Vietnam, Cambodia & Riches of the Mekong

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Your journey begins in Vietnam’s bustling capital, Hanoi, followed by an excursion to breathtaking Ha Long Bay for an overnight sojourn. A short flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia, brings you to the gateway of the ancient Khmer empire. Spend three days touring the temples of Angkor Archeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, before embarking your Mekong crui...
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Overview

Trip type
River Cruise
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Easy
Trip pace
Flexible schedule

Highlights

    • Enjoy a local boat ride to Sa Dec Village
    • Visit Buddhist Monastery in Oudong
    • Visit rice paper and candy-making workshop
    • Enjoy City Tour and Royal Palace Visit in Phnom Penh
    • Enjoy Phnom Penh Walking Tour
    • Enjoy touring the temples of Angkor Archeological Park

What's this trip about?

    Your journey begins in Vietnam’s bustling capital, Hanoi, followed by an excursion to breathtaking Ha Long Bay for an overnight sojourn. A short flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia, brings you to the gateway of the ancient Khmer empire. Spend three days touring the temples of Angkor Archeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, before embarking your Mekong cruise on Tonle Sap Lake. Visit rural villages, historic pagodas, floating markets and a Buddhist monastery along the way. Overnight in Phnom Phen, capital of Cambodia. Conclude your cruise in lively Ho Chi Minh City, where you will enjoy a two-night stay.

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Details

Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeStandard Group - 25 + people
Age range36 to 64 years
Flights and transportAll internal ground transport included
Start CityHanoi
End CityHo Chi Minh

Travel Themes

  • 50 plus
  • Cultural
  • Small Ship Cruise

Destinations

  • Asia
  • Cambodia
  • Vietnam

Attractions

  • Angkor Wat
  • Ha Long Bay
  • Hanoi
  • Ho Chi Minh
  • Phnom Penh
  • Siem Reap

Activities

  • Culture
  • Historic sightseeing
  • Nature
  • River cruise
  • Ruins & Archaeology

Trip includes

    • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Hanoi at the Sofitel Legend Metropole (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
    • Overnight stay on board a traditional wooden Junk in Ha Long Bay
    • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Siem Reap at the Sofitel Royal Angkor (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
    • 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom - most staterooms with balconies (Twin Balconies featured on board AmaLotus)
    • Life enriching tours and excursions
    • Fine dining with all meals included during your cruise
    • 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
    • Welcome Dinner and Farewell Cocktail Party & Dinner
    • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) at the Sofitel Plaza Saigon (or similar), including buffet breakfast
    • 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

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Itinerary

Travel Map

Day 1: Arrive In Hanoi, Vietnam

Welcome to Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital city, known for its graceful colonial architecture, frenetic streets, and verdant parks and temples. After checking into your hotel mid-afternoon, the remainder of the day is yours to explore on your own.

Day 2: Hanoi

Meals: Breakfast

A morning sightseeing tour will take you to some of Hanoi’s most famous historical and cultural sites, including the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ba Dinh Square, One-pillar Pagoda and The Temple of Literature. You will also visit the infamous prison ...

Day 3: Hanoi - Ha Long Bay Overnight Junk

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After breakfast, leave Hanoi behind and take a scenic ride to one of Vietnam’s most renowned locations, Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Board a traditional wooden Junk, where you will spend the night – an incredible...

Day 4: Ha Long Bay - Hanoi - Siem Reap, Cambodia

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

This morning, your Ha Long Bay Junk continues its scenic cruising during breakfast onboard. Late morning, disembark the ship and transfer to Hanoi Airport, stopping for lunch en route. A short flight will take you to Siem Reap in Camb...

Day 5: Siem Reap – Angkor

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

After breakfast, you will have a guided sightseeing tour of the Angkor Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Highlights include Angkor Thom, the newly restored Baphuon Temple, Terrace of the Elephants, and the Terrace of...

Day 6: Siem Reap – Angkor

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

This morning you will visit the most iconic of all Angkorian temples, Angkor Wat. This intricate and massive temple complex was built by King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century to honor the Hindu god, Vishnu. The temple stands as a masterpiece of Khmer architecture. The afternoon is yours to spend as you wish.

