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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 exciting guided shore excursions and complimentary drinks with lunch and dinner on board.

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7 nights from £3918pp

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

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Exclusive Blue Water fly-cruise package from just £3324pp! Including 7-night cruise, 2-night stay in Ho Chi Minh, 2-night stay in Siem Reap, return flights from UK and overseas transfers. T&Cs apply.

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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.

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Charms of the Mekong Itinerary

Day 1 - My Tho Port

Transfer via motorcoach from Ho Chi Minh City to AmaDara at My Tho Port for your 7-night river cruise and then meet fellow travelers at a Welcome Dinner as the ship cruises to Cai Be. (L,D)

Day 2 - Cai Be - Sa Dec

Take a local boat to Cai Be. You will have an opportunity to visit candy and rice paper making workshops, as well as the historic Kiet Old House. Later in the day, journey to Sa Dec, a sprawling town on the Mekong Delta, where French writer Marguerite Duras spent part of her youth. You will visit the colorful market, Cao Dai Temple and the house of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, Duras’ Chinese paramour, which her prize-winning novel, “The Lover,” is said to be based on. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Oudong - Kampong-Tralach - Phnom Penh

Visit Oudong, Cambodia’s former royal capital from the early 17th century until 1866. Today, Oudong is a place of pilgrimage for Cambodians. While here, be treated to a memorable Buddhist Blessing Ceremony at a monastery. You may walk around Oudong’s monastery or take an active walking tour to see panoramic views of the Oudong plain. In Kampong Tralach, you will have a truly authentic excursion – an oxcart ride through a local village. Later in the day, experience Phnom Penh via a tuk ride and be enchanted by the city's French Colonial architecture and tree-lined boulevards set amidst monumental Angkorian (B,L,D).

Day 4 - Phnom Penh (Cambodia)

This morning’s excursion takes you to Cambodia’s infamous Killing Fields and the Khmer Rouge’s grim Tuol Sleng S21 detention center (Genocide Museum). Alternatively, you may wish to shop for unique treasures at the bustling yellow-colored Central Market. After lunch on board, you will explore the highlights of the city, followed by a visit to 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. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Oudong Kampong - Tralach - Phnom Penh

Visit Oudong, Cambodia’s former royal capital from the early 17th century until 1866. Today, Oudong is a place of pilgrimage for Cambodians. While here, be treated to a memorable Buddhist Blessing Ceremony at a monastery. You may walk around Oudong’s monastery or take an active walking tour to see panoramic views of the Oudong plain. In Kampong Tralach, you will have a truly authentic excursion – an oxcart ride through a local village. Later in the day, experience Phnom Penh via a tuk ride and be enchanted by the city's French Colonial architecture and tree-lined boulevards set amidst monumental Angkorian (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Oknhatey Village

In the morning, set sail for Oknhatey Village. Oknhatey is the “Silk Island,” located on the lush banks of the Mekong River and known for its rich tradition of silk weaving. While here, you will visit a local elementary school and observe the traditional silk weaving, an art that has been preserved for centuries. Your cruise continues to sail to Angkor Ban. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Angkor Ban - Kampong Cham

Go on a walking tour of Angkor Ban, one of the few villages in Cambodia that was not destroyed under the Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s. Here people still live in their traditional wooden abodes and keep their old cultural traditions alive. Hundreds of wooden houses stand intact on stilts, shaded with banana trees, among the hustle and bustle of the daily agricultural on-going of the local villagers. After visiting here, the ship sets sail for Kampong Cham, where you will go on an afternoon excursion via motorcoach to the Twin Mountains, known as Phnom Pros and Phnom Srei (male and female mountains). In the annals of Khmer legend, the twin mountains were formed as the result of a competition between the men and women of an ancient Cambodian kingdom to resolve which gender would be responsible for wedding proposals. Cap the day off with a festive Farewell Dinner on board. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Kampong Cham

Your cruise concludes in Kampong Cham, where you disembark and motorcoach transfer to Siem Reap. (B)

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
  • 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
  • Return flights and transfers

Price Does Not Include

  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas - required for Vietnam and Cambodia

Cruise Extensions

  • Ho Chi Minh City Extension Extend your cruise with a 2-night pre-cruise hotel stay in Ho Chi Minh City and a 2-night (3-night for reverse itinerary) post-cruise hotel stay in Siem Reap. 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
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2024 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • August
    • Aug 5th - Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap - Sailing on: AmaDara From: £5043
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    • Aug 12th - Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City - Sailing on: AmaDara From: £4843
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    • Aug 19th - Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap - Sailing on: AmaDara From: £4468
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    • Aug 26th - Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City - Sailing on: AmaDara From: £4405
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  • September
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    • Sep 16th - Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap - Sailing on: AmaDara From: £4894
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    • Sep 23rd - Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City - Sailing on: AmaDara From: £4807
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    • Sep 30th - Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap - Sailing on: AmaDara From: £5119
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  • October
    • Oct 7th - Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City - Sailing on: AmaDara From: £5232
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    • Oct 14th - Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap - Sailing on: AmaDara From: £5232
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    • Oct 28th - Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap - Sailing on: AmaDara From: £5232
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  • November
    • Nov 4th - Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City - Sailing on: AmaDara From: £5232
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    • Nov 18th - Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City - Sailing on: AmaDara From: £5232
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  • December
    • Dec 16th - Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City - Sailing on: AmaDara From: £5832
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    • Dec 30th - Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City - Sailing on: AmaDara From: £5944
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  • February
    • Feb 10th - Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City - Sailing on: AmaDara From: £5494
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  • March
    • Mar 24th - Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City - Sailing on: AmaDara From: £5157
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  • April
    • Apr 7th - Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City - Sailing on: AmaDara From: £4930
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    • Apr 14th - Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap - Sailing on: AmaDara From: £4818
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    • Apr 21st - Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City - Sailing on: AmaDara From: £4705
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  • August
    • Aug 11th - Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap - Sailing on: AmaDara From: £4940
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    • Aug 18th - Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City - Sailing on: AmaDara From: £5515
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    • Aug 25th - Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap - Sailing on: AmaDara From: £5056
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  • September
    • Sep 1st - Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City - Sailing on: AmaDara From: £4281
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    • Sep 8th - Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap - Sailing on: AmaDara From: £4571
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    • Sep 15th - Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City - Sailing on: AmaDara From: £4512
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    • Sep 22nd - Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap - Sailing on: AmaDara From: £4802
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    • Sep 29th - Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City - Sailing on: AmaDara From: £4743
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  • October
    • Oct 6th - Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap - Sailing on: AmaDara From: £5033
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    • Oct 13th - Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City - Sailing on: AmaDara From: £4858
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    • Oct 20th - Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap - Sailing on: AmaDara From: £5033
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  • November
    • Nov 3rd - Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap - Sailing on: AmaDara From: £5233
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    • Nov 10th - Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City - Sailing on: AmaDara From: £5608
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    • Nov 17th - Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap - Sailing on: AmaDara From: £5033
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    • Nov 24th - Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City - Sailing on: AmaDara From: £4858
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  • December
    • Dec 1st - Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap - Sailing on: AmaDara From: £5749
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    • Dec 8th - Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City - Sailing on: AmaDara From: £5574
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    • Dec 15th - Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap - Sailing on: AmaDara From: £5749
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    • Dec 22nd - Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City - Sailing on: AmaDara From: £5949
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    • Dec 29th - Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap - Sailing on: AmaDara From: £5749
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