Cruise along the mighty Mekong through Vietnam and Cambodia, discovering a glimpse into another era; one where people still happily honour the timeless traditions passed down through the centuries from their ancestors.
The Mekong with AmaWaterways
On AmaWaterways’ Charms of the Mekong itinerary, you’ll be led on an expertly-crafted, culturally-immersive experience between the ancient, jungle-fringed Khmer temples of Siem Reap, Cambodia (with its crowning jewel at Angkor Wat) and bustling old French colonial capitals at Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. If you’re looking to get off the tourist path, you’ll find the stretch sailing along the rice paddy-fringed banks of the Mekong’s agricultural heartland most rewarding, as you take in a colorful patchwork of local life.
Shore excursions are included in the price and are led by excellent English-speaking local guides who are well-versed in both Cambodian and Vietnamese history and culture. Morning and afternoon excursions are offered daily, with a break for lunch back on board the ship. Means of exploration include walking, motor coach and more authentic modes of transportation like local boat, oxcart, or trishaw rides.
Excursion highlights in Cambodia include a special Buddhist blessing ceremony led by monks at the monastery in Oudong, followed by an overnight port call in Phnom Penh, allowing you to explore the Cambodian capital, known for its French colonial architecture and vibrant café life. By day, admire its Royal Palace and National Museum, and uncover the country’s profoundly sobering history at the Killing Fields and notorious S21 detention center.
On Board Experience
On board you will enjoy the comforts of the 124-passenger AmaDara. This distinctive ship is in a class of her own! AmaWaterways’ sole cruise ship on the Mekong River, the AmaDara features French Colonial décor and richly carved wood furniture inspired by the history of the region, as well as local artifacts made by native craftsmen.
Air-conditioned interior corridors lead to spacious staterooms and suites, most featuring twin balconies that invite the ever-changing scenery of Southeast Asia inside. On board, the AmaDara caters to your every whim, with massage rooms, fitness room, gift shop, hair salon and Sun Deck pool. Her stunning Saigon Lounge provides respite by day and unites guests over intriguing local entertainment by night. Savor authentic regional delicacies and Western cuisine in the Main Restaurant or dine at The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant; and throughout your cruise, be treated to unlimited complimentary wine with lunch and dinner, as well as house brand spirits, local beer and soft drinks throughout your cruise.
Triple Savings on a 15-night Full Cruise & Pre- or Post-Cruise Land Program when you book by July 31st, 2019.
Receive 2-for-1 Land + Prepaid Gratuities + Complimentary Stateroom Upgrade + $100 Onboard Credit per stateroom on Riches and Charms of the Mekong itineraries.