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Riches of the Mekong

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Date: 09 September 2019 - 16 September 2019
Duration: 7 nights
Destination: River Cruises
Line: AmaWaterways
Ship: AmaDara
Type: From the UK fly Add to your wish list

Itinerary

Day 1

PREK KDAM - EMBARKATION -KOH CHEN
Transfer via coach to the AmaDara in Prek Kdam, a small village on the Tonle River, for your seven-night cruise. Take a leisurely walk through Koh Chen, which specialises in silver- and copper-smithing. As you walk through the village, listen to the villagers tapping with small hammers and watch as they make jewellery and other ornamental items out of silver and copper, including delicately engraved tropical fruits, which are used in traditional ceremonies. Meet fellow guests at a Welcome Dinner as the ship sails 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 coach 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 colourful 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 centre (Genocide Museum) just outside the city. Or if you prefer to stay in Phnom Penh, you can visit the bustling yellow-coloured 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

TAN CHAU
Spend the day cruising 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. 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 a workshop that makes rattan mats. You may opt to take a traditional “xe-loi” (trishaw) ride around the town, with stops at artisans' workshops, such as a silk-making workshop.

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 colourful 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.

Day 8

HO CHI MINH CITY - DISEMBARKATION
Your cruise comes to an end as the ship docks at My Tho Port. (B)
*We recommend that you schedule your onward flight to depart Ho Chi Minh after 3:00pm today to avoid potential missed connections.

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All fares are per person based on twin occupancy on a cruise only basis, unless otherwise stated.