CRUISETOUR

Riches of The Mekong (11 Days)

Cruise Line: AmaWaterways
Ship: AmaDara  |  15 Reviews
Siem Reap, Cambodia to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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ARRIVE DEPART
DAY 1
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Arrive in Siem Reap, Cambodia, the gateway to Angkor Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the former capital of the Khmer empire.

DAY 2
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Angkor Thom, Cambodia
Ta Prohm, Cambodia
Banteay Srey, Cambodia
Ta Thoum Primary School, Cambodia, Cambodia
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Begin your morning exploration of Angkor temple complex at Angkor Thom, meaning "the great city". This is home to Bayon Temple, best known for its gigantic smiling stone faces, as well as the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King. You'll then visit nearby Ta Prohm, known as the "Kingdom of Trees", for the way in which the temple stones have become intertwined with thick forest vegetation over the centuries. Afternoon excursions take you to the fascinating jewel in the crown of Angkorian art, Banteay Srei, meaning "Citadel of Women", as it has been said that the carving is too fine to be done by the hand of man. Afterwards, you are in for another treat of a different kind with a visit to the English-language school sponsored by AmaWaterways in the village of Ta Thoum. Cap this memorable day off with a special "Apsara Dancing Show" at your hotel, featuring local Cambodian/Khmer folk dancers. (B,D); Note: The English-language school visit is capacity controlled.

DAY 3
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Discover the heart and soul of Cambodia and the most iconic of all Angkorian Temples, Angkor Wat, a true masterpiece of Khmer architecture built by King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century to honor the Hindu god, Vishnu. (B,D)

DAY 4
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Prek Kdam, Cambodia

Transfer via motorcoach to the AmaDara in Prek Kdam, a small village on the Tonle Sap River, for your seven-night cruise. Meet fellow guests at a Welcome Dinner as the ship sails to Kampong Chhnang. (B,L,D)

DAY 5
Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia
Kampong Tralach, Cambodia
Oudong, Cambodia
Kampong Tralach, Cambodia

A local motorboat takes you into the lakeside wetlands that form the mouth of Tonle Sap River. Enjoy the stunning variety of bird life here as well as tranquil floating villages and its busy market. Be treated to an authentic experience, an ox-cart ride through a local village. Afterwards, you'll take a motorcoach to Oudong, situated on a picturesque hillside. Oudong was Cambodia's former royal capital from the 17th century until 1866; today, Oudong is a place of pilgrimage for Cambodians. While here, you'll visit one of Cambodia's largest monasteries, where you'll be treated to a memorable Buddhist blessing ceremony. Your ship departs for Oknha Tey Village and moors midstream. (B,L,D)

DAY 6
Koh Oknha Tey, Cambodia
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Koh Oknha Tey, or "Silk Island", located on the lush banks of the Mekong River, is known for its rich tradition of silk weaving. You'll go to Oknha Tey, where you'll visit a local elementary school and observe the traditional silk weaving of handicrafts. Later, your ship departs for Phnom Penh, the vibrant colorful capital of Cambodia. Experience Phnom Penh via an authentic tuk-tuk ride and be enchanted by the city's French Colonial architecture and tree-lined boulevards set amidst monumental Angkorian architecture. During the evening onboard, enjoy a typical Khmer folk performance presented by local children. (B,L,D)

DAY 7
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

You will have a choice of excursions this morning. Visit Cambodia's infamous Killing Fields and the Khmer Rouge's grim Tuol Sleng S21 detention center (Genocide Museum) just outside the city. Or if you prefer to stay in Phnom Penh, you can visit the bustling yellow-colored Central Market. After lunch onboard, you'll explore the highlights of the city, followed by 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 8
Mekong River

Spend the day cruising the Mekong River as your ship crosses the border into Vietnam. (B,L,D)

DAY 9
Tân Châu, Vietnam
Sa Déc, Vietnam

Enjoy a visit to Tân Châu, a small Mekong River town unspoiled by tourism. You will have the opportunity to take 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, simply take the boat ride to Evergreen Island and return to Tân Châu, where you will visit a rattan mat workshop. Later in the day, cruise to Sa Đéc. (B,L,D)

DAY 10
Sa Déc, Vietnam
Xeo Quyt, Vietnam
Sa Déc, Vietnam
Cái Bè, Vietnam

Once ashore in Sa Đéc, tour the town where French writer Marguerite Duras spent many years in her youth. Visit a colorful local market and the 19th-century house of Mr. Huỳnh Thủy Lê, the writer's Chinese paramour. Later, board a motorcoach for Xeo Quyt, once used as a base during the French and U.S. wars and now an important ecological site. You will have an opportunity to visit candy and rice paper making workshops and the historic Anh Kiet Old House. Cap the day off with a festive Farewell Dinner onboard. (B,L,D)

DAY 11
My Tho, Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Your cruise comes to an end as the ship docks at Mỹ Tho Port. (B); Note: We recommend that you schedule your onward flight to depart Ho Chi Minh after 3 pm today to avoid potential missed connections.

Riches of The Mekong map

About the Ship

Sun Deck
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.

Terms & Conditions

Brochure prices are per-person, U.S. dollars, based on double occupancy of a cabin, or standard hotel room, unless indicated otherwise. | Single rates are available for the cruise-only, at a supplement of plus-50% for standard rooms, plus-100% for other rooms, such as deluxe rooms and suites. | Single rates for land are available at a supplement. | Please see individual itineraries for amount of the supplement. | Pricing accuracy is assured only at time of printing. | If any of the cost factors increases, such as airfare, port or dock charges, fuel, insurance, taxes, surcharges or other, we reserve the right to increase cruise or cruise tour prices without notice.

Cancellation Policy: For any cruise/land booking, whether under deposit, partially paid, or paid in full, including air packages, the following travel agent or guest-requested situations are considered cancellations and penalties will apply as noted below: changes to departure date; substitutions of itinerary; substitution of another person for original booked guest(s); or changing to a promotional fare. All cancellations must be in writing. For all air-inclusive packages cancelled after issuance of an airline ticket, the air portion of the refund, if any, will be processed only after the return of airline ticket. The following cancellation charges will be assessed for all written cancellations received prior to departure up to the scheduled time of departure.

Cancellation received | Following charges will apply: (Broken out by days before departure) 121 days or more is $200 per person | 120-90 days is $400 per person | 89-60 days is 35% of full fare | 59-30 days is 50% of full fare | 29-7 days is 80% of full fare | 6 days prior to sailing is 100% cancellation. Full Fare is defined as the full cost of any cruise, land or air component purchased from AmaWaterways. All air purchased through AmaWaterways has a cancellation penalty of $350 per person for Economy and $600 per person for Business class. In the event you purchase a non-refundable ticket, the full fare is under penalty.

*Certain airline tickets, including all intra-Asia Flights within 90 days of departure and published price tickets, are 100% non-refundable. Penalty rates shown are for flight arrangements deposited/booked from July 1, 2014 onward. Except as otherwise provided in your Passenger Ticket Contract, after travel begins, there is no refund for unused services, or unused portions of cruise, cruise/tour or airfare.

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