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The Cruiseco Ad­ven­turer’s 11-night itin­er­ar­ies start from Ho Chi Minh City or Siem Reap. Fares start from $3499 a per­son, twin share, and in­clude re­turn flights from Australia, ac­com­mo­da­tion in the Car­avelle Ho­tel, Ho Chi Minh City and Raf­fles Grand Ho­tel d’Angkor, Siem Reap. A Cam­bo­dian visa can be ob­tained on board; a Viet­nam visa should be ob­tained be­fore travel. cruis­ing.com.au ves­sel on the river, the black­hulled, 62.4m, 20-suite craft boasts dishes such as river prawns with gin­ger, shal­lots, tamarind and palm sugar served on be­tel leaves, and cashew nut pud­ding with whipped co­conut cream de­signed by Miche­lin-starred chef David Thomp­son, and a bar that shakes cre­ations from Sin­ga­pore-based cock­tail cu­ra­tors Proof & Com­pany. The 30sq m cab­ins fea­ture bath­rooms with rain showers, and there’s a for­ward-fac­ing plunge pool on the ob­ser­va­tion deck. The boat car­ries four skiffs with shade cover for fur­ther ad­ven­tures of the aquatic kind, and 10 bi­cy­cles are avail­able for river­bank ex­cur­sions. There’s a regular li­brary, as well as a li­brary of clas­sic films about the re­gion that can be screened in the pri­vate lec­ture room. aqua­ex­pe­di­tions.com; aber­crom­biekent.com.au

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