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The Riches of the Mekong: Vietnam & Cambodia 2014

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Tonle Sap Lake provides the launching point for your graceful Mekong River cruise. Cruise from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City (My Tho Port), with calls at Kampong Chhnang, Kampong Tralach, Oudong, Chong Koh, Phnom Penh, Tan Chau, Sa Dec, Xeo Quyt and Cai Be. Experience life on the river from small rural villages to booming capitals, visiting temples floating markets and much more along the way during your unforgettable luxury Mekong River cruise.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Kampong Cham / Embarkation
Day 2 : Wat Hanchey
Day 3 : Angkor Ban
Day 4 : Phnom Penh
Day 5 : Phnom Penh - Border Crossing - Tan Chau, Vietnam
Day 6 : Tan Chau - Sa Dec
Day 7 : Sa Dec - Xeo Quyt - Cai Be
Day 8 : Ho Chi Minh City - Disembark


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Monks conversing in a Buddist temple Local fisherman Local moving cattle through the fields Buddist sculptures The Gate at Prasat Vimean Suor in Cambodia

Day 1 Kampong Cham / Embarkation

Welcome aboard your luxurious vessel, moored at Kampong Cham. Meet your fellow travelers at the Welcome Dinner as you cruise to Wat Hanchey. The ship moors overnight. (D)

Day 2 Wat Hanchey

This morning, explore Wat Hanchey, a hilltop pagoda with beautiful panoramic views of the Mekong river. This ancient 8th century pagoda is characteristic of the Chenla Empire, which pre-dates the Angkor period. Your afternoon excursion takes you the Kampong Cham area on your way to visit the Mahayana Buddhist temple of Wat Nokor, where the 12th century temple has been "fused" with a modern wat. Afterwards see the Twin Holy Mountains of Phnom Pros and Phnom Srey (man and woman hill) symbolic of marriage in Cambodian culture. (B,L,D)

Day 3 Angkor Ban

Today, your morning excursion begins with a blessing from the monks of a local temple followed by a visit to the village of Angkor Ban, one of the only villages that was not burned down or destroyed during the Khmer Rouge tragedies, where you can see stilted houses up to 100 years old. After lunch take a leisurely walk Chong Koh village best known for its silk-weaving artists. The ship arrives in Phnom Penh this evening. (B,L,D)

Day 4 Phnom Penh

A morning 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 lunch onboard, take an afternoon 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. An overnight on the waterfront provides an opportunity to dine on your own in one of many nearby restaurants, if you so choose. (B,L,D)

Day 5 Phnom Penh - Border Crossing - Tan Chau, Vietnam

Spend a day cruising the Mekong River and crossing the border into Vietnam. Your vessel moors at the small town of Tan Chau, Vietnam. (B,L,D)

Day 6 Tan Chau - Sa Dec

Today, take a small local boat through narrow channels to several scenic locations, including a small village known as "Evergreen Island." Later, see Tan Chau from the vantage point of a traditional “xe-loi” (trishaw) that takes you around to all the sights, with stops at a silk-making workshop and another that produces rattan mats and slippers. This afternoon, your ship cruises to Sa Dec, where it moors overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 7 Sa Dec - Xeo Quyt - Cai Be

In the morning, board a local boat for Sa Dec. Once ashore, 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' Chinese paramour, now a small museum. Afterwards, 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. After lunch on board, a local boat takes you to Cai Be’s spectacular floating market. Also have an opportunity to visit candy and rice paper workshops. This evening, enjoy a festive Farewell Dinner on board. (B,L,D)

Day 8 Ho Chi Minh City - Disembark

Your cruise comes to an end as the ship docks at My Tho Port, followed by a motor coach transfer to Saigon. As the capital of Indochina, Saigon was known as "Paris of the Orient." Today, Vietnam’s largest city is an industrial, cultural and educational hub, but still retains vestiges of its colonial past. Explore this vibrant city or transfer to the airport to continue your travels homeward. (B)

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Cabins Category C
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Mekong Deck, Porthole, 226 sq. ft.
Cabins Category A and B
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Category B
Tonle Deck, Balcony & Large Fixed Window, 226 sq. ft.
Cabins Category A and B
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Category A
Saigon Deck, Balcony & Large Fixed Window, 226 sq. ft.
Junior Suite.
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Jr. Suite
Sadec Deck, Balcony & Large Fixed Window, 290 sq. ft.
Luxury Suite.
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Sadec Deck, Balcony & Large Fixed Window, 624 sq. ft.


Single supplement is 50%, except for Jr Suites and Suites which are 100%.

Please note: A visa is required for travel to Vietnam and Cambodia; please consult with your Consulate for more information.

Siem Reap Embarkation: During low water season, transfer from Siem Reap to the ship via motor coach to Preak Kdam, a small village on the Tonle River.

Phnom Penh: No bare shoulders or shorts for ladies during the Royal Palace visit.

Additional fees: Rates do not include port charges.

Included Features:
- 7 Nights Deluxe Cruise Accommodation in an Outside Stateroom - most Staterooms with Balconies (Twin Balconies featured on board MS AmaLotus)
- Sightseeing Program as outlined in the Itinerary
- Superb Dining with all Meals included during your Cruise
- Free-flowing Wine, beer and soft drinks with every Dinner on board the Ship
- Bottled Water in every stateroom replenished daily
- Welcome Dinner and Farewell Cocktail Party & Dinner
- 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)
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