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. Meet elementary students at a local school, witness skilled artisans who create exquisite handicrafts and delicacies, and be treated to authentic experiences, including rides via oxcart, tut tut and trishaw. On this transformative journey, the Mekong truly reveals a vibrant world along its shores.

COUNTRIES: CAMBODIA, VIETNAM   RIVERS: MEKONG

December 17, 2018
AmaDara • Cat B French & Outside Balcony

$2451CAD pp ($202 tax included)
2-FOR-1 CRUISE FARE

Prices quoted are per person, reflect the 2 for 1 savings, are cruise only & based on double occupancy. Airfare extra.


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DAY 1 Kampong Cham
EMBARKATION

Twin Mountains
Welcome Dinner

Transfer via motorcoach from Siem Reap to the AmaDara in Kampong Cham for your seven-night cruise. Your afternoon excursion takes you to the Twin Mountains, known as Phnom Pros and Phnom Srei (male and female mountains). In the annals of Khmer legend, the twin mountains were formed as the result of a competition between the men and women of an ancient Cambodian kingdom to resolve which gender would be responsible for wedding proposals. As the story goes, the women lit a fire at night, which made the men believe the sun was rising. As a result, the men stopped working and the women won the competition. Thus, men still need to ask the women's parents for permission and Phnom Srei is higher than Phnom Pros. Later, join fellow guests for an evening Welcome Dinner. (L,D) 
Note: All cruise only guests must meet at our designated hotel in Siem Reap on Embarkation day to join the transfer to the ship in Kampong Cham. We recommend that you fly into Siem Reap at least one day prior to embarkation; please inquire about important arrival arrangements prior to your cruise.


DAY 2 Wat Hanchey, Oknhatey Village 
Walking Tour
Visit Silk Village and local school


During the morning, go on a walking tour to Wat Hanchey, a hilltop pagoda that was an important center of worship during the Chenla period. You can climb the over 290 steps, enjoying the beauty of nature on the both sides of stairway, and once you get to the top, take in the magnificent views of the Mekong. Wat Hanchey dates to the 7th century, before the glory days of the Khmer Empire when Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom were built in the 12th century. The most notable structure in this complex is Chenla-era brick sanctuary, as well as Theravada pagoda built in Khmer style with the main colors being yellow and blue. There are also several beautiful temples, pagodas, stupas and statues. The statues depict mythical heroes and creatures, wild and domestic animals and a huge variety of fruit. After visiting here, the ship sails to Oknhatey or “Silk Island,” located on the lush banks of the Mekong River. This island is 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. Your cruise continues to sail to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. (B,L,D)


DAY 3 Oudong, Kampong-Tralach, Phnom Penh
Walking tour and Buddhist Blessing ceremony
Oxcart ride
Tuk tuk orientation tour


Your morning excursion takes you 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. After visiting Oudong, be treated to a truly authentic excursion, an oxcart ride through a local village Kampong Tralach. Later in the day, experience Phnom Penh via a tuk tuk ride and be enchanted by the city's French Colonial architecture and tree-lined boulevards set amidst monumental Angkorian architecture. After returning to the ship, enjoy Khmer folk dancing performed by local children in the Saigon Lounge. (B,L,D)


DAY 4 Phnom Penh
Killing Fields and Genocide Museum excursion
Royal Palace and National Museum


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. (B,L,D)

DAY 5 Tan Chau
Border crossing from Cambodia to Vietnam


Spend the day cruising the Mekong River as your ship crosses the border into Vietnam. (B,L,D)


DAY 6 ?Tan Chau
?Trishaw ride to craftsmen’s workshops
OR Local Village


Enjoy a visit to Tan Chau, a small Mekong River town unspoiled by tourism. You will have the opportunity to 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 to Sa Dec. (B,L,D)


DAY 7 Sa Dec, Xeo Quyt, Cai Be
Local boat ride to Sa Dec
Visit local market
Xeo Quyt excursion
Visit local workshops
OR Kiet Historical house


Once ashore in Sa Dec, tour the town where French writer Marguerite Duras spent many years in her youth. Visit a colorful local market and the 19th-century house of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, Duras’ Chinese paramour. Later, 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. You will have an opportunity to visit candy and rice paper making workshops and the historic Kiet Old House. Cap the day off with a festive Farewell Dinner on board. (B,L,D)


DAY 8 Ho Chi Minh City
DISEMBARKATION (My Tho Port)
Your cruise comes to an end as the ship docks at My Tho Port. (B)

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WHATS INCLUDED

SPACIOUS STATEROOMS
7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with twin balconies)
Flat-panel screen that features in-house movies
Mini-fridge, desk and sitting area
Bottled water replenished daily

AN ARRAY OF AMENITIES
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


Trishaw ride to craftsmen’s workshops
 
OR Local Village

Terms & Conditions: Prices quoted are per person, reflect the 2 for 1 savings, are cruise only & based on double occupancy. Airfare extra. Limited time offer - Book by September 30,, 2018. Private Sales are deep discounts and are not combinable with any other promotions. Other restrictions apply. Offers are based on double occupancy and are valid on select sailings only for new FIT bookings. 2-for-1 offer is based on double occupancy for cruise only and is not applicable to Suites. Solo travelers receive single supplement waived on applicable departures, excluding A+, AA+ and Suites. Offers are not combinable with any other promotions/discounts, consortia programs, are limited to availability, are capacity controlled and are subject to change or termination without notice. Other restrictions apply. Land programs, visas, roundtrip airfare and gratuities are additional.