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Join an 8-day journey through the waterways of Cambodia and Vietnam, along the fascinating Mekong River. Board the MS Amadara in My Tho Port, outside of Ho Chi Minh City. Visit rural villages, historic pagodas, floating markets and a Buddhist monastery along the way. Stop at Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia, and conclude your cruise in Prek Kdam.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Ho Chi Minh City | Embark
Day 2 : Cai Be | Sa Dec
Day 3 : Tan Chau | Border Crossing
Day 4 : Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Day 5 : Phnom Penh | Oknhatey Village
Day 6 : Kampong Chhnang
Day 7 : Kampong Tralach
Day 8 : Prek Kdam | Disembark

Highlights

  • Have the opportunity to visit candy and rice paper making workshops
  • Take a traditional “xe-loi” (trishaw) ride around Tan Chau
  • Shop for unique treasures at Phnom Penh´s bustling yellow-colored market
  • Be treated to a Buddhist Blessing Ceremony at a monastery in Oudong

Ship

MS Amadara

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Everyday life in Vietnam Sunset over the Mekong River Phnom Penh Siem Reap Oudong, the old capital city of Cambodia Kampong Chhnang Phnom Penh skyline Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda

Day 1 Ho Chi Minh City | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Board the AmaDara at My Tho Port. Meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Dinner as the ship cruises to Cai Be.

Day 2 Cai Be | Sa Dec

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning take a local boat to Cai Be. Have the opportunity to visit candy and rice paper making workshops, or alternatively, visit the historic Kiet Old House. Later in the day, journey to Sa Dec, a sprawling town on the Mekong Delta, where French writer Marguerite Duras spent part of her childhood. Visit the local market, Cao Dai Temple and the house of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, Duras’ Chinese paramour, which her prize-winning novel, “The Lover,” is said to be based on.

Day 3 Tan Chau | Border Crossing

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a visit to Tan Chau, a small Mekong River town unspoiled by tourism. Have the opportunity to take a traditional “xe-loi” (trishaw) ride around the town, with stops at a silk-making, slipper and rattan mat workshops. Alternatively, you can 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 can visit a rattan mat workshop. Later in the day, cruise from Vietnam to the Cambodian border en route to Phnom Penh.

Day 4 Phnom Penh, Cambodia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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) just outside the city. After lunch on board, 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.

Day 5 Phnom Penh | Oknhatey Village

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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. Alternatively, you may wish to shop for unique treasures at the bustling yellow-colored Central Market. Later in the morning, set sail for Oknhatey Village. Oknhatey is “Silk Island,” located on the lush banks of the Mekong River and known for its rich tradition of silk weaving. While here, you’ll visit a local elementary school and observe the traditional silk weaving of handicrafts. Afterwards, the ship set sail to Kampong Chhnang. 

Day 6 Kampong Chhnang

  • 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. Later in the day, the ship sails to Kampont Tralach. 

Day 7 Kampong Tralach

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In Kampong Tralach, you’ll have a truly authentic excursion – an oxcart ride through a local village. Afterwards, you’ll go to 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. During the afternoon, take a leisurely walk through Koh Chen and visit home workshops specializing in silver- and copper-smithing. You’ll get an up-close view of how local artisans make ornamental items often used in traditional ceremonies. 

Day 8 Prek Kdam | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Your cruise comes to an end as you disembark at Prek Kdam, a small village on the Tonle River. Please Note: We recommend that you schedule your onward flight to depart after 7:00pm today to avoid potential missed connections.

MS Amadara

Per person starting at
$2,299
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:
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Knowledgeable guides
- Personal headset for easy exploration
- Airport transfers with purchase of air from the expedition company
- Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options

Exclusions:
- Port Charges
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