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