Mekong-Panorama_Image Courtesy AmaWaterways
One of the world’s great destinations, Vietnam lures you with its incredible beauty, amiable people and rich culture. It remains one of the most intriguing and dynamic countries in all of Asia. While visiting Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, you’ll experience the ongoing duality of art and commerce, east and west, old and new co-existing in the most harmonious ways. Just beyond the city limits, however, experience a world entirely apart for urban life. Cruise along the Mekong as you are transported back in time to another era, where the rhythms of the countryside move at a slower pace where people still happily honor the timeless traditions of their ancestors. Experience the culture, the lively hustle and bustle of open-air and floating markets, offering exotic produce. A place where water buffalo roam and children wave to you from wooden houses on bamboo stilts. Browse the local workshops throughout Vietnam, where exquisite handmade silks, rattan mats, silver and copper smithing and other crafts make memorable souvenirs. On this transformative journey, the Mekong truly reveals a lush vibrant world along its shores.
Ha Long Bay is considered by many to be the Eight Natural Wonder of the World, with more than 2,000 small islands rising from emerald green waters like a dragons back. AmaWaterway’s guests spend the night aboard an elegantly appointed ship for a rare once-in-a-lifetime experience.
As you enter Siem Reap Cambodia from Hanoi nothing prepares you for your first visit to one of the world’s greatest architectural achievements, Angkor Archaeological Park, a vast UNESCO-designated 12th century temple complex once lost under tangled jungle vines. As you wonder it’s ancient ruins, temples and terraces, you’ll be forever entranced by the “Lost Civilization of Asia,” arguably the most mysterious and remarkable architectural treasure found in all of southeast Asia. Delve into the peaks and valleys of Cambodia’s history in the museums of its beautiful capital, Phnom Penh. Stand in awe and wonderment as you view the golden royal palaces and temples of Phnom Penh and Oudong.
These unique cultural experiences add to the many colorful contrasts of Vietnam and Cambodia, adding a richness to your lifelong memories.
Call for special AMA Vietnam, Cambodia & The Mekong Catalog.
The 124-passenger AmaDara made her debut in 2015 and is in a class unto itself with distinct French Colonial décor and accented by Mekong artifacts made by native craftsmen. Elegantly appointed staterooms are 251 sq. ft. and suites range from 366-502 sq. ft. Staterooms and suites feature twin balconies, both a French and outside balcony, so you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish. Additional stateroom amenities include a cozy sitting area, climate-controlled air conditioning, in-room safe and mini bar. Spacious bathrooms have a shower, bathrobe, slippers and hair dryer. Suites have additional enhanced amenities with a large sitting area and bathrooms with both a shower and separate tub. AmaDara offers a host of added comforts and conveniences, including a spa, fitness room, gift shop, hair salon and Sun Deck pool. The stunning Saigon Lounge provides a wonderful place to meet fellow guests, and enjoy local entertainment. 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.
|Call for Cabin Availability & Pricing||LAND/CRUISE ONLY PRICING
(per person based on double occupancy)*
|Cruise Only From (category A)
with French & Outside Balcony – 251 sq. ft.
|$3,998 * **|
| Optional additional 6 pre-nights:
Hanoi (2), Ha Long Bay (1), Siem Reip (3)
| Optional additional 2 post-nights:
Ho Chi Minh City
|Intra-Asian Air (Hanoi-Siem Reap)||$360|
|Travel Protection||Call for quote|
|SAVE $250 per person|
|$100 Privilege Rewards||Past AMA guest discount (if applicable).|
* Call for single supplement.
On these itineraries, you will enjoy an extensive lineup of included tours. We include a large variety of activities so that you can choose how you want to explore. No matter your preference, your days will be full of discovery and wonder.
DAY 0 – Feb 4: DEPART USA
Allow 2 days of travel to Hanoi, Vietnam (IFM)
DAY 1 – Feb. 5: ARRIVE IN HANOI, VIETNAM
Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital city boasts a rich cultural heritage that blends in harmony with its vibrant present. From ancient temples to French Colonial architecture and modern-day skyscrapers, along with beautiful parks and lakes. Hanoi is an eclectic and lively city. Sofitel Legend Metropol (or similar)
DAY 2 – Feb. 6: HANOI
Discover some of Hanoi’s most famous historic and cultural sites on your guided tour that includes: Ba Dinh Square and The Temple of Literature. You’ll also visit the infamous prison that American POWs sarcastically dubbed the “Hanoi Hilton” during the Vietnam War. Take an authentic rickshaw ride, know as “cyclo,” in Hanoi’s bustling Old Quarter, and then enjoy a traditional water puppet show. Sofitel Legend Metropol (or similar) (B)
DAY 3 – Feb. 7: HANOI – HA LONG BAY
Ethereal Ha Long Bay is considered by many to be the Eighth Natural Wonder of the World, and AmaWaterways’ guests will be treated to this exclusive once-in-a-lifetime experience. Spend the night on board an elegantly appointed ship designed with all the modern conveniences to ensure smooth sailing. The backdrop of the bay’s magnificent scenery and dramatic limestone cliffs and rock formations provide you with the perfect setting for a memorable dinner. (B,L,D)
DAY 4 – Feb. 8: HA LONG BAY – HANOI – SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA
Spend the morning sailing across thee emerald waters of Ha Long Bay with ore than 2,000 small islands rising from the water like a dragon back. Later in the morning, disembark the ship and transfer to Hanoi Airport for a short fight to Siem Reap, Cambodia, the gateway to Angkor Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and former capital of the Khmer empire. Sofitel Royal Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort (or similar) (B,L)
DAY 5 – Feb. 9: SIEM REAP – ANGKOR
Begin your morning exploration of the Angkor temple complex at 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. You’ll then visit nearby Ta Prohm, known as the “Kingdom of Trees,” for the way in which the temple stones have become intertwined with thick forest vegetation over the centuries. Afternoon excursions take you to the fascinating jewel in the crown of Angkorian art, Banteay Srei, meaning “Citadel of Women,” as it has been said that the carving is too fine to have been done by the hand of man. Afterwards, you are in for another treat of a different kind with a visit to the English-language school sponsored by AmaWaterways in the village of Ta Toum. Cap this memorable day off with a special “Apsara Dance Show” at your hotel, featuring local Cambodian/Khmer folk dancers. Sofitel Royal Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort (or similar) (B,D)
Note: The English-language school visit is capacity controlled.
