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Siem Reap, Cambodia

Charms of the Mekong with AmaWaterways

14-day luxury river cruise holiday from £4,430 pp incl. flights

Save up to £750 pp off

Summary

Short description

Uncover the ancient secrets of Vietnam & Cambodia as you sail the mighty Mekong River in style with AmaWaterways

Highlights

  • Join a small-ship river cruise along the waters of the Mekong River
  • Includes stays in Ho Chi Minh City & Siem Reap either side of your cruise
  • Discover authentic local cultural experiences in Cambodia and Vietnam
  • Enjoy more space and superb personalised service on your luxury river cruise ship
  • Enjoy a host of included tours, including to UNESCO World Heritage-listed Angkor Wat

In Brief

  • 2 Nights Ho Chi Minh City
  • 1 Night Mỹ Tho
  • 1 Night Sa Dec
  • 1 Night Tân Châu
  • 2 Nights Phnom Penh
  • 1 Night Angkor Ban
  • 1 Night Kampong Cham
  • 2 Nights Siem Reap

About

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History & culture | River cruise

Embark on a thorough exploration of Vietnam and Cambodia as you sail the Mekong River with AmaWaterways. It all begins with a stay among the cultural riches of Ho Chi Minh City, where you'll soak up the sights and sounds of incense-filled temples and wander between bustling street stalls and grand colonial-era buildings. It's then a short hop to the Mekong Delta and the start of your cruise, where personalised service and included dining experiences set the scene for a full programme of off-ship experiences. Meet locals at craftsman workshops, experience traditional ways of life in remote riverside villages, and explore vibrant markets for a truly local flavour. Along the way, expert guides will also introduce you to the harrowing history of Cambodia’s Killing Fields, and bring you inside the rich history of the UNESCO-listed temples of Angkor near Siem Reap, which marks your journey's end.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
Depart UK

Enjoy included UK airport lounge access before embarking on your overnight flight from the UK to Ho Chi Minh City in southern Vietnam.

Day 2
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City after your overnight flight from the UK. You’ll be privately transferred to your hotel, where you will stay for the next two nights. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, relaxing after your long-haul flight or exploring Ho Chi Minh City on your own.

Ho Chi Minh City was once called Saigon, and many of the locals still refer to it as such! Vietnam’s former capital, this cultural hub was also once known as the ‘Paris of the Orient’ and offers many opportunities for explorations.

Stay: Ho Chi Minh City accommodation

Day 3
Ho Chi Minh City

Today is yours to explore the bustling city of Ho Chi Minh. As you go, observe the city’s stark contrasts, a perfect blend of old and new, east and west.

In the morning, an overview tour takes you to some of the city’s most iconic landmarks: the former Presidential Palace, the Central Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the War Remnants Museum. Spend the afternoon at Chu Chi tunnels. This underground network was built during the Vietnam War and offers an insight into this part of the country’s history.

Stay: Ho Chi Minh City accommodation

Meals: B L

Day 4
Ho Chi Minh City

Wander Ben Thanh Market, one of Ho Chi Minh’s most ancient and famous structures, this morning. The market has over 1,500 booths, trading in everything from food to textiles. Later today, you’ll be transferred by motorcoach to My Tho Port, where you’ll board AmaDara to begin your Mekong River cruise. Tonight, meet your fellow travellers at a Welcome Dinner as the ship makes its way to Cai Be.

Stay: AmaDara (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 5
Cai Be to Sa Dec

Board a local boat to make your way to Cai Be. On arrival, you’ll have your choice of enriching activities for the day. Visit candy and rice paper-making workshops to learn about these important parts of the local economy. If you want to get a bit more active, you can add a brisk walk to the historic Kiet House to this excursion.

Later, you’ll visit Sa Dec. French writer Marguerite Duras spent part of her youth in this sprawling Mekong Delta town. While here, take the time to visit Cao Dai Temple, a colourful market home to the unique religion of Caodaism, which is essentially a fusion of Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Confucianism.

Stay: AmaDara (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 6
Tan Chau

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. You may also choose the trishaw ride with visits to craftsmen’s workshops, followed by an active walking tour to “Evergreen Island.” Later in the day, cruise from Vietnam to the Cambodian border en route to Phnom Penh

Stay: AmaDara (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 7
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

This morning is a sobering but important one as you visit Cambodia’s infamous Killing Fields followed by the Khmer Rouge’s Tuol Sleng S21 detention centre, now a Genocide Museum.

