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Duration: 8 days 7 nights

This new luxury boutique ship, will join the ms La Marguerite on the Mekong River. Together, they set a whole new standard in river cruising. With only 62 suites, an intimate cruising experience aboard the ms Amalotus is assured. Our twin balcony concept is a feature of most suites, while the variety of stylish public areas provides the ultimate in recreational choice and comfort. Every feature contributes to a truly opulent discovery of the sights, sounds and remote beauty of the Mekong Delta.

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This new luxury boutique ship, will join the ms La Marguerite on the Mekong River. Together, they set a whole new standard in river cruising. With only 62 suites, an intimate cruising experience aboard the ms Amalotus is assured. Our twin balcony concept is a feature of most suites, while the variety of stylish public areas provides the ultimate in recreational choice and comfort. Every feature contributes to a truly opulent discovery of the sights, sounds and remote beauty of the Mekong Delta.
Revolutionary Suites - More than 90% of suites on board feature an Outside Balcony as well as an AMA Private Balcony, which creates a cosy conservatory-style area.
Private Outside Balconies - Watch the floating villages and markets drift by from your own personal balcony, knowing that your air-conditioned suite is but a step away.

Swimming Pool on the Sun Deck - Head to the Sun Deck, grab a drink from the bar and cool off with a refreshing swim in the pool after a day of discovery.

*Largest suites on the Mekong River
*Youngest ship on the Mekong, launching in 2011
*Over 90% of suites with exclusive twin balconies
*Choice of delicious Asian and Western cuisine
*Regional wine included with lunch & dinner
*Soft drink, local beer and spirits included all day
*Two lounges, a library, Sun Deck with pool and bar, salon, spa, Fitness Centre and restaurant on board
 
Brief Itinerary
UPSTREAM: SAIGON - SIEM REAP: 8D/7N

DAY 1: Embarkation - My Tho - Cai Be (L, D)
DAY 2: Cai Be - Vinh Long - Sadec (B, L, D)
DAY 3: Sadec - Tan Chau (B, L, D)
DAY 4: Tan Chau - Border Crossing (B, L, D)
DAY 5: Phnom Penh (B, L, D)
DAY 6: Phnom Penh - Chong Koh – Oudong – Kampong Tralach (B, L, D)
DAY 7: Kampong Tralach - Kampong Chhnang – Prek K’dam (B, L, D)
DAY 8: Disembarkation - Tonle Lake - Siem Reap (B)

DOWNSTREAM: SIEM REAP - SAI GON 8D/7N

DAY 1: Embarkation - Siem Reap - Kampong Chhnang (L, D)
DAY 2: Kampong Chhnang - Kampong Tralach - Oudong (B, L, D)
DAY 3: Chong Koh - Phnom Penh (B, L, D)
DAY 4: Phnom Penh (B, L, D)
DAY 5: Phnom Penh - Border Crossing - Tan Chau (B, L, D)
DAY 6: Tan Chau - Sadec (B, L, D)
DAY 7: Sadec - Cai Be (B, L, D)
DAY 8: Disembarkation - My Tho - Saigon (B)
Program Details
UPSTREAM: SAI GON - SIEM REAP: 8D/7N

DAY 1: Embarkation - My Tho - Cai Be (B, L, D)

Register between 11:00 to 12:00 at Sofitel Saigon Plaza Hotel. Transfer overland by coach to My Tho port for embarkation aboard of Indochina Sails’ ship for journey from the Mekong Delta to Holy Angkor. We embark the ship at 13:30. Welcome drink served in Saigon Lounge for a short briefing followed by a lunch served in Mekong restaurant. Your cabins are ready for check in after lunch. After port clearance formalities captain raises the anchor and cruises towards Cai Be. Join the Cruise Manager at Saigon Lounge for safety demonstration and briefing at 18:00 followed by Captain’s Cocktails. Enjoy the first gourmet dinner onboard with fellow travelers. After dinner join us for the folk performance of Mekong Delta at Saigon Lounge. We moor overnight midstream near Cai Be.

