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 (or reverse)
Depart: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam (or reverse)
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
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Highlights

  • 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.

References

We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

Special Offer!

  • Reserve a stateroom on select departures by March 31 and receive 2-for-1 Airfare plus free prepaid gratuities from the select cities. Available on select dates March-December 2016.
  • Single Supplement waived in select categories for all 2016 departures.

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Your journey begins in Vietnam’s bustling capital, Hanoi, followed by an excursion to breathtaking Ha Long Bay for an overnight sojourn. A short flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia, brings you to the gateway of the ancient Khmer empire. Spend three days touring the temples of Angkor Archeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, before embarking your Mekong cruise on Tonle Sap Lake. Visit rural villages, historic pagodas, floating markets and a Buddhist monastery along the way. Overnight in Phnom Phen, capital of Cambodia. Conclude your cruise in lively Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), where you will enjoy a two-night stay. Reverse departures are also offered.

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

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
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...B

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, Ha Long 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...BLD

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

This morning, your Ha Long 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...BLD

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 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...BD

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...BD

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...BLD

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 bird life 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...BLD

Day 9
Oudong / Kampong Tralach / Phnom Penh

This morning you will be transferred 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 will depart for Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, where an afternoon walking tour will give you a wonderful introduction to the city. Your tour includes a stop at Wat Phnom. Return to the ship for dinner and an onboard Khmer folk performance presented by local children. The vessel moors overnight in Phnom Penh...BLD

Day 10
Phnom Penh

This morning you will take an 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. After lunch on board, your afternoon tour explores the highlights of the city, famous for its French colonial architecture, busy cafés and colorful nightlife. Visit the Royal Palace, the spectacular Silver Pagoda and the National Museum, which has an outstanding collection of Khmer crafts. An overnight on the waterfront provides an opportunity to dine on your own in one of many nearby restaurants, if you so choose...BLD

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

Spend the day cruising the Mekong River and crossing the border into Vietnam. Your vessel moors at the small town of Tan Chau, Vietnam...BLD

Day 12
Tan Chau / Sa Dec

This morning, you’ll visit Tan Chau, a small Mekong River town unspoiled by tourism. You will have the opportunity to take one of two tours this morning. Your first option to is take a traditional “xe-loi” (trishaw) ride around the town, with stops at a silk-making workshop and another that produces rattan mats and slippers. Alternatively, you will take a boat ride through the narrow channels of the Mekong River to several scenic locations, including a small village known as “Evergreen Island.” Return to Tan Chau, where you will visit workshops that make silk and rattan mats in the village. This afternoon, your ship cruises to Sa Dec, where it will moor overnight...BLD

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 U.S. 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...BLD

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. Explore such famous landmarks as the former Presidential Palace, a photo stop at the Central Post Office and Notre Dame Cathedral. 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. Finish with a visit to the Ben Thanh Market – one of the oldest and most iconic structures in Ho Chi Minh City, where you can search for local handicrafts, colorful textiles, as well as other unique souvenirs and gifts. You will spend the night at a fine hotel in Ho Chi Minh City...BL

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. You may also participate in an optional hands-on cooking class with a chance to taste your culinary creation...B

Day 16
Depart Ho Chi Minh City

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


Reverse Itinerary-In-Brief

Days 1-3 Ho Chi Minh City (Embark on Day 3)
Day 4 Cai Be / Sa Dec
Day 5 Tan Chau / Border Crossing
Day 6-7 Phnom Penh / Koh Chen
Day 8 Oudong / Kampong-Tralach
Day 9 Kampong-Chhnang
Days 10-12 Siem Reap / Tonle Sap Lake / Angkor
Day 13 Siem Reap / Hanoi
Days 14-15 Hanoi
Day 16 Hanoi / Depart

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).

