Charms of the Mekong 2019 AmaWaterways River Cruise

As seen on Cruising with Jane McDonald on Channel 5

2 Nights in Ho Chi Minh City (includes a city tour), 7-night My Tho to Prek Kdam cruise (fully-inclusive) & 2 nights in Siem Reap (including Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm Temple & Banteay Srei tours. Plus a visit to an AmaWaterways sponsored school)

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. Indulge your inner adventurer in Siem Reap, exploring the grand temples of Angkor Archaeological Park.

AmaWaterways Mekong River Cruise

Itinerary

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.

Always bustling, Ho Chi Minh City is a city of contrasts blending old and new, and east and west. 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. Afterwards, visit the Ben Thanh Market— one of the oldest and most iconic structures in Ho Chi Minh City, where you can search for local handicrafts, colourful textiles, as well as other unique souvenirs. (B,L)

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

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. (B,L,D)

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. (B,L,D)

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. (B,L,D)

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. (B,L,D)

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. (B,L,D)

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. (B,L,D)

Your cruise comes to an end as you disembark at Prek Kdam, a small village on the Tonle River. After disembarking, transfer by motor coach to Siem Reap, the gateway to Angkor and the former capital of the Khmer empire. After checking in to your hotel, the rest of the day is yours to spend at your leisure. Tonight, you will enjoy a special “Apsara Dancing Show” at your hotel, featuring local Cambodian/Khmer folk dancers. (B,D)

This morning you will visit the most iconic of all Angkorian temples, Angkor Wat. This intricate and massive temple complex was built by King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century to honor the Hindu god, Vishnu. The temple stands as a masterpiece of Khmer architecture. Afterwards visit 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 over the centuries. This afternoon, you will visit an English-language school sponsored by AmaWaterways in a nearby village. (B,D) *Note: The English-Language school visit is capacity controlled

Depart for your return flight to the UK

Price Guide

Fares displayed include flights from London and overseas transfers. Please use the enquiry form and we will contact you with specific 2019 dates. Prices are cruise only, to add flights and transfers please call 0800 810 8220

Date Fares from (pp)
13th April 2019 £3,395
17th August 2019 £3,390
7th December 2019 £3,360

What's Included

  • Return flights from London and overseas transfers
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) at the Sofitel Saigon Plaza (or similar), including buffet breakfast
  • 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom, all with twin balconies
  • Immersive excursions and authentic local encounters
  • Fine dining with all meals included during your cruise
  • Unlimited wine with every lunch and dinner on board
  • Complimentary house-brand spirits, local beer and soft drinks during cruise
  • Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
  • Welcome Dinner and Farewell Dinner
  • Special highlights on board including folklore dances and music performances, culture discussion forums, theme dinners and music entertainment
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Siem Reap at the Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast