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Riches of the Mekong
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Embark on a once in a lifetime cruise along the Mekong river with AmaWaterways. Your adventure kicks off in Siem Reap, Cambodia where you'll experiuence the captivating history of the ancient Khmer empire. Immerse yourself in a three-day exploration of the splendid temples nestled within the Angkor Archeological Park, an esteemed UNESCO World Heritage Site. Subsequently, set sail on your Mekong cruise from Kampong Cham, where you'll have the chance to encounter rustic Vietnamese villages, engage with local artisans in their workshops, meander through vibrant markets, and partake in the history of pagodas and a serene Buddhist monastery, all while traversing the scenic Mekong route.
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Embark through the Angkor temple complex, commencing at none other than Angkor Thom. Within this enchanting expanse lies the renowned Bayon Temple, celebrated for its colossal stone visages that graciously grin. Also awaiting your discovery are the captivating Terrace of the Elephants and the evocative Terrace of the Leper King, each contributing to the tapestry of history and intrigue. You'll have time to uncover the very essence of Cambodia, in the form of the Angkorian Temples – otherwise known as Angkor Wat.
Siem Reap, Kampong Cham (Embark)
Transfer to where you'll Embark for your seven-night cruise. After you've settled in to your surroundings & made the most of the onboard amenities, join fellow guests for an evening Welcome Dinner in the grand hall.
Ankgor Ban, Oknhatey Village
Embark on a captivating morning walking tour to Angkor Ban, a rare Cambodian village that withstood the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s. Witness its vibrant authenticity as locals thrive in traditional wooden homes, preserving ancient cultural practices. Amidst bustling agricultural activities, sturdy stilted wooden houses adorned with banana trees remain. The journey continues to Oknhatey, also known as "Silk Island," a lush Mekong River haven.
Continue your cruise towards Phnom Penh, Cambodia's vibrant capital. Embark on a morning excursion to Oudong, the former royal capital from the 17th century. Discover its significance as a revered pilgrimage site through a Buddhist Blessing Ceremony at a serene monastery. Stroll its grounds or opt for an active walking tour, capturing panoramic views of the Oudong plain. Experience authenticity with an oxcart ride in Kampong Tralach before a tuk-tuk journey immerses you in Phnom Penh's captivating blend of French Colonial and Angkorian architecture. Return to the ship and relish Khmer folk dancing by local children in the Saigon Lounge.
Tan Chau, Vietnam
Explore Tan Chau, a hidden gem along the Mekong, untouched by mass tourism. Revel in authenticity with a trishaw ride ("xe-loi"), visiting silk and rattan mat workshops. Opt for a trishaw tour coupled with artisans' visits, followed by an energetic stroll to "Evergreen Island." Alternatively, discover Tram Chim National Park, safeguarding the Mekong Delta's seasonal wetland, the Plain of Reeds. Your journey to unique encounters and natural wonders awaits in Tan Chau.
Sa Dec, Vietnam
In Sa Dec, explore the town where renowned French writer Marguerite Duras once resided, enriching her youth. Delve into vibrant local culture at the lively market and the distinctive Cao Dai Temple, a haven of Caodaism – an amalgamation of Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Confucianism. Engage with candy and rice paper crafting workshops for an immersive experience. Uncover the essence of Sa Dec's history and traditions on this captivating excursion.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (Disembark)
After disembarking the AmaDara at My Tho Port, journey to Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Indochina's capital and dubbed the "Paris of the Orient." Discover iconic sites like the Presidential Palace, Central Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the War Remnants Museum. Immerse yourself in the historical charm of Ben Thanh Market, an enduring symbol of the city. Unveil the allure of Ho Chi Minh City's past and present on this enlightening expedition.
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