The Mekong River winds its way from the Tibetan plateaus of China’s Yunnan province, through the rainforests, plains and rice fields of five Southeast Asian countries before meeting the South China Sea. In terms of length, it’s the 12th largest river in the world, but in terms of historic, cultural and ecological richness-the Mekong has no equal.
The sagas of ancient empires, colonial powers and modern conflicts have unfolded along her banks. And, through it all, the Mekong remains first and foremost a lifeline. Temples, trade routes and fishing villages in the river’s path are today untouched by time, just as the way of life they represent. And nowhere are the river’s riches more apparent than in the neighboring-but distinct countries-of Vietnam and Cambodia.
The Mekong with AmaWaterways
Charms of the Mekong Itinerary | 7-Nights | Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap
Lively Ho Chi Minh City, once known as the “Peal of the Orient,” offers a vibrant mix of old and new and provides the perfect start to your incredible journey through Vietnam and Cambodia. Cruise along the mighty Mekong, discovering a glimpse of history; one where people still happily honor the timeless traditions passed down through the centuries from their ancestors.
Throughout your trip, immerse yourself into the culture and heritage with visits to rural villages, historic pagodas and colorful markets. Be treated to a special blessing by monks in Buddhist monastery, and witness skilled artisans who create exquisite handicrafts and delicacies. Experience all this and more on this life-enriching cruise along the Mekong.
Riches of the Mekong Itinerary | 7-Nights | Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City
Cruise along the Mekong through Cambodia and Vietnam as you are transported back in time, 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.
Witness skilled artisans who create exquisite handicrafts and delicacies, and be treated to authentic experiences, including rides via oxcart, tuk tuk and trishaw. On this transformative journey, the Mekong truly reveals a vibrant world along its shores.
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.
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Each year we hold a Private Sale with AmaWaterways – and it is by far the best value for booking a river cruise. If a river cruise is in your future travel plans, let’s connect and start making plans.