Guided Tour of the city 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. The remainder of the day is ours to enjoy at your leisure. Optional Tour: Visit a local brewery with free-flowing local beer! Just before dinner, children from a local orphanage will perform a show, featuring local song and dance. Evening/overnight cruise with crossing the Vietnam-Cambodia border. Your Vietnamese Visa must be requested in advance before you leave home for this program. See our FAQ section for more specific details.
Mon, Nov 25:  Border Crossing / Chau Doc, Vietnam (B,L,D): Good Morning, Vietnam! Join together for a Village Walk through the Chau Doc market, and absorb the atmosphere as locals are busy buying and selling fish, meat, and produce. After lunch, we embark on a Guided Excursion down the backwaters of the Mekong. Along the way, see traditional floating homes, speedboat merchants, religious sites, a market selling dried goods, and more. Evening cruise to Long Khanh A  
Tue, Nov 26 :  Long Khanh A / Cu Lao Gieng (B,L,D): Cotton Weaving, Conical Hats, and Handcrafted Sampans This morning, a sampan (small, flat-bottomed boat) brings us to the village of Long Khanh A, for a Cotton-Weaving Demonstration of this well-preserved tradition. This afternoon, enjoy scenes of daily life on Cu Lao Gieng Island via sampan and local motor cart. Our Guided Excursion starts with a stop at one of Vietnam’s oldest Catholic churches. Then, visit the home of a local family that makes Vietnamese conical hats, or “Non la,” from materials available to them such as palm leaves and bamboo. These iconic hats are primarily used as protection from the sun and rain, but we may also see them used as a basket to carry home goods from the market. Lastly, visit a local workshop where a skilled family hand-crafts sampan boats. Evening cruise to Vinh Long.  
Wed, Nov 27:  Vinh Long, Vietnam (B,L,D): Sweets and Rice Treats After breakfast, we’ll board a sampan to Visit a Local Workshop in Vinh Long, where we will see how rice paper, rice wine, and traditional candies are made. This afternoon, enjoy time on board the ship as we sail to exciting Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Afternoon cruise to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.  
Thu, Nov 28:  Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam/Disembarkation (B,L): Motorbikes, Monuments, and Mouthwatering Cuisine Let’s all take a Walking Tour of Ho Chi Minh City’s historic landmarks, including a stop at the Rex Hotel for a refreshing drink at the rooftop bar where the U.S. Military held the infamous “Five O’Clock Follies” during the war. Then, visit the War Remnants Museum and bustling Ben Thanh Market. For lunch, participate in a hands-on Vietnamese Cooking Class. Learn to prepare several local dishes and how to recreate them at home. Last, but not least, sample our delicious creations! Enjoy time at your leisure this afternoon and evening for independent exploration. Maybe stop for a drink at the famous rooftop bar at the Caravelle Hotel.
Fri, Nov 29:  Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam/Cu Chi Tunnels (B,D): Secret Passageways and Underground Hideouts Drive out of the city for a Guided Visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels—an extraordinary network of tunnels more than 120 miles in length—used as a hideout and secret village by the Viet Cong. Explore the city further during free time this afternoon. This evening at our Farewell Dinner, we celebrate with gratitude, the new friends that we’ve made, the experiences that we’ve shared along the way and the memories that will last us a lifetime.
Sat, Nov 30:  Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (B): Our vacation ends with breakfast this morning with transfer to the airport included or 1 -Day Post Cruise Package Begins.
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OPTIONAL NORTH VIETNAM & HALONG BAY PACKAGE – PRIVATE FOR STI MEMBERS ONLY!

Our 3 Night, All Inclusive Package to the “Mythical Bay of Dragons” Includes:

    • Company of other Single Travelers
    • 3 Nights Accommodations at Lotte Hotel Hanoi (2) & Vinpearl Resort & Spa Ha Long (1)
    • 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
    • Private Tour of Hanoi with Guided Sightseeing of famous sites, One Pillar Pagoda, Uncle Ho’s Cottage, Hanoi Hilton, Temple of Literature
    • Lunch at Koyo – Non Profit Organization and Hospitality Program that helps street children learn skills for more stable employment
    • Electric Cart Ride through the fascinating Old Quarter
    • Performance of Hanoi’s renowned Water Puppets
    • Day cruise on Halong Bay
    • Private Group Transfer to the Airport
    • One Way Flight from Hanoi to Siem Reap
    • All Gratuities for Local Guides and Meals
    • Baggage Handling
    • Hotel Taxes
    • Arrival Transfer from the Airport to the Hotel in Hanoi
    • Departure  Transfer from the Hotel to the Airport in Hanoi
    • Arrival Transfer from the Airport in Siem Reap to the Hotel to meet the group!

