Vietnam, Cambodia, and the Riches of the Mekong

The Treasures of Indochine aboard a Premier River Vessel

Vietnam, Cambodia, and the Riches of the Mekong route-map

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $2299  
Length: 16 days
Arrive: Hanoi, Vietnam
Depart: Saigon, Vietnam
Lodging: 7 nights hotels, 7 nights aboard a deluxe river vessel, 1 night traditional wooden vessel
Meals: all meals on board including unlimited wine with lunch and dinner
Activity: Archaeology, Cultural Adventures, Walking, River Cruising
Trip Level: Cultural exploration and walking tours


  • Hanoi's Old Quarter by rickshaw
  • Overnight in majestic Halong Bay, a World Heritage Site.
  • Magnificent Angkor Wa, one of the greatest archaeological sites in the world
  • Phnom Penh, with its French Colonial architecture, bustling markets of Saigon

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.


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Discover ancient Hanoi, explore by private wooden junk in majestic Halong Bay, spend three days amid the stunning glory of Angkor Wat, then embark aboard AmaLotus on Tonle Sap Lake. Your cruise brings you to peaceful villages and temples along the Mekong River as you travel to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and further to Saigon, Vietnam.


Day 1
Arrive in Hanoi, Vietnam

Welcome to Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital city, known for its graceful colonial architecture, frenetic streets, and verdant parks and temples. After checking into your hotel mid-afternoon, the remainder of the day is yours to explore on your own.

Day 2

A morning sightseeing tour will take you to some of Hanoi’s most famous historical and cultural sites, including the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ba Dinh Square, One-pillar Pagoda, and The Temple of Literature. You will also visit the infamous prison that American POWs sarcastically dubbed the “Hanoi Hilton” during the Vietnam War. In the afternoon, experience an authentic rickshaw ride (known as “cyclo”) in the Old Quarter, followed by a traditional water puppet show.

Day 3
Hanoi / Halong Bay Overnight Junk

After breakfast, leave Hanoi behind and take a scenic ride to one of Vietnam’s most renowned locations, Halong Bay, a World Heritage Site. Board a traditional wooden Junk, where you will spend the night—an incredible experience. After visiting a floating village, enjoy an on board dinner set against the bay’s magnificent scenery and dramatic limestone cliffs and rock formations.

Day 4
Ha Long Bay / Hanoi / Siem Reap, Cambodia

This morning, your Halong Bay Junk continues its scenic cruising during breakfast onboard. Late morning, disembark the ship and transfer to Hanoi Airport, stopping for lunch en route. A short flight will take you to Siem Reap in Cambodia, the gateway to Angkor, the former capital of the Khmer empire and one of the most renowned archeological sites in all of Southeast Asia. Tonight, you will enjoy a special “Apsara Dancing Show” at your hotel, featuring local Cambodian/Khmer folk dancers.

Day 5
Siem Reap / Angkor

After breakfast, you will have a guided sightseeing tour of the Angkor Archaeological Park, a World Heritage Site. Highlights include Angkor Thom, the newly restored Baphuon Temple, Terrace of the Elephants, and the Terrace of the Leper King. You will also see the Bayon Temple, best known for its gigantic smiling stone faces. This afternoon, travel through the rural countryside to visit the pink sandstone temple of Banteay Srei. Afterwards, you will visit an English-language school sponsored by AmaWaterways in the village of Ta Toum.

Day 6
Siem Reap / Angkor

This morning we visit the most iconic temple of all Angkorian temples, Angkor Wat. This massive temple complex was built in the early 12th century to honor the Hindu god Vishnu. You will also visit 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 (an incredible sight that will be easily recognized by fans of the film “Tomb Raider”). The afternoon is yours to spend however you wish.

Day 7
Siem Reap / Tonle Sap Lake / Embarkation / Kampong Chhnang

Today you will board your river cruise ship at Tonle Sap Lake, the great lake that has dominated Cambodia and its people for centuries. Meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Dinner as the ship cruises to Kampong Chhnang.

