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Vietnam, Cambodia & the Riches of the Mekong

Spend 2 nights Hanoi, overnight in Ha Long Bay, then travel to Siem Reap for 3 nights before embarking on your Mekong river cruise, ending your journey with a 2-night stay in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
16 Days – Travel to Hanoi & return from Ho Chi Minh City

OVERVIEW

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.


  • SELECT DIRECTION:
DayDestinationActivities
1HanoiHotel check-in
2HanoiCity tour & rickshaw ride
Water puppet show
3HanoiTransfer to Ha Long Bay
Ha Long BayBay excursion
Overnight cruise onboard traditional wooden junk
4Ha Long BayTransfer to airport
HanoiFlight to Siem Reap
Siem ReapHotel check-in
5Siem ReapAngkor Thom & Banteay Srei
Visit English-language school
6Siem ReapAngkor Wat & Ta Prohm Temple
7Siem Reap (Tonle Sap Lake)Check in for cruise
Siem ReapEMBARKATION
Tonle Sap LakeWelcome Dinner
8Kampong-ChhnangMotor boat excursion into lakeside wetlands
Koh ChenKoh Chen Excursion - Silversmith village visit
9OudongVisit Buddhist Monastery
Kampong-TralachOxcart Ride; Visit Vihara
Phnom PenhPhnom Penh Walking Tour
10Phnom PenhCity tour
Afternoon Killing Fields excursion
11Border CrossingBorder crossing from Cambodia to Vietnam
12Tan ChauVisit to local craftsmen’s workshops
Trishaw ride
13Sa DecLocal boat ride to Sa Dec Village
Visit to local market, museum & temple
Xeo QuytXeo Quyt excursion
Cai BeLocal boat ride to floating market
Visit rice paper & candy-making workshop
14Ho Chi Minh CityDISEMBARKATION
My Tho Port
Transfer to the city
City tour
15Ho Chi Minh CityFree time
16Ho Chi Minh CityReturn flight home
DayDestinationActivities
1Ho Chi Minh CityHotel check-in
2Ho Chi Minh CityCity tour
3Ho Chi Minh CityEMBARKATION
My Tho Port
Welcome Dinner
4Cai BeTrip to floating market
Visit cathedral and candy & rice paper-making workshops
Sa DecWalking tour of market, brick factory, museum and temple
5Sa DecTrishaw ride and visit to craftsmen's workshops
Tan ChauLocal boat excursion to small village
Border CrossingBorder crossing from Vietnam to Cambodia
6Phnom PenhCity tour, Royal Palace & National Museum
Visit Killing Fields
7Koh ChenWalk to silversmithing & coppersmithing village
8OudongVisit to Buddhist monastery
Kampong-TralachOxcart ride
9Kampong-ChhnangLocal boat excursion to lakeside wetlands and walking tour
10Siem ReapDISEMBARKATION
Hotel check-in
11Siem ReapAngkor Archaeological Park
Angkor Thom
Angkor Wat
12Siem ReapExcursion to Banteay Srei and Ta Prohm Temple
Evening flight to Hanoi
HanoiHotel check-in
13HanoiCity tour
Rickshaw ride
Water Puppet Show
14HanoiMotor coach transfer to Ha Long Bay
Ha Long BayOvernight cruise onboard traditional wooden junk
15Ha Long BayBay excursion
Motor coach to Hanoi
HanoiHotel check-in
Free afternoon at leisure
16HanoiReturn flight home
DayDestinationActivities
1Siem ReapEMBARKATION
Tonle Sap LakeWelcome Dinner
2Kampong-ChhnangMotor boat excursion into lakeside wetlands
Koh ChenKoh Chen Excursion - Silversmith village visit
3OudongVisit Buddhist Monastery
Kampong-TralachOxcart Ride; Visit Vihara
Phnom PenhPhnom Penh Walking Tour
4Phnom PenhCity tour
Afternoon Killing Fields excursion
5Border CrossingBorder crossing from Cambodia to Vietnam
6Tan ChauVisit to local craftsmen’s workshops
Trishaw ride
7Sa DecLocal boat ride to Sa Dec Village
Visit to local market, museum & temple
Xeo QuytXeo Quyt excursion
Cai BeLocal boat ride to floating market
Visit rice paper & candy-making workshop
8Ho Chi Minh CityDISEMBARKATION
My Tho Port
DayDestinationActivities
1Ho Chi Minh CityEMBARKATION
My Tho Port
Welcome Dinner
2Cai BeTrip to floating market
Visit cathedral and candy & rice paper-making workshops
Sa DecWalking tour of market, brick factory, museum and temple
3Sa DecTrishaw ride and visit to craftsmen's workshops
Tan ChauLocal boat excursion to small village
Border CrossingBorder crossing from Vietnam to Cambodia
4Phnom PenhCity tour, Royal Palace & National Museum
Visit Killing Fields
5Koh ChenWalk to silversmithing & coppersmithing village
6OudongVisit to Buddhist monastery
Kampong-TralachOxcart ride
7Kampong-ChhnangLocal boat excursion to lakeside wetlands and walking tour
8Siem Reap (Tonle Sap Lake)DISEMBARKATION

