Ship Spotlight - AmaLotus
APT River Cruises ship AmaLotus sails the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers between Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam and Siem Reap in Cambodia. This is an amazing adventure, a chance to discover life along the river over the course of seven nights and sample the big cities during pre and post-cruise stays in both Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap. She was built in 2011, refurbished in 2016 and holds 108 passengers.
Five reasons to cruise on AmaLotus
Sun Deck and Suites
The sun deck is the place to sit and enjoy all-round views but all cabins are above the waterline with balconies that have both indoor and outdoor seating so you never have to miss the views. For a treat there are large suites and even an Owner’s Suite with a separate bedroom and sitting area.
Over the course of seven nights you’ll ride in rickshaws, oxcarts and tuk-tuks, see floating markets, be blessed by monks and learn the art of silk weaving. Those feeling brave can munch the local KFC (spoiler alert: that’s Khmer Fried Cricket) and sip rice wine flavoured by snakes.
Food and dining on AmaLotus
The food in the restaurant is exceptional, especially the broths served in the action stations, but don’t miss dining in Indochine, a small restaurant with a menu created by Australian Vietnamese chef Luke Nguyen. The food is delicious (think roast pork belly with pickled vegetables and tea-smoked duck with red cabbage) and there’s no charge but you do need to book.
Exclusive meal at Luke Nguyen's restaurant
You’ll come across Luke again in Ho Chi Minh City, where APT treats everyone to a degustation dinner at his fabulous restaurant, Vietnam House, while keen cooks can join a hands-on lesson in how to prepare Vietnamese food in Grain, his cookery school.
All-inclusive luxury river cruising
APT includes everything in the cost of the cruise, from the flights and transfers to the meals, excursions, drinks and tips. There are also memorable Signature experiences (that dinner at Vietnam House, trips to the Cu Chi Tunnels or a memorial service at the site of the 1966 Battle of Long Tan, and watching sun rise over Angkor Wat in Siem Reap in Cambodia) and unlimited free WiFi.
Article used with permission from Stowaway