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Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong

Itinerary, Prices and Dates


Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City 16 Days

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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 Archeological 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, where you will enjoy a two-night stay.

What's Included

  • 2 nights at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi (or similar), 3 nights at the Sofitel Royal Angkor Siem Reap (or similar) and 2 nights at the Sofitel Plaza Saigon (or similar). All on a B&B basis
  • Overnight traditional Junk cruise in Ha Long Bay
  • 7 nights luxurious river cruise accommodation in a stateroom or suite, all with twin balconies
  • All meals with compliemntary free flowing wine included during your cruise
  • Complimentary house spirits, beer and soft drinks whilst onboard
  • Wide slection of enlightening tours & excursions as well as folklore and dance performances
  • International flights & transfers available on request

Useful Information

Visas: A visa is required for travel to Vietnam and Cambodia. This tour requires a multiple entry visa for Vietnam (as there are two different points of entry into the country) and a single entry visa for Cambodia.

Dress: Many of the places you will visit on this tour are of both religeous and cultural importance. In order to respect the local customs and traditions we recommend bringin clothes that cover the legs and shoulders for these excursions.

Low Water Season: During the Low Water Season, generally mid Mar to Aug, the Tonle Sap lake is not navigable. At these times passengers will embark / disembark the cruise in Preak Kdam.

Day 1: Arrive in Hanoi (Vietnam)

Map of the Mekong River
Map of the Mekong River

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 mid-afternoon, the remainder of the day is yours to explore on your own.
Included Meals

Day 2: Hanoi

A morning sightseeing tour will take 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. You will 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.
Included Meals B

Day 3: Hanoi - Ha Long Bay Overnight Junk

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 traditional wooden Junk, where you will spend the night – an incredible once-in-a-lifetime experience and an AmaWaterways exclusive. After visiting a floating village, enjoy an onboard dinner set against the Bay’s magnificent scenery and dramatic limestone cliffs and rock formations
Included Meals B L D

Day 4: Ha Long Bay - Hanoi - Siem Reap (Cambodia)

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 will take you to Siem Reap in Cambodia, the gateway to Angkor, the former capital of the Khmer empire and one of the most renowned archeological sites in all of Southeast Asia
Included Meals B L

Day 5: Siem Reap - Angkor

After breakfast, you will have 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. You will also 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, you will visit an English-language school sponsored by AmaWaterways in the village of Ta Toum. Tonight, you will enjoy a special “Apsara Dancing Show” at your hotel, featuring local Cambodian/Khmer folk dancers.
Included Meals B D

Day 6: Siem Reap - Angkor

This morning you will 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
Included Meals B D

Day 7: Siem Reap - Prek Kdam (Embark), Kampong Chhnang

Today you will be transferred 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.
Included Meals B D

Day 8: Kampong Chhnang - Kohn Chen

After breakfast, a local boat will take 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. You will also visit home workshops specializing in silversmithing and copper-smithing.
Included Meals B L D

Day 9: Oudong - Kampong Tralach - Phnom Penh

This morning you will be transferred to Oudong, the former capital of Cambodia, and tour a monastery where you will receive a special Buddhist blessing. In Kampong Tralach, you will have a truly memorable excursion – an oxcart ride through the rice paddies surrounding a small village. Later, your ship will depart for Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, where an afternoon orientation tour will give you a wonderful introduction to the city. Your tour includes a stop at Wat Phnom. Return to the ship for dinner and an onboard Khmer folk performance presented by local children. The vessel moors overnight in Phnom Penh.
Included Meals B L D

Day 10: Phnom Penh

This morning you will 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.
Included Meals B L D

Day 11: Phnom Penh - Tan Chau (Vietnam)

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.
Included Meals B L D

Day 12: Tan Chau - Sa Dec

This morning, you’ll visit Tan Chau, a small Mekong River town unspoiled by tourism. You will have the opportunity to take one of two tours this morning. Your first option to is 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, you will 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 will visit workshops that make silk and rattan mats in the village. This afternoon, your ship cruises to Sa Dec, where it will moor overnight.
Included Meals B L D

Day 13: Sa Dec - Xeo Quyt - Cai Be

In the morning, board a local boat for Sa Dec. Once ashore, you will 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 will take you to Cai Be’s spectacular floating market. You will also have an opportunity to visit candy and rice paper workshops. This evening, enjoy a festive Farewell Dinner on board.
Included Meals B L D

Day 14: My Tho (Disembark) - Ho Chi Minh City

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. Explore such famous landmarks as the former Presidential Palace, a photo stop at the Central Post Office and Notre Dame Cathedral. You will 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. Finish with a visit to the Ben Thanh Market – one of the oldest and most iconic structures in Ho Chi Minh City, where you can search for local handicrafts, colorful textiles, as well as other unique souvenirs and gifts. You will spend the night at a fine hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.
Included Meals 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 Asia adventure. You may also participate in an optional hands-on cooking class with a chance to taste your culinary creation.
Included Meals B

