Charms of the Mekong
FRC-380664/380635
8 Nights from
£2,999
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Cruise prices are per person

Port Charges: Additional £112 per person

Single Supplement for Cruise: 50% of twin price; Suites 100% of twin price.

At A Glance

What's Included

  • 7 nights luxury accommodation in a twin-balcony stateroom
  • Bottled water replenished daily
  • Knowledgeable guides
  • Personal headset for easy exploration
  • Daily entertainment including cultural performances
  • Fitness room and three spas
  • All onboard dining in a variety of venues
  • Welcome Cocktail and Dinner
  • Unlimited wine with lunch and dinner
  • Complimentary local beer, house-brand spirits and soft drinks during cruise
  • Immersive tours in every destination
  • Enjoy a local boat ride to the floating market of Cai Be
  • Visit rice paper and candy-making workshops
  • Killing Fields excursion and Genocide Museum
  • Local village visits
  • Monastery visits

What's Not Included

  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone/fax calls, camera/video fees, medical expenses, airport departure tax, travel insurance, visas, excess baggage fees etc.
  • Beverages and food not on the regular table d’hôte menu
  • Governmental or local taxes/ fees and fuel surcharges
  • Airfare and overseas transfers
Itinerary
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Day 1
Emabrkation - Ho Chi Minh City

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)

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Day 2
Cai Be - Sa Dec

After breakfast, take an excursion in a local boat around Cai Be to see the 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)

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Day 3
Tan Chau

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)

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Day 4
Phnom Penh

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)

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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)

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Day 6
Oudoung - 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)

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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)

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Day 8
Disembarkation - Prek Kdam

Your cruise comes to an end as you disembark at Prek Kdam, a small village on the Tonle River. (B) Note: We recommend that you schedule your onward flight to depart after 7:00pm today to avoid potential missed connections.

Sail on board AmaDara
Entertainment

Onboard special highlights include folklore dances and music performances, culture discussion forums, theme dinners and piano entertainment.

Saigon Lounge & Bar

The Saigon Lounge located on the Upper Deck is the place to be. With its own bar, grand piano, dance floor, its serves guests complimentary drinks consisting of local beers, wines, spirit and extra-cost premium brand liquors. Entertainment here is provided mostly by local artists performances, including traditional music and folklore dances. 

Gift Shop

The Gift Shop, located on the Upper Deck offers guests the chance to purchase mostly Cambodian-Vietnamese handmade souvenirs, fashion accessories, and special occasion gifts.

Public Computers & Library

Located inside the Saigon Lounge, guests can relax within the library or make use of the 4 complimentary Internet computer stations.

Enrichment

Shore Excursions

AmaWaterways takes great pride in crafting enticing shore excursions and pre- and post-cruise city tours with personable local guides. Their tours are designed to delve into the heart of each destination, visiting must-see landmarks as well as out of the way gems. Guests are allocated one of the state-of-the-art personal audio devices, which make it easy to hear every word of their guide’s lively commentary. Whether it’s part of a land program itinerary or a small group shore excursion, your AmaWaterways vacation will include a multitude of experiences that are entertaining, enriching and available exclusively to their guests.

Accommodation

Stateroom Features

  • Outside balconies in most staterooms and suites
  • Sitting area perfect for admiring scenic river views
  • Exquisite décor with French Colonial touches and Khmer artifacts
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
  • Writing desk, robes, slippers, mini bar, safe, TV and telephone for onboard communication

Suite Features

  • Suites feature a comfortable sitting area plus a bathroom with a shower and separate tub
  • Luxury Suites feature a comfortable sitting area with full-size sofa and a spacious bathroom with a whirlpool tub and separate shower
Dining
  • Mekong Restaurant: serving Asian and Western specialties
  • Complimentary imported wine, beer, and soft drinks with every lunch and dinner
  • Complimentary house-brand spirits, local beer, soft drinks and bottled water available throughout the day during the cruise

Chef's Table Speciality Restaurant

The specialty Chef's Table restaurant serves both Western and Southeastern Asian-inspired dishes. The traditional Vietnamese and Cambodian cuisine specialties are prepared by local chefs.