DAY 2: Cai Be - Vinh Long - Sadec (B, L, D)

After breakfast we take a morning junk trip around Cai Be to see a floating market, and go ashore to visit the French Gothic Cathedral and colorful port area, with its colonial buildings, delightful flower gardens and local rice paper manufacturers. Back to the boat at 12:00. Enjoy lunch while our vessel sails toward Vinh Long – the Vietnam second biggest city by the Mekong river. Visit to the bustling afternoon market. A visually stunning boat ride and walk through the market, where all manner of aquatic life were being sold, as well as a lot of everything else edible and imaginable. Cocktails and briefing from 18:30 followed by a dinner in Mekong restaurant. After dinner the ship raise anchor and cruise to Sadec. Tonight ship moors midstream of the Mekong River near Sadec.

DAY 3: Sadec - Tan Chau (B, L, D)

After the breakfast follow guides to the hometown of Marguerite Duras’ lover, quaint little city. Visit the old house of Huynh Thuy Le’s, partake in the bantering of local markets along the paved river banks, pagoda and the Fujian Temple, build and donated to the city by Le’s family. You will pass by the home of Marguerite Duras from across the riverbanks. We spend the rest of the day to cruise to Tan Chau. Join the lecture onboard on "Vietnam - The Past & Present". We arrive in Tan Chau – the Vietnamese town on near the border with Cambodia on the Mekong River. Our cruise ship moors safely at the riverbank of Tan Chau. After dinner join us in the Crew Show in Saigon Lounge.

DAY 4: Tan Chau - Border Crossing (B, L, D)

Today will truly be a highlight with a visit of Tan Chau – a small town untouched by tourism. Morning excursion start with sightseeing by local boats, navigate narrow channels to visit an evergreen island. You will have a chance to visit floating fish farm and travel along the tiny tributaries where slit houses are haphazardly leaning on one another. Then you will go ashore and have a tour around the town on rickshaw (Xe Loi). Then we will visit a rattan mats and slippers making factories. Go back to the ship and enjoy a lunch while the ships departs for border. In the afternoon Cooking Class performed by our Executive Chef at Saigon Lounge, while the border formalities are going on. We cast off for an overnight cruising the main Mekong channel, an international shipping route to Phnom Penh

DAY 5: Phnom Penh (B, L, D)

Today is also busy day with many interesting sightseeing and activities In the morning, we will have sightseeing by bus in Phnom Penh. Royal Palace, the spectacular Silver Pagoda and the National Museum with outstanding displays of the Khmer crafts will be the places that you will visit. Places where you visit in the afternoon will help you know more about a part of Cambodia’s history: the Khmer Rouge’s grim Toul Sleng (S21 detention center) and the Killing Field. If you want to spend more free time for yourself shopping or taking a tour around the city instead, please inform to the Ship Manager. Cocktail hours from 18:30 to 19:30. Dinner is served from 19:30 to 21:00. After dinner, please join the Khmer folk dances and songs at the Saigon Lounge. Before midnight you can hang out in the bars many of which are located just opposite the dock.

DAY 6: Phnom Penh - Chong Koh – Oudong – Kampong Tralach (B, L, D)

Early in the morning our vessel will sails towards little known village Chong Koh. After breakfast we go spend time in Chong Koh silk weaving village for a morning walk at leisure. Back to the ship 10:00. Join the lecture onboard “Cambodia – The Past and Present” presented by our tour guide while the ship cruises toward the Prek K’dam, where we start our afternoon tour to Oudong Between 1618 and 1866 Oudong was the capital of Cambodia, built on the top of Phnom Oudong. This hill is made up of a series of stupas and shrines in a variety of conditions. However we do not climb the hill by a steep stairway with 509 steps as we join our tour guides to the Buddhist monastery at the foothill. After Oudong we take 45-minute bus ride to Kampong Tralach, visit to Wat Kapong Tralach Pleu and then take a 20-minute ox-cart ride to the Tonle River traveling through countryside and a small village on a dusty road, past rice fields and amused locals. Go back to the ship and cruise to Kampong Chhnang.

