Trip Details at-a-Glance
|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|
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
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Depart Ho Chi Minh City
Bid farewell to Ho Chi Minh City and prepare for your homeward flight.
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.
Departures and Trip Cost
Price is per person in Category C, a deluxe stateroom with a porthole. Cabin upgrades are available at additional cost (listed below this chart).
|Jan 6-21, 2015||Hanoi||AmaLotus||Siem Reap||Jan 12||$2,999||$5,198|
|Jan 20-Feb 4, 2015||Hanoi||AmaLotus||Siem Reap||Jan 26||$2,999||$5,198|
|Feb 3-18, 2015||Hanoi||AmaLotus||Siem Reap||Feb 9||$2,999||$5,198|
|Feb 17-Mar 4, 2015||Hanoi||AmaLotus||Siem Reap||Feb 23||$2,999||$5,198|
|Mar 3-18, 2015||Hanoi||AmaLotus||Siem Reap||Mar 9||$2,999||$5,198|
|Mar 17-Apr 1, 2015||Hanoi||AmaLotus||Siem Reap||Mar 23||$2,799||$4,998|
|Mar 31-Apr 15, 2015||Hanoi||AmaLotus||Siem Reap||Apr 6||$2,599||$4,798|
|Apr 14-29, 2015||Hanoi||AmaLotus||Siem Reap||Apr 20||$2,399||$4,598|
|Jun 23-Jul 8, 2015||Hanoi||AmaLotus||Siem Reap||Jun 29||$2,299||$4,498|
|Jul 7-22, 2015||Hanoi||AmaLotus||Siem Reap||Jul 13||$2,299||$4,498|
|Jul 21-Aug 5, 2015||Hanoi||AmaLotus||Siem Reap||Jul 27||$2,299||$4,498|
|Aug 4-19, 2015||Hanoi||AmaLotus||Siem Reap||Aug 10||$2,299||$4,498|
|Aug 11-26, 2015||Hanoi||AmaDara||Siem Reap||Aug 17||$2,299||$4,498|
|Aug 18-Sep 2, 2015||Hanoi||AmaLotus||Siem Reap||Aug 24||$2,299||$4,498|
|Aug 25-Sep 9, 2015||Hanoi||AmaDara||Siem Reap||Aug 31||$2,399||$4,598|
|Sep 1-16, 2015||Hanoi||AmaLotus||Siem Reap||Sep 7||$2,499||$4,698|
|Sep 8-23, 2015||Hanoi||AmaDara||Siem Reap||Sep 14||$2,599||$4,798|
|Sep 15-30, 2015||Hanoi||AmaLotus||Siem Reap||Sep 21||$2,699||$4,898|
|Sep 22-Oct 7, 2015||Hanoi||AmaDara||Siem Reap||Sep 28||$2,799||$4,998|
|Sep 29-Oct 14, 2015||Hanoi||AmaLotus||Siem Reap||Oct 5||$2,899||$5,098|
|Oct 6-21, 2015||Hanoi||AmaDara||Siem Reap||Oct 12||$2,999||$5,198|
|Oct 13-28, 2015||Hanoi||AmaLotus||Siem Reap||Oct 19||$2,999||$5,198|
|Oct 20-Nov 4, 2015||Hanoi||AmaDara||Siem Reap||Oct 26||$2,999||$5,198|
|Oct 27-Nov 11, 2015||Hanoi||AmaLotus||Siem Reap||Nov 2||$2,999||$5,198|
|Nov 3-18, 2015||Hanoi||AmaDara||Siem Reap||Nov 9||$2,999||$5,198|
|Nov 10-25, 2015||Hanoi||AmaLotus||Siem Reap||Nov 16||$2,999||$5,198|
|Nov 17-Dec 2, 2015||Hanoi||AmaDara||Siem Reap||Nov 23||$2,999||$5,198|
|Nov 24-Dec 9, 2015||Hanoi||AmaLotus||Siem Reap||Nov 30||$2,999||$5,198|
|Dec 1-16, 2015||Hanoi||AmaDara||Siem Reap||Dec 7||$2,999||$5,198|
|Dec 8-23, 2015||Hanoi||AmaLotus||Siem Reap||Dec 14||$2,999||$5,198|
|Dec 15-30, 2015||Hanoi||AmaDara||Siem Reap||Dec 21||$2,999||$5,198|
|Dec 22, 2015-Jan 6, 2016||Hanoi||AmaLotus||Siem Reap||Dec 28||$3,099||$5,298|
Price above is per person in Category C, a deluxe stateroom with a porthole. Cabin upgrades are available at additional cost (see below).
|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: These cruises are not exclusive Wilderness Travel departures. The itinerary, lecturers, and other arrangements are subject to change at the discretion of the ship operator.
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
120-90 days prior to departure: $400 per person
89-60 days prior to departure: 35% of trip cost
59-30 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
29-7 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
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.
A visa is required for US Citizens traveling to Vietnam and Cambodia. Passengers with a cruise and land itinerary must obtain and multiply 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.
We recommend checking the Center for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov 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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