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Riches of the Mekong

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AmaWaterways AmaDara Mekong Cruise

From £2,343 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:

  • 3 Nights Siem Reap hotel stay
  • 7 Nights luxury cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom with balcony
  • 2 Nights Ho Chi Minh City hotel stay
  • Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
  • Immersive tours in every destination with gentle, regular, active and late-riser options
  • Personal headset for easy exploration
  • Award-winning onboard dining in a variety of venues
  • Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
  • Unlimited wine with lunch and dinner on board
  • Complimentary beer, spirits and soft drinks during your cruise
  • Bottles water replenished daily
  • Luxury hotel stays with daily breakfast and additional meals as specified in the itinerary
Mekong - Can-Tho-Floating-Market
Day 1 - Siem Reap

Arrive in Siem Reap for a 3 night hotel stay.

Siem Reap, Cambodia, the gateway to Angkor Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the former capital of the Khmer empire.

Day 2 - Siem Reap - Angkor

Begin your morning exploration of the Angkor temple complex at Angkor Thom, meaning the “Great City”. This is home to Bayon Temple, best known for its gigantic smiling stone faces, as well as the Terrace of Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King. You’ll 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.

Afternoon excursions take you to the fascinating jewel in the crown of Angkorian art, Banteay Srei, meaning “Citadel of Women” as it has been done by the hand of man. Afterwards you are in for a treat of a different kind with a visit to the English language school sponsored by AmaWaterways in the village of Ta Toum, cap this memorable day off with a special “Apsara Dance Show” at your hotel, featuring local Cambodian/Khmer folk dancers.

Day 2 - Siem Reap - Angkor

Breakfast & Dinner

Day 3 - Siem Reap - Angkor

Discover the heart and soul of Cambodia and the most iconic of all Angkorian Temples Angkor Wat.

This is one of the largest religious monuments ever constructed and a true masterpiece of Khmer architecture built by King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century to honour the Hindu god, Vishnu.

Day 3 - Siem Reap - Angkor

Breakfast & Dinner

Day 4 - Kampong Cham - Embarkation

Transfer via coach to the AmaDara in Kampong Cham for your seven-night cruise. Board a motorcoach to the Twin Mountains, known as Phnom Pros and Phnom Srei (male and female mountains).

In the annals of Khmer legend, the twin mountains were formed as the result of a competition between the men and women of an ancient Cambodian kingdom to resolve which gender would be responsible for wedding proposals.

Later, join fellow guests for an evening Welcome Dinner.

Day 4 - Kampong Cham - Embarkation

Breakfast & Dinner

Day 5 - Angkor Ban - Oknhatey Village - Phnom Penh

During the morning, go on a walking tour to Angkor Ban, one of the few villages in Cambodia that was not destroyed under the Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s.

Here people still live in their traditional wooden abodes and keep their old cultural traditions alive. Hundreds of wooden houses stand intact on stilts, shaded with banana trees, among the hustle and bustle of the daily agricultural on-going of the local villagers.

After visiting here, the ship sails to Oknhatey or “Silk Island,” located on the lush banks of the Mekong River. This island is known for its rich tradition of silk weaving. While here, you’ll visit a local elementary school and observe the traditional silk weaving of handicrafts.

Your cruise continues to sail to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia.

Day 5 - Angkor Ban - Oknhatey Village - Phnom Penh

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 - Oudong - Kampong Tralach -Phnom Penh

Your cruise continues to sail to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. The morning excursion takes you to Oudong, Cambodia’s former royal capital from the early 17th century until 1866.

Today, Oudong is a place of pilgrimage for Cambodians. While here, be treated to a memorable Buddhist Blessing Ceremony at a monastery.

After visiting Oudong, be treated to a truly authentic excursion, an oxcart ride through a local village Kampong Tralach.

Later in the day, experience Phnom Penh via a tuk tuk ride and be enchanted by the city’s French Colonial architecture and tree-lined boulevards set amidst monumental Angkorian architecture.

After returning to the ship, enjoy Khmer folk dancing performed by local children in the Saigon Lounge.

