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The Treasures of Indochine aboard a Premier River Vessel

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Additional dates available on the reverse itinerary Charms of the Mekong

Overview

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 and allow for fascinating glimpses into a traditional way of life. Experience the lively hustle and bustle of open-air and floating markets offering exotic produce. Delve into the peaks and valleys of Cambodia’s history in the museums of its beautiful capital, Phnom Penh. Browse the local workshops throughout Vietnam, where exquisite handmade silks, rattan mats, and other crafts make memorable souvenirs. On this transformative journey, the Mekong truly reveals a vibrant world along its shores.

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.

Itinerary

CRUISE PROGRAM
Siem Reap, Cambodia, to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam

Day 1
Prek Kdam / Embarkation / Kampong Chhnang

After a transfer by motorcoach from Siem Reap, you will board your river cruise ship at Prek Kdam, a small village on the Tonle River. Meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Dinner as the ship cruises to Kampong Chhnang.

Day 2
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 tranquil floating villages and its busy market. Be treated to an authentic experience, an ox cart ride through a local 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.

Day 3
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 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.

Day 4
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.

Day 5
Phnom Penh / Border Crossing / Tan Chau, Vietnam

Spend the day cruising the Mekong River as your ship crosses the border into Vietnam.

Day 6
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.

Day 7
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.

Day 8
Ho Chi Minh City / Disembarkation

Your cruise comes to an end as the ship docks at My Tho Port.

ADD ON A PRE-CRUISE AND POST-CRUISE LAND PROGRAM

 

PRE-CRUISE
Day 1
Hanoi, Vietnam

Welcome to Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital city, known for its graceful colonial architecture, frenetic streets, 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
Hanoi

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 UNESCO World Heritage Site. Board a traditional wooden Junk, where you will spend the night—an incredible once-in-a-lifetime experience and an AmaWaterways exclusive. After visiting a floating village, enjoy an onboard dinner set against the bay’s magnificent scenery and dramatic limestone cliffs and rock formations.

Day 4
Halong 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.

Day 5
Siem Reap / Angkor

After breakfast, you will have a guided sightseeing tour of the Angkor Archaeological Park, a UNESCO 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. 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. This afternoon, travel through the rural countryside to visit the pink sandstone temple of Banteay Srei, the "jewel of Khmer art." Afterwards, you will visit an English-language school (capacity controlled) sponsored by AmaWaterways in the village of Ta Toum. Tonight, you will enjoy a special “Apsara Dancing Show” at your hotel, featuring local Cambodian/Khmer folk dancers.

Day 6
Siem Reap / Angkor

This morning you will visit the most iconic of all Angkorian temples, Angkor Wat. This intricate and massive temple complex was built by King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century to honor the Hindu god, Vishnu. The temple stands as a masterpiece of Khmer architecture. The afternoon is yours to spend as you wish.

Day 7-14
Cruise-Only Program

The Cruise-Only Program begins with embarkation on Day 7 in Prek Kdam, Cambodia, and disembarks in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam, on Day 14.

 

Day 14
Ho Chi Minh City /Disembark / City Tour

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 Dame 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.

Day 15
Ho Chi Minh City / Cu Chi Tunnels

Spend a day at leisure exploring more of Ho Chi Minh City. Visit Cu Chi Tunnels, an immense underground network built during the Vietnam War.

Day 16
Ho Chi Minh City / Depart

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

Highlights

Highlights

Witness life along the banks of the Mekong River
Explore the wetlands of the Tonle Sap River, with its great birdlife and tranquil villages
Koh Oknhatey, an island known for its silk weaving
Phnom Penh, with its French Colonial architecture, bustling markets of Saigon
VIsit candy, rattan mat, and rice-paper workshops

Details

Length: 8 days
Cost From: $2299  
Arrive: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Depart: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam
Lodging: 7 nights aboard a deluxe river vessel
Meals: All meals on board including unlimited wine with lunch and dinner (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Archaeology, Cultural Adventures, Walking, River Cruising
Trip Level:

Cultural exploration and walking tours
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