INCLUDED FEATURES

  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Hanoi at the Sofitel Legend Metropole (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
  • Overnight stay on board a traditional wooden Junk in Ha Long Bay
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Siem Reap at the Sofitel Royal Angkor (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
  • 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom - most staterooms with balconies (Twin Balconies featured on board AmaLotus)
  • Life enriching tours and excursions
  • Fine dining with all meals included during your cruise
  • Unlimited wine with every lunch and dinner on board
  • Complimentary house-brand spirits, beer and soft drinks during cruise
  • Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
  • Welcome Dinner and Farewell Cocktail Party & Dinner
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) at the Sheraton Saigon (or similar), including buffet breakfast
  • Onboard special highlights including folklore dances and music performances, culture discussion forums, theme dinners and piano entertainment
  • Non-smoking environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
  • All transfers with the purchase of cruise & air package

DETAILED ITINERARY


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Day 1ARRIVE IN HANOI, VIETNAM
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.
Day 2HANOI
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. (B)
Day 3HANOI - HA LONG BAY
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. (B,L,D)
Day 4HA 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. Tonight, you will enjoy a special “Apsara Dancing Show” at your hotel, featuring local Cambodian/Khmer folk dancers. (B,L,D)
Day 5SIEM 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. Afterwards, you will visit an English-language school sponsored by AmaWaterways in the village of Ta Toum. (B,D)
Day 6SIEM REAP - ANGKOR
This morning we will visit the most iconic temple of all Angkorian temples, Angkor Wat. This massive temple complex was built in the early 12th century to honor the Hindu god Vishnu. You will also visit 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 (an incredible sight that will be easily recognized by fans of the film “Tomb Raider”). The afternoon is yours to spend however you wish. (B) )
Day 7SIEM REAP/TONLE SAP LAKE - EMBARKATION - KAMPONG CHHNANG
Today you will board your river cruise ship at Tonle Sap Lake, the great lake that has dominated Cambodia and its people for centuries. Meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Dinner as the ship cruises to Kampong Chhnang. (B,L,D)
Day 8KAMPONG CHHNANG -KOH 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. (B,L,D)
Day 9OUDONG-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 walking 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. (B,L,D)
Day 10PHNOM PENH
A morning tour explores the highlights of the city, famous for its French colonial architecture, busy cafes and colorful nightlife. Visit the Royal Palace, the spectacular Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum, which has an outstanding collection of Khmer crafts. After lunch onboard, you will take an afternoon 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. An overnight on the waterfront provides an opportunity to dine on your own in one of many nearby restaurants, if you so choose. (B,L,D)
Day 11PHNOM PENH - BORDER CROSSING - TAN CHAU, VIETNAM
Spend the day cruising the Mekong River and crossing the border into Vietnam. Your vessel moors at the small town of Tan Chau, Vietnam. (B,L,D)
Day 12TAN CHAU - SA DEC
Today, you will take a small local boat through narrow channels to several scenic locations, including a small village known as “Evergreen Island.” Later, you will see Tan Chau from the vantage point of a traditional “xe-loi” (trishaw) that will take you around to all the sights, with stops at a silk-making workshop and another that produces rattan mats and slippers. This afternoon, your ship cruises to Sa Dec, where it will moor overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 13SA 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, now a small museum. 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. (B,L,D)
Day 14HO CHI MINH CITY - DISEMBARKATION
Your cruise comes to an end as the ship docks at My Tho Port, followed by a transfer to Ho Chi Minh City. As the capital of the French colony of Cochinchina, Saigon was 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. Upon arriving in Ho Chi Minh City, you will enjoy a city tour that explores famous landmarks, such as the former Presidential Palace, Central Post Office and Notre Dame Cathedral; Cho Lon (China Town) and its famous Binh Tay market and Thien Hau pagoda. Overnight at a luxurious hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. (B,L)
Day 15HO 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. (B)
Day 16DEPART HO CHI MINH CITY
Bid farewell to Ho Chi Minh City and prepare for your homeward flight. (B)
Day 1ARRIVE IN HO CHI MINH CITY (SAIGON), VIETNAM
Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), once known as the “Paris of the Orient.” Today, Vietnam’s largest city is an industrial, cultural and educational hub that still retains vestiges of its elegant colonial past.
Day 2HO CHI MINH CITY
