Avalon Waterways has officially sailed into Asia’s river cruising sector, with the launch of its first Suite Ship on the Mekong River.
Built last year, Avalon Siem Reap is the first of two brand new vessels from Avalon specifically designed to cruise in Asia.
Carrying 36 guests, the 60 metre ship is based on Avalon’s popular Suite Ship concept, which is available on the river of Europe.
However, unlike European counterparts, Avalon Siem Reap is smaller to cater to Asia’s shallower rivers.
Built by locals, the ship has 18 air-conditioned Avalon Suites fitted in contemporary Asian style. They offer 23 square metres of living space and have Avalon’s signature open-air balcony with floor-to-ceiling wall-to-wall panoramic windows. The windows have retractable screen systems and doors that slide open to offer guests a balcony without taking space away from the cabin.
At 60m, Avalon Siem Reap is the only ship in the industry able to cruise all the way between Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam and Siem Reap in Cambodia, avoiding hours of travel by road. When sailing into Ho Chi Minh harbour, Avalon guests are just minutes away from their hotel.
Other ship amenities include a library, fitness center, indoor lounge, spa treatment room, onboard movies nights and complimentary Wi-Fi access in the lounges.
Onboard, guests will also find English-speaking crew but sightseeing opportunities are available with certified local guides.
Currently, Avalon Siem Reap is sailing on a 12-night cruise and land itinerary between Siem Reap and Ho Chi Minh City.
Along the way guests will have the opportunity to explore Kampong Tralach, Prek Dam, Phnom Penh, Chau Doc, Sa Dec, Cai Be, Wat Hanchey and Angkor Ban.
A highlight of the itinerary is three nights in Siem Reap where guests can explore the temples of Angkor Wat.
Avalon Siem Reap will be joined later this year by a second new Asian ship, Avalon Myanmar.
With a similar size and design, Avalon Myanmar will operate Avalon’s first cruises on the Irrawaddy River, offering a 13-night itinerary from Yangon, Golden Myanmar and the Irrawaddy.
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