Day 16: Depart Ho Chi Minh City

Bid farewell to Ho Chi Minh City and prepare for your homeward flight.
Included Meals B

Alternate Itinerary


Day 1: Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)

Map of the Mekong Rivers
Map of the Mekong River

Welcome to 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. After checking in to your hotel, the rest of the day is at your leisure
Included Meals

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City

Today you will enjoy a city tour that explores such famous landmarks as the former Presidential Palace, a photo stop at the Central Post Office and Notre Dame Cathedral. You will 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. Finish with a visit to the Ben Thanh Market – one of the oldest and most iconic structures in Ho Chi Minh City, where you can search for local handicrafts, colorful textiles, as well as other unique souvenirs and gifts.
Included Meals B L

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City - My Tho (Embark)

Today you will board your river cruise ship moored at My Tho Port. Meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Dinner as the ship cruises to Cai Be.
Included Meals B L D

Day 4: Cai Be - Sa Dec

After breakfast, take an excursion in a local boat around Cai Be to see the spectacular floating market. You will also have an opportunity to visit candy and rice paper workshops. An afternoon excursion takes you to Sa Dec, a sprawling town on the Mekong Delta, where French writer Marguerite Duras spent part of her childhood. You will visit the local market, Cao Dai Temple and the house of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, Duras’ Chinese paramour. The ship sails overnight to Tan Chau.
Included Meals B L D

Day 5: Tan Chau

This morning, you’ll visit Tan Chau, a small Mekong River town unspoiled by tourism. You will have the opportunity to take one of two tours this morning. Your first option to is take a traditional “xe-loi” (trishaw) ride around the town, with stops at a silk-making, slipper and rattan mat workshops. Alternatively, you will 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 will visit a workshop that makes rattan mats in the village. You will cruise to the Cambodian border after lunch, stopping for border formalities. The ship continues sailing overnight to Phnom Pehn.
Included Meals B L D

Day 6: Phnom Penh (Cambodia)

The ship cruises into spectacular Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, early this morning and docks at the terminal. This morning you will 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. After returning to the ship, enjoy Khmer folk dancing performed by local children in the Saigon Lounge. The ship will moor overnight along the waterfront, close to restaurants and Phnom Penh’s vibrant nightlife scene.
Included Meals B L D

Day 7: Phnom Penh - Koh Chen

The morning is free to explore Phnom Penh on your own, perhaps venturing to nearby shops and markets for some souvenir hunting or an opportunity to take a Tuk Tuk tour through the city. In the late morning, the ship continues to Koh Chen, where you will take a leisurely walk through the village and visit home workshops specializing in silversmithing and coppersmithing.
Included Meals B L D

Day 8: Oudong - Kampong Tralach

Your will have a truly memorable day today, starting with a short motor coach ride to Oudong, the former capital of Cambodia. Visit a Buddhist monastery and receive a special blessing. In Kampong Tralach you will enjoy an oxcart ride through the rice paddies surrounding a small village.
Included Meals B L D

Day 9: Kampong Chhnang - Tonle Sap Lake

This morning you will take a motorboat to explore the lakeside wetlands that form around Tonle Sap Lake, the great lake that dominates Cambodia and is known for its stunning variety of bird life and tranquil floating villages. This evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner on board.
Included Meals B L D

Day 10: Pred Kdam (Disembark)- Siem Reap

Your cruise comes to an end as you disembark at Prek Kdam, a small village on the Tonle River. After disembarking, transfer by motor coach to Siem Reap, the gateway to Angkor and the former capital of the Khmer empire. After checking in to your hotel, the rest of the day is yours to spend at your leisure. Tonight, you will enjoy a special “Apsara Dancing Show” at your hotel, featuring local Cambodian/Khmer folk dancers
Included Meals B D

Day 11: Siem Reap - Angkor

After breakfast, you will have 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. You will 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, the "jewel of Khmer art." Afterwards, you will visit an English-language school sponsored by AmaWaterways in a nearby village.
Included Meals B D

Day 12: Siem Reap - Angkor

This morning you will 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. Afterwards, 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.
Included Meals B

Day 13: Siem Reap - Hanoi (Vietnam)

Enjoy a free morning to spend at your leisure. Transfer to Siem Reap airport in the afternoon for a short flight that will take you to Hanoi. This evening, arrive in Hanoi and check in to your hotel.
Included Meals B

Day 14: Hanoi

Wake up in Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital city, known for its graceful colonial architecture, frenetic streets, and verdant parks and temples. A morning sightseeing tour will take 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. You will 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.
Included Meals B

Day 14: Hanoi - Ha Long Bay Overnight Junk

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 you will spend the night – an incredible once-in-a-lifetime experience and an AmaWaterways exclusive. Enjoy an onboard dinner set against the bay’s magnificent scenery and dramatic limestone cliffs and rock formations.
Included Meals B L D

Day 15: Ha Long Bay - Hanoi

Disembark the Junk in Ha Long Bay and transfer to the Hanoi airport for your homeward flight. We recommend that you schedule your onward flight to depart after 7:00pm today to avoid potential missed connections.
Included Meals B L


  • Included Meals  Included Meals - B: breakfast, L: lunch, D: dinner.

