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Charms of the Mekong River Cruise - 8 Days


April 17, 2023 - April 23, 2023 $3,494
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Charms of the Mekong River Cruise

Two lively cities, Ho Chi Minh City & Hanoi, provide the perfect start and end to your incredible journey.  Cruise along the Mekong, visiting rural villages, historic pagodas, local markets and a Buddhist Monastery. Indulge your inner adventurer in Siem Reap, exploring the grand temples of Angkor Archeological Park.  And luxuriate in an Amawaterways Exclusive – an overnight sojourn on board an elegantly appointed ship in Ha Long Bay.

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Your Cruise, Your Way!

  • Option 1: 8 Day River Cruise
  • Option 2: 8 Day River Cruise + 2 Nights in Ho Chi Minh City Pre-Cruise Extension
  • Option 3: 8 Day River Cruise + 2 Night Siem Reap Post-Cruise Extension
  • Option 4: 8 Day River Cruise + 2 Night Ho Chi Minh City Pre-Cruise Extension + 2 Night Siem Reap Post Cruise Extension
  • Option 5: 8 Day River Cruise + 2 Night Ho Chi Minh City Pre-Cruise Extension + 2 Night Siem Reap Post Cruise Extension + 2 Nights Hanoi + 1 Night Ha Long Bay + 1 Night Hanoi Post-Cruise Extension
Included Features aboard Amawaterways:
  • Spacious staterooms with twin balconies aboard the AmaDara
  • All meals with multiple dining venues.  Unlimited beer & wine with every lunch & dinner
  • Complimentary house-brand spirits, local beer, soft drinks & water during cocktail hour
  • Free Wifi Access
  • Complimentary shore excursions with gentle, regular, active & late-riser options
  • Special highlights on board, including folklore dances & music performances, cultural discussion forums, theme dinners & music entertainment.
  • Taxes, fees & port charges
Please view flyer & registration form above for complete details on pricing & inclusions for each option.

IMPORTANT: Some docking locations throughout this program may have obstructed views and may involve narrow, uneven walkways, dirt-covered paths or local tender boats.

VISAS: Visas are required for travel to Vietnam and Cambodia. Passengers with a 15– night cruise and land itinerary must obtain a multiple entry visa for Vietnam (as there are two different points of entry into the country) and a single-entry visit for Cambodia. Those booked on a seven-night cruise only must obtain single-entry visas for Vietnam and Cambodia.

Not Included in Price: Round Trip Air from Detroit Metro Airport, Travel Protection (highly recommended)


Day 1
April 14, 2023 - OPTIONAL

Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh City, still affectionately referred to by locals as Saigon, is Vietnam's former capital. Once known as the "Paris of the Orient", it is now an industrial, cultural and educational hub,.

Day 2
April 15, 2023 - OPTIONAL

Ho Chi Minh City - Always bustling, Ho Chi Minh City is a city of contrasts blending old and new, and east and west. In the morning, explore some of the city's most famous landmarks, including the former Presidential Palace, the Central Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral and the War Remnants Museum. In the afternoon, visit Chu Chi, an immense underground network build during the Vietnam War. (B, L)

Day 3
April 16, 2023

Optional Pre-Cruise Extension Guests: In the morning, visit Ben Thanh Market - one of the oldest and most iconic structures in Ho Chi Minh City.

ALL OPTIONS: Board the AmaDara at My Tho Port. Meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Dinner as the ship cruises to Cai Be. (B,L,D)

Day 4
April 17, 2023

Cai Be - Sa Dec - Take a local boat to Cai Be. You will have an opportunity to visit candy and rice paper making workshops, as well as 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 youth. You will visit the colorful 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. (B,L,D)

Day 5
April 18, 2023

Tan Chau - Border Crossing - Enjoy a visit to Tan Chau, a small Mekong River town unspoiled by tourism. Be treated to an authentic experience on a traditional “xe-loi” (trishaw) ride around the town, with stops at silk-making and rattan mat workshops, followed by a boat ride through the narrow channels of the Mekong River to “Evergreen Island.” Alternatively, take a boat ride to Evergreen Island and 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. (B,L,D)

Day 6
April 19, 2023

Phnom Penh, Cambodia - This morning’s excursion takes you to Cambodia’s infamous Killing Fields and the Khmer Rouge’s grim Tuol Sleng S21 detention center (Genocide Museum). Alternatively, you may wish to shop for unique treasures at the bustling yellow-colored Central Market. After lunch on board, you will 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. (B,L,D)

