Charms of the Mekong

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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 honor the timeless traditions passed down through the centuries from their ancestors.

 

 

AAA Vacations Amenities**

 

Receive up to $500 savings per stateroom PLUS $150 onboard credit on select sailings (inclusive of AAA Member Benefits)

 

Inclusions

  • All Deluxe riverview staterooms — most with signature twin balconies
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board with Entertainment–On-Demand in all staterooms with complimentary high-speed internet access
  • Complimentary local beer, house-brand spirits, and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Unlimited wine with lunch and dinner
  • Choice of expertly guided shore excursions in every port as active as you choose to be
  • Active guided biking and hiking tours
  • Carefully crafted exclusive Special Interest Tours including culinary tours, off-the-beaten-path tours and art & history tours
  • Fully escorted river cruise tours by an AmaWaterways cruise manager

 

ITINERARY

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City – Embarkation

Board the AmaDara at My Tho Port. Meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Dinner as the ship cruises to Cai Be.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 2: Cai Be – Sa Dec

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 3: Tan Chau

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 4: Phnom Penh

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) 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 5: Phnom Penh – Oknhatey Village

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 Oknhatey Village. Oknhatey is “Silk Island,” located on the lush banks of the Mekong River and known for its rich tradition of silk weaving. While here, you’ll visit a local elementary school and observe the traditional silk weaving of handicrafts. Afterwards, the ship set sail to Kampong Chhnang.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 6: Kampong Chhnang

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 its busy market. Later in the day, the ship sails to Kampont Tralach.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 7: Kampong Tralach – Oudong – Koh Chen

In Kampong Tralach, you’ll have a truly authentic excursion – an oxcart ride through a local village. Afterwards, you’ll go to 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. During the afternoon, take a leisurely walk through Koh Chen and visit home workshops specializing in silver- and copper-smithing. You’ll get an up-close view of how local artisans make ornamental items often used in traditional ceremonies.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 8: Prek Kdam – Disembarkation

Your cruise comes to an end as you disembark at Prek Kdam, a small village on the Tonle River.

Meals: Breakfast

Note: We recommend that you schedule your onward flight to depart after 7:00pm today to avoid potential missed connections.

 

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*Rates are per person in USD for cruise only, based on double occupancy in a Category C stateroom. Promotional rate is valid on select departures for new FIT bookings made from January 1 – February 28, 2018. Savings are per stateroom, based on double occupancy. Ask about Solo Traveler promotions.

**AAA Vacations® amenities are applicable to select 2018 departures. AAA Vacations® amenities receive $500 savings per stateroom based on double occupancy (solo travelers receive half) and Onboard credit is $150 per stateroom (solo travelers receive half) on select departures.

Offer is not combinable with any other promotions/discounts, limited to availability, capacity controlled and subject to change/termination without notice. Port charges, stateroom upgrades, land programs, roundtrip airfare, and gratuities are additional. Other restrictions apply. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California. CST#2065452-40.