Day 8
Kampong Chhnang / Koh Chen

After breakfast, a local boat will take you into the lakeside wetlands that form the mouth of the Tonle Sap River. Enjoy the stunning variety of birdlife here, and be on the lookout for the traps used to catch fish in this area—some are over a half-mile long! In the afternoon, take a leisurely walk to the Koh Chen village. You will also visit home workshops specializing in silversmithing and copper-smithing.

Day 9
Oudong / Kampong Tralach / Phnom Penh

This morning, transfer to Oudong, the former capital of Cambodia, and tour a monastery where you will receive a special Buddhist blessing. In Kampong Tralach, you will have a truly memorable excursion—an oxcart ride through the rice paddies surrounding a small village. Later, your ship departs for Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, where an afternoon walking tour will give you a wonderful introduction to the city. Return to the ship for dinner and an onboard Khmer folk performance presented by local children. The vessel moors overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 10
Phnom Penh

A morning tour explores the highlights of the city, famous for its French colonial architecture, busy cafes, and colorful nightlife. Visit the Royal Palace, the spectacular Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum, which has an outstanding collection of Khmer crafts. After lunch onboard, you will take an afternoon excursion to Cambodia’s infamous Killing Fields, and also visit the Khmer Rouge’s grim Tuol Sleng S21 detention center (Genocide Museum) just outside the city. An overnight on the waterfront provides an opportunity to dine on your own in one of many nearby restaurants, if you so choose.

Day 11
Phnom Penh / Border Crossing / Tan Chau, Vietnam

Spend the day cruising the Mekong River as your ship crosses the border into Vietnam. Your vessel moors at the small town of Tan Chau, Vietnam.

Day 12
Tan Chau / Sa Dec

Today, you will take a small local boat through narrow channels to several scenic locations, including a small village known as “Evergreen Island.” Later, you will see Tan Chau from the vantage point of a traditional “xe-loi” (trishaw) that will take you around to all the sights, with stops at a silk-making workshop and another that produces rattan mats and slippers. This afternoon, your ship cruises to Sa Dec, where it will moor overnight.

Day 13
Sa Dec / Xeo Quyt / Cai Be

In the morning, board a local boat for Sa Dec. Once ashore, you will tour the town where French writer Marguerite Duras spent many years in her youth. Visit a colorful local market, and the house of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, Duras' Chinese paramour, now a small museum. Afterwards, board a motor coach for Xeo Quyt, once used as a base during the French and US wars and now an important ecological site. After lunch on board, a local boat will take you to Cai Be’s spectacular floating market. You will also have an opportunity to visit candy and rice paper workshops. This evening, enjoy a festive Farewell Dinner on board.

Day 14
Ho Chi Minh City / Disembarkation

Your cruise comes to an end as the ship docks at My Tho Port, followed by a transfer to nearby Ho Chi Minh City (still affectionately referred to by locals as Saigon). This former capital of Indochina was once known as “Paris of the Orient.” Today, Vietnam’s largest city is an industrial, cultural and educational hub, but still retains vestiges of its colonial past. Upon your arrival, enjoy a city tour that explores such famous landmarks as the former Presidential Palace, the Central Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, Cho Lon (China Town) and the Thien Hau pagoda. You will also visit the War Remnants Museum, one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions, known for its vast collection of artifacts from the Vietnam War. An optional tour of Thanh Market is available this afternoon. You will spend the night at a fine hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 15
Ho Chi Minh City

Today is free to explore Ho Chi Minh City on your own, perhaps venturing to nearby shops and markets for mementos of your Southeast Asia adventure.

Day 16
Depart Ho Chi Minh City

Bid farewell to Ho Chi Minh City and prepare for your homeward flight.

Note: This cruise is not exclusive to, nor operated by, Wilderness Travel, who acts solely as agent in booking your reservation with the ship operator. The itinerary, lecturers, and all other arrangements are subject to change at the discretion of the cruise line.