Day 7: Siem Reap - Prek Kdam - Embarkation - Kampong Chhnang

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Today you will be transferred by motorcoach to board your river cruise ship at Prek Kdam, a small village on the Tonle River. Meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Dinner as the ship cruises to Kampong Chhnang.

Day 8: Kampong Chhnang - Koh Chen

Meals: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

After breakfast, a local boat will take you into the lakeside wetlands that form the mouth of the Tonle Sap River. Enjoy the stunning variety of bird life here, and be on the lookout for the traps used to catch fish in this are...

Day 9: Oudong - Kampong Tralach - Phnom Penh

Meals: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

This morning you will be transferred to Oudong, the former capital of Cambodia, and tour a monastery where you will receive a special Buddhist blessing. In Kampong Tralach, you will have a truly memorable excursion – an oxcart ...

Day 10: Phnom Penh

Meals: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

This morning you will take an excursion to Cambodia’s infamous Killing Fields and also visit the Khmer Rouge’s grim Tuol Sleng S21 detention center (Genocide Museum) just outside the city. After lunch on board, your afternoon t...

Day 11: Phnom Penh - Border Crossing - Tan Chau, Vietnam

Meals: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

Spend the day cruising the Mekong River and crossing the border into Vietnam. Your vessel moors midstream at the small town of Tan Chau, Vietnam.

Day 12: Tan Chau - Sa Dec

Meals: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

This morning, you’ll visit Tan Chau, a small Mekong River town unspoiled by tourism. You will have the opportunity to take one of two tours this morning. Your first option to is take a traditional “xe-loi” (trishaw) ride around...

Day 13: Sa Dec - Xeo Quyt - Cai Be

Meals: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

In the morning, board a local boat for Sa Dec. Once ashore, you will tour the town where French writer Marguerite Duras spent many years in her youth. Visit a colorful local market, and the house of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, Duras' Ch...

Day 14: Ho Chi Minh City – Disembarkation

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Your cruise comes to an end as the ship docks at My Tho Port followed by a transfer to nearby Ho Chi Minh City, still affectionately referred to by locals as Saigon. This former capital of Indochina was once known as “Paris of the Ori...

Day 15: Ho Chi Minh City

Meals: Breakfast

Today is free to explore Ho Chi Minh City on your own, perhaps venturing to nearby shops and markets for mementos of your Southeast Asia adventure. You may also participate in an optional hands-on cooking class with a chance to taste your culinary creation.

Day 16: Depart Ho Chi Minh City

Meals: Breakfast

Bid farewell to Ho Chi Minh City and prepare for your homeward flight.

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Price per day$281
Single supplement (single occupancy)$1,099
Last Updated: 8/7/2018

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AmaDara
The brand-new 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). The ship’s elegant public areas include two stylish restaurants serving delicious cuisine, an inviting lounge, a fitness room, hair salon, three spas and a refreshing Sun Deck swimming pool.
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In the unfortunate event a participant must cancel travel, notice to AmaWaterways must be via email to Res@AmaWaterways.com, which must include a return receipt and read notation, or other writing stating clearly and correctly each guest’s name, ship name, start and end date of the cruise and a brief statement of the reason for cancellation. Other forms of notice are not sufficient. The effective date of the cancellation is the date we receive the written cancellation notice. Name changes, a substitution of a participant or a reduction in the number of guests in a stateroom are treated as a cancellation in that all applicable cancellation charges apply. Cancellation charges for bookings within charter and part-charter agreements are as per the charter contract. All other cancellation charges are per-person, based on the cancellation date, as follows:

More than 121 days prior to departure

Cruise & Land Cancellation Charge: $200 (Europe & Asia) $1,200 (Africa)

Airfare Cancellation Charge (Economy Contract fares): $350 penalty

Airfare Cancellation Charge (Business/First Class Contract fares): $600 penalty

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Meals Included

15 Breakfast, 9 Lunches and 10 Dinners

Age Requirements
36 to 64 years
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