Day 6 - Oudong - Kampong Tralach -Phnom Penh

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 - Phnom Penh

This morning’s excursion takes you to Cambodia’s infamous Killing Fields and the Khmer Rouge’s grim Tuol Sleng S21 detention center (Genocide Museum).

Alternatively, you may wish to shop for unique treasures at the bustling yellow-colored Central Market.

After lunch on board, you’ll explore the highlights of the city, followed by a visit to the Royal Palace, the spectacular Silver Pagoda and the National Museum, which has an outstanding collection of Khmer crafts.

Day 7 - Phnom Penh

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 - Phnom Penh - Border crossing - Tan Chau, Vietnam

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

Day 8 - Phnom Penh - Border crossing - Tan Chau, Vietnam

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 9 - 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 9 - Tan Chau - Sa Dec

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10 - 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 10 - Sa Dec - Xeo Quyt - Cai Be

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11 - Disembarkation - Ho Chi Minh City

Your cruise comes to an end as the ship docks at My Tho Port. Transfer to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s former capital of Indochina was once known as the “Paris of the Orient”, and today, it is an industrial, cultural and educational hub. Explore such famous landmarks as the former presidential Palace, the Central Post office, Notre Dame Cathedral and the War Remnants Museum before visiting the Ben Thanh Market, one of the oldest and most iconic structures of Ho Chi Minh City. 

Day 11 -  Disembarkation - Ho Chi Minh City

Breakfast & Lunch

Day 12 - Ho Chi Minh City

Visit Cu Chi Tunnels, an immense underground network built during the Vietnam War.

Spend your afternoon exploring more of Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 12 - Ho Chi Minh City

Breakfast

Day 13 - Depart Ho Chi Minh City

Bid farewell to Vietnam as you prepare to leave.

Breakfast

AmaWaterways AmaDara - Cruising the Mekong

The 124-passenger AmaDara launched 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 separate 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
AmaWaterways - Amadara Deck Plan

Fares displayed are cruise only, please call or enquire online for flights.

