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Vietnam, Cambodia & the Riches of the Mekong 2014

Example 16 Day Cruise aboard MS Amalotus
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Your Asia river cruise begins with Vietnam’s bustling capital, Hanoi, followed by an excursion to fabled Ha Long Bay. Said to be the lair of dragons, the Bay’s limestone outcroppings provide a breathtaking setting for an overnight sojourn. The next day, a short flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia, brings you to the gateway of the largest ancient city in the world. Explore Angkor Archeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site laden with magnificent temples that once heralded the grandeur of the Khmer empire. Nearby, Tonle Sap Lake provides the launching point for your luxury Mekong River cruise. Cruise from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), with calls at Kampong Chhnang, Kampong Cham, Phnom Penh, Tan Chau, Sa Dec and Cai Be. Experience life on the Mekong 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 : Arrive in Hanoi, Vietnam
Day 2 : Hanoi
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 : Siem Reap - Kampong Cham/ Embarkation
Day 8 : Wat Hanchey - Angkor Ban
Day 9 : Chong Koh - Phnom Penh
Day 10 : Phnom Penh
Day 11 : Phnom Penh - Border Crossing - Tan Chau, Vietnam
Day 12 : Tan Chau - Sa Dec
Day 13 : Sa Dec - Xeo Quyt - Cai Be
Day 14 : Ho Chi Minh City - Disembark
Day 15 : Ho Chi Minh City
Day 16 : Depart Ho Chi Minh City


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Trip Snapshots

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Day 1 Arrive in Hanoi, Vietnam

Welcome to Hanoi, Vietnam’s vibrant capital city, known for its graceful colonial architecture, frenetic streets, verdant parks and ancient temples. After your airport greeting, transfer to the hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to explore the city on your own, or perhaps, visit the fabled Old Quarter.

Day 2 Hanoi

A morning sightseeing tour will take you to Hanoi’s most famous historical and cultural sites: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ba Dinh Square, One-pillar Pagoda (Buddhist temple) and The Temple of Literature (Confucius temple). In the afternoon, experience an authentic rickshaw ride (known as “cyclo”) in the Old Quarter, followed by a traditional water puppet show. (B)

Day 3 Hanoi - Ha Long Bay Overnight Junk

After breakfast, depart Hanoi for a scenic motorcoach ride to one of Vietnam’s most renowned locations: Ha Long Bay. Board a traditional wooden Junk that combines classic beauty with modern conveniences, plus luxurious overnight accommodations. Set sail to discover the Bay’s magnificent scenery set amidst stunning limestone cliffs. That evening, you’ll enjoy dinner onboard, and overnight on the Junk. (B,L,D)

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

This morning, your Ha Long Bay Junk continues its scenic cruising while a delightful breakfast is served in the dining lounge. Late morning, disembark for a motorcoach transfer to Hanoi Airport. After a short flight, arrive in Siem Reap, Cambodia, gateway to Angkor, the former capital of the Khmer empire and one of the most renowned archeological sites in all of Southeast Asia. Tonight, enjoy a special "Apsara Dancing Show" at your hotel, featuring local Cambodian/Khmer folk dancers. (B,L,D)

Day 5 Siem Reap - Angkor

After breakfast, begin a guided sightseeing tour of the Angkor Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Highlights include Angkor Thom, the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King, Bayon. Also see the Bayon Temple, best known for its gigantic smiling stone faces. This afternoon, travel through the rural countryside to visit the pink sandstone temple of Banteay Srei. Afterwards, you will visit an English-language school sponsored by AmaWaterways in the village of Ta Toum. (B,D)

Day 6 Siem Reap - Angkor

This morning visit the most iconic temple of all Angkorian temples, Angkor Wat. This massive temple complex was built in the early 12th century to honor the Hindu god Vishnu. Also visit 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 (an incredible sight that will be easily recognized by fans of the film "Tomb Raider"). The afternoon is yours to spend however you wish. (B)

Day 7 Siem Reap - Kampong Cham/ Embarkation

Today board your river cruise ship in Kampong CHam. Meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Dinner as the ship cruises to Wat Hanchey. (B,L,D)

Day 8 Wat Hanchey - Angkor Ban

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 9 Chong Koh - Phnom Penh

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 10 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, you will 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 11 Phnom Penh - Border Crossing - Tan Chau, Vietnam

Spend the day cruising the Mekong River, stopping at the jungle village of Preak Dach to visit fruit orchards before continuing to the Cambodian/Vietnamese border. The ship moors overnight mid-stream in Tan Chau, Vietnam. (B,L,D)

Day 12 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, visit 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 13 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. You also have an opportunity to visit candy and rice paper workshops. This evening, enjoy a festive Farewell Dinner on board. (B,L,D)

Day 14 Ho Chi Minh City - Disembark

Your cruise comes to an end as the ship docks at My Tho Port, followed by a transfer to Ho Chi Minh City. As the capital of the French colony of Cochinchina, 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. Upon arriving in Ho Chi Minh City, enjoy a city tour that explores famous landmarks such as the former Presidential Palace, Central Post Office and Notre Dame Cathedral; Cho Lon (China Town) and its famous Binh Tay market and 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. (B,L)

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 Asian odyssey. (B)

Day 16 Depart Ho Chi Minh City

Transfer to the airport for your homeward flight. (B)

MS Amalotus

Per person starting at
Cabins Category C
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Category C
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 contact us for more information.

Siem Reap Embarkation Day: 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 and intra-Asia Air (Hanoi-Siem Reap) $240-330 per person

Included Features:
- 2 Nights Hotel Accommodation in Hanoi at the Sofitel Legend Metropole (or similar) with daily Buffet Breakfast
- Overnight stay on board a luxurious Traditional Wooden Junk in Ha Long Bay
- 3 Nights Hotel Accommodation in Siem Reap at the Sofitel Royal Angkor (or similar) with daily Buffet Breakfast
- 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
- 2 Nights Hotel Accommodation in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) at the Sofitel Saigon Plaza (or similar) with 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)
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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