DATES START
CITY
SHIP
NAME
EMBARK
CITY
EMBARK
DATE
CRUISE
ONLY
CRUISE
& LAND
Feb 4-19, 2016 Ho Chi Minh City AmaDara Ho Chi Minh City Feb 6 $3,099 $5,298
Feb 9-24, 2016 Hanoi AmaDara Siem Reap Feb 15 $3,099 $5,298
Feb 16-Mar 2, 2016 Hanoi AmaLotus Siem Reap Feb 22 $3,099 $5,298
Feb 23-Mar 9, 2016 Hanoi AmaDara Siem Reap Feb 29 $3,099 $5,298
Mar 1-16, 2016 Hanoi AmaLotus Siem Reap Mar 7 $3,099 $5,298
Mar 8-23, 2016 Hanoi AmaDara Siem Reap Mar 14 $2,999 $5,198
Mar 15-30, 2016 Hanoi AmaLotus Siem Reap Mar 21 $2,899 $5,098
Mar 22-Apr 6, 2016 Hanoi AmaDara Siem Reap Mar 28 $2,799 $4,998
Mar 29-Apr 13, 2016 Hanoi AmaLotus Siem Reap Apr 4 $2,699 $4,898
Apr 5-20, 2016 Hanoi AmaDara Siem Reap Apr 11 $2,599 $4,798
Apr 12-27, 2016 Hanoi AmaLotus Siem Reap Apr 18 $2,499 $4,698
Aug 6-21, 2016 Ho Chi Minh City AmaDara Ho Chi Minh City Aug 22 $2,299 $4,498
Aug 9-24, 2016 Hanoi AmaDara Siem Reap Aug 15 $2,299 $4,498
Aug 23-Sep 7, 2016 Hanoi AmaDara Siem Reap Aug 29 $2,399 $4,598
Sep 3-18, 2016 Ho Chi Minh City AmaDara Ho Chi Minh City Sep 5 $2,499 $4,698
Sep 6-21, 2016 Hanoi AmaDara Siem Reap Sep 12 $2,599 $4,798
Sep 17-Oct 2, 2016 Ho Chi Minh City AmaDara Ho Chi Minh City Sep 19 $2,699 $4,898
Sep 20-Oct 5, 2016 Hanoi AmaDara Siem Reap Sep 26 $2,799 $4,998
Oct 1-16, 2016 Ho Chi Minh City AmaDara Ho Chi Minh City Oct 3 $2,899 $5,098
Oct 4-19, 2016 Hanoi AmaDara Siem Reap Oct 10 $2,999 $5,198
Oct 15-30, 2016 Ho Chi Minh City AmaDara Ho Chi Minh City Oct 17 $2,999 $5,198
Oct 18-Nov 2, 2016 Hanoi AmaDara Siem Reap Oct 24 $2,999 $5,198
Oct 29-Nov 13, 2016 Ho Chi Minh City AmaDara Ho Chi Minh City Oct 31 $2,999 $5,198
Nov 1-16, 2016 Hanoi AmaDara Siem Reap Nov 7 $2,999 $5,198
Nov 12-27, 2016 Ho Chi Minh City AmaDara Ho Chi Minh City Nov 14 $2,999 $5,198
Nov 15-30, 2016 Hanoi AmaDara Siem Reap Nov 21 $2,999 $5,198
Nov 26-Dec 11, 2016 Ho Chi Minh City AmaDara Ho Chi Minh City Nov 28 $2,999 $5,198
Nov 29-Dec 14, 2016 Hanoi AmaDara Siem Reap Dec 5 $2,999 $5,198
Dec 10-25, 2016 Ho Chi Minh City AmaDara Ho Chi Minh City Dec 12 $2,999 $5,198
Dec 13-28, 2016 Hanoi AmaDara Siem Reap Dec 19 $2,999 $5,198
Dec 27, '16-Jan 11, '17 Hanoi AmaDara Siem Reap Jan 2 $3,099 $5,298
Jan 10-25, 2017 Hanoi AmaDara Siem Reap Jan 16 $3,099 $5,298
Jan 21-Feb 5, 2017 Ho Chi Minh City AmaDara Ho Chi Minh City Jan 23 $3,099 $5,298
Jan 24-Feb 8, 2017 Hanoi AmaDara Siem Reap Jan 30 $3,099 $5,298
Feb 7-22, 2017 Hanoi AmaDara Siem Reap Feb 13 $3,099 $5,298
Feb 18-Mar 5, 2017 Ho Chi Minh City AmaDara Ho Chi Minh City Feb 20 $3,099 $5,298
Feb 21-Mar 8, 2017 Hanoi AmaDara Siem Reap Feb 27 $3,099 $5,298
Mar 4-19, 2017 Ho Chi Minh City AmaDara Ho Chi Minh City Mar 6 $3,099 $5,298
Mar 7-22, 2017 Hanoi AmaDara Siem Reap Mar 13 $2,999 $5,198
Mar 18-Apr 2, 2017 Ho Chi Minh City AmaDara Ho Chi Minh City Mar 20 $2,899 $5,098
Mar 21-Apr 5, 2017 Hanoi AmaDara Siem Reap Mar 27 $2,799 $4,998
Apr 1-16, 2017 Ho Chi Minh City AmaDara Ho Chi Minh City Apr 3 $2,699 $4,898
Apr 4-19, 2017 Hanoi AmaDara Siem Reap Apr 10 $2,599 $4,798
Apr 15-30, 2017 Ho Chi Minh City AmaDara Ho Chi Minh City Apr 17 $2,499 $4,698
Apr 18-May 3, 2017 Hanoi AmaDara Siem Reap Apr 24 $2,399 $4,598

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).

AmaLotus

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

Expedition Details

PASSPORT

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.

VISAS

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 (www.passportvisasexpress.com).

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//www.mfaic.gov.kh): follow the directions to the e-visa page ($37 and an uploaded passport photo are required).

MEDICAL

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

INOCULATIONS

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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