DepartShipEmbarkFrom  
Jan 8AmaDaraSiem Reap£3023Save £375 per personCabin Upgrades
Jan 22AmaDaraSiem Reap£3023Save £375 per personCabin Upgrades
Main/Upper DeckCat C251 ft², Twin Balcony£3023 Was £3398 
Main/Upper/Sun DeckCat B251 ft², Twin Balcony£3541 Was £3916 
Upper DeckCat A251 ft², Twin Balcony£3763 Was £4138 
Sun DeckSuite366 ft², Twin Balcony£4133 Was £4508 
Sun DeckLuxury Suite502 ft², Twin Balcony£5170 Was £5545 
Feb 5AmaDaraSiem Reap£3023Save £375 per personCabin Upgrades
Main/Upper DeckCat C251 ft², Twin Balcony£3023 Was £3398 
Main/Upper/Sun DeckCat B251 ft², Twin Balcony£3541 Was £3916 
Upper DeckCat A251 ft², Twin Balcony£3763 Was £4138 
Sun DeckSuite366 ft², Twin Balcony£4133 Was £4508 
Sun DeckLuxury Suite502 ft², Twin Balcony£5170 Was £5545 
Feb 19AmaDaraSiem Reap£3023Save £375 per personCabin Upgrades
Main/Upper DeckCat C251 ft², Twin Balcony£3023 Was £3398 
Main/Upper/Sun DeckCat B251 ft², Twin Balcony£3541 Was £3916 
Upper DeckCat A251 ft², Twin Balcony£3763 Was £4138 
Sun DeckSuite366 ft², Twin Balcony£4133 Was £4508 
Sun DeckLuxury Suite502 ft², Twin Balcony£5170 Was £5545 
Mar 5AmaDaraSiem Reap£2949Save £375 per personCabin Upgrades
Main/Upper DeckCat C251 ft², Twin Balcony£2949 Was £3324 
Main/Upper/Sun DeckCat B251 ft², Twin Balcony£3467 Was £3842 
Upper DeckCat A251 ft², Twin Balcony£3689 Was £4064 
Sun DeckSuite366 ft², Twin Balcony£4057 Was £4434 
Sun DeckLuxury Suite502 ft², Twin Balcony£5096 Was £5471 
Mar 19AmaDaraSiem Reap£2800Save £375 per personCabin Upgrades
Main/Upper DeckCat C251 ft², Twin Balcony£2800 Was £3175 
Main/Upper/Sun DeckCat B251 ft², Twin Balcony£3318 Was £3693 
Upper DeckCat A251 ft², Twin Balcony£3540 Was £3915 
Sun DeckSuite366 ft², Twin Balcony£3910 Was £4285 
Sun DeckLuxury Suite502 ft², Twin Balcony£4947 Was £5322 
Apr 2AmaDaraSiem Reap£2652Save £375 per personCabin Upgrades
Main/Upper DeckCat C251 ft², Twin Balcony£2652 Was £3027 
Main/Upper/Sun DeckCat B251 ft², Twin Balcony£3170 Was £3545 
Upper DeckCat A251 ft², Twin Balcony£3392 Was £3767 
Sun DeckSuite366 ft², Twin Balcony£3762 Was £4137 
Sun DeckLuxury Suite502 ft², Twin Balcony£4799 Was £5174 
Apr 16AmaDaraSiem Reap£2503Save £375 per personCabin Upgrades
Main/Upper DeckCat C251 ft², Twin Balcony£2503 Was £2878 
Main/Upper/Sun DeckCat B251 ft², Twin Balcony£3021 Was £3396 
Upper DeckCat A251 ft², Twin Balcony£3243 Was £3618 
Sun DeckSuite366 ft², Twin Balcony£3613 Was £3988 
Sun DeckLuxury Suite502 ft², Twin Balcony£4650 Was £5025 
Aug 6AmaDaraSiem Reap£2343Save £575 per personCabin Upgrades
Main/Upper DeckCat C251 ft², Twin Balcony£2343 Was £2918 
Main/Upper/Sun DeckCat B251 ft², Twin Balcony£2804 Was £3379 
Upper DeckCat A251 ft², Twin Balcony£3034 Was £3609 
Sun DeckSuite366 ft², Twin Balcony£3419 Was £3994 
Sun DeckLuxury Suite502 ft², Twin Balcony£4496 Was £5071 
Aug 20AmaDaraSiem Reap£2420Save £575 per personCabin Upgrades
Main/Upper DeckCat C251 ft², Twin Balcony£2420 Was £2995 
Main/Upper/Sun DeckCat B251 ft², Twin Balcony£2804 Was £3379 
Upper DeckCat A251 ft², Twin Balcony£3034 Was £3609 
Sun DeckSuite366 ft², Twin Balcony£3419 Was £3994 
Sun DeckLuxury Suite502 ft², Twin Balcony£4496 Was £5071 
Sep 3AmaDaraSiem Reap£2574Save £575 per personCabin Upgrades
Main/Upper DeckCat C251 ft², Twin Balcony£2574 Was £3149 
Main/Upper/Sun DeckCat B251 ft², Twin Balcony£2958 Was £3533 
Upper DeckCat A251 ft², Twin Balcony£3188 Was £3763 
Sun DeckSuite366 ft², Twin Balcony£3573 Was £4148 
Sun DeckLuxury Suite502 ft², Twin Balcony£4650 Was £5225 
Sep 17AmaDaraSiem Reap£2728Save £575 per personCabin Upgrades
Main/Upper DeckCat C251 ft², Twin Balcony£2728 Was £3303 
Main/Upper/Sun DeckCat B251 ft², Twin Balcony£3112 Was £3687 
