Two lively cities, Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, provide the perfect start and end to your incredible journey. Cruise along the Mekong, visiting rural villages, historic pagodas, local markets and a Buddhist monastery where you’ll witness a special blessing by monks. Indulge your inner adventurer in Siem Reap, exploring the grand temples of Angkor Archeological Park. 

  • Day 01

    Ho Chi Minh City - Embarkation

    Embark on the AmaDara at My Tho Port. Join us for a Welcome Dinner and meet your fellow passenger as the ship cruises to Cai Be.

    Meals included: Dinner (D)

  • Day 02

    Cai Be - Sa Dec

    Take a local boat to Cai Be. You will have an opportunity to visit candy and rice paper-making workshops and the historic Kiet Old House. Later in the day, journey to Sa Dec, a sprawling town on the Mekong Delta, where French writer Marguerite Duras spent part of her youth. You will visit the local market, Cao Dai Temple and the house of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (B,L,D)

  • Day 03

    Tan Chau - Border Crossing

    Enjoy a visit to Tan Chau, a small Mekong River town unspoiled by tourism. You will have the opportunity to get an authentic experience and 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 from Vietnam to the Cambodian border en route to Phnom Penh. 

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (B,L,D)

  • Day 04

    Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (B,L,D)

  • Day 05

    Phnom Penh - Oknhatey Village

    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. Alternatively, you may wish to shop for unique treasures at the bustling yellow-colored Central Market. Later in the morning, set sail for Oknhatey Village. Oknhatey is “Silk Island,” located on the lush banks of the Mekong River and 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. Afterwards, the ship sets sail for Kampong Chhnang. 

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (B,L,D)

  • Day 06

    Kampong Chhnang

    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 the busy waterfront market. Later in the day, the ship sails to Kampong Tralach. 

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (B,L,D)

  • Day 07

    Kampong Tralach

    Kampong Tralach, you’ll have a truly authentic excursion – an oxcart ride through a local village along the river bank. Afterwards, you’ll go 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. During the afternoon, take a leisurely walk through Koh Chen and visit home workshops specializing in silver- and copper-smithing. You’ll get an up-close view of how local artisans make ornamental items often used in traditional ceremonies.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (B,L,D)

  • Day 08

    Prek Kdam - Disembarkation

    Your cruise comes to an end as you disembark at Prek Kdam, a small village on the Tonle River.

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Cruise Line: AmaWaterways

Cruise Ship: AmaDara

AmaDara features spacious staterooms and suites which have private twin balconies. Public areas include two stylish restaurants, an inviting lounge, a fitness room, hair salon, three spas and a refreshing Sun Deck swimming pool.
Built: 2015
Crew: 52
Passengers: 124

Route details
From Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap

Dates (7 nights)
2019 departures are available from January to December

Inclusion

  • 7 nights luxury accommodation in a twin-balcony stateroom
  • Flat-panel screen that features in-house movies
  • Desk and sitting area
  • Bottled water replenished daily
  • 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
  • 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
  • Immersive tours in every destination
  • Knowledgeable guides
  • Personal headset for easy exploration
  • Airport transfers with purchase of air from AmaWaterways
  • Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options

Charlotte Travel Exclusives

  • USD100 shipboard credits per person

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