Riches of the Mekong : 2019 - 7-Night Cruise : Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City : ms AmaDara
CRUISE FROM : Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City
Cruise along the Mekong as you are transported back in time to another era, where the rhythms of the countryside move at a slower pace and allow for fascinating glimpses into a traditional way of life. Experience the lively hustle and bustle of open-air and floating markets, offering exotic produce. Delve into the peaks and valleys of Cambodia's history in the museums of its beautiful capital, Phnom Penh. Browse the local workshops throughout Vietnam, where exquisite handmade silks, rattan mats, and other crafts make memorable souvenirs. On this transformative journey, the Mekong truly reveals a vibrant world along its shores.
COUNTRIES: Cambodia, Vietnam
Riches of the Mekong At A Glance
At A Glance
On these itineraries, you will enjoy an extensive lineup of included tours. We include a large variety of activities so that you can choose how you want to explore. No matter your preference, your days will be full of discovery and wonder.
INCLUDED FEATURESSPACIOUS STATEROOMS7 nights luxury accommodation in a twin-balcony stateroomFlat-panel screen that features in-house moviesMini-fridge, desk and sitting areaBottled water replenished daily
AN ARRAY OF AMENITIES
Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programsSun deck with poolFitness room and three spasSaigon Lounge with panoramic views and barBottled water in every stateroom replenished dailyDaily entertainment including cultural performances
AWARD-WINNING DININGAll onboard dining in a variety of venuesRegionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredientsThe Chef's Table specialty restaurantWelcome Cocktail and DinnerUnlimited wine with lunch and dinnerComplimentary local beer, house-brand spirits and soft drinks during cruiseSnacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge
A WORLD OF EXPLORATIONImmersive tours in every destinationGentle, regular, active and late-riser tour optionsKnowledgeable guidesPersonal headset for easy explorationAirport transfers with purchase of air from AmaWaterways
Day 1 : PREK KDAM - EMBARKATION -KOH CHEN
Transfer via motorcoach to the AmaDara in Prek Kdam, a small village on the Tonle River, for your seven-night cruise. Take a leisurely walk through Koh Chen, which specializes in silver- and copper-smithing. As you walk through the village, listen to the villagers tapping with small hammers and watch as they make jewelry and other ornamental items out of silver and copper, including delicately engraved tropical fruits, which are used in traditional ceremonies. Meet fellow guests at a Welcome Dinner as the ship sails to Kampong Chhnang. (L,D)
Day 2 : KAMPONG CHHNANG - KAMPONG TRALACH -OUDONG
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 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 Oknhatey Village and moors midstream. (B,L,D)
Day 3 : OKNHATEY VILLAGE - PHNOM PENH
Koh Oknhatey, 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 Oknhatey, 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 on board, enjoy a typical Khmer folk performance presented by local children. (B,L,D)
Day 4 : PHNOM PENH
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 on board, 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 5 : TAN CHAU
Spend the day cruising the Mekong River as your ship crosses the border into Vietnam. (B,L,D)
Day 6 : TAN CHAU - SA DEC
Enjoy a visit to Tan Chau, 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 Tan Chau, where you will visit a rattan mat workshop. Later in the day, cruise to Sa Dec. (B,L,D)
Day 7 : SA DEC - XEO QUYT - CAI BE
Once ashore in Sa Dec, 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. Huynh Thuy Le, Duras' Chinese paramour. Later, board a motor coach 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 Kiet Old House. Cap the day off with a festive Farewell Dinner on board. (B,L,D)
Day 8 : HO CHI MINH CITY - DISEMBARKATION
Your cruise comes to an end as the ship docks at My Tho Port. (B)
*We recommend that you schedule your onward flight to depart Ho Chi Minh after 3:00pm today to avoid potential missed connections.
|Offer valid through 9/30/2018|
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|Day 1||Prek Kdam|| || |
|Day 2||Oudong|| || |
|Day 3||Phnom Penh|| || |
|Day 4||Phnom Penh|| || |
|Day 5||TAN CHAU|| || |
|Day 6||SA DEC|| || |
|Day 7||Cai Be|| || |
|Day 8||Ho Chi Minh City|| || |
ImportantDates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.
Port Charges not included in cruise price$168 per person.
Intra-Asia Air (Hanoi - Siem Reap)Additional $360 per person including taxes and fuel surcharges.
Single Supplement for CruiseCategory A, B & C 50% of twin price;Suite is 75% and Luxury Suite is 100% of twin price. Please see terms below for details.
Single Supplement for Land$1,099 per person.
BeddingPlease call for details.
VisaA visa is required for travel to Vietnam and Cambodia. Passengers with a cruise and land itinerary must obtain a multiple entry visa for Vietnam (as there are two different points of entry into the country) and a single entry visa for Cambodia. Please consult with your Consulate for more information.
Siem Reap Embarkation DayTransfer from Siem Reap to the ship via motor coach to Prek Kdam, a small village on the Tonle River.
Siem Reap Disembarkation DayDisembark the ship at Prek Kdam, a small village on the Tonle River, and transfer via motor coach to Siem Reap.
Phnom PenhNo bare shoulders or shorts for ladies during the Royal Palace visit.
Terms & Conditions:
All rates are per person for cruise only, based on double occupancy in an entry level category stateroom unless stated otherwise. Offer is valid on select sailings only and applicable to new bookings only. Unless explicitly stated that single supplement is waived, solo travelers in a double occupancy stateroom must pay an additional single supplement amount before receiving any discounts. Ask about Solo Traveler promotions. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions/discounts, limited to availability, capacity controlled and subject to change or termination without notice. Port charges, land programs and round-trip airfare are not included in cruise price. Other restrictions apply. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California.