November 15  – Arrive Hanoi (HAN), Vietnam

Welcome to Vietnam! Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in. Overnight at the Little Hotel Hanoi.

November 16 – 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 Little Hotel Hanoi.

November 17 – 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 Vinpearl Resort & Spa Ha Long.

November 18 – Ha Long Bay-Hanoi-Siem Reap – (B)

This morning, we drive to Hanoi and board our flight for Siem Reap and to join the other members of our group arriving today. Overnight at the Park Hyatt Siem Reap.



OPTIONAL
1 NIGHT POST CRUISE PACKAGE IN HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM – NOVEMBER 30-DECEMBER 1, 2024

Our 1 Night Post Cruise Package Includes:  

  • One (1) Night Double Bedded Accommodations at the luxurious Park Hyatt Siem Reap*
  • Hotel Taxes
  • Breakfast (1)
  • Transfer from Hotel to Airport (SGN)
  • Company of other Single Travelers

*Hotel accommodations are subject to change at any time at the discretion of Singles Travel International, and we reserve the option to swap for a similar property for any reason, at any time.

Inclusive features are subject to revision at the discretion of Singles Travel International.

FAQs

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REVIEW the important information on the FAQ tab for this trip and visit our Help Center. We strongly encourage all our members to check the latest travel recommendations by the US State Department, CDC and air carriers to review the latest information for travel risks in order to make an informed decision about their travel safety.

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DON’T MISS OUT Get the best deals on optional “Add-ons”. Review the Trip Options and make all reservations so you don’t miss out on any limited or time-sensitive offers.

PASSPORT MANDATORY: A passport is required for travel to Cambodia and Vietnam. Be sure to confirm that your passport is current and will be valid at least six months after your return. If you do not have one or need a new one, contact the State Department Passport Office in your area immediately or visit their website.

We recommend that you also make copies of your passport, driver’s license, photo identification card and/or birth certificate in case of loss, and carry them with you on your trip separate from your passport.

VISAS: A Visa is required for both Vietnam and Cambodia.  Specific details will be provided in your Get Ready emails send 90 days prior to departure.

Non US Citizens are responsible for verifying their own required documentation for this tour.

FLIGHT & PASSPORT INFO Two months prior to your vacation, you’ll receive an email with a link to upload your flight and passport information. This is important for us to be able to schedule your included arrival and departure transfers. 

INSURANCE Travel Insurance for this trip is mandatory. 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.

When selecting a travel insurance policy, we recommend that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency evacuation and repatriation. We also strongly recommend that the policy cover personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

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, or CLICK HERE to go directly to Travel Guard and request a policy quote. It only takes a few minutes.

Questions and comments after you have reserved your vacation are addressed promptly when you send a message to us at service@singlestravelintl.com.

The vacation begins with one night (included) in a hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia, on November 18, 2024. The trip ends in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on November 39, 2024. Therefore, the trip is 12 nights/13 days.

For the ultimate experience, add one or both of out options to make the most of your long journey!  Add your options when you check out on Price My Trip or Book Now.

  • 3 NIGHT, ALL INCLUSIVE PACKAGE TO THE “MYTHICAL BAY OF DRAGONS”, Hanoi and Haling Bay (Nov. 15-18, 2024)
  • 1 Night Post Package in Ho Chi Minh (November 30-December 1, 2024)

No, a COVID-19 vaccine is not required.

After March 2023, Avalon Waterways no longer requires that all guests provide proof of COVID vaccination before embarkation.

Other requirements, such as negative COVID-19 tests before and during the cruise and tour, may be reinstated at any time.  Your knowledgeable team at Singles Travel International will keep you up to date with plenty of time to prepare.

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) recommends updating all routine booster shots for travel almost anywhere. Please schedule a physical check-up, before your trip, to 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. Click their “Traveler’s Health” link or call toll-free 24-hours at 1-800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636).

We strongly encourage all our members to check the latest travel recommendations by the US State DepartmentCDC and air carriers to review the latest information for travel risks in order to make an informed decision about their travel safety.  See our FAQ section for more.

A deposit is due at time of reservation, and final payment is due on May 24, 2024.

