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There has never been a better time to cruise the Southeast Asian waterways, with their amazing food, friendly people and stunning cultural icons.

Avalon Waterways is offering savings of up to 63 per cent on selected itineraries – provided bookings are made before 30 May.

How about an 8-day cruise on Avalon Saigon from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City for just $1569 pp – discounted from $4269 – a saving of $2,700 per person.

A fisherman on the Mekong

A fisherman on the Mekong

The 36-passenger ship was only built last year and finished in teak and brass. It is spacious with an open-seating restaurant, open-air lounge with deck chairs, observation lounge and complimentary tea, coffee, local beer and spirits.

What about a 13-day cruise and tour of Vietnam, Cambodia and a Mekong river cruise from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City for $3482 pp – down from $6182 – a saving of almost 44 per cent.

Or the ultimate Southeast Asia & Mekong cruise: 3 countries, 21 days and just $6966 – $2,700 off per passenger.

This inspiring Southeast Asia river cruise holiday begins in Bangkok, Thailand, with everything this bustling city has to offer: the klongs, the Grand Palace, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha.

Harvesting water lilies on the Mekong

Harvesting water lilies on the Mekong

Then a flight to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and a walking tour of the famous landmarks of the city plus a Vietnamese cooking class.

Next, board your ship and begin your cruise along the mighty Mekong River, stopping at villages and experiencing home visits like the family that make handcrafted sampans for a living.

In Cambodia, you’ll visit Phnom Penh, with its magnificent Royal Palace featuring its striking Silver Pagoda and the National Museum, and, of course, Siem Reap, where you’ll see the magnificent Temples of Angkor.

Fly to Hanoi, where you’ll explore the famous Old Quarter with peddlers trading goods among its 36 ancient streets, Ha Long Bay in the Gulf of Tonkin, and a 2-night cruise along the bay with visits to the Cua Van Floating Village, fascinating caves, and a chance to swim at Titop Island.

It’s unforgettable – and at a truly amazing price.

Visit www.avalonwaterways.com.au