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This exciting 16-day adventure takes you across Vietnam and Cambodia's most stunning scenarios. Starting at Hanoi a charming city with a rich cultural heritage that blends in harmony with its vibrant present. Take an authentic rickshaw ride, known as “cyclo,” in Hanoi’s bustling Old Quarter, and then enjoy a traditional water puppet show. Discover the heart and soul of Cambodia and the most iconic of all Angkorian Temples, Angkor Wat. Experience Phnom Penh via an authentic tuk-tuk ride and be enchanted by the city's French Colonial architecture and tree-lined boulevards set amidst monumental Angkorian architecture.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Hanoi, Vietnam
Day 2 : Hanoi
Day 3 : Hanoi | Ha Long Bay
Day 4 : Ha Long Bay | Hanoi | Siem Reap, Cambodia
Day 5 : Siem Reap | Angkor
Day 6 : Siem Reap | Angkor
Day 7 : Siem Reap | Prek Kdam | Embarkation
Day 8 : Kampong Chhnang | Kampong Tralach -oudong
Day 9 : Oknhatey Village | Phnom Penh
Day 10 : Phnom Penh
Day 11 : Tan Chau
Day 12 : Tan Chau | Sa Dec
Day 13 : Sa Dec | Xeo Quyt | Cai Be
Day 14 : Ho Chi Minh City | Disembarkation
Day 15 : Ho Chi Minh City
Day 16 : Depart Ho Chi Minh City

Highlights

  • Discover some of Hanoi’s most famous historic and cultural sites
  • Visit Angkor Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Explore the Angkor temple complex at Angkor Thom, meaning “the great city."
  • Admire one of Cambodia’s largest monasteries

Ship

MS Amadara

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Phnom Penh Royal Palace complex Phnom Penh Beautiful Entrance at The Temple Of Literature Hanoi Angkor Wat Kampong Chhnang City Museum, Ho Chi Minh Ta Prohm in Angkor Wat Siem Reap

Day 1 Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital city boasts a rich cultural heritage that blends in harmony with its vibrant present. From ancient temples to French Colonial architecture and modern-day skyscrapers, along with beautiful parks and lakes, Hanoi is an eclectic and lively city.

Day 2 Hanoi

Discover some of Hanoi’s most famous historic and cultural sites on your guided tour that includes: Ba Dinh Square and The Temple of Literature. Visit the infamous prison that American POWs sarcastically dubbed the “Hanoi Hilton” during the Vietnam War. Take an authentic rickshaw ride, known as “cyclo,” in Hanoi’s bustling Old Quarter, and then enjoy a traditional water puppet show. 

Day 3 Hanoi | Ha Long Bay

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Ethereal Ha Long Bay is considered by many to be the Eighth Natural Wonder of the World, and guests are treated to this exclusive once-in-a-lifetime experience. Spend the night on board an elegantly appointed ship designed with all the modern conveniences to ensure smooth sailing. The backdrop of the bay’s magnificent scenery and dramatic limestone cliffs and rock formations provide you with the perfect setting for a memorable dinner. 

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

Spend the morning sailing across the emerald waters of Ha Long Bay with more than 2,000 small islands rising from the water like a dragon’s back. Later in the morning, disembark the ship and transfer to Hanoi Airport for a short flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia, the gateway to Angkor Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the former capital of the Khmer empire. 

Day 5 Siem Reap | Angkor

Begin your morning exploration of the Angkor temple complex at Angkor Thom, meaning “the great city." This is home to Bayon Temple, best known for its gigantic smiling stone faces, as well as the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King. Then 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. Afternoon excursions take you to the fascinating jewel in the crown of Angkorian art, Banteay Srei, meaning “Citadel of Women,” as it has been said that the carving is too fine to have been done by the hand of man. Afterward, you are in for another treat of a different kind with a visit to the English-language school in the village of Ta Toum. Cap this memorable day off with a special “Apsara Dance Show” at your hotel, featuring local Cambodian/Khmer folk dancers.

Note: The English-Language school visit is capacity controlled.

Day 6 Siem Reap | Angkor

Discover the heart and soul of Cambodia and the most iconic of all Angkorian Temples, Angkor Wat. This is one of the largest religious monuments ever constructed and a true masterpiece of Khmer architecture built by King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century to honor the Hindu god, Vishnu. 