We’ve made paying your balance online as easy as 1-2-3! You’ll be able to see your balance directly within your Singles Travel International profile. Under the shopping cart icon, choose “Reservations and Payments” from the drop down to view your dashboard. To see how to use this NEW reservation and payment feature, watch this quick VIDEO. You may also call us at 877-765-6874 ext. 4 and provide us with your preferred payment information.

If you make a reservation after May 24, 2024, full payment will be automatically charged at time of reservation and penalties will apply.

All cancellations must be made in writing to Singles Travel International and are subject to per person penalties as follows unless the cruise is cancelled by the cruise line.*

– After deposit $350 will apply for cancellation at any time before January 2, 2023.
– Between January 3, 2023 and May 24, 2024, a $1,000 penalty applies.
– After May 24, 2024, any cancellations or “no-shows” – 100% penalty.

*When the cruise is cancelled by the cruise line, you will generally be offered a full refund or the option to move your reservation to another date without penalty, often with a perk.  All changes are subject to current terms and conditions at the time of cancellation. Your team at Singles Travel International will advocate for you in all cases.

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. 

Although Singles Travel International is committed to keep our members informed regarding the current status of our partner-vendor policies, you are ultimately responsible for your health and well-being when making travel decisions. We  strongly encourage all our members to check the latest travel recommendations by the CDC, World Health Organization (WHO) and air carriers to review the latest information for travel risks so they make informed decision about their travel safety.

For those who make the personal decision to travel, and in order to assure a mutually respectful environment surrounding safety, each member will need to sign a Fit & Willing to Travel Commitment. Please familiarize yourself with our other new protocols by CLICKING HERE.

 

Please refer to the dates listed below to reserve your airfare and meet up with our group.  As most flights from the North America arrive in the evening, our Concierge will be there to greet you but the group activities wil commence at breakfast the following day.

November 15, 2024: Arrive in Hanoi, Vietnam (HAN) any time for 3 NIGHT, ALL INCLUSIVE PACKAGE TO THE “MYTHICAL BAY OF DRAGONS”, Hanoi and Haling Bay
November 18, 2024:
Arrive at the Siem Reap, Cambodia airport (REP) any time to begin our main program.

Your “Final Vacation Details & Meetup Information,” including transportation and how to meet up with the group, will be available on the YOUR TRAVEL DOCUMENTS button on the left navigation bar on the trip site 21 days prior to trip start date.

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 Singles Travel International. 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.

Our program already includes 3 nights on Siem Reap and the first day does not have any activities scheduled as most flights arrive late. If you want to come in on November 17, let us know. We strongly recommend that you add our 3 night package in North Vietnam from November 15-18, 2024.

Stay longer in Ho Chi Minh City at the end of the vacation by choosing our 1 Night Post Package (November 30-December 1, 2024). Click ‘Price My Trip’ or ‘Book Now’ to make your reservation.

Transportation between the airports and hotels are not included in our packages; however, we do offer those transfers for sale on our site. See the ‘Price My Trip’ tab.

 

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.

November 15, 2024: Arrive in Hanoi, Vietnam (HAN) any time for 3 NIGHT, ALL INCLUSIVE PACKAGE TO THE “MYTHICAL BAY OF DRAGONS”, Hanoi and Haling Bay
November 18, 2024:
Arrive at the Siem Reap, Cambodia airport (REP) any time to begin our main program.
November 30, 2024: Depart Ho Chi Minh City airport (SGN) any time.
December 01, 2024: Depart Ho Chi Minh City airport (SGN) any time if you purchased our Post Night Package in Ho Chi Minh City.

 

All airport transfers are INCLUDED in our packages. Watch your inbox for our Get Ready emails that begin 90 days prior to your departure to complete a Fit & Willing to Travel Commitment.
You’ll provide your flight information so that we may plan your arrival and departure transfers.

Our tour does not include your airfare, meals not included in the itinerary, alcoholic beverages on hotel portions of our program (except when included in Singles Travel International events,  incidentals such as laundry and phone calls, plus gratuities to your Singles Travel International Concierge ($15 per day).

 

 

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 May 24, 2024.

Guarantees are based on the lowest priced category. Upgrades are charged the full single rate less the lowest share credit if no equal match is found.

Of course, single cabins are available at an additional rate assessed by Avalon. 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 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: May 24, 2024.

