The mighty Mekong

Venture Deeper

AmaWaterways offers two distinctive Mekong River cruise itineraries that give you the opportunity to make the most of your time in Vietnam and Cambodia and experience an all-encompassing bucket-list adventure by land and river.


Lively Ho Chi Minh City, once known as the “Peal of the Orient,” offers a vibrant mix of old and new and provides the perfect start to your incredible journey through Vietnam and Cambodia. Cruise along the mighty Mekong, discovering a glimpse into another era; one where people still happily honor the timeless traditions passed down through the centuries from their ancestors. Throughout your trip, immerse yourself into the culture and heritage with visits to rural villages, historic pagodas and colorful markets. Be treated to a special blessing by monks in Buddhist monastery, and witness skilled artisans who create exquisite handicrafts and delicacies. Experience all this and more on this life-enriching cruise along the Mekong.

2 nights Ho Chi Minh City, 7-night Ho Chi Minh City to Prek Kdam cruise, 2 nights Siem Reap, 3 nights Hanoi and 1 night Ha Long Bay

Cruise along the Mekong through Cambodia and Vietnam as you are transported back in time to another era, where the rhythms of the countryside move at a slower pace and allow for a fascinating glimpse into a traditional way of life. Visit rural villages, colorful markets and a monastery, where you will receive a special Buddhist blessing by monks. Delve into the peaks and valleys of Cambodia’s history in the Royal Palace and National Museums of its beautiful capital, Phnom Penh. Witness skilled artisans who create exquisite handicrafts and delicacies, and be treated to authentic experiences, including rides via oxcart, tuk tuk and trishaw. On this transformative journey, the Mekong truly reveals a vibrant world along its shores.

2 nights Hanoi, 1 night Ha Long Bay, 3 nights Siem Reap, 7-night Prek Kdam to Ho Chi Minh City cruise and 2 nights Ho Chi Minh City

Ask about other cruise and land combinations.

What's Included

  • 7 nights luxury accommodation in a twin-balcony stateroom
  • Flat-panel screen that features in-house movies
  • Desk and sitting area
  • Fresh water replenished daily
  • Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land packages
  • Sun Deck with pool
  • Fitness room and three spas
  • Saigon Lounge with panoramic views and bar
  • Daily entertainment including cultural performances
  • All onboard dining in a variety of venues
  • Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
  • The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant
  • Welcome Cocktail and Dinner
  • Unlimited wine with lunch and dinner
  • Complimentary local beer, house-brand spirits and soft drinks during cruise
  • Snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge
  • Airport transfers with purchase of air from AmaWaterways
  • Immersive tours in every destination
  • Special Interest Tours
  • Knowledgeable guides
  • Personal headset for easy exploration
  • Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options

Bangkok Extension

The capital and most populous city in Thailand, Bangkok is a fascinating center of commerce and culture. During your unforgettable Bangkok land package, you’ll discover architectural riches from the Grand Palace to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, cruise along the city’s famed canals and enjoy leisure time to explore incredible museums or shop for distinctive souvenirs in its colorful markets. For more information on our Bangkok land package, visit our Charms of the Mekong or Riches of the Mekong itineraries.

Authentic Experiences

Immerse yourself in the local culture and heritage of Vietnam and Cambodia. Authentic experiences in rural villages unspoiled by tourism offer you a chance to delve deeply into this life and to witness the time-honored methods of skilled artisans who create exquisite handicrafts and delicacies.

Sought-After Souvenirs

What will you bring home from your Mekong River cruise? Below are two guest – and crew – favorites that support local artisans and villages.

Things To See

Known for ancient ruins, vibrant temples and awe-inspiring architecture, both Vietnam and Cambodia offer the opportunity to experience an all-encompassing adventure by land and river.

The Distinctive AmaDara

This distinctive ship is in a class of her own! AmaWaterways’ sole cruise ship on the Mekong River, the AmaDara features French Colonial décor and richly carved wood furniture inspired by the history of the region, as well as local artifacts made by native craftsmen. Air-conditioned interior corridors lead to spacious staterooms and suites, most featuring twin balconies that invite the ever-changing scenery of Southeast Asia inside. On board, the AmaDara caters to your every whim, with massage rooms, fitness room, gift shop, hair salon and sun-deck pool. Her stunning Saigon Lounge provides respite by day and unites guests over intriguing local entertainment by night. Savor authentic regional delicacies and Western cuisine in the Main Restaurant or dine at The Chef’s Table specialty 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 throughout your cruise.

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Life On Board At A Glance
Exotic Cuisine

While traveling along the Mekong River, you’ll savor a wonderful blend of fragrant herbs and spices, freshly caught fish, exotic vegetables and fruits bursting with flavor, noodles and rice – the staple of all Southeast Asian cuisine. Using fresh, locally-sourced seasonal ingredients, our expert chefs prepare exquisite cuisine inspired by the Vietnamese and Cambodian destinations you visit, as well as a variety of Western favorites.

Local Recipes

Savor the local flavor at home by trying some of our delicious Vietnamese and Cambodian recipes!

Local Entertainment

Performers from local villages come on board to give you a glimpse of traditional culture, such as Apsara, the traditional dance of the Cambodia people. Dating back to the Angkorean era, this classical performance is best described as graceful and sophisticated.


Mekong Connections

Think you know everything about puppets? Think again. Read more
Dynamic, vibrant, bustling – the modern-day Hanoi has found its future by appreciating its past.Read more
Life-sized elephant bas-reliefs carved out of temple walls at the aptly named Terrace of the Elephants.Read more
Travel to Phnom Penh and see why this vibrant capital city was once known as the ‘Pearl of Asia’Read more
Seasonal celebrations in the Mekong regionRead more
A look at the architectural gems that can be found in this historical cityRead more
10-time AmaWaterways cruisers Larry and Linda Offenberg share their unforgettable experience on the 16-day Charms of the Mekong itinerary.Read more