CRUISETOUR

Charms of The Mekong (8 Days)

Cruise Line: AmaWaterways
Ship: AmaDara  |  37 Reviews
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Siem Reap, Cambodia
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ARRIVE DEPART
DAY 1
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
My Tho, Vietnam

Board the AmaDara at Mỹ Tho Port. Settle in and then meet fellow guests at a Welcome Dinner as the ship cruises to Cái Bè. (L,D); Note: We recommend that you fly into Ho Chi Minh at least one day prior to embarkation; please inquire about important arrival arrangements prior to your cruise.

DAY 2
Cái Bè, Vietnam
Sa Déc, Vietnam

Take a local boat to Cái Bè. You will have an opportunity to visit candy and rice paper making workshops, as well as the historic Kiet Old House. Later in the day, journey to Sa Đéc, a sprawling town on the Mekong Delta, where French writer Marguerite Duras spent part of her youth. You will visit the colorful market, Cao Dai Temple and the house of Mr. Huỳnh Thủy Lê, Chinese paramour of Duras, which her prize-winning novel, "The Lover", is said to be based on. (B,L,D)

DAY 3
Tân Châu, Vietnam
Vinh Hòa, Vietnam
Tân Châu, Vietnam

Enjoy a visit to Tân Châu, a small Mekong River town unspoiled by tourism. Be treated to an authentic experience on a traditional "xe loi" (trishaw) ride around the town, with stops at silk-making and rattan mat workshops, followed by a boat ride through the narrow channels of the Mekong River to "Evergreen Island". Alternatively, take a boat ride to Evergreen Island and return to Tân Châu, where you will visit a rattan mat workshop. Later in the day, cruise from Vietnam to the Cambodian border en route to Phnom Penh. (B,L,D)

DAY 4
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

This morning's excursion takes you to Cambodia's infamous Killing Fields and the Khmer Rouge's grim Tuol Sleng S21 detention center (Genocide Museum). Alternatively, you may wish to shop for unique treasures at the bustling yellow-colored Central Market. After lunch onboard, you will explore the highlights of the city, followed by a visit to the Royal Palace, the spectacular Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum, which has an outstanding collection of Khmer crafts. After returning to the ship, enjoy Khmer folk dancing performed by local children in the Saigon Lounge. (B,L,D)

DAY 5
Kampong Tralach, Cambodia
Oudong, Cambodia
Kampong Tralach, Cambodia
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Visit Oudong, Cambodia's former royal capital from the early 17th century until 1866. Today, Oudong is a place of pilgrimage for Cambodians. While here, be treated to a memorable Buddhist Blessing Ceremony at a monastery. You may also take a walking tour of Oudong. In Kampong Tralach, you will have a truly authentic excursion — an oxcart ride through a local village. Later in the day, experience Phnom Penh via a tuk tuk ride and be enchanted by the city's French Colonial architecture and tree-lined boulevards set amidst monumental Angkorian architecture. (B,L,D)

DAY 6
Koh Oknha Tey, Cambodia

In the morning, set sail for Oknha Tey Village. Oknha Tey is the "Silk Island", located on the lush banks of the Mekong River and known for its rich tradition of silk weaving. While here, you will visit a local elementary school and observe the traditional silk weaving, an art that has been preserved for centuries. Your cruise continues to sail to Angkor Ban. (B,L,D)

DAY 7
Ângkôr Ban, Cambodia
Kompong Cham, Cambodia
Phnompros, Cambodia
Kompong Cham, Cambodia

Go on a walking tour of Angkor Ban, one of the few villages in Cambodia that were not destroyed under the Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s. Here people still live in their traditional wooden abodes and keep their old cultural traditions alive. Hundreds of wooden houses stand intact on stilts, shaded with banana trees, among the hustle and bustle of the daily agricultural on-going of the local villagers. After visiting here, the ship sets sail for Kampong Cham, where you will go on an afternoon excursion via motorcoach to the Twin Mountains, known as Phnom Pros and Phnom Srei (male and female mountains). In the annals of Khmer legend, the twin mountains were formed as the result of a competition between the men and women of an ancient Cambodian kingdom to resolve which gender would be responsible for wedding proposals. Cap the day off with a festive Farewell Dinner onboard. (B,L,D)

DAY 8
Kompong Cham, Cambodia
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Your cruise concludes in Kampong Cham, where you disembark and motorcoach transfer to Siem Reap. (B); Note: For those not staying in Siem Reap, we recommend that you schedule your onward flight to depart Siem Reap after 5:30 pm to avoid potential missed connections.

Charms of The Mekong map

About the Ship

Amalotus Stateroom Twin Balcony Jr Suite
AmaDara

The 124-passenger AmaDara (2015) features Luxury Suites (502 sq. ft.), Suites (366 sq. ft.) and spacious standard staterooms (251 sq. ft.), all of which have private Twin Balconies (French Balcony plus a full size step-out balcony). Two stylish restaurants, an inviting lounge, a fitness room, hair salon, a spa and a refreshing Sun Deck swimming pool.

What's Included

Included

    • 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom – all staterooms have Twin Balconies

    • Fine dining with all meals included during your cruise

    • Multiple dining venues

    • Unlimited wine with every lunch and dinner on board

    • Complimentary house-brand spirits, beer and soft drinks during cruise

    • Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily

    • Sun Deck swimming pool

    • Choice of life enriching tours and excursions daily with personal headset included

    • Welcome Dinner and Farewell Cocktail Party & Dinner

    • Onboard special highlights including folklore dances and music performances, culture discussion forums, theme dinners and piano entertainment

    • Non-smoking environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)

    • All transfers with the purchase of cruise & air package

Not Included

  • (i.e. airfare, land excursions, anything not noted as included, etc.)

    -International airfare

    - Gratuities

    -Port charges

    -Spa and Massage services

About Us

At AmaWaterways, we love what we do - providing our guests with the best travel experiences possible. In fact, "Ama" is derived from the Latin word for "love." It is a concept that permeates every aspect of our river cruises, from the design of our ships to the development of our itineraries to the high levels of service we deliver to our guests. Experience more ways to discover, more ways to indulge and more onboard amenities. With an award-winning fleet in Europe, Vietnam, Cambodia and Africa, critically acclaimed dining and unique tour options, you will have the trip of a lifetime on our cruises.

Insider Tip

AmaWaterways is proud to be the only river cruise line inducted into La Chaine des Rotisseurs, one of the world's most prestigious culinary organizations.

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