Avalon Siem Reap

A Mekong River Cruise in Cambodia and Viet­nam pro­vides John Roberts with some won­der­ful cross-cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ences.

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Cruis­ing the Mekong, John Roberts im­merses him­self in the cul­ture of Cambodia and Viet­nam.

Ahoard of ex­cited Cam­bo­dian chil­dren run to­wards us from the vil­lage, their faces beam­ing as much as mine. To­day, we are go­ing to help them with their English les­son.

It’s the high­light of a spec­tac­u­lar day that started when we hiked into the hills to the sev­enth-cen­tury Wat Hanchey. There, we re­ceived an equally warm wel­come from vil­lagers and Bud­dhist monks, who hon­ored our group with a tra­di­tional wa­ter bless­ing.

Now, meet­ing these ea­ger stu­dents in the vil­lage of Angkor Ban, I feel dou­bly blessed. The school is open on a Sun­day and the kids, aged seven to 12 years, are ea­ger to learn. My two stu­dents, lovely girls aged 10 and 12, wave me over to sit next to them at their work space and we start read­ing from a book.

These are the kinds of in­ter­ac­tions I had been hop­ing for while trav­el­ling with my wife and two fam­ily mem­bers on an Avalon Wa­ter­ways’ Mekong River cruise. And it is just one of dozens of cul­tural and lo­cal ex­pe­ri­ences of­fered dur­ing our 13-day trip, which be­gan in Siem Reap, Cambodia and in­cluded a seven-day cruise on the 36-pas­sen­ger lux­ury river ship

Avalon Siem Reap. We trav­elled down­river to Ho Chi Minh City, Viet­nam, but you can travel in ei­ther di­rec­tion.

Avalon Wa­ter­ways de­signed Avalon Siem Reap es­pe­cially for the Mekong River, with an eye to pro­vid­ing max­i­mum com­fort and ac­cess to places other ships can’t reach.

There is no sun­deck. Avalon dis­cov­ered on a ship it pre­vi­ously used for Mekong voy­ages that cruis­ers rarely used the top deck

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