This morning, enjoy a city tour that explores such famous landmarks as the former Presidential Palace, Central Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral and the War Remnants Museum. You will also visit Tienh Hau Pagoda and the famous Ben Thanh Market. (B,L)
Day 3HO CHI MINH CITY - EMBARKATION
Board your luxurious vessel, moored at My Tho Port, and enjoy a refreshing drink in the Saigon Lounge. Later tonight, there will be a Captain’s Welcome cocktail party and dinner in the Mekong Restaurant and a Vietnamese folklore performance in the Saigon Lounge. (B,L,D)
Day 4CAI 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 a French Gothic cathedral and workshops that make candy and rice paper. 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, now a small museum. (B,L,D)
Day 5TAN CHAU- BORDER CROSSING
This morning, you’ll visit Tan Chau, a small Mekong River town unspoiled by tourism. You will see the sights from the unique vantage point of a traditional “xe-loi” (trishaw), which will take you to see workshops that make silk and rattan mats. Later, a local boat will take you through narrow channels to several scenic locations, including a small village known as “Evergreen Island.” You will cruise to the Cambodian border after lunch, stopping for border formalities. (B,L,D)
Day 6PHNOM PENH
The ship cruises into spectacular Phnom Penh early this morning and docks at the passenger port terminal. Your guided city tour will show you the highlights of Cambodia’s capital, famous for its French Colonial architecture, busy cafes and colorful nightlife. Visit the Royal Palace, the magnificent Silver Pagoda and the National Museum, which has an outstanding collection of Khmer crafts. After lunch on board, you’ll take an excursion just outside the city to see the infamous Killing Fields and the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (the Khmer Rouge’s grim S21 detention center). 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. (B,L,D)
Day 7KOH CHEN
The morning is free to explore Phnom Penh on your own, perhaps venturing to nearby shops and markets for some souvenir hunting. In the afternoon, the ship continues to Koh Chen, where you will take a leisurely walk through the village and visit some home workshops specializing in silversmithing and coppersmithing. You will also have an opportunity to visit the village school
Day 8OUDONG - 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, then continue to Kampong Tralach to visit Wat Kampong Tralach Pleu. Later, you take an oxcart ride through the picturesque rice paddies surrounding a small village en route back to the ship. (B,L,D)
Day 9KAMPONG CHHNANG - TONLE SAP LAKE
This morning you will take a motor boat to explore the lakeside wetlands that form the mouth of the Tonle River. The scenery in this area will truly be a highlight of your trip. Temples abound along the river banks at Kampong Chhnang, a busy rural port town, where you will catch glimpses of the local lifestyle, including floating villages, bustling markets and numerous gigantic fish traps, some over a half-mile long. This evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner on board. ( B,L,D)
Day 10SIEM REAP/TONLE SAP LAKE - DISEMBARKATION - SIEM REAP
Your cruise comes to an end as you disembark* at Tonle Sap Lake, the great lake that dominates Cambodia and is known for its stunning variety of bird life and tranquil fishing villages. After disembarking, transfer by motor coach to Siem Reap, the gateway to Angkor and the former capital of the Khmer empire. (B, D)
Day 11SIEM REAP - ANGKOR
After breakfast, begin a guided sightseeing tour of the Angkor Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most renowned archeological destinations in Southeast Asia. Highlights include Angkor Thom, Terrace of the Elephants, Terrace of the Leper King and the Bayon Temple. This afternoon, visit the most iconic of all Angkorian temples – Angkor Wat. (B,D)D)
Day 12SIEM REAP - HANOI, VIETNAM
Travel through rural countryside to the pink sandstone temple of Banteay Srei this morning. Then visit Ta Prohm, a temple famous for the thick tree roots that have become intertwined with the ancient stones over many centuries. This afternoon, transfer to the Siem Reap Airport for a short flight to Hanoi, Vietnam’s vibrant capital city, known for its graceful colonial architecture, frenetic streets, verdant parks and ancient temples. (B))
Day 13HANOI
A morning sightseeing tour will take you to Hanoi’s most famous historical and cultural sites, including Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ba Dinh Square, One-pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature, and the former prison U.S. soldiers once dubbed the “Hanoi Hilton.” In the afternoon, experience an authentic rickshaw (“cyclo”) ride through the Old Quarter, followed by a fascinating water puppet show. (B)
Day 14HANOI - HA LONG BAY OVERNIGHT JUNK
After breakfast, depart Hanoi for a scenic motor coach ride to one of Vietnam’s most spectacular natural wonders, Ha Long Bay. Board a traditional wooden Junk that combines classic beauty with modern conveniences and set sail to explore the Bay’s magnificent scenery and stunning limestone cliffs. This evening, enjoy dinner on board and spend the night aboard the Junk. (B,L,D)
Day 15HA LONG BAY - HANOI