Return to your ship for lunch onboard, and then visit the highlights of Phnom Penh. This culminates in a visit to the Royal Palace, the spectacular Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum, where you’ll view their singular collection of Khmer crafts. If you’d rather do a bit of shopping, visit the bustling Central Market after the Royal Palace. This evening, you’ll be treated to something really special in the Saigon Lounge: Khmer folk dancing performed by local children.

Stay: AmaDara (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 8
Oudong, Kampong Tralach, & Phnom Penh

Oudong served as Cambodia’s royal capital from the early 17th century until 1866 and serves today as a point of pilgrimage for Cambodians. You’ll be treated to a memorable Buddhist Blessing Ceremony at a monastery, and then you can choose to either stroll around Oudong’s monastery or take an active walking tour for incredible panoramic views of the Oudong Plain.

An authentic experience awaits in the port town of Kampong Tralach: an oxcart ride through the local village. Then, in the afternoon, a tuk tuk ride through Phnom Penh reveals the enchanting nature of this city. You can’t help but be charmed by the blending of French Colonial architecture and monumental Angkorian structures.

Stay: AmaDara (Superior) 

Meals: B L D

Day 9
Oknhatey to Angkor Ban

Oknhatey is known as the ‘Silk Island,’ and today you will learn why. Located on the banks of the Mekong, silk-weaving is inextricably linked to this village, which is celebrated for its rich tradition of this craft. Visit a local primary school to observe this traditional art, which has been preserved and passed down for centuries.

As you return back to the ship this evening, AmaDara will glide along the Mekong toward Angkor Ban.

Stay: AmaDara (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 10
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 to Wat Nokor, perhaps the most treasured monument within the ancient complex of Banteay Prey Nokor. Fusing the Old-World with the “new,” this centuries-old temple now boasts a contemporary pagoda within its walls inside which you will delight in the colourful depictions of Buddha’s life. Cap the day off with a festive Farewell Dinner on board.

Stay: AmaDara (Deluxe)


Meals: B L D

Day 11
Kampong Cham to Siem Reap

Bid farewell to the AmaDara this morning as you’re transferred by motorcoach from Kampong Cham to Siem Reap. This former capital of the Khmer Empire is a gateway to the Angkor Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit nearby Ta Prohm, which is known as the ‘Kingdom of the Trees’ because of the unique way in which the forest vegetation has intertwined itself with the temple stones.

After your day of touring, you’ll check into your hotel in Siem Reap, where you’ll stay for the next two nights.

Stay: Siem Reap accommodation

Meals: B L

Day 12
Siem Reap

A visit to this region would not be complete without a stop at Angkor Wat to explore the most famous of all Angkorian temples. You can choose between an ‘early riser’ tour to view the changing colours at the temple during the wee hours, or have a bit of a lie-in at your gorgeous hotel and do the ‘late riser’ tour later on.

This afternoon brings you to Banteay Srei, which translates to ‘Citadel of Women.’ This display of Angkorian art is so named because it is said that the delicate carving is too fine to have been crafted by man. During the evening, enjoy an ‘Aspara Dancing Show’ at your hotel, showcasing local Cambodian-Khmer folk dancers.

Stay: Siem Reap accommodation

Meals: B

Days 13-14
Siem Reap/UK

After breakfast at your hotel, make the most of your last day with a guided sightseeing tour of Angkor Thom. Translating to ‘The Great City,’ this was the last capital of the Khmer Empire. Angkor Thom is home to Bayon Temple, known for its massive smiling stone faces, as well as the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King.

Later today, you will be privately transferred to the airport in time for your overnight flight back to the UK, arriving on day 14.

Meals: B

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Pricing

Any element of this cruise can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Prices

Accommodation rating: Deluxe

14-day luxury river cruise holiday
from £4,430 pp incl. flights

Save up to £750 pp off
Book by: 30 June 2024

Special offer:

  • Save £750 pp off 31 August 2024 cruise - prices from £4,460 pp
  • Other 2024 departures dates from £4,615 pp
  • 2025 departures from £4,430 pp - save up to £575 pp

Includes:

  • Return scheduled flights from the UK in economy class (upgrades available)
  • 7- Night cruise aboard AmaDara in a twin-balcony stateroom
  • 2 Nights Ho Chi Minh City pre-cruise And 2 Nights Siem Reap post-cruise
  • All transfers
  • Award-winning onboard dining in a variety of venues with regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
  • The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant
  • Welcome Cocktail and Dinner
  • Unlimited wine with lunch and dinner
  • Complimentary local beer, house-brand spirits and soft drinks during cruise
  • Snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge
  • Immersive tours in every destination
  • Personalised service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programmes
  • Daily entertainment including cultural performances

Price varies by departure date and stateroom availability, please call for details. 

Terms & Conditions: Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.



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