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Charms of the Mekong (Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap)
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Today you will board your river cruise ship moored at My Tho Port. Meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Dinner as the ship cruises to Cai Be. (B,L,D)
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. 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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Disembark at Prek Kdam, a small village on the Tonle River, and transfer by motor coach to Siem Reap, gateway to the Angkor Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the former capital of the Khmer empire. (B,D)

Begin your morning exploration of the temple complex at Angkor Wat, the most iconic of all Angkorian temples. Afterwards, visit nearby Ta Prohm, known as the “Kingdom of the Trees,” for the way in which the temple stones have become intertwined with thick forest vegetation. You’ll also see the fascinating jewel in the crown of Angkorian art, Banteay Srei, which means “Citadel of Women,” as it has been said that the carving is too fine to have been done by the hand of man. Later in the day, visit the English-language school sponsored by AmaWaterways in the village of Ta Toum. During the evening, be treated to a special “Apsara Dancing Show” at your hotel, featuring local Cambodian/Khmer folk dancers. (B,D)

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

After breakfast, you will have a guided sightseeing tour of 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 the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King. (B,L)

Bid farewell to Siem Reap today as you prepare for your return flight home. (B, L)

Cruising: Cabin onboard MS AmaDara
Siem Reap: Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa  Resort (or similar)

Cruise along the Mekong, visiting rural villages, historic pagodas, local markets and a Buddhist monastery where you’ll be treated to a special blessing by monks. Indulge your inner adventurer in Siem Reap, exploring the grand temples of Angkor Archeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Important:  Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.
  • Port Charges:  $161 per person
  • Single Supplement:  Category A, B & C 50% of twin price; Suite is 75% and Luxury Suite is 100% of twin price. Please see terms below for details.
  •  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.
  • Phnom Penh:  No bare shoulders or shorts for ladies during the Royal Palace visit.
  • We recommend that you arrive in Ho Chi Minh City before 10 a.m. on embarkation day, or book an extra night prior to your cruise embarkation date to avoid potential missed connections to your cruise. We also recommend that you schedule your onward flight to depart Siem Reap after 7:00pm to avoid potential missed connections on your cruise disembarkation date.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.