Your Ha Long Bay Junk continues its scenic cruising while a delightful breakfast is served in the dining lounge. Late morning, disembark for a motor coach transfer to Hanoi. After checking in to your hotel, the remainder of the day is yours to explore the city on your own. (B,L
Day 16DEPART HANOI, VIETNAM
Bid farewell to Hanoi and prepare for your homeward flight. (B)
Day 1SIEM REAP/TONLE SAP LAKE - EMBARKATION - KAMPONG CHHNANG
Today you will board your river cruise ship at Tonle Sap Lake, the great lake that has dominated Cambodia and its people for centuries. Meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Dinner as the ship cruises to Kampong Chhnang.
Day 2KAMPONG CHHNANG -KOH 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. (B,L,D)
Day 3OUDONG-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 walking 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. (B,L,D)
Day 4PHNOM PENH
A morning tour explores the highlights of the city, famous for its French colonial architecture, busy cafes and colorful nightlife. Visit the Royal Palace, the spectacular Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum, which has an outstanding collection of Khmer crafts. After lunch onboard, you will take an afternoon 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. An overnight on the waterfront provides an opportunity to dine on your own in one of many nearby restaurants, if you so choose. (B,L,D)
Day 5PHNOM PENH - BORDER CROSSING - TAN CHAU, VIETNAM
Spend the day cruising the Mekong River and crossing the border into Vietnam. Your vessel moors at the small town of Tan Chau, Vietnam. (B,L,D)
Day 6TAN CHAU - SA DEC
Today, you will take a small local boat through narrow channels to several scenic locations, including a small village known as “Evergreen Island.” Later, you will see Tan Chau from the vantage point of a traditional “xe-loi” (trishaw) that will take you around to all the sights, with stops at a silk-making workshop and another that produces rattan mats and slippers. This afternoon, your ship cruises to Sa Dec, where it will moor overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 7SA 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, now a small museum. 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. (B,L,D)
Day 8HO CHI MINH CITY - DISEMBARKATION
Your cruise comes to an end as the ship docks at My Tho Port. (B)
Day 1HO CHI MINH CITY - EMBARKATION
Board your luxurious vessel, moored at My Tho Port, and enjoy a refreshing drink in the Saigon Lounge. Later tonight, there will be a Captain’s Welcome cocktail party and dinner in the Mekong Restaurant and a Vietnamese folklore performance in the Saigon Lounge. (B,L,D)
Day 2CAI 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 a French Gothic cathedral and workshops that make candy and rice paper. 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, now a small museum. (B,L,D)
Day 3TAN CHAU- BORDER CROSSING
This morning, you’ll visit Tan Chau, a small Mekong River town unspoiled by tourism. You will see the sights from the unique vantage point of a traditional “xe-loi” (trishaw), which will take you to see workshops that make silk and rattan mats. Later, a local boat will take you through narrow channels to several scenic locations, including a small village known as “Evergreen Island.” You will cruise to the Cambodian border after lunch, stopping for border formalities. (B,L,D)
Day 4PHNOM PENH
The ship cruises into spectacular Phnom Penh early this morning and docks at the passenger port terminal. Your guided city tour will show you the highlights of Cambodia’s capital, famous for its French Colonial architecture, busy cafes and colorful nightlife. Visit the Royal Palace, the magnificent Silver Pagoda and the National Museum, which has an outstanding collection of Khmer crafts. After lunch on board, you’ll take an excursion just outside the city to see the infamous Killing Fields and the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (the Khmer Rouge’s grim S21 detention center). 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. (B,L,D)
Day 5KOH CHEN
The morning is free to explore Phnom Penh on your own, perhaps venturing to nearby shops and markets for some souvenir hunting. In the afternoon, the ship continues to Koh Chen, where you will take a leisurely walk through the village and visit some home workshops specializing in silversmithing and coppersmithing. You will also have an opportunity to visit the village school
Day 6OUDONG - 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, then continue to Kampong Tralach to visit Wat Kampong Tralach Pleu. Later, you take an oxcart ride through the picturesque rice paddies surrounding a small village en route back to the ship. (B,L,D)
Day 7KAMPONG CHHNANG - TONLE SAP LAKE
This morning you will take a motor boat to explore the lakeside wetlands that form the mouth of the Tonle River. The scenery in this area will truly be a highlight of your trip. Temples abound along the river banks at Kampong Chhnang, a busy rural port town, where you will catch glimpses of the local lifestyle, including floating villages, bustling markets and numerous gigantic fish traps, some over a half-mile long. This evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner on board. ( B,L,D)
Day 8SIEM REAP/TONLE SAP LAKE - DISEMBARKATION
Your cruise comes to an end as you disembark* at Tonle Sap Lake, the great lake that dominates Cambodia and is known for its stunning variety of bird life and tranquil fishing villages.

