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.
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
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 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 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 5 - Phnom Penh - Border crossing - Tan Chau, Vietnam
Spend the day cruising the Mekong River as your ship crosses the border into Vietnam.
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 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 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.
Launched in 2015 the AmaDara caters for 124 passengers with a crew of 52 looking after your every need.
The ship’s elegant public areas are in a class unto itself with distinct French Colonial décor and accented by Mekong artefacts made by native craftsmen, two stylish restaurants serving delicious cuisine, an inviting 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, a fitness room, hair salon, three spas and a refreshing Sun Deck swimming pool.
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.
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.
SPECIAL OFFER: Save up to £700 per person on selected 2019 dates.
We treat each and every enquiry as if it were from a friend. Based on our honest, plain speaking discussions we truly believe that our recommendations will be the easiest and best for you.