DAY 7: Kampong Tralach - Kampong Chhnang – Prek K’dam(B, L, D)

Kampong Chhnang is a busy rural port town with bustling markets. Mooring mid-stream, we make a truly wonderful motorboat excursion into the lakeside wetlands that form the mouth of the river. Here a stunning variety of birdlife may be seen, and of considerable interest are local life and floating village. Go back to the boat and cast off towards Prek K’dam – a small village that is around 35km away from Phnom Penh. Time for packing and prepare for Farewell Cocktail this evening. The ship docks overnight in Prek K’dam.

DAY 8: Disembarkation - Tonle Lake - Siem Reap(B)

Breakfast is served from 6:30 – 8:00 in the Mekong Restaurant. After breakfast, bid farewell to crew and disembark at Prek K’dam at 8:30 AM. We take 5 and a half hour bus drive to Siem Reap with stop at Kampong Thom. We arrive about 13:30 at Le Meridien Angkor Hotel in Siem Reap.

DOWNSTREAM: SIEM REAP - SAI GON: 8D/7N

DAY 1: Embarkation - Siem Reap - Kampong Chhnang (L, D)

Register between 7:00 – 7:45 at Le Meridien Angkor. At 8:00, transfer by coach to Prek K’dam with a stop en route at Kampong Thom. The coach ride takes approximately about 5 hours and a half. Embark the ship in PrekK'dam at 13:30. Short briefing and welcome drink served in Saigon Lounge. Lunch onboard at 13:45. Cabins are ready for check-in after lunch. Captain raises the anchor and cruises towards Kampong Chnang province. Join the safety briefing at Saigon Lounge at 18:00 followed by the Captain's Welcome Cocktails. Enjoy the first gourmet dinner onboard with fellow travelers at 19:00. Pianist entertains from 21:00 to 23:00 in Saigon Lounge. Moor midstream overnight in Tonle River.

DAY 2: Kampong Chhnang - Kampong Tralach - Oudong (B, L, D)

Kampong Chhnang is a busy rural port town with bustling markets. Mooring mid-stream, we make a truly wonderful motorboat excursion into the lakeside wetlands that form the mouth of the river. Here a stunning variety of birdlife may be seen, and of considerable interest are local life and floating village. Go back to the boat and cast off towards Kampong Tralach. Attend lecture on Cambodia - The Past & Present in Saigon Lounge. Our vessel moors at Kampong Tralach. Today’s afternoon tour starts with a 20-minute ox-cart ride from the riverbank. Traveling through countryside and a small village on a dusty road, past rice fields and amused locals. We end the ox-cart ride at the beautiful Vihara belonging to Wat Kapong Tralach Pleu. Visit to pagodas. Our buses are there and we travel about 45 minutes to Oudong Between 1618 and 1866 Oudong was the capital of Cambodia. On the top of Phnom Oudong there is series of stupas and shrines in a variety of conditions. However we do not climb the hill as we visit Oudong Buddhist Monastery. We will attend the Buddhist blessing ceremony, visit Buddhist meditation center. After the visit we take a bus ride back to our ship at Prek K’dam, which is only 10 km from Oudong. Our ship will sails towards little known village Chong Koh passing by Phnom Penh and dock midstream near Chong Koh. After dinner, you can join the movie show “Killing Fields” at the Saigon Lounge.

DAY 3: Chong Koh - Phnom Penh (B, L, D)

After breakfast we go spend time in Chong Koh silk weaving village for a morning walk at leisure. Back on board at 10:30 as the ship sets sail toward the capital Phnom Penh. The capital of Cambodia retains its French charm. The city has several impressive wats, including Wat Ounalom, Wat Phnom and the newly-painted Wat Lang Ka. Pride of place goes to the Royal Palace and to the spectacular Silver Pagoda, one of the few places in Cambodia where artefacts embodying the brilliance and richness of Khmer culture were preserved by the Khmer Rouge. At 15:00 a walking tour to Wat Phnom to give you an orientation of Phnom Penh’s downtown. Cocktails and briefing hour followed by a dinner. After dinner, a special Khmer folk performance awaits at the Saigon Lounge. After the performance you can explore Phnom Penh by night by yourself.