Day 7 Siem Reap | Prek Kdam | Embarkation

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Transfer via motorcoach to the AmaDara in Prek Kdam, a small village on the Tonle River, for your seven-night cruise. Take a leisurely walk through Koh Chen, which specializes in silver- and copper-smithing. As you walk through the village, listen to the villagers tapping with small hammers and watch as they make jewelry and other ornamental items out of silver and copper, including delicately engraved tropical fruits, which are used in traditional ceremonies. Meet fellow guests at a Welcome Dinner as the ship sails to Kampong Chhnang. 

Day 8 Kampong Chhnang | Kampong Tralach -oudong

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A local motorboat takes you into the lakeside wetlands that form the mouth of Tonle Sap River. Enjoy the stunning variety of bird life here as well as tranquil floating villages and its busy market. Be treated to an authentic experience, an ox-cart ride through a local village. Afterward, take a motorcoach to Oudong, situated on a picturesque hillside. Oudong was Cambodia’s former royal capital from 17th century until 1866; today, Oudong is a place of pilgrimage for Cambodians. While here, visit one of Cambodia’s largest monasteries, be treated to a memorable Buddhist blessing ceremony. Your ship departs for Oknhatey Village and moors midstream. 

Day 9 Oknhatey Village | Phnom Penh

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Koh Oknhatey, or “Silk Island,” located on the lush banks of the Mekong River, is known for its rich tradition of silk weaving. Go to Oknhatey, visit a local elementary school and observe the traditional silk weaving of handicrafts. Later, your ship departs for Phnom Penh, the vibrant colorful capital of Cambodia. Experience Phnom Penh via an authentic tuk-tuk ride and be enchanted by the city's French Colonial architecture and tree-lined boulevards set amidst monumental Angkorian architecture. During the evening on board, enjoy a typical Khmer folk performance presented by local children. 

Day 10 Phnom Penh

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
You will have a choice of excursions this morning. Visit Cambodia’s infamous Killing Fields and the Khmer Rouge’s grim Tuol Sleng S21 detention center (Genocide Museum) just outside the city. Or if you prefer to stay in Phnom Penh, you can visit the bustling yellow-colored Central Market. After lunch on board, you’ll explore the highlights of the city, followed by 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. 

Day 11 Tan Chau

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the day cruising the Mekong River as your ship crosses the border into Vietnam. 

Day 12 Tan Chau | Sa Dec

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a visit to Tan Chau, a small Mekong River town unspoiled by tourism. You will have the opportunity to take a traditional “xe-loi” (trishaw) ride around the town, with stops at silk-making and rattan mat workshops, followed by a boat ride through the narrow channels of the Mekong River to “Evergreen Island.” Alternatively, simply take the boat ride to Evergreen Island and return to Tan Chau, where you will visit a rattan mat workshop. Later in the day, cruise to Sa Dec. (B,L,D)

Day 13 Sa Dec | Xeo Quyt | Cai Be

  • 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 19th-century house of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, Duras’ Chinese paramour. Later, 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. You will have an opportunity to visit candy and rice paper making workshops and the historic Kiet Old House. Cap the day off with a festive Farewell Dinner on board. 

Day 14 Ho Chi Minh City | Disembarkation

Disembark the AmaDara in My Tho Port and transfer to Ho Chi Minh City. Vietnam’s former capital of Indochina was once known as “Paris of the Orient,” and today, it is an industrial, cultural and educational hub. Explore such famous landmarks as the former Presidential Palace, the Central Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral and the War Remnants Museum before visiting the Ben Thanh Market—one of the oldest and most iconic structures in Ho Chi Minh City. 

Day 15 Ho Chi Minh City

Spend a day at leisure exploring more of Ho Chi Minh City. Visit Cu Chi Tunnels, an immense underground network built during the Vietnam War. 

Day 16 Depart Ho Chi Minh City

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

MS Amadara

Angkor Thom

Ha Long Bay - Hotels

Ho Chi Minh City - Hotels

Siem Reap - Hotels

Sofitel Legend

Per person starting at
$4,498
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:
- Flat-panel screen that features in-house movies
- Mini-fridge, desk and sitting area
- Bottled water replenished daily
- Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
- Fitness room and three spas
- Saigon Lounge with panoramic views and bar
- Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
- Daily entertainment including cultural performances
- 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
- Immersive tours in every destination
- Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options
- Knowledgeable guides
- Personal headset for easy exploration
- Airport transfers with purchase of air from AmaWaterways
- 2 nights hotel accommodation in Hanoi at the Sofitel Legend Metropole (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
- Overnight stay on board an elegantly appointed ship in Ha Long Bay
- 3 nights hotel accommodation in Siem Reapat the Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & SpaResort (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
- 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 Reapat the Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
- 2 nights hotel accommodation in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) at the Sofitel Saigon Plaza (or similar), including buffet breakfast
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