 

 

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Important:  Dates, prices & itineraries for 2013 sailings are subject to change.

Port Charges:  $119 per person.

Intra-Asia Air (Hanoi - Siem Reap):  $300

Single Supplement for Cruise:  Category A, B & C 50% of twin price; Jr. Suite & Suite 100% of twin price.

Single Supplement for Land:  $999 per person.

Bedding:  Jr. Suites and Suites feature a King size bed. For Deluxe Staterooms, please select bedding configuration at the time of booking. Option A: Two twin beds Option B: One large bed (larger than queen size).

Visa:  A visa is required for travel to Vietnam and Cambodia; please consult with your Consulate for more information.

Siem Reap Embarkation Day:  During low water season, transfer from Siem Reap to the ship via motor coach to Preak Kdam, a small village on the Tonle River.

Siem Reap Disembarkation Day:  During low water season, disembark the ship at Preak Kdam, a small village on the Tonle River, and transfer via motor coach to Siem Reap.

Phnom Penh:  No bare shoulders or shorts for ladies during the Royal Palace visit.

**:  Land programs starts from Ho Chi Minh City and ends in Hanoi.

SHIP(S)

AmaLotus

New for 2011 is the 124-passenger AmaLotus, joining La Marguerite in offering the most luxurious river cruise vacations available on the exotic Mekong River through Cambodia and Vietnam.

La Marguerite

The 92-passenger La Marguerite was specifically built to provide the most immersive experience on South East Asia’s legendary Mekong River.

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