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Charms of the Mekong Cruise Only

From Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Siem Reap, Cambodia
Length: 8 Days - Departs: Mon, Apr 14, 2025
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Departure
Apr 14, 2025
Arrival
Apr 21, 2025

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River Cruise Itinerary

Spend 2 nights in Ho Chi Minh City, 7-night Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap cruise, 2 nights in Siem Reap, 3 nights in Hanoi and 1 night in Ha Long Bay

  1. Day 1
    Mon, Apr 14, 2025
    HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM ''' MY THO ''' EMBARKATION. Transfer via motorcoach from Ho Chi Minh City to AmaDara at My Tho Port for your 7-night river cruise and then meet fellow travelers at a Welcome Dinner as the ship cruises to Cai Be. (L,D). . * All cruise only guests should meet us at Sofitel Saigon Plaza at 11:30am in Ho Chi Minh City on Embarkation day to join the transfer to the ship in My Tho Port. 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.
  2. Day 2
    Tue, Apr 15, 2025
    CAI BE ''' SA DEC. Take a local boat to Cai Be. You will have an opportunity to visit candy and rice paper making workshops, or you may also choose to add an active walking tour to the historic Kiet House followed by a visit to candy and rice paper workshops. Later in the day, journey to Sa Dec, 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, home to the unique religion of Caodaism in Southern Vietnam. It is a fusion of Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Confucianism. (B,L,D)
  3. Day 3
    Wed, Apr 16, 2025
    TAN CHAU ''' BORDER CROSSING. Enjoy a visit to Tan Chau, 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. You may also choose the trishaw ride with visits to craftsmen'''s workshops, followed by an active walking tour to '''Evergreen Island.''' Later in the day, cruise from Vietnam to the Cambodian border en route to Phnom Penh. (B,L,D)
  4. Day 4
    Thu, Apr 17, 2025
    PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA. This morning, you will visit the Royal Palace, the spectacular Silver Pagoda and National Museum, which has an outstanding collection of Khmer crafts. Alternatively, you may wish to shop for unique treasures at the bustling, yellow colored Central Market after you visit to Royal Palace. After lunch on board, the excursion takes you to Cambodia'''s infamous Killing Fields and the Khmer Rouge'''s grim Tuol Sleng S21 detention center (Genocide Museum). After returning to the ship, enjoy Khmer folk dancing performed by local children in the Saigon Lounge. (B,L,D)
  5. Day 5
    Fri, Apr 18, 2025
    OUDONG ''' KAMPONG TRALACH ''' PHNOM PENH. 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 walk around Oudong'''s monastery or take an active walking tour to see panoramic views of the Oudong plain. 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)
  6. Day 6
    Sat, Apr 19, 2025
    OKNHATEY - ANGKOR BAN. In the morning, set sail for Oknhatey Village. Oknhatey 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)
  7. Day 7
    Sun, Apr 20, 2025
    ANGKOR BAN ''' KAMPONG CHAM. Go on a walking tour of Angkor Ban, one of the few villages in Cambodia that was 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 to Wat Nokor, perhaps the most treasured monument within the ancient complex of Banteay Prey Nokor. Fusing the Old-World with the '''new,''' this centuries-old temple now boasts a contemporary pagoda within its walls inside which you will delight in the colorful depictions of Buddha'''s life. Cap the day off with a festive Farewell Dinner on board. (B,L,D)
  8. Day 8
    Mon, Apr 21, 2025
    DISEMBARKATION ''' KAMPONG CHAM ''' SIEM REAP. Your cruise concludes in Kampong Cham, where you disembark and motorcoach transfer to Siem Reap. (B). . *Guests booking cruise only will be transferred from the ship to Sofitel Angkor hotel in Siem Reap. We recommend that you schedule your onward flight to depart Siem Reap after 6:30pm today to avoid potential missed connections.

Countries Visited

Cambodia, Vietnam

Rivers Visited

Mekong

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Inclusions

  • SPACIOUS STATEROOMS
  • 7 nights luxury accommodation in a twin-balcony stateroom
  • Flat-panel screen that features in-house movies
  • Desk and sitting area
  • Bottled water replenished daily
  • AN ARRAY OF AMENITIES
  • Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
  • Sun deck with pool
  • Fitness room and three spas
  • Saigon Lounge with panoramic views and bar
  • Daily entertainment including cultural performances
  • AWARD-WINNING DINING
  • All onboard dining in a variety of venues
  • Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
  • The Chef'''s Table specialty restaurant
  • Welcome Cocktail and Dinner
  • Unlimited wine with lunch and dinner
  • Complimentary local beer, house-brand spirits and soft drinks during cruise
  • Snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge
  • A WORLD OF EXPLORATION
  • Immersive tours in every destination
  • Knowledgeable guides
  • Personal headset for easy exploration
  • Airport transfers with purchase of air from AmaWaterways
  • Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options
  • Land Program
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Siem Reap at the Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
  • Land Program
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) at the Sofitel Saigon Plaza (or similar), including buffet breakfast
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Siem Reap at the Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Hanoi at the Sofitel Legend Metropole (or similar), includingdaily buffet breakfast
  • Overnight stay on board an elegantly appointed ship inHa Long Bay
  • Land Program
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) at the Sofitel Saigon Plaza (or similar), including buffet breakfast

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Questions & Answers

Question: Will the day-by-day itinerary change?

Yes, the river cruise itineraries may change due to reasons such as inclement weather or unforeseen events. Your safety is the number one concern aboard and all precautions necessary will be taken in order to ensure passenger safety, including changing itineraries. Please note that when itineraries do change, the ship staff will do their best to substitute any missed port with an alternative destination.

Question: In what language is the river cruise conducted?

The river cruise will be conducted in English only.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.7
Accommodations
4.8
Itinerary
4.8
Professional Staff
4.6
Repeat with Operator
4.8
Value for Money
4.6

Ratings based off 11 reviews - currently showing 6 reviews with comments only

Very nice experience. All handled in a professional and courteous manner.

Ama Waterways is without question a top tier operator. At first I was concerned that I would lose the small tour feel that I like. I should not have worried. The whole experience is designed to provide intimate settings, friendly atmosphere and NO Lines or waiting. Incredible staff. Personalized tour service with the advantages of a group. The mix of other guests was delightful. Our best vacation ever.

This was our second trip with AmaWaterways and it was consistent in quality with our first. Our tour manager and our local guides were outstanding. Itinerary included a variety of interesting experiences and there was a nice balance of planned excursions and free time. Land accommodations on the pre- and post-cruise extension were excellent.

Excellent varied activities. Sensitive to indicudiuals who were unable to do the strenuous outings. Excellent staff in all the countries. The tour director was on top of everything and very interested in all the guests.

AMAWaterays is absolutely first rate. Travelled with them before and will again. Trip to Vietnam/Cambodia went off without a hitch. All personnel were extraordinarily friendly and efficient.

Great itinerary and very knowledgable guides.

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