Vietnam, Cambodia & the Riches of the Mekong : 2017 - Ho Chi Minh City to Preak Kdam : ms AmaDara (Cruise Only)
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.
INCLUDED FEATURES 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
Day 1 : HO CHI MINH CITY - EMBARKATION
Today you will board your river cruise ship moored at My Tho Port. Meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Dinner as the ship cruises to Cai Be. (B,L,D)
Day 2 : CAI BE - SA DEC
After breakfast, take an excursion in a local boat around Cai Be to see the spectacular floating market. You will also have an opportunity to visit candy and rice paper workshops. An afternoon excursion takes you to Sa Dec, a sprawling town on the Mekong Delta, where French writer Marguerite Duras spent part of her childhood. You will visit the local market, Cao Dai Temple and the house of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, Duras' Chinese paramour. The ship sails overnight to Tan Chau. (B,L,D)
Day 3 : TAN CHAU - BORDER CROSSING
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 the town, with stops at a silk-making, slipper and rattan mat workshops. Alternatively, you will take a boat ride through the narrow channels of the Mekong River to several scenic locations, including a small village known as "Evergreen Island." Return to Tan Chau, where you will visit a workshop that makes rattan mats in the village. You will cruise to the Cambodian border after lunch, stopping for border formalities. The ship continues sailing overnight to Phnom Pehn. (B,L,D)
Day 4 : PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA
The ship cruises into spectacular Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, early this morning and docks at the passenger port terminal. 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 tour explores the highlights of the city, famous for its French colonial architecture, busy cafes and colorful nightlife. Visit 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. The ship will moor overnight along the waterfront, close to restaurants and Phnom Penh's vibrant nightlife scene. (B,L,D)
Day 5 : PHNOM PENH - KOH CHEN
The morning is free to explore Phnom Penh on your own, perhaps venturing to nearby shops and markets for some souvenir hunting or an opportunity to take a Tuk Tuk tour through the city. In the late morning, the ship continues to Koh Chen, where you will take a leisurely walk through the village and visit home workshops specializing in silversmithing and coppersmithing. (B,L,D)
Day 6 : OUDONG - KAMPONG TRALACH
Your will have a truly memorable day today, starting with a short motor coach ride to Oudong, the former capital of Cambodia. Visit a Buddhist monastery and receive a special blessing. In Kampong Tralach you will enjoy an oxcart ride through the rice paddies surrounding a small village. (B,L,D)
Day 7 : KAMPONG CHHNANG - TONLE SAP LAKE
This morning you will take a motorboat to explore the lakeside wetlands that form around Tonle Sap Lake, the great lake that dominates Cambodia and is known for its stunning variety of bird life and tranquil fishing villages. This evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner on board. ( B,L,D)
Day 8 : PREAK KDAM - DISEMBARKATION
Your cruise comes to an end as you disembark at Preak Kdam, a small village on the Tonle River. (B)
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|Day 1||Ho Chi Minh City|| || |
|Day 2||Cai Be|| || |
|Day 3||TAN CHAU|| || |
|Day 4||Phnom Penh|| || |
|Day 5||Phnom Penh|| || |
|Day 6||Oudong|| || |
|Day 7||Kampong-Chhnang|| || |
|Day 8||Preak Kdam|| || |
Important: Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.
Port Charges: $161 per person.
Intra-Asia Air (Hanoi - Siem Reap): $360 per person including taxes and fuel surcharges.
Intra-Asia Air (Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh City): $360 per person including taxes and fuel surcharges.
Single Supplement for Cruise: Category A, B & C 50% of twin price; Suite is 75% and Luxury Suite is 100% of twin price.
Single Supplement for Land: $1,099 per person.
Bedding: Please call for details.
Visa: A 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 Day: During low water season, transfer from Siem Reap to the ship via motor coach to Preak Kdam, a small village on the Tonle River.
Siem Reap Disembarkation Day: During low water season, disembark the ship at Preak Kdam, a small village on the Tonle River, and transfer via motor coach to Siem Reap.
Phnom Penh: No bare shoulders or shorts for ladies during the Royal Palace visit.
*Early booking discount is per stateroom based on double occupancy. 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. Early booking discount is not combinable with group discounts. Early booking discount is applicable to 2017 departures only. Early booking discounts are not combinable.