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Charms of the Mekong

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Date: 05 August 2019 - 12 August 2019
Duration: 7 nights
Destination: River Cruises
Line: AmaWaterways
Ship: AmaDara
Type: From the UK fly Add to your wish list

Itinerary

Day 1

HO CHI MINH CITY - EMBARKATION
Board the AmaDara at My Tho Port. Meet your fellow travellers at a Welcome Dinner as the ship cruises to Cai Be. (B,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 or alternatively visit 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 childhood. You will visit the local 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

TAN CHAU - BORDER CROSSING
Enjoy a visit to Tan Chau, a small Mekong River town unspoiled by tourism. You will have the opportunity to take a traditional “xe-loi” (trishaw) ride around the town, with stops at a silk-making, slipper and rattan mat workshops. Alternatively, you can 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 rattan mat workshop. Later in the day, cruise from Vietnam to the Cambodian border en route to Phnom Penh. (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 centre (Genocide Museum) just outside the city. After lunch on board, you’ll 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.

Day 5

PHNOM PENH - OKNHATEY VILLAGE
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. Alternatively, you may wish to shop for unique treasures at the bustling yellow-colored Central Market. Later in the morning, set sail for Koh Chen. Once there, take a walk through Koh Chen and visit home workshops specializing in silver- and copper-smithing.

Day 6

KAMPONG CHHNANG
Situated on a picturesque hillside not far from Phnom Penh, lies 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. In Kampong Tralach, you’ll have another truly memorable excursion - an oxcart ride through a local village.

Day 7

KAMPONG TRALACH - OUDONG - KOH CHEN
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 local markets in the water front. Cap the day off with a Farewell Dinner on board.

Day 8

PREK KDAM - DISEMBARKATION
Your cruise comes to an end as you disembark at Prek Kdam, a small village on the Tonle River. (B)
Note: We recommend that you schedule your onward flight to depart after 7:00pm 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.