Preparing For Your TripPassports & Visas
- Your passport must be valid for at least six months after your return home. It is your responsibility to ensure that your passport is valid and contains all required visas.
- North American citizens will need visas to enter 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. Passengers with a Cruise Only itinerary require a single entry visa for both countries.
- The visa for Vietnam should be obtained from your home country’s Vietnamese Consulate prior to departure.
- The visa for Cambodia can be obtained either prior to departure from your home country’s Cambodian Consulate or upon arrival at the international airport in either Siem Reap or Phnom Penh. Please note that the Cambodian government does not accept e-visas for visitors entering from Vietnam by river cruise ship.
NOTE: If you plan to purchase a visa upon entry to Cambodia, please bring an extra passport photo and adequate cash in U.S. dollars (approximately $40 at time of printing).
- Citizens of other countries should consult the appropriate consulates in their home country to determine if any visas are required.
We recommend that you photocopy certain pages of your passport (photo ID page and visa pages), as well as your airline tickets and driver’s license and/or birth certificate. This will greatly expedite the replacement of any lost documents. Be sure to keep the originals separate from the copies. You can also scan these documents and email them to yourself as attachments. Please remember to fill out the “emergency next of kin” section in your passport (in pencil).
If you purchased travel protection insurance, please make sure to write down important information such as the insurance company’s telephone number and your policy number.
Airlines have become very strict about the size and weight of baggage and carryon luggage. Please check your airline’s website to confirm specific allowances prior to your departure. Most airlines allow one piece of checked baggage and one carry-on per person. General guidelines:
- International air passengers: Each checked bag should measure less than 62 inches total (157 cm) and weigh less than 50 lbs. (22.7 kg).
- Cruise & Land program passengers: Checked bag(s) cannot exceed a total of 44 lbs. (20 kg), due to inter-Asia flight restrictions.
- All passengers: Your carry-on bag should not exceed 22”x 14”x 9” and must weigh less than 15 lbs. (7 kg).
Airlines may impose fees for excess baggage and/or require you to remove articles and put them in another bag if weight/size limits are exceeded. AmaWaterways is not responsible for any additional fees imposed by airlines. Also, storage space may be limited on board your ship and/or motorcoaches/ tender boats, and porters may refuse to carry heavy, oversized suitcases. For these reasons, we recommend bringing only one suitcase and one carry-on bag per person.
It is a good idea to place your itinerary and contact information inside your checked bag, just in case it goes temporarily astray.
Please contact your service provider for information on overseas usage. Your phone will need to be set up for international roaming.
Health & Well-being
All North American residents should consult the latest vaccine recommendations issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Visit www.cdc.gov or call 1-800-232-4636 (toll free in the U.S.). Residents of other countries should contact the appropriate government agency in their home country to determine what, if any, vaccinations are recommended.
Depending on your health history, your physician may also recommend malaria pills or certain booster shots, such as tetanus and/or Hepatitis A and B. Antidiarrhea medicine may also be advised, in case you are sensitive to certain spices or unfamiliar ingredients commonly used in Southeast Asia.
You should be as fit and healthy as possible before starting on your journey, and have enough physical stamina to go on shore excursions and sightseeing tours.
Making the Most of Your Trip
Experienced travelers know how to be flexible. The more you can adapt to constantly changing conditions, the less stressed you’ll be and the more you will enjoy your journey. This is especially true when traveling in third-world countries such as Vietnam and Cambodia. Being friendly and open-minded will make things more enjoyable for everyone. No matter where you go in the world, a warm smile is always welcome!