By AmaWaterways · September 2022
The most transformative way to discover the heart of Vietnam and Cambodia is on a Mekong River cruise and land journey with AmaWaterways - here’s why.
Walk the path less traveled. Discover the magic and beauty of a distant land. Delve deeply into local cultures, marvel at ancient artifacts and meet extraordinary people who have a remarkable resilience. When you embark on a Mekong River cruise and land journey with award-winning AmaWaterways, you will be deeply immersed in the fascinating history, rich traditions and incredible cuisines of Vietnam and Cambodia.
Writer Mary Anne Radmacher once said, “I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” We would passionately agree that, after sailing through the very heart of these countries along the life-giving Mekong River, you will be mystified by their many charms and find yourself forever transformed.
Imagine wispy strands of steam rising from a boiling pot as you watch how rice paper is made in a Vietnamese workshop. The sound of wooden wheels slowly carving their path down a dirt road while a traditional oxcart pulls you through a rural Cambodian village. Or watching nimble hands thread and weave generations of skill and passion into brightly colored scarves on Cambodia’s “Silk Island.” These authentic experiences and more have been thoughtfully curated into AmaWaterways’ 7-night Mekong River itineraries, ensuring you have more than just a glimpse into another era; one where people still happily honor the timeless traditions passed down through the centuries from their ancestors.
From a Buddhist blessing ceremony at Oudong’s monastery, to a tour of Phnom Penh’s Royal Palace with its spectacular silver pagoda, to a historic walking tour through Angkor Ban – one of the few villages in Cambodia that was not destroyed under the Khmer Rouge regime, every enriching excursion on your river cruise is included in your cruise fare. But what makes these experiences so special are the friendly and knowledgeable local guides, carefully sourced by AmaWaterways, who passionately share their history, culture, and personal stories with you.
After each unforgettable excursion, you will return to the award-winning AmaDara – a river cruise ship truly in a class of her own. On board, you’ll be further immersed in the rich arts and culture of the region right as you wander through inviting spaces specially designed to reflect the French Colonial architecture so prevalent throughout the region. Admire hardwood floors, intricately carved furniture, and hand-crafted artifacts on display in the Mekong Restaurant or your twin-balcony stateroom, an AmaWaterways signature innovation that ensures you always have your choice of refreshing air-conditioning or tropical breezes, both with an exceptional view. Head up to the spacious Sun Deck for a dip in the pool or relax with a cocktail while watching the ever-changing scenery pass by. No matter where you wander on board, the beautiful AmaDara will surprise and delight you as it brings the Mekong River to life.
Part of what makes travel so exhilarating is discovering the destination and its culture through its cuisine – and while you’re on board AmaDara sailing through Vietnam and Cambodia, you’ll be treated to a wonderful blend of fragrant herbs and spices, exotic vegetables and fruits bursting with flavor, every imaginable kind of noodle, and rice – the staple of all Southeast Asian cuisine. Of course, a variety of choices are available at every meal, including Western favorites, and unlimited wine, house brand spirits, local beer and soft drinks are complimentary with every lunch and dinner.
Most nights you’ll dine among kindred cruisers at the elegant Mekong Restaurant. However, one special evening you will be welcomed into The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant, an intimate venue where you will watch as an expert chef chops, sears and artfully plates a multi-course tasting menu worthy of a Michelin star. Served with hand-selected fine wines, this incredible AmaWaterways guest-favorite experience is also included in your cruise fare.
With delicious food and wine and fascinating excursions offered to you compliments of AmaWaterways, you may be wondering what else is included? Onboard entertainment, often reflecting regional traditions such as Apsara dance, is included in the Saigon Lounge following your meal. There is a complimentary Wellness Program, which allows you to choose from a variety of small-group classes led by a Wellness Host each day. And you can watch in-house movies within your spacious stateroom before resting your eyes each night.
If you are already traveling through Southeast Asia, why not extend your journey and maximize your time in the region? AmaWaterways’ Mekong River cruises are best reserved with not-to-be-missed land packages that take you deeper into some of the continent’s most treasured cities and UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Gaze in wonder as the sun rises over the awe-inspiring structures uncovered at the Angkor Archaeological Park in Siem Reap, the largest religious monument in the world. Live a dream while gliding aboard an elegant ship through breathtaking Ha Long Bay, with its more than 2,000 islands, considered by many to be the Eighth Natural Wonder of the World. Ride by rickshaw through Hanoi’s Old Quarter with its colonial architecture, ancient temples, and colorful markets. And explore Ho Chi Minh City’s historic Cu Chi Tunnels, an immense underground network – and a poignant remnant of the Vietnam War. These are just a few of the amazing experiences you can have when you extend your journey with AmaWaterways.
On each of these land packages, you will stay at renowned centrally-located hotels, enjoy a daily breakfast, and embark on included tours accompanied by an extraordinary Cruise Manager who takes care of you every step of the way. For the most comprehensive experience, add the above-mentioned packages as well as a third country to your journey with AmaWaterways’ land extension in Bangkok, Thailand that takes you to the Grand Palace, its stunning Temple of the Emerald Buddha and so much more.
After experiencing this region of the world along the Mekong River for herself, AmaWaterways’ Co-Founder Kristin Karst could not wait to share the experience with guests. “Few countries, cultures and people have touched me as deeply as Cambodia has. While the places visited are certainly eye-opening, it’s the people that you meet that will touch your heart and perhaps change the way you see and appreciate the world around you,” she said.
Linda and Larry O. had sailed numerous times through Europe when they embarked on their first Mekong River cruise and land journey with AmaWaterways. “The Charms of the Mekong was truly exceptional,” said Linda. “It was the local guides that made it so touching. We don’t think we will ever forget being blessed at the Buddhist temple, being at Angkor Wat at sunrise, or talking with a 13-year-old monk…memories seared in the very core of our beings.”
Create your own memories on the Mekong River – reserve select sailings departing in 2022 and 2023 by September 30, 2022 and save 20% on your cruise fare or enjoy free economy airfare with AmaWaterways’ limited-time 20th Anniversary Offer. Contact your travel advisor to take advantage of this offer today!
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