What the Trip is Like

The trip is rated Level 1, Easiest, and is appropriate for anyone in good health who is physically active. Cruising days provide ample opportunities to relax on board, while shore excursions require a moderate amount of walking, often along uneven cobblestone streets and up and down stairs.

Explanation of Trip Levels


Departures and Trip Cost

Price is per person in Category C, a deluxe stateroom with a porthole. Cabin upgrades are available at additional cost per person(listed below this chart).

Oct 6-21, 2015Hanoi AmaDaraSiem ReapOct 12$2,999$5,198
Oct 13-28, 2015Hanoi AmaLotusSiem ReapOct 19$2,999$5,198
Oct 20-Nov 4, 2015Hanoi AmaDaraSiem ReapOct 26$2,999$5,198
Oct 27-Nov 11, 2015Hanoi AmaLotusSiem ReapNov 2$2,999$5,198
Nov 3-18, 2015Hanoi AmaDaraSiem ReapNov 9$2,999$5,198
Nov 10-25, 2015Hanoi AmaLotusSiem ReapNov 16$2,999$5,198
Nov 17-Dec 2, 2015Hanoi AmaDaraSiem ReapNov 23$2,999$5,198
Nov 24-Dec 9, 2015Hanoi AmaLotusSiem ReapNov 30$2,999$5,198
Dec 1-16, 2015Hanoi AmaDaraSiem ReapDec 7$2,999$5,198
Dec 8-23, 2015Hanoi AmaLotusSiem ReapDec 14$2,999$5,198
Dec 15-30, 2015Hanoi AmaDaraSiem ReapDec 21$2,999$5,198
Dec 22, 2015-Jan 6, 2016Hanoi AmaLotusSiem ReapDec 28$3,099$5,298
Dec 29, 2015-Jan 13, 2016HanoiAmaDaraSiem ReapJan 4$3,099 $5,298
Jan 5-20, 2016HanoiAmaLotusSiem ReapJan 11$3,099 $5,298
Jan 19-Feb 3, 2016HanoiAmaLotusSiem ReapJan 25$3,099 $5,298
Jan 26-Feb 10, 2016HanoiAmaDaraSiem ReapFeb 1$3,099 $5,298
Feb 2-17, 2016HanoiAmaLotusSiem ReapFeb 8$3,099 $5,298
Feb 9-24, 2016HanoiAmaDaraSiem ReapFeb 15$3,099 $5,298
Feb 16-Mar 2, 2016HanoiAmaLotusSiem ReapFeb 22$3,099 $5,298
Feb 23-Mar 9, 2016HanoiAmaDaraSiem ReapFeb 29$3,099 $5,298
Mar 1-16, 2016HanoiAmaLotusSiem ReapMar 7$3,099 $5,298
Mar 8-23, 2016HanoiAmaDaraSiem ReapMar 14$2,999 $5,198
Mar 15-30, 2016HanoiAmaLotusSiem ReapMar 21$2,899 $5,098
Mar 22-Apr 6, 2016HanoiAmaDaraSiem ReapMar 28$2,799 $4,998
Mar 29-Apr 13, 2016HanoiAmaLotusSiem ReapApr 4$2,699 $4,898
Apr 5-20, 2016HanoiAmaDaraSiem ReapApr 11$2,599 $4,798
Apr 12-27, 2016HanoiAmaLotusSiem ReapApr 18$2,499 $4,698
Jun 21-Jul 6, 2016HanoiAmaLotusSiem ReapJun 27$2,299 $4,498
Jun 28-Jul 13, 2016HanoiAmaDaraSiem ReapJul 4$2,299 $4,498
Jul 5-20, 2016HanoiAmaLotusSiem ReapJul 11$2,299 $4,498
Jul 19-Aug 3, 2016HanoiAmaLotusSiem ReapJul 25$2,299 $4,498
Jul 26-Aug 10, 2016HanoiAmaDaraSiem ReapAug 1$2,299 $4,498
Aug 9-24, 2016HanoiAmaDaraSiem ReapAug 15$2,299 $4,498
Aug 16-31, 2016HanoiAmaLotusSiem ReapAug 22$2,299 $4,498
Aug 23-Sep 7, 2016HanoiAmaDaraSiem ReapAug 29$2,399 $4,598
Aug 30-Sep 14, 2016HanoiAmaLotusSiem ReapSep 5$2,499 $4,698
Sep 6-21, 2016HanoiAmaDaraSiem ReapSep 12$2,599 $4,798
Sep 13-28, 2016HanoiAmaLotusSiem ReapSep 19$2,699 $4,898
Sep 20-Oct 5, 2016HanoiAmaDaraSiem ReapSep 26$2,799 $4,998
Sep 27-12, 2016HanoiAmaLotusSiem ReapOct 3$2,899 $5,098
Oct 4-29, 2016HanoiAmaDaraSiem ReapOct 10$2,999 $5,198
Oct 11-26, 2016HanoiAmaLotusSiem ReapOct 17$2,999 $5,198
Oct 18-Nov 2, 2016HanoiAmaDaraSiem ReapOct 24$2,999 $5,198
Oct 25-Nov 9, 2016HanoiAmaLotusSiem ReapOct 31$2,999 $5,198
Nov 1-16, 2016HanoiAmaDaraSiem ReapNov 7$2,999 $5,198
Nov 8-23, 2016HanoiAmaLotusSiem ReapNov 14$2,999 $5,198
Nov 15-30, 2016HanoiAmaDaraSiem ReapNov 21$2,999 $5,198
Nov 22-Dec 7, 2016HanoiAmaLotusSiem ReapNov 28$2,999 $5,198
Nov 29-Dec 14, 2016HanoiAmaDaraSiem ReapDec 5$2,999 $5,198
Dec 6-21, 2016HanoiAmaLotusSiem ReapDec 12$2,999 $5,198
Dec 13-28, 2016HanoiAmaDaraSiem ReapDec 19$2,999 $5,198
Dec 20, 2016-Jan 4, 2017HanoiAmaLotusSiem ReapDec 26$2,999 $5,198

