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12 Day Cruise on AmaDara, AmaWaterways Cruises - Call for price
Departure 28 September 2019 | Charms of the Mekong and Angkor Wat Temples
- Ho Chi Minh City
- My Tho Port
- Cái Bè
- Tân Châu
- Phnom Penh
- Kampong Chhnang
- Koh Chen
- Siem Reap
All departures (7)
Charms of the Mekong and Angkor Wat Temples
The lively city of Ho Chi Minh City provides the perfect start to your incredible journey through Vietnam and Cambodia. Cruise along the mighty Mekong, visiting rural villages, historic pagodas, local markets and a Buddhist monastery where you’ll be treated to a special blessing by Monks. Get a glimpse into another era; one where people still happily honour the timeless traditions passed down through the centuries from their ancestors.
Day by day itinerary
Fly overnight to Ho Chi Minh City, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Take your included shared transfer to the port and board the AmaDara. Meet your fellow travellers at a Welcome Dinner as the ship cruises to Cai Be
Take a local boat to Cai Be. You will have an opportunity to visit candy and rice paper making workshops or alternatively visit 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 childhood. You will visit the local market, Cao Dai Temple and the house of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, Duras’ Chinese paramour, which her prize-winning novel, “The Lover,” is said to be based on
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 a silk-making, slipper and rattan mat workshops. Alternatively, you can 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 rattan mat workshop. Later in the day, cruise from Vietnam to the Cambodian border en route to Phnom Penh.
This morning’s excursion takes you to Cambodia’s infamous Killing Fields and the Khmer Rouge’s grim Tuol Sleng S21 detention centre (Genocide Museum) just outside the city. 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 local children in the Saigon Lounge.
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 Koh Chen. Once there, take a walk through Koh Chen and visit home workshops specializing in silver- and copper-smithing
Situated on a picturesque hillside not far from Phnom Penh, lies 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. In Kampong Tralach, you’ll have another truly memorable excursion – an oxcart ride through a local village
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 local markets in the water front. Cap the day off with a Farewell Dinner on board
Disembark at Prek Kdam, a small village on the Tonle River, and transfer by coach to Siem Reap, gateway to the Angkor Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the former capital of the Khmer empire. You’ll 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.
Stay in Siem Reap
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.
Check out of the hotel and transfer to the airport for your overnight flight to the UK, arriving the following day
Sailing on AmaDara
AmaDara is the latest addition to the Ama Waterways fleet, with sleek lines and equally sleek, spacious cabins and suites, all with private balconies. The ship’s elegant public areas include two stylish restaurants serving delicious cuisine; an inviting lounge; a fitness room; hair salon & spa.