Mekong Restaurant

The Mekong Restaurant is the AmaDara ship’s Main Dining Room. Stylishly furnished with large panoramic windows, open seating buffet-style Breakfast (English and Continental) is available along with Lunch which offers an additional a la carte menu. Dinner features multiple courses with mostly Western cuisine. Tables are available in a variety of seatings, ranging from 2-8 passengers per table. 

Additional Information

Ship Features

  • Elegantly-appointed public areas
  • Panoramic Lounge and Saigon Lounge
  • Library and gift shop
  • Spa and fitness room
  • Sun deck with bar and swimming pool
HealthFitness

As you sail through Vietnam and Cambodia’s most beautiful and tranquil scenery, why not take the opportunity to pamper yourself? They have an expert hair stylist, masseuse and beauty therapist at your disposal for the duration of the cruise. Pamper your body and rejuvenate your spirit while you’re on board with AmaWaterways.

Fitness Room, Spa & Hair Salon

The AmaDara's Fitness Area, Spa rooms & Beauty salon are operated by certified staff and a professional beauty therapist. With panoramic floor-ceiling windows, guests can enjoy the Mekong riverside scenery views.

Pool

The warm-water pool is surrounded by a large shaded seating and smaller sunbathing areas with loungers and chairs. The pool deck area is served by its own Bar offering complimentary refreshing drinks and snacks.

Facilities

Disabled Facilities

Handicapped facilities are not available on board or in many places visited on cruises and cruise tours. If you (participant) have a disability and reasonable accommodation may enable you to use the services, please let them know how you believe they can help. Participant must inform them in writing, at or immediately after making the reservation, but in any event as early as possible, of any mobility impairment or other condition, whether physical, emotional or mental, which may require accommodation or use of an assistive device during the travel. A reasonable effort will be made to accommodate special needs, but they are not responsible for denial of service by carriers, hotels, or other independent suppliers. A participant, who, due to impairment, is not self-sufficient, may be required to travel with a companion who shall take responsibility for assistance needed during travel and in case of emergency. An individual with a disability that would result in a direct threat to the health and safety of others or to that individual may be excluded, if it is determined there is a significant risk that cannot be eliminated or reduced to an acceptable level by reasonable accommodations, policies, practices, procedures assistive devices or services. If participant fails to timely inform us of any impairment or condition, and it is determined based on information that participant should have provided that participation poses a safety risk to participant or direct health or safety threat to others, participant may be excluded from parts or all of the travel. They shall have no liability to participant relating to any condition, treatment, failure to inform them of an impairment, or resulting exclusion.

Age Restriction

All guests under the age of 18 are to be in a cabin with an adult, and must remain supervised at all times, and their safety is the responsibility of the accompanying adult(s). Children between the ages of 4 – 10 at the time of embarkation may share a cabin with 2 adults provided the child is able to share the bed with the adults – no additional bed will be provided. Please be aware that balcony cabins of any kind may be unsafe for small children if left unsupervised. Children 4-7 years old are not recommended on any program. AmaWaterways does not provide child-specific programs or child-minding facilities. 

Dress Code

They recommend country club casual for dinner. Guests typically wear dressier attire for the Captain’s Dinner.

Special Dietary Requirements

Special dietary requests must be provided at time of reservation. An effort will be made to meet the request, but they cannot assure the request can be accommodated.

Deck Plans

Sun Deck

 

  • Navigation Bridge
  • Bar
  • Sun Deck
  • Pool
  • Sadec Spa
  • Fitness Room
  • Luxury Suites
  • Suites
  • Cat B. Staterooms

 

Upper Deck

 

  • Saigon Lounge & Bar
  • Reception
  • Public Computers
  • Gift Shop
  • Saigon Spa
  • The Chef's Table Restaurant
  • Cat A. Staterooms
  • Cat B. Staterooms

 

Main Deck

 

  • Mekong Restaurant
  • Cat B. Staterooms
  • Cat C. Staterooms

 

Lower Deck

 

  • Crew Cabins
  • Hair Salon

 

Upcoming Cruises
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