Charms of the Mekong (Ho Chi Minh to Prek Kdam) Cruise Only 2019

Charms of the Mekong (Ho Chi Minh to Prek Kdam) Cruise Only 2019

Operator: AmaWaterways
Ship: AmaDara
Starts: Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam on Mon, Dec 23, 2019
Ends: Prek Kdam, Cambodia on Mon, Dec 30, 2019

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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Cambodia, Vietnam

Rivers Visited

Mekong

River Cruise Itinerary

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

Day 1 (Mon, Dec 23, 2019):

HO CHI MINH CITY ''' EMBARKATION. Board the AmaDara at My Tho Port. Meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Dinner as the ship cruises to Cai Be. (D) *NOTE: 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.

Day 2 (Tue, Dec 24, 2019):

CAI BE ''' SA DEC. Take a local boat to Cai Be.You will have an opportunity to visit candy and ricepaper-making workshops and the historic Kiet Old House.Later in the day, journey to Sa Dec, a sprawling town onthe Mekong Delta, where French writer Marguerite Durasspent part of her youth. You will visit the local market,Cao Dai Temple and the house of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le,Duras''' Chinese paramour, whom her prize-winningnovel, The Lover, is said to be based on. (B,L,D)

Day 3 (Wed, Dec 25, 2019):

TAN CHAU ''' BORDER CROSSING. Enjoy a visitto Tan Chau, a small Mekong River town unspoiled bytourism. You will have the opportunity to get an authenticexperience and take a traditional '''xe-loi''' (trishaw) ridearound the town, with stops at silk-making and rattan matworkshops, followed by a boat ride through the narrowchannels of the Mekong River to '''Evergreen Island.'''Alternatively, simply take the boat ride to EvergreenIsland and return to Tan Chau, where you will visit a rattanmat workshop. Later in the day, cruise from Vietnam tothe Cambodian border en route to Phnom Penh. (B,L,D)

Day 4 (Thu, Dec 26, 2019):

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA. This morning'''s excursion takes you to Cambodia'''s infamous Killing Fields and the Khmer Rouge'''s grim Tuol Sleng S21 detention center (Genocide Museum).Alternatively, you may wish to shop for unique treasures at the bustling yellow-colored Central Market . After lunch on board, you will explore the highlights of the city, followed by a visit to 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 (Fri, Dec 27, 2019):

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. In Kampong Tralach, you will have a truly authentic excursion ''' an oxcart ride through a local village along the river bank. 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)

Day 6 (Sat, Dec 28, 2019):

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 of handicrafts. Your cruise continues to sail to Phnom Penh. (B,L,D)

Day 7 (Sun, Dec 29, 2019):

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 via motorcoach to the Twin Mountains, known as Phnom Pros and Phnom Srei (male and female mountains). In the annals of Khmer legend, the twin mountains were formed as the result of a competition between the men and women of an ancient Cambodian kingdom to resolve which gender would be responsible for wedding proposals. Cap the day off with a festive Farewell Dinner on board. (B,L,D)

Day 8 (Mon, Dec 30, 2019):

KAMPONG CHAM''' DISEMBARKATION. Your cruise concludes in Kampong Cham, where you disembark and Motorcoach transfer to Sofitel Siem Reap. (B) *Note: We recommend that you schedule your onward flight to depart Siem Reap after 5:30pm today to avoid potential missed connections.

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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 Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) at the Sofitel Saigon Plaza (or similar), including buffet breakfast
  • 3 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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Ship Information

AmaDara


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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.


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