Upper DeckCat A251 ft², Twin Balcony£3342 Was £3917 
Sun DeckSuite366 ft², Twin Balcony£3727 Was £4302 
Sun DeckLuxury Suite502 ft², Twin Balcony£4804 Was £5379 
Oct 1AmaDaraSiem Reap£3082Save £375 per personCabin Upgrades
Main/Upper DeckCat C251 ft², Twin Balcony£3082 Was £3457 
Main/Upper/Sun DeckCat B251 ft², Twin Balcony£3466 Was £3841 
Upper DeckCat A251 ft², Twin Balcony£3696 Was £4071 
Sun DeckSuite366 ft², Twin Balcony£4081 Was £4456 
Sun DeckLuxury Suite502 ft², Twin Balcony£5158 Was £5533 
Oct 15AmaDaraSiem Reap£3082Save £375 per personCabin Upgrades
Main/Upper DeckCat C251 ft², Twin Balcony£3082 Was £3457 
Main/Upper/Sun DeckCat B251 ft², Twin Balcony£3543 Was £3918 
Upper DeckCat A251 ft², Twin Balcony£3773 Was £4148 
Sun DeckSuite366 ft², Twin Balcony£4158 Was £4533 
Sun DeckLuxury Suite502 ft², Twin Balcony£5235 Was £5610 
Oct 29AmaDaraSiem Reap£3082Save £375 per personCabin Upgrades
Main/Upper DeckCat C251 ft², Twin Balcony£3082 Was £3457 
Main/Upper/Sun DeckCat B251 ft², Twin Balcony£3543 Was £3918 
Upper DeckCat A251 ft², Twin Balcony£3773 Was £4148 
Sun DeckSuite366 ft², Twin Balcony£4158 Was £4533 
Sun DeckLuxury Suite502 ft², Twin Balcony£5235 Was £5610 
Nov 12AmaDaraSiem Reap£3082Save £375 per personCabin Upgrades
Main/Upper DeckCat C251 ft², Twin Balcony£3082 Was £3457 
Main/Upper/Sun DeckCat B251 ft², Twin Balcony£3543 Was £3918 
Upper DeckCat A251 ft², Twin Balcony£3773 Was £4148 
Sun DeckSuite366 ft², Twin Balcony£4158 Was £4533 
Sun DeckLuxury Suite502 ft², Twin Balcony£5235 Was £5610 
Nov 26AmaDaraSiem Reap£3082Save £375 per personCabin Upgrades
Main/Upper DeckCat C251 ft², Twin Balcony£3082 Was £3457 
Main/Upper/Sun DeckCat B251 ft², Twin Balcony£3543 Was £3918 
Upper DeckCat A251 ft², Twin Balcony£3773 Was £4148 
Sun DeckSuite366 ft², Twin Balcony£4158 Was £4533 
Sun DeckLuxury Suite502 ft², Twin Balcony£5235 Was £5610 
Dec 10AmaDaraSiem Reap£3257Save £200 per personCabin Upgrades
Main/Upper DeckCat C251 ft², Twin Balcony£3257 Was £3457 
Main/Upper/Sun DeckCat B251 ft², Twin Balcony£3718 Was £3918 
Upper DeckCat A251 ft², Twin Balcony£3948 Was £4148 
Sun DeckSuite366 ft², Twin Balcony£4333 Was £4533 
Sun DeckLuxury Suite502 ft², Twin Balcony£5410 Was £5610 
Dec 24AmaDaraSiem Reap£3334Save £200 per personCabin Upgrades
Main/Upper DeckCat C251 ft², Twin Balcony£3334 Was £3534 
Main/Upper/Sun DeckCat B251 ft², Twin Balcony£3718 Was £3918 
Upper DeckCat A251 ft², Twin Balcony£3948 Was £4148 
Sun DeckSuite366 ft², Twin Balcony£4333 Was £4533 
Sun DeckLuxury Suite502 ft², Twin Balcony£5410 Was £5610 

Visa – A visa is required for travel to Vietnam and Cambodia. Passengers with a cruise and land itinerary must obtain a multiple entry visa for Vietnam (as there are two different points of entry into the country) and a single entry visa for Cambodia. Please consult with your Consulate for more information.


Enquire now about this cruise & speak to one of our friendly river cruising team on 0800 471 4754.

Why Choose This Cruise?

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. Flexible Itinerary options 

includ Siem Reap – 3 nights hotel in Siem Reap at the Sofitel Royal Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa on Bed and Breakfast (or similar), including an archaeological park tour of Angkor. Ho Chi Minh City – 2 nights hotel stay at Sofitel Saigon Plaza on Bed & Breakfast (Or similar), including a city tour. All transfers between the ship and hotels are included, and services of a professional cruise manager throughout your cruise and land stay.  

We can offer the Riches of the Mekong as a 7 night cruise only holiday.

 

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