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Cruise the Tonle Sap River from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh. Visit local villages for the opportunity to take an oxcart ride through rice paddies, tour a silk factory, and peruse colorful markets. Enjoy an overnight in Phnom Pehn and experience vibrant nightlight. End this 8-day cruise in Ho Chi Minh City. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Prek Kdam | Embark | Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia
Day 2 : Kampong Chhnang | Koh Chen
Day 3 : Oudong | Kampong Tralach | Phnom Penh
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

Highlights

  • Ride an oxcart through the rice paddies of a small village
  • Explore the architecture, cafes, and nightlife of Phnom Pehn
  • Tour Xeo Quyt, a former military base during French and U.S. wars
  • Discover a small village known as Evergreen Island

Ship

MS Amadara

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Woman on a boat in Vietnam Bayon, Siem Reap Typical countryside house in Vietnam Vietnamese street vendors Sunsets of Southeast Asia

Day 1 Prek Kdam | Embark | Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia

After a transfer by motorcoach, 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 2 Kampong Chhnang | Koh Chen

  • 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,as well as tranquil floating villages. In the afternoon, take a leisurely walk to the Koh Chen village. You can also visit home workshops specializing in silversmithing and copper-smithing.

Day 3 Oudong | Kampong Tralach | Phnom Penh

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning be transferred to Oudong, the former capital of Cambodia, and tour a monastery to recieve a special Buddhist blessing. In Kampong Tralach, enjoy 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 orientation 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 4 Phnom Penh

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning you take an 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. After lunch on board, your afternoon tour explores the highlights of the city, famous for its French colonial architecture, busy cafés and colorful nightlife. Visit the Royal Palace, the spectacular Silver Pagoda and the National Museum, which has an outstanding collection of Khmer crafts. An overnight on the waterfront provides an opportunity to dine on your own in one of many nearby restaurants, if you so choose.

Day 5 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 6 Tan Chau | Sa Dec

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, visit Tan Chau, a small Mekong River town unspoiled by tourism. Choose one of two tours this morning. Your first option is to take a traditional “xe-loi” (trishaw) ride around the town, with stops at a silk-making workshop and another that produces rattan mats and slippers. Alternatively, 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 may visit workshops that make silk and rattan mats in the village. This afternoon, your ship cruises to Sa Dec, where it moors overnight.

Day 7 Sa Dec | Xeo Quyt | Cai Be

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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. 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. Use this opportunity to visit candy and rice paper workshops. This evening, enjoy a festive Farewell Dinner on board.

Day 8 Ho Chi Minh City | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Your cruise comes to an end as the ship docks at My Tho Port. 

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.
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Cat.B
Sadec, Saigon & Tonle Deck French & Outside Balcony, 226 sq. ft.
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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
- Mini-fridge, desk and sitting area
- Bottled water replenished daily
- Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
- 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 the expedition company.

Included

  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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