Price above is per person in Category C, a deluxe stateroom with a porthole. Cabin upgrades are available at additional cost per person (see below).


Category Deck Stateroom Price
B Tonle Twin Balconies add $599
A Saigon Twin Balconies add $899
Suite Sadec Twin Balconies add $1399
Luxury Suite Sadec Twin Balconies with a separate Living Room and Bedroom add $2599

Port Charges: $161 per person

Intra-Asia Air (Hanoi - Siem Reap): $360

Single Supplement for Cruise: Category A, B & C 50% of twin price; Suite is 75% and Luxury Suite is 100% of twin price

Single Supplement for Land: $1,100 per person

Bedding: On AmaLotus, Luxury Suites feature a king sized bed. For all other staterooms, please select bedding configuration at the time of booking. Option A: Two twin beds Option B: One large bed (larger than queen size)

Visa: A visa is required for travel to Vietnam and Cambodia. Passengers with a Cruise & Land itinerary must obtain a multiple entry visa for Vietnam (as there are two different points of entry into the country) and a single entry visa for Cambodia. Please consult with your Consulate for more information.

Siem Reap Embarkation Day: During low water season, transfer from Siem Reap to the ship via motor coach to Preak Kdam, a small village on the Tonle River.

Siem Reap Disembarkation Day: During low water season, disembark the ship at Preak Kdam, a small village on the Tonle River, and transfer via motor coach to Siem Reap.

Phnom Penh: No bare shoulders or shorts for ladies during the Royal Palace visit.

**: Land programs starts from Ho Chi Minh City and ends in Hanoi.

3-Night Siem Reap Extension: For cruise only passengers, an optional 3-night pre-cruise stay in Siem Reap is available for $799 per person; ask for details.

