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Vietnam, Cambodia & The Riches of The Mekong
(Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap)

11 days with AmaWaterways  Rating: Deluxe

River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 HO CHI MINH CITY – EMBARKATION
Today you will board your river cruise ship moored at My Tho Port (Please arrive at the airport before 10 a.m. to avoid any potential missed connections to the ship). Meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Dinner as the ship cruises to Cai Be. (L,D) 

Day 2 CAI 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 candy and rice paper workshops or, alternatively, see the historic Keit house. 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. The ship sails overnight to Tan Chau. (B,L,D) 

Day 3 TAN CHAU – BORDER CROSSING
This morning, you’ll visit Tan Chau, a small Mekong River town unspoiled by tourism. You will have the opportunity to take one of two tours this morning. Your first option to is take a traditional “xe-loi” (trishaw) ride around the town, with stops at a silk-making, slipper and rattan mat workshops. Alternatively, you will take a boat ride through the narrow channels of the Mekong River to several scenic locations, including a small village known as “Evergreen Island.” Return to Tan Chau, where you will visit a workshop that makes rattan mats in the village. You will cruise to the Cambodian border after lunch, stopping for border formalities. The ship continues sailing overnight to Phnom Pehn. (B,L,D) 

Day 4 PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA
The ship cruises into spectacular Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, early this morning and docks at the terminal. This morning you will take an 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. After lunch on board, your afternoon tour explores the highlights of the city, famous for its French colonial architecture, busy cafés and colorful nightlife. Visit 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. The ship will moor overnight along the waterfront, close to restaurants and Phnom Penh’s vibrant nightlife scene. (B,L,D) 

Day 5 PHNOM PENH – KOH CHEN
The morning is free to explore Phnom Penh on your own, perhaps venturing to nearby shops and markets for some souvenir hunting or an opportunity to take a Tuk Tuk tour through the city. In the late morning, the ship continues to Koh Chen, where you will take a leisurely walk through the village and visit home workshops specializing in silversmithing and coppersmithing. (B,L,D) 

Day 6 OUDONG – 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. In Kampong Tralach you will enjoy an oxcart ride through the rice paddies surrounding a small village. (B,L,D)
 
Day 7 KAMPONG CHHNANG – TONLE SAP LAKE
This morning you will take a motorboat to explore the lakeside wetlands that form around Tonle Sap Lake, the great lake that dominates Cambodia and is known for its stunning variety of bird life and tranquil floating villages. This evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner on board. ( B,L,D) 

Day 8 PREAK KDAM – DISEMBARKATION – SIEM REAP
Your cruise comes to an end as you disembark at Prek Kdam, a small village on the Tonle River. After disembarking, transfer by motor coach to Siem Reap, the gateway to Angkor and the former capital of the Khmer empire. After checking in to your hotel, the rest of the day is yours to spend at your leisure. Tonight, you will enjoy a special “Apsara Dancing Show” at your hotel, featuring local Cambodian/Khmer folk dancers. (B,D) 

Day 9 SIEM 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, the "jewel of Khmer art." Afterwards, you will visit an English-language school sponsored by AmaWaterways in a nearby village. (B, D)

*Note: The English-Language school visit is capacity controlled  

Day 10 SIEM REAP – ANGKOR
This morning you will visit the most iconic of all Angkorian temples, Angkor Wat. This intricate and massive temple complex was built by King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century to honor the Hindu god, Vishnu. The temple stands as a masterpiece of Khmer architecture. Afterwards, 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. (B)
 
Day 11 DEPART SIEM REAP
Transfer to Siem Reap airport for your return flight home. (B) 
All This Included
Embark your exotic Mekong cruise in My Tho Port, outside of Ho Chi Minh City. Visit rural villages, historic pagodas, floating markets and a Buddhist monastery along the way. Overnight in Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia. Conclude your cruise in Siem Reap. 

Spacious Staterooms
  • 7 nights luxury accommodation in a twin-balcony stateroom
  • Flat-panel screen that features in-house movies
  • Mini-fridge, desk and sitting area
  • Bottled water replenished daily
An Array of Amenities
  • Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
  • Sun deck with pool
  • Fitness room and three spas
  • Saigon Lounge with panoramic views and bar
  • Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
  • Daily entertainment including cultural performances
Award-Winning Dining
  • 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
A World of Exploration
  • Immersive tours in every destination
  • Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options
  • Knowledgeable guides
  • Personal headset for easy exploration
  • Airport transfers with purchase of air from AmaWaterways
Land Program
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Siem Reap at the Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa  Resort (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruise: Cabin onboard the MS AmaDara
Siem Reap: Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa  Resort (or similar)

Notes
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Port Charges:  $161 per person.
  • Single Supplement for Cruise:  Category A, B & C 50% of twin price; Suite is 75% and Luxury Suite is 100% of twin price.
  • Single Supplement for Land:  $1,099 per person.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Phnom Penh:  No bare shoulders or shorts for ladies during the Royal Palace visit.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.



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