Day 7
April 20, 2023

Oudong - Kampong Tralach - Phnom Penh - Visit 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. You may also take a walking tour of Oudong. In Kampong Tralach, you will have a truly authentic excursion – an oxcart ride through a local village. Later in the day, experience Phnom Penh via a tuk tuk ride and be enchanted by the city's French Colonial architecture and tree-lined boulevards set amidst monumental Angkorian architecture. (B,L,D)

Day 8
April 21, 2023

Oknhatey - Angkor Ban - In the morning, set sail for Oknhatey Village. Oknhatey is the “Silk Island,” located on the lush banks of the Mekong River and known for its rich tradition of silk weaving. While here, you will visit a local elementary school and observe the traditional silk weaving, an art that has been preserved for centuries. Your cruise continues to sail to Angkor Ban. (B,L,D)

Day 9
April 22, 2023

Angkor Ban - Kampong Cham - Go on a walking tour of Angkor Ban, one of the few villages in Cambodia that was not destroyed under the Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s. Here people still live in their traditional wooden abodes and keep their old cultural traditions alive. Hundreds of wooden houses stand intact on stilts, shaded with banana trees, among the hustle and bustle of the daily agricultural on-going of the local villagers. After visiting here, the ship sets sail for Kampong Cham, where you will go on an afternoon excursion via motorcoach to the Twin Mountains, known as Phnom Pros and Phnom Srei (male and female mountains). In the annals of Khmer legend, the twin mountains were formed as the result of a competition between the men and women of an ancient Cambodian kingdom to resolve which gender would be responsible for wedding proposals. Cap the day off with a festive Farewell Dinner on board. (B,L,D)

Day 10
April 23, 2023

Kampong Cham - Disembarkation - ALL OPTIONS: Your cruise concludes in Kampong Cham, where you disembark (B)

Optional 2 Night Post-Cruise Extension Guests: Transfer by motorcoach 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. (B,D)

Day 11
April 24, 2023- OPTIONAL

Siem Reap - Angkor Wat - Begin your morning exploration of the temple complex at Angkor Wat, the most iconic of all Angkorian temples, built by King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century to honor the Hindu god, Vishnu. An afternoon excursion takes you to 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. During the evening, be treated to a special “Apsara Dancing Show” at your hotel, featuring local Cambodian/Khmer folk dancers. (B,D)

Day 12
April 25, 2023 - OPTIONAL

Siem Reap - Hanoi - After breakfast, you will have a guided sightseeing tour of Angkor Thom meaning “the great city." This is home to Bayon Temple, best known for its gigantic smiling stone faces, as well as the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King. Later in the day, take a short flight to Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam. (B,L)

Day 13
April 26, 2023 - OPTIONAL

Hanoi - From ancient temples to French Colonial architecture and modern-day skyscrapers, along with beautiful parks and lakes, Hanoi is an eclectic and lively city. A morning sightseeing tour will showcase some of Hanoi’s most famous historic and cultural sites, including Ba Dinh Square and The Temple of Literature. You will also visit the infamous prison that American POWs sarcastically dubbed the “Hanoi Hilton” during the Vietnam War. In the afternoon, experience an authentic rickshaw ride (known as a “cyclo”) in the Old Quarter, followed by a traditional Water Puppet Show. (B)

Day 14
April 27, 2023 - OPTIONAL

Hanoi - Ha Long Bay - Take a scenic drive from Hanoi to one of Vietnam’s most renowned locations, Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Board an elegantly appointed ship designed with all the modern conveniences to ensure smooth sailing for an incredible once-in-a-lifetime experience. The backdrop of the bay’s magnificent scenery and dramatic limestone cliffs and rock formations provide you with the perfect setting for a memorable sojourn. (B,L,D)

Day 15
April 28, 2023 - OPTIONAL

Ha Long Bay - Hanoi - Spend the morning sailing across the emerald waters of Ha Long Bay with more than 2,000 small islands rising from the water like a dragon’s back. Later in the morning, disembark the ship and transfer back to Hanoi where you can enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. (B,L)

Day 16
April 29, 2023 - OPTIONAL

Bid farewell to Vietnam and prepare for your homeward flight. (B)

Trip Facts

  • April 17, 2023
  • $3494
  • 2-3