DAY 6- Feb. 10: SIEM REAP – ANGKOR
Discover the heart and soul of Cambodia and the most iconic of all Angkorian Temples, Angkor Wat. This is one of the largest religious monuments ever constructed and a true masterpiece of Khmer architecture built by King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century to honor the Hindu god, Vishnu. Sofitel Royal Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort (or similar) (B,D)
DAY 7 – Feb. 11: SIEM REAP – PREK KDAM – KOH CHEN – EMBARKATION
Transfer via motorcoach to the AmaDara in Prek Kdam, a small village on the Tonle River, for your seven-night cruise. Take a leisurely walk through Koh Chen, which specializes in silver- and copper-smithing. As you walk through the village, listen to the villagers tapping with small hammers and watch as they make jewelry and other ornamental items out of silver and copper, including delicately engraved tropical fruits, which are used in traditional ceremonies. Meet fellow guests at a Welcome Dinner as the ship sails to Kampong Chhnang. AmaWaterway’s Ship AmaDara (B,L,D)
DAY 8 – Feb. 12: KAMPONG CHHNANG – KAMPONG TRALACH – OUDONG
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 Kampong Chhnang’s tranquil floating villages and its busy market. Be treated to an authentic experience, an ox cart ride through Kampong Tralach village. Afterwards, you’ll take a motorcoach to Oudong, situated on a picturesque hillside. Oudong was Cambodia’s former royal capital from 17th century until 1866; today, Oudong is a place of pilgrimage for Cambodians. While here, you’ll visit one of Cambodia’s largest monasteries, where you’ll be treated to a memorable Buddhist blessing ceremony. Your ship departs for Oknhatey Village and moors midstream. AmaWaterway’s Ship AmaDara (B,L,D)
DAY 9 – Feb. 13: OKNHATEY VILLAGE – PHNOM PENH
Koh Oknhatey, or “Silk Island,” located on the lush banks of the Mekong River, is known for its rich tradition of silk weaving. You’ll go to Oknhatey, where you’ll visit a local elementary school and observe the traditional silk weaving of handicrafts. Later, your ship departs for Phnom Penh, the vibrant colorful capital of Cambodia. 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. During the evening on board, enjoy a typical Khmer folk performance presented by local children. AmaWaterway’s Ship AmaDara (B,L,D)
DAY 10 – Feb. 14: PHNOM PENH
You will have a choice of excursions this morning. Visit Cambodia’s infamous Killing Fields and the Khmer Rouge’s grim Tuol Sleng S21 detention center (Genocide Museum) just outside the city. Or if you prefer to stay in Phnom Penh, you can visit the bustling yellow-colored Central Market. After lunch on board, you’ll explore the highlights of the city, followed by 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. AmaWaterway’s Ship AmaDara (B,L,D)
DAY 11- Feb. 15: PHNOM PENH – BORDER CROSSING – TAN CHAU, VIETNAM
Spend the day cruising the Mekong River as your ship crosses the border into Vietnam. AmaWaterway’s Ship AmaDara (B,L,D)
DAY 12 – Feb. 16: TAN CHAU – SA DEC
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 silk-making and rattan mat workshops, followed by a boat ride through the narrow channels of the Mekong River to “Evergreen Island.” Alternatively, simply take the boat ride to Evergreen Island and return to Tan Chau, where you will visit a rattan mat workshop. Later in the day, cruise to Sa Dec. AmaWaterway’s Ship AmaDara (B,L,D)
DAY 13 – Feb. 17: SA DEC – XEO QUYT – CAI BE
Once ashore in Sa Dec, tour the town where French writer Marguerite Duras spent many years in her youth. Visit a colorful local market and the 19th-century house of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, Duras’ Chinese paramour. Later, board a motor coach for Xeo Quyt, once used as a base during the French and U.S. wars and now an important ecological site. You will have an opportunity to visit candy and rice paper making workshops and the historic Kiet Old House. Cap the day off with a festive Farewell Dinner on board. AmaWaterway’s Ship AmaDara (B,L,D)
DAY 14 – Feb. 18: HO CHI MINH CITY – DISEMBARKATION
Disembark the AmaDara in My Tho Port and transfer to Ho Chi Minh City. Vietnam’s former capital of Indochina was once known as “Paris of the Orient,” and today, it is an industrial, cultural and educational hub. Explore such famous landmarks as the former Presidential Palace, the Central Post Office, Notre Dam Cathedral and the War Remnants Museum before visiting the Ben Thanh Market – one of the oldest and most iconic structures in Ho Chi Minh City. Sofitel Saigon Plaza (or similar)(B,L)
DAY 15 – Feb. 19: HO CHI MINH CITY
Spend a day at leisure exploring more of Ho Chi Minh City, or perhaps go in search for local handicrafts, colorful textiles, as well as other souvenirs. Sofitel Saigon Plaza (or similar)(B)
DAY 16 – Feb. 20: DEPART HO CHI MINH CITY
Bid farewell to Vietnam as you prepare for your homeward flights – allow 2 days of travel, arriving home on Feb. 21. (B, IFM)