DAY 4: Phnom Penh (B, L, D)

In the morning, we will have a sightseeing by bus in Phnom Penh. Royal Palace, the spectacular Silver Pagoda and the National Museum with outstanding displays of the Khmer crafts will be the places that you will visit. Places where you visit in the afternoon will help you know more about a part of Cambodia’s history: the Khmer Rouge’s grim Toul Sleng (S21 detention center) and the Killing Field. If you want to spend more free time for yourself shopping or taking a tour around the city instead, please inform to the Ship Purser. Cocktail hours from 18:30 to 19:30. Dinner is served from 19:30 to 21:00. After dinner you can hang out in the bars many of which are located just opposite the dock.

DAY 5: Phnom Penh - Border Crossing - Tan Chau (B, L, D)

Enjoy a hearty breakfast as the ships departs for border. We cast off for a day cruising the main Mekong channel, an international shipping route. Leisure in the morning, in the afternoon Cooking Class peformed by our Executive Chef at Saigon Lounge, while the border formalities are going on. We arrive in Tan Chau – the first Vietnamese town on the Mekong River. Join us in the crewshow in Saigon Lounge. Our vessel moors safely at the river bank.

DAY 6: Tan Chau - Sadec (B, L, D)

Today will truly be a highlight with a visit of Tan Chau – a small town untouched by tourism. Morning excursion will be really interesting, start with a sightseeing by local boats, navigate narrow channels to visit an evergreen island. You will have a chance to visit floating fish farm and travel along the tiny tributaries where slit houses are haphazardly leaning on one another. Then you will go ashore and have a tour around the town on rickshaw (Xe Loi). Then we will visit a rattan mats and slippers making factories. In the afternoon, we cruise downstream all the way to Sa Dec. Join us to the lecture on-board theme “Vietnam - The Past & Present". The ship arrives in Sadec during dinner and moors midstream for overnight. Cocktails and briefing at Saigon Lounge. After dinner join the Mekong folklore performance in the Saigon Lounge.

DAY 7: Sadec - Cai Be (B, L, D)

After the breakfast follow guides to the hometown of Marguerite Duras’ lover, quaint little city. Visit the old house of Huynh Thuy Le’s, partake in the bantering of local markets along the paved riverbanks. After that, take a 45-minute boat ride to the meeting point in Dong Thap Fruit Market to take a 30-minute bus ride to Xeo Quyt. Back to the ship in Cai Be for lunch. In the afternoon, we take a local boat for our afternoon excursion to Cai Be. We go ashore to visit the French Gothic Cathedral, coconut candy factory, rice paper and pop rice factory. Return to the boat and preparation for farewell cocktails and dinner.

DAY 8: Disembarkation - My Tho - Saigon (B)

After breakfast bid farewells to crew and disembark at My Tho Port at 08:30. We take 2 hours bus drive to Saigon. Arrive at Sofitel Plaza Saigon around 10:00.
 

Tour Policy

Price Includes

Entrance fees
Transportation and English-speaking tour guides’ services
Taxes, fuel, pilot, port dues, passenger levies, full board during the itinerary
Welcome and Farewell Dinners, daily breakfast, lunch and dinner including local beers, local brand spirits and local wines served during meals; coffee, selection of teas, selection of herbal infusions, local mineral water, local canned soft drinks served free through the day.
Transfers between the ship and the to meeting points at the start and end of the voyage

Price Excludes

International flights
All visa costs
Imported beverages such as wines, premium beer, premium spirits and liqueurs, imported mineral waters, espressos and cappuccinos at bar
Gratuities, laundry, shop purchases and other personal expenses

Booking Policy
Required Booking Time: 90 days before arrival
 
Cancellation Policy:

If Cancellation is received: Cancellation Fees
89 days prior to the sailing date: Deposit
88 - 60 days prior to the sailing date: Deposit + First Payment
59 - 30 days prior to the sailing date: Deposit + First + Second Payments
29 – 07 days prior to the sailing date: 80% of the net price of the cruise
06 days or less prior to the sailing date: 100% of the net price of the cruise

Children Price & Extra Bed:

Free of charge for infants below the age of 5 years, traveling with two guardians and sharing the same guardians’ bed. The company cannot guarantee the availability of a cot
Children at/above 5 years and at/under 12 years traveling with two guardians pay 75% of double occupancy rate when sharing cabin with guardians. This policy is applied for Sadec suite category
Children at/above 13 years must pay adult rates and will have their own bed allocated