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Riches of the Mekong

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Riches of the Mekong

From £1,257 pp

Cruise along the Mekong as you are transported back in time to another era, where the rhythms of the countryside move at a slower pace and allow for fascinating glimpses into a traditional way of life.

Experience the lively hustle and bustle of open-air and floating markets, offering exotic produce. Delve into the peaks and valleys of Cambodia’s history in the museums of its beautiful capital, Phnom Penh.

Browse the local workshops throughout Vietnam, where exquisite handmade silks, rattan mats, and other crafts make memorable souvenirs.

On this transformative journey, the Mekong truly reveals a vibrant world along its shores.

What’s Included:

  • 7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with outside balconies)
  • Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
  • Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • Award-winning onboard dining in a variety of venues
  • Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
  • Captain’s Welcome Cocktail and Dinner
  • Sip & Sail Daily Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
  • Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
  • Sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge
  • Daily entertainment including cultural performances
  • Immersive tours in every destination
  • Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options
  • Guided hikes, Special Interest Tours
  • Personal headset for easy exploration
Mekong - Can-Tho-Floating-Market
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Day 1 - Embarkation Prek Kdam

After a transfer by coach, you will board your river cruise ship at Prek Kdam, a small village on the Tonle River.

Meet your fellow guests at a Welcome Dinner as the ship cruises to Kampong Chhnang

Lunch & Dinner

Day 2 - Kampong Chhnang - Kampong Tralach - Oudong

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.

Afterwards, you’ll take a coach 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, you’ll visit one of Cambodia’s largest monasteries, where you’ll be treated to a memorable Buddhist blessing ceremony.

Your ship departs for Oknhatey Village and moors midstream.

Day 2 - Kampong Chhnang - Kampong Tralach - Oudong

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3 - Oknhatey Village - Phnom Penh

Koh Oknhatey, or “Silk Island,” located on the lush banks of the Mekong River, is known for its rich tradition of silk weaving.

You’ll go to Oknhatey, where you’ll visit a local elementary school and observe the traditional silk weaving of handicrafts.

Later, your ship departs for Phnom Penh, the vibrant coloruful 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 3 - Oknhatey Village - Phnom Penh

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 - Phnom Penh

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 centre (Genocide Museum) just outside the city.

Or if you prefer to stay in Phnom Penh, you can visit the bustling yellow-coloured 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 4 - Phnom Penh

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 - Phnom Penh - Border crossing - Tan Chau, Vietnam

Spend the day cruising the Mekong River as your ship crosses the border into Vietnam.

Day 5 - Phnom Penh - Border crossing - Tan Chau, Vietnam

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 - Tan Chau - Sa Dec

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

Day 6 - Tan Chau - Sa Dec

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 - Sa Dec - Xeo Quyt - Cai Be

Once ashore in Sa Dec, tour the town where French writer Marguerite Duras spent many years in her youth.

Visit a colourful 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 7 - Sa Dec - Xeo Quyt - Cai Be

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 - Disembarkation - Ho Chi Minh City

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

*We recommend that you schedule your onward flight to depart Ho Chi Minh after 4:00pm today to avoid potential missed connections.

Day 8 -  Disembarkation - Ho Chi Minh City

Breakfast

AmaWaterways AmaDara Ship

The 124-passenger AmaDara made her debut in 2015 and is in a class unto itself with distinct French Colonial décor and accented by Mekong artefacts made by native craftsmen.

Elegantly appointed staterooms are 251 sq. ft. and suites range from 366-502 sq. ft. Staterooms and suites feature twin balconies, both a French and outside balcony, so you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish. Additional stateroom amenities include a cosy sitting area, climate-controlled air conditioning, in-room safe and mini bar. Spacious bathrooms have a shower, bathrobe, slippers and hair dryer. Suites have additional enhanced amenities with a large sitting area and bathrooms with both a shower and separate tub.

AmaDara offers a host of added comforts and conveniences, including a spa, fitness room, gift shop, hair salon and Sun Deck pool. The stunning Saigon Lounge provides a wonderful place to meet fellow guests, and enjoy colourful and vibrant local entertainment, including traditional Khmer Psara dancers and lively musical performances.

Savour authentic regional delicacies and Western cuisine in the main restaurant or dine at The Chef’s Table speciality restaurant; and throughout your cruise, be treated to unlimited complimentary wine with lunch and dinner, as well as house brand spirits, local beer and soft drinks.

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

Accommodation & Amenities

62 spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms and Suites range in size from 251-502 sq. ft, all feature a French balcony and Outside balcony, so you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish.

Suites feature added enhancements, including a larger sitting area and bathrooms with both a shower and a seperate bath, staterooms and suites amenities include Entertainment-On-Demand, climate-controlled air conditioning; plush towels, bathrobes and slippers telephone, safe and hair dryer, mini bar with bottled water replenished daily, and an in-room safe.

Luxury Suites

502 ft² – Sadec (Sun Deck) Deck

  • 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
  • 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
AmaWaterways AmaDara Luxury Suite
AmaWaterways AmaDara Suite

Suite

366 ft² – Sadec (Sun Deck)

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

Cat. A, B & C Staterooms  251 ft²

Cat A – Saigon Deck (Upper)

Cat B – Sadec, Saigon & Tonle Deck (Sun, Upper & Main deck)

Cat C – Saigon & Tonle (Upper and Main Deck)

  • Twin or King size (UK 5ft) double beds
  • 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
AmaWaterways AmaDara Cat A

Why Choose This Cruise?

AMAWaterways are rated as having the 10 best ships on the rivers by Berlitz river cruise guide.

AMA’s included excursions go beyond the ordinary with small group tours exploring the culture and traditions of the places you visit as well as the main sights.  Real destination enrichment and deeper understanding is already included in  the cost of your cruise.

A high standard of cuisine is guaranteed due to their membership of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs – a prestigious international culinary society.  Relaxed private dining on board is also available to book during your cruise.

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