Note: This cruise is not exclusive to, nor operated by, Wilderness Travel, who acts solely as agent in booking your reservation with the ship operator. The itinerary, lecturers, and all other arrangements are subject to change at the discretion of the cruise line.

Trip Payment Schedule*

At time of reservation: $400
100 days prior to departure: Balance

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule*

Minimum fee: $200 per person
90-120 days prior to departure: $400 per person
60-89 days prior to departure: 35% of trip cost
30-59 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
7-29 days prior to departure: 80% of trip cost
6 days or less: 100% of trip cost

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

Trip Cost Includes:

  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Hanoi at the Sofitel Legend Metropole (or similar) including breakfast
  • Overnight stay on board a traditional wooden Junk in Ha Long Bay
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Siem Reap at the Sofitel Royal Angkor (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
  • 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom - most staterooms with balconies (Twin Balconies featured on board AmaLotus)
  • all meals on board including unlimited wine with lunch and dinner
  • Life enriching tours and excursions
  • Complimentary house-brand spirits, beer and soft drinks during cruise
  • Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
  • Welcome Dinner and Farewell Cocktail Party & Dinner
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) at the Sheraton (or similar), including buffet breakfast
  • Onboard special highlights including folklore dances and music performances, culture discussion forums, theme dinners and piano entertainment
  • Non-smoking environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
  • All transfers with the purchase of cruise & air package

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

  • International airfare
  • Visa and passport fees (if applicable)
  • Trip cancellation and baggage insurance
  • Meals and beverages other than those specified above
  • Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, Internet, etc.)
  • Port taxes and charges
  • Gratuities to shipboard personnel

Arrival & Departure Information

You are responsible for your own transportation to the arrival and from the departure cities listed below. For more detailed information, including transfers, please call our office at 1-800-368-2794.

Please do not purchase your tickets until you are confirmed on the trip. Once your tickets have been purchased, please send us a copy of your airline schedule.

2015 Departures

Hanoi, Vietnam
Date: Day 1

Suggested Airport for Arrival
Hanoi, Vietnam (Airport Code: HAN)
Saigon, Vietnam
Date: Day 16

Suggested Airport for Departure
Saigon, Vietnam (Airport Code: SGN)

Expedition Details

A valid passport is required for Cambodia and Vietnam. Be sure to check the expiration date.  Your passport must be valid for six months after the conclusion of your trip.  It is a good idea to carry photocopies of your passport photo page in case your passport is lost or as an additional piece of identification, as well as two extra passport photos.

You must obtain your Vietnam visa in the US prior to departure because visa-on-arrival regulations in Vietnam are presently unreliable.  You can apply for your Vietnam visa 90 days prior to travel.  You can contact a local consulate to purchase your visa, or you can contact our recommended passport and visa processing service, Passport Visas Express (

Once on the PVE website, you should purchase the Vietnam Multiple Entry Visa.  The website will give you clear instructions on how to proceed.  The necessary consular forms can be downloaded to your own computer.  PVE can also be reached by phone at 888-596-6028.  Let them know you are booked through Wilderness Travel.

For Cambodia, you can easily obtain your single entry visa on arrival at the Siem Reap Airport ($30 and one passport photo required) or you may obtain your Cambodian visa online before departure at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Cambodia website (http// follow the directions to the e-visa page ($37 and an uploaded passport photo are required).

We recommend checking the Center for Disease Control at should you have any international health concerns.

Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before your trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.  Additional vaccinations include Hepatitis A to protect from contaminated food or water in Vietnam and Cambodia, regardless of where you are eating or staying.  And Typhoid, which you can get through contaminated food or water in Vietnam. The CDC recommends this vaccine for most travelers, especially if you are staying with friends or relatives, visiting smaller cities or rural areas, or if you are an adventurous eater.  You may further want to consider: Japanese Encephalitis, Hepatitis B, Malaria, Rabies and Yellow Fever.  Please consult with your physician or travel doctor about these things before you go.



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