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Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Charms of the Mekong

Cruise along the Mekong through the heart of Vietnam and Cambodia to discover rural villages, ancient temples, the lively cities of Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, and enjoy a special blessing by Buddhist monks. Includes post-cruise hotel stay in Siem Reap, gateway to Angkor Wat, exciting guided shore excursions and complimentary drinks with lunch and dinner on board

Cruise Only
9 nights

River Cruise Holiday
  • Silver Pagoda, Phnom Penh
  • Ho Chi Minh City
  • Monks in Phnom Penh
  • National Museum, Phnom Penh
  • Rice Paddies, Vietnam

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Enjoy a glimpse into another era, where people still honour timeless traditions passed down from their ancestors on this cruise along the Mekong through Vietnam and Cambodia.

Learn about French writer Marguerite Duras in Sa Dec and visit local workshops in Cai Be and Tan Chau. Cross over the border in Cambodia to Phnom Penh where there is an excursion to the infamous Killing Fields. Phnom Penh is home to the magnificent Silver Pagoda, Royal Palace and National Museum, and the city's beautiful French colonial architecture can be admired on a traditional tuk tuk ride.

Enjoy an unforgettable Buddhist Blessing Ceremony at a monastery in Oudong, a real highlight of the cruise. Observe traditional silk weaving at Oknhatey Village and see how old cultural traditions are kept alive at Angkor Ban. This fantastic holiday concludes with a 2-night hotel stay in Siem Reap, during which you'll discover the incredible temples of Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm and Banteay Srei.

F441 Operated by AmaWaterways


Charms of the Mekong Itinerary

Day 1 - My Tho Port

Embark AmaDara at My Tho Port. Meet your fellow travellers at the Welcome Dinner as you cruise to Cai Be. (D)

Day 2 - Cai Be - Sa Dec

Travel by local boat to Cai Be where there is the chance to visit candy and rice paper-making workshops. Later, journey to Sa Dec, noteworthy as the town where the French writer Marguerite Dumas spent many years in her youth. Visit a local market, Cao Dai Temple and the house of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, Dura's Chinese paramour, which is now a small museum. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Tan Chau

This morning, visit the beautiful town of Tan Chau, barely touched by tourism. Enjoy an authentic experience with a traditional trishaw ride around the town, stopping at silk-making and rattan mat workshops then board a small boat and cruise through the narrow channels of the Mekong, stopping at "Evergreen Island". Alternatively just take the boat ride followed by a visit to a rattan mat workshop. Later, cruise from Vietnam to the Cambodian border. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Phnom Penh (Cambodia)

This morning's excursion visits the infamous Killing Fields and the Tuol Sleng S21 detention centre. Alternatively there is the option to visit the Central Market. After lunch on board, join a guided tour of the city's sights, including the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and the National Museum. Tonight on board local children will perform Khmer folk dancing. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Oudong Kampong - Tralach - Phnom Penh

Visit Oudong, the former royal capital of Cambodia, where you can receive a special Buddhist blessing at a monastery, a truly unforgettable experience. Continue to Kampong Tralach where you can enjoy an authentic oxcart ride through a local riverside village. Later, view Phnom Penh's French colonial architecture on a tuk tuk ride around the city. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Oknhatey Village

Oknhatey is known as the Silk Island and is famous for its silk weaving tradition. Visit a local elementary school and see traditional silk weaving. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Angkor Ban - Kampong Cham

Enjoy a walking tour of Angkor Ban, where villagers still live in traditional wooden homes on stilts. Set sail for Kampong Chang, where a coach will take you to the legendary Twin Mountains. Tonight there is a festive Farewell Dinner on board. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Kampong Cham - Siem Reap

Disembark in Kampong Cham and transfer by coach to Siem Reap for a two-night hotel stay. Visit nearby Ta Prohm and see the way in which the temple stones have become intertwined with thick vegetation. (B, D)

Day 9 - Angkor Wat - Banteay Srei

This morning, you will explore the temple complex of Angkor Wat, the most iconic of all Angkorian temples. This afternoon, head to Banteay Srei, which means 'Citadel of Women'. This evening, enjoy a special 'Aspara Dancing Show' at your hotel, featuring local Cambodian/Khmer folk dancers. (B,D)

Day 10 - Angkor Thom - Siem Reap

After breakfast, enjoy a tour of Angkor Thom which is home to the Bayon Temple, renowned for its stone faces as well as the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King.

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 7 night cruise in an outside cabin on AmaDara
  • 2-night post-cruise hotel stay in Siem Reap
  • Complimentary local beer, house-brand spirits and soft drinks
  • Unlimited wine with lunch and dinner
  • Guided shore excursions
  • Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
  • Welcome Dinner and Farewell Cocktail Party and Dinner

Price Does Not Include

  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas - required for Vietnam and Cambodia
  • Return flights from the UK - we can arrange these to suit

Cruise Extensions

  • Ho Chi Minh City Extension Extend your cruise with a 2-night pre-cruise hotel stay in Ho Chi Minh City. Please call us for details
  • Vietnam and Cambodia Extension Extend your cruise with a 2-night pre-cruise hotel stay in Ho Chi Minh City, and post-cruise hotel stays in Hanoi (3 nights) and Ha Long Bay (1 night). Please call us for details
Map for Charms of the Mekong