Roommate matches are based on the same sex, general age range and smoking preference whenever possible, but not guaranteed. Singles Travel International 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 roommate match 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 Avalon Saigon has been praised for delivering an intimate cruise experience as part of Avalon’s award-winning fleet of Suite Ships®. Named “Best New River Cruise Ship” by TravelAge West, the Saigon sails with a maximum of just 20 guests, delivering all the modern features you expect from Avalon Waterways, while incorporating the unique character and charm of Southeast Asia.

The Avalon Saigon is designed to venture easily into areas where other cruise ships cannot, while measuring as wide and long as ships carrying twice the number of our just 36 guests. Cruising uninterrupted from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh (or vice versa), the Saigon eliminates hours of motorcoach travel time associated with other river cruise ship itineraries. The Avalon Saigon Suite Ship incorporates the classic colonial charm befitting the Vietnam and Cambodia experience with the modern features you expect from Avalon. Each Panorama Suite features 245-square-feet of living space with wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows to create river cruising’s only Open-Air Balcony. With luxurious beds that face the window, you’ll never miss a fascinating view on the Mekong. You’ll also find ample room to roam on board, while never feeling crowded. From the air-conditioned Panorama Lounge to the open-air observation lounge, you’ll find plenty of seating and inviting spots to relax. With lounges located at the front of the ship, you’ll always have a great forward-focused view no matter where you sit. Our crew embodies Avalon’s “you first” spirit from start to finish. From the reception staff and bartender to wait staff and room attendant, you’ll experience exquisite service with a relaxed luxury that’s come to encompass the Avalon difference.

 

 

Of course not. You will be pleased to find out that nearly 90% of our guests on every cruise sign up and have never met anyone before joining the group. In 30 years, we have perfected the singles cruise experience. It is paramount that our guests meet each other right away and have opportunities to mingle every day. From the moment you arrive at our first hotel, our Singles Travel International Concierge is waiting to meet you.

YES! All travelers require a valid passport and visas to enter both Vietnam & Cambodia. Your helpful team at Singles Travel International will provide the most up-to-date specifics via our Get Ready emails that begin 90 days prior to your departure.  Below is current at time of publication in October 2022.

VALID PASSPORT REQUIRED

A passport is required for entry into Vietnam and Cambodia. Be sure to confirm that your passport is current and will be valid at least six months after your return date. If you do not have one or need a new one, contact the State Department Passport Office in your area immediately or visit their website.

VISA REQUIREMENTS

U.S. citizens are required to have a Visa to travel to both Vietnam and Cambodia.

For Vietnam, we are required to obtain a 30 day, single entry Visa prior to departure due to the unique border crossing on the Mekong.

We recommend GenVisa for prompt and accurate assistance. Please contact GenVisa at 800-845-8968 for requirements and fees.

Required materials for Vietnam Visa, $125 plus processing fee. Members adding on Halong Bay require a 30 days, multi entry visa, $180 plus processing fees

  • Submit your signed passport having one (1) completely blank “visa” page and 6 months validity beyond the travel dates.
  • Visa Application Form, Please be advised, Vietnam Embassy website is not compatible with Macintosh/Apple Products.
  • 1 Recent Professional Passport-type photograph.

For Cambodia Visa: Apply online for your tourist e-Visa. Cambodia E-visa fee is USD $30 plus $6 processing fee; the processing time is 3 business days.

  • Select “Type T,” which is the tourist visa, valid for 30 days.

Non US citizens are responsible for contacting all countries on our itinerary to secure appropriate documentation in advance.

This information is subject to change at any time. Visa applications are the responsibility of the traveler, not Avalon Waterways nor Singles Travel International.

Yes! Singles Travel International is the only singles vacation company that features a travel community where members may send messages to one another at any time. Once you make a reservation, you are invited to post messages on the trip chat, which is great for finding out more about your fellow travel companions, coordinating taxi shares, setting up tours and more. Your trip chat is accessible from the trip page. Ask your Singles Travel International Reservation Guide for assistance.

Our program for 50+ singles also includes live online events and virtual tours plus a virtual Meet & Greet with your travel companions before you depart. View and get reminders for each event on our community page, www.SingleLife.Today. Be sure to sign up today so that you don’t miss out on anything!

Our “Baby Boomer” vacations cater to singles in their 50s and 60s but you will often meet singles ranging anywhere from 45-75. We generally have a ratio of 60/40, women to men. As a travel club, matchmaking is not our focus. 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 ratios or ages.