AmaDara



Overview

Launched in 2015 the AmaDara caters for 124 passengers with a crew of 52 looking after your every need. Large Luxury Suites (502 sq. ft.), Suites (366 sq. ft.) and spacious standard staterooms (251 sq. ft.), provide comfortable and elegant accommodation and all have private Twin Balconies (French Balcony plus a full size step-out balcony). The ship’s elegant public areas include two stylish restaurants serving delicious cuisine, an inviting lounge, a fitness room, hair salon, three spas and a refreshing Sun Deck swimming pool.

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • 48 spacious staterooms and 14 luxurious suites, all with both French and full balconies
  • Mekong restaurant with panoramic views
  • Saigon lounge with full service bar
  • Canopied Observation Lounge & Pool
  • Chef's Table Restaurant
  • Library & reading room
  • Internet Café
  • Fitness suite, hair salon & Spa
  • Gift shop

AmaWaterways' AmaDara - deck plan
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All Suites Feature

  • Twin balconies with both French & sit out balconies
  • Private bathroom with shower, WC & wash basin inclusive with toiletries
  • Desk with chair and separate seating area
  • Flat-screen television with infotainment centre & satelite
  • Telephone, safe, hair dryer, and mini bar with bottled water replenished daily
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
  • Plush towels, bathrobe and slippers

Luxury Suite (Upper Deck)

AmaDara - Luxury Suite

Additional Features

  • Suite size: 502 sq.ft.
  • Fixed Super King size bed (6ft wide)
  • large verandah with loungers
  • Large bathroom with shower, bathtub, WC & wash basin
  • Enhanced sitting area with table, sofa & armchairs

Suite (Upper Deck)

AmaDara - Suite

Additional Features

  • Suite size: 366 sq.ft.
  • Enhanced sitting area with table & sofa
  • Bathroom with shower, bathtub, WC & wash basin
  • Twin or King size (UK 5ft) double beds

Cat A, B & C Staterooms (Main, Middle & Upper Deck)

AmaDara - Cat A, B & C Stateroom

Additional Features

  • Suite size: 215 sq.ft.
  • Twin or King size (UK 5ft) double beds

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Aug 8AmaDara£3640£4040£4240£4573£5440
Aug 19AmaDara£3640£4040£4240£4573£5440
Aug 22AmaDara£3706
£3206
£4106
£3606
£4306
£3806
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Sep 2AmaDara£3840£4240£4440£4773£5640
Sep 5AmaDara£3906£4306£4506£4839£5706
Sep 16AmaDara£3906£4306£4506£4839£5706
Sep 19AmaDara£3973£4373£4573£4906£5773
Sep 30AmaDara£4040£4440£4640£4973£5840
Oct 3AmaDara£4106£4506£4706£5039£5906
Oct 14AmaDara£4106£4506£4706£5039£5906
Oct 17AmaDara£4106
£3931
£4506
£4331
£4706
£4531
£5039
£4864
£5906
£5731
£175
Oct 28AmaDara£4106£4506£4706£5039£5906
Oct 31AmaDara£4106
£3931
£4506
£4331
£4706
£4531
£5039
£4864
£5906
£5731
£175
Nov 11AmaDara£4106£4506£4706£5039£5906
Nov 14AmaDara£4106£4506£4706£5039£5906
Nov 25AmaDara£4106£4506£4706£5039£5906
Nov 28AmaDara£4106£4506£4706£5039£5906
Dec 9AmaDara£4106£4506£4706£5039£5906
Dec 12AmaDara£4106
£3606
£4506
£4006
£4706
£4206
£5039
£4539
£5906
£5406
£500
Dec 23AmaDara£4106
£3931
£4506
£4331
£4706
£4531
£5039
£4864
£5906
£5731
£175

Single Occupancy Supplements:
Cruise - Cat C to A: 50%, Suite: 75%, Luxury Suite: 100%
Land - £733

Port Charges: £107pp

Dates in blue denote tours starting in Ho Chi Minh City.

Prices are per person based on two sharing and are subject to availability at time of booking. Operators reserve the right to amend published prices prior to a confirmed booking being made.


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