INDOCHINA. It’s hard to find the right words to adequately describe Vietnam and Cambodia. Fascinating, colourful, heart-warming, utterly different – they all come to mind. But perhaps it’s best just to say: this is one part of the world that truly gets under your skin! We Cooneys have had the pleasure of leading several Kiwi tours through this region of the world. And, no exaggeration, we can’t get enough of it! The Frenchified cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh (in what was North and South Vietnam) … the bustling Mekong Delta with its colourful tapestry-of-life … the peaceful, laid-back Cambodian countryside … the quaint capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh … the mind-boggling World Heritage monuments of Angkor Wat. And what better way to enjoy all this than a pampered cruise along the famous waterways of the mighty Mekong River – aboard the lovely Avalon Siem Reap… with all meals, entertainment, sightseeing and tipping paid for in advance? Imagine settling into your roomy, well-equipped cabin … soaking up the atmosphere … being pampered day and night … while famous sites and fishing villages and rural landscapes and ancient temples glide slowly past, right outside your window. MIDLIFE MADNESS ON THE MEKONG – that’s what we’re going to enjoy. And if you’re a mad midlifer, too, we’d love you to join us in March 2019 for this uniquely Asian experience!

Departing March 3, 2019








It’s hard to know where to start – because the ‘wow’ moments will just keep coming, day after day, night after night, highlight after highlight. Like what? Well, like…
  • enjoying the French colonial city of Hanoi, Vietnam’s northern capital, with its One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature, Old Quarter and Dong Xuan Market
  • driving through the scenic Red River Delta, and overnight junk-cruising on Halong Bay, famous for its emerald green waters and spectacular limestone islands
  • exploring charming old Hoi An (a World Heritage Site) with its Japanese Covered Bridge, colourful marketplace and Red Bridge Cooking School
  • sampling chaotic Ho Chi Minh City (was Saigon), with its Reunification Palace, Thien Hau Pagoda, Binh Tay Market and lacquerwear art
  • inspecting the astonishing underground Cu Chi Tunnels, used during the ‘America War’ by the Viet Cong
  • cruising the vast Mekong River, with its evergreen islands, floating markets, villages, temples and gardens
  • learning how rice paper, rice wine and traditional candy are made in Vinh Long – plus visiting a sampan-making

22 Eye-Opening Days

an unforgettable taste of Indochina featuring an 8-day cruise along the Mekong River sampling the rural life of


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  • Hanoi (2 nights)
  • Halong Bay (1 night)
  • Hanoi (1 night)
  • Hoi An (3 nights)
  • Ho Chi Minh City (3 nights)
  • Mekong Cruise (7 nights)
  • Siem Reap (2 nights)
Built in 2014, the Avalon Siem Reap was specifically designed to offer the best cruise experience on the Mekong. She has been meticulously crafted to offer all the modern features you expect, yet she retains the colonial charm so fitting to Vietnam and Cambodia.     With her ultra-shallow draft, the Avalon Siem Reap can penetrate remote areas, and enable real cultural exchanges between the traveller and the inhabitants of the Mekong. Sailing on an Avalon Cruise is essentially an outdoor experience, and the atmosphere is informal and relaxed. The public spaces never feel congested, with plenty of plush seating in the Panorama Lounge and the top-deck Observation Lounge, plus choice spots to relax and take in the view. The 18 air-conditioned suites (cabins) all face out from the ship and are all comfortable and roomy – with king-size or share-twin beds … large private bathrooms … ample storage … and huge windows that slide across to form an open-air balcony with unparalleled river views. All main meals are included, along with complimentary wine, local beer/spirits and soft drinks at lunch and dinner. There’s also free Wi-Fi access in lounge areas (when signal is available). From the moment you step aboard, the Avalon Siem Reap will become your home-away-from-home!
Estimated All-Up Price From $12,999 NZD pp twin share Upgrades and single supplements available Category B – Meking Deck: 3 Cabins left at $12999 per person twin share Category A – Tonle Deck: 3 Cabins left at $500 per person upgrade Includes all airfares, transfers, hotels, Mekong River cruise, sightseeing, tips and meals included in the final itinerary Subject to minimum numbers, unexpected increases & currency fluctuations and Terms and Conditions Have you travelled with us before? We offer past passenger discounts!
Thank you for the wonderful job you did! The whole trip was worth every cent I spent – I couldn’t fault a thing. And I’ve already booked on next year’s cruise!

We were blown away by the excitement, entertainment, the architecture, the scenery and so enjoyed making new friends. This tour was all that we expected, and more!

You put a great deal of effort into organising this trip – thank you. We visited places we’d only dreamed about. The whole holiday was the best ‘away’ experience we’ve ever had!

Really enjoyed the Mekong – such different lands and different people. Hoi An would be the pick of the towns, for me. And the Red Bridge Cooking School (especially its chef) was so much fun!

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