We recommend that you meet the members of the Singles Travel International Community online where you may view and interact with members via “Who’s Going” on every trip page. This is the best way to find out exactly who will be on your vacation.

We also invite you to join our 50+ singles community when you are not on the road, before and after your vacation @ www.SingleLife.Today. Membership and most events are free and when you upgrade to Premium, you’ll have access to our live, virtual tours to exotic locations plus save $1000s of dollars on Your Own Space™.

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 is not unheard of. 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.

November and December are warm times in Cambodia and southern Vietnam: In Vietnam, daily high temperatures average 85°F, rarely falling below 79°F or exceeding 90°F. In Cambodia, daily high temperatures average 86°F, rarely falling below 80°F or exceeding 90°F.

Check out www.wunderground.com for up to date predictions as well as historical data for you destinations.

 

The ship has under-bed storage; if sharing a cabin, we recommend 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 50 lbs. (22 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.

*There may be a baggage limit for our flight within Cambodia (on embarkation day). The helpful staff at Singles Travel International will inform you in plenty of time to make packing allowances.

In these countries, where the weather is hot, it’s important to dress both for the heat but to also be mindful of the cultural differences:

In general, we recommended casual and comfortable, lightweight and breathable summer clothing, and comfortable walking shoes are a must. 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.

Cultural considerations:

In both Cambodia & Vietnam, Buddhism is widely practiced, so there are some dressing rules you should obey:

  • Avoid skimpy clothing in general – these countries are much more conservative than the West. Women, don’t show too much cleavage or wear short skirts or shorts.
  • For both men and women, when visiting any religious site, temple, or pagoda, you should wear long-sleeved tops and full-length skirts or trousers. Otherwise, it is considered disrespectful to the Buddha.
  • Make sure your shoulders are covered in religious sites.
  • Avoid any clothing with religious themes, images of the Buddha, etc.
  • Do not wear any clothing or accessories that insult Vietnam or its government.
  • When visiting a prayer building, be prepared to  remove your footwear.

Packing Tips: Take only what you need; don’t over pack. A river cruise is casual. Save room for souvenirs and purchases. Pack flat and full to avoid wrinkling. Bring wardrobe basics; mix and match around two or three colors. Don’t pack anything valuable, fragile or perishable. Label your luggage with an outside tag, and place an identification card inside each suitcase.

Essential Items for a River Cruise: We highly recommend that you bring the following items.

– A smile and an open-minded attitude
– Binoculars for best sightseeing while cruising
– Winter/Weatherproof Jacket (wind-and rainproof outer shell)
– A good, comfortable pair of broken-in walking shoes
– A pair of shoes for restaurants, evenings on the town (ship is casual)
– Collapsible umbrella and/or lightweight raingear.
– Sunglasses
– 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.
– Travel journal/notepad and reading material.
– Small, basic sewing kit with a few extra buttons. Remember to pack scissors in your checked bag!
– Photography Equipment

Avalon Waterways requires that all guests must provide proof of full Covid-19 vaccination before embarkation.

No other inoculations are required for travel to Asia; however, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) recommends updating all routine booster shots for travel almost anywhere. Please schedule a physical check-up, before your trip, to 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. 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 or wrinkled bills will not be accepted. In Vietnam, it is better use 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.

Exchange rates fluctuate often. You may find the current exchange rates online by typing “foreign exchange rates” in your search engine. One reliable website is: www.xe.com.

Currency Exchange: Most hotels and 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 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 Saigon. American Express is not accepted.

 

INSURANCE Travel Insurance for this trip is mandatory. 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. Call us at 877-SOLO-TRIP, EXT #2, if you have not received your quote within 3 days. 

When selecting a travel insurance policy, we recommend that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency evacuation and repatriation. We also strongly recommend that the policy cover personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

If you have any questions, Travel Guard professional, expert agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. CLICK HERE FOR A QUOTE

Questions and comments after you have reserved your vacation are addressed promptly when you send a message to us at service@singlestravelintl.com.

 

 

Your “Final Vacation Details & Meetup Information” including transportation and how to meet up with the group will be available on the YOUR TRAVEL DOCUMENTS button on the left navigation bar on the trip site 21 days prior to trip start date.

The Saigon has free unlimited Wi-Fi in the common areas. 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.

Questions and comments after you have reserved your vacation are addressed promptly when you send a message to us at service@singlestravelintl.com.

Our office is open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 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.

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