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Vietnam, Cambodia & the 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 Archaeological 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 and enjoy a two-night stay.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive in Hanoi, Vietnam
Day 2 : Hanoi, Vietnam
Day 3 : Hanoi | Ha Long Bay | Overnight Junk
Day 4 : Ha Long Bay | Hanoi | Siem Reap, Cambodia
Day 5 : Siem Reap | Angkor
Day 6 : Siem Reap | Angkor
Day 7 : Prek Kdam | Embarkation | Kampong Chhnang
Day 8 : Pampong Chhang | Koh Chen, Cambodia
Day 9 : Oudong | Kampong Tralach | Phnom Pehn, Cambodia
Day 10 : Phnom Pehn, Cambodia
Day 11 : Phnom Penh | Border Crossing | Tan Chau, Vietnam
Day 12 : Tan Chau | Sa Dec, Vietnam
Day 13 : Sa Dec | Xeo Quyt | Cai Be, Vietnam
Day 14 : Disembark in Ho Chi Mihn City, Vietnam
Day 15 : Ho Chi Minh City
Day 16 : Depart Ho Chi Mihn City, Vietnam

Highlights

  • Cruise Ha Long Bay aboard a traditional junk boat
  • Tour Phnom Phen, famous for its architecture, busy cafes, and nightlife
  • Peruse Cai Be's famous floating market
  • Explore Ho Chi Mihn City at your leisure
  • See the smiling stone faces of Bayon Temple
  • Ride a traditional “xe-loi” (trishaw) around the sites of Tan Chau

Ship

MS Amadara

Places Visited

  • Asia
  • Cambodia
  • Mekong River
  • Vietnam
  • Angkor Wat
  • Cai Be
  • Ha Long Bay
  • Hanoi
  • Ho Chi Minh City
  • Kampong Chhnang
  • Kampong Tralach
  • Oudong
  • Phnom Penh
  • Sa Dec
  • Siem Reap
  • Tan Chau
  • Tonle Sap Lake

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Monks conversing in a Buddist temple Royal Palace in Phnom Penh Buddist sculptures Local moving cattle through the fields Variety of Vietnamese food offered by a vendor in Hoi An

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, the remainder of the day is yours to explore on your own.

Day 2 Hanoi, Vietnam

A morning sightseeing tour takes 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. Also visit the infamous prison that American POWs sarcastically dubbed the “Hanoi Hilton” during the Vietnam War. In the afternoon, experience an authentic rickshaw ride (known as “cyclo”) in the Old Quarter, followed by a traditional water puppet show.

Day 3 Hanoi | Ha Long Bay | Overnight Junk

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 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 contemporary junk with traditional accents, where your ship spends the night – an incredible once-in-a-lifetime experience. Enjoy an onboard dinner set against the bay’s magnificent scenery of dramatic limestone cliffs and rock formations.

Day 4 Ha Long Bay | Hanoi | Siem Reap, Cambodia

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 takes you to Siem Reap in Cambodia, the gateway to Angkor, the former capital of the Khmer empire and one of the most renowned archaeological sites in all of Southeast Asia.

Day 5 Siem Reap | Angkor

After breakfast, take 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 the Leper King. See the Bayon Temple, best known for its gigantic smiling stone faces. Visit nearby Ta Prohm, known as the “Kingdom of Trees” for the way in which the temple stones have become intertwined with thick forest vegetation over the centuries. This afternoon, travel through the rural countryside to visit the pink sandstone temple of Banteay Srei, the "jewel of Khmer art." Afterwards, visit an English-language school in the village of Ta Toum. Tonight, enjoy a special “Apsara Dancing Show” at your hotel, featuring local Cambodian/Khmer folk dancers.

Day 6 Siem Reap | Angkor

This morning, 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 Prek Kdam | Embarkation | Kampong Chhnang

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, transfer 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 Pampong Chhang | Koh Chen, Cambodia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, a local boat takes 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 area – some are over a half-mile long. In the afternoon, take a leisurely walk to the Koh Chen village. Also visit home workshops specializing in silversmithing and coppersmithing.

Day 9 Oudong | Kampong Tralach | Phnom Pehn, Cambodia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning transfer to Oudong, the former capital of Cambodia, to tour a monastery and receive a special Buddhist blessing. In Kampong Tralach, embark on a truly memorable excursion: an oxcart ride through the rice paddies surrounding a small village. Later, your ship departs for Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, where an afternoon walking tour gives you a wonderful introduction to the city. Return to the ship for dinner and an onboard Khmer folk performance presented by local children. The vessel moors overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 10 Phnom Pehn, Cambodia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 11 Phnom Penh | Border Crossing | Tan Chau, Vietnam

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 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, Vietnam

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 13 Sa Dec | Xeo Quyt | Cai Be, Vietnam

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Once ashore in Sa Dec, 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. You also have an opportunity to visit candy and rice paper workshops. This evening, enjoy a festive Farewell Dinner on board.

Day 14 Disembark in Ho Chi Mihn City, Vietnam

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 Orient.” Today, Vietnam’s largest city is an industrial, cultural, and educational hub, but still retains vestiges of its colonial past. Upon your arrival, enjoy a city tour that explores such famous landmarks as the former Presidential Palace, the Central Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, Cho Lon (China Town), and the Thien Hau pagoda. Also visit the War Remnants Museum, one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions, known for its vast collection of artifacts from the Vietnam War. An optional tour of Thanh Market is available this afternoon. Spend the night at a fine hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 15 Ho Chi Minh City

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 Mihn City, Vietnam

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

MS Amadara

Hanoi - Hotels

Ho Chi Minh City - Hotels

Siem Reap - Hotels

Per person starting at
$5,198
AmaDara standard stateroom
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Cat.C
Tonle Deck French & Outside Balcony, 226 sq. ft.
AmaDara standard stateroom
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Cat.B
Sadec, Saigon & Tonle Deck French & Outside Balcony, 226 sq. ft.
AmaDara standard stateroom
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Cat.A
Saigon Deck French & Outside Balcony, 226 sq. ft.
AmaDara Suite Stateroom
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Suite
Sadec Deck French & Outside Balcony, 334 sq. ft.
AmaDara luxury suite
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Luxury Suite
Sadec Deck French & Outside Balcony, 452 sq. ft.

Notes

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

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 Amadara)
- 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 Sheraton (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

Included

  • 15 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 10 Dinners

Excluded

  • Internal Flights
    • $360 Hanoi - Siem Reap (or reverse) on Intra-Asia Air
    • Flight cost is subject to change
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