The mighty Mekong

Venture Deeper

AmaWaterways offers two distinctive Mekong River cruise itineraries that give you the opportunity to make the most of your time in Vietnam and Cambodia and experience an all-encompassing bucket-list adventure by land and river.


Lively Ho Chi Minh City, once known as the “Peal of the Orient,” offers a vibrant mix of old and new and provides the perfect start to your incredible journey through Vietnam and Cambodia. Cruise along the mighty Mekong, discovering a glimpse into another era; one where people still happily honor the timeless traditions passed down through the centuries from their ancestors. Throughout your trip, immerse yourself into the culture and heritage with visits to rural villages, historic pagodas and colorful markets. Be treated to a special blessing by monks in Buddhist monastery, and witness skilled artisans who create exquisite handicrafts and delicacies. Experience all this and more on this life-enriching cruise along the Mekong.

2 nights Ho Chi Minh City, 7-night Ho Chi Minh City to Prek Kdam cruise, 2 nights Siem Reap, 3 nights Hanoi and 1 night Ha Long Bay

Cruise along the Mekong through Cambodia and Vietnam as you are transported back in time to another era, where the rhythms of the countryside move at a slower pace and allow for a fascinating glimpse into a traditional way of life. Visit rural villages, colorful markets and a monastery, where you will receive a special Buddhist blessing by monks. Delve into the peaks and valleys of Cambodia’s history in the Royal Palace and National Museums of its beautiful capital, Phnom Penh. Witness skilled artisans who create exquisite handicrafts and delicacies, and be treated to authentic experiences, including rides via oxcart, tuk tuk and trishaw. On this transformative journey, the Mekong truly reveals a vibrant world along its shores.

2 nights Hanoi, 1 night Ha Long Bay, 3 nights Siem Reap, 7-night Prek Kdam to Ho Chi Minh City cruise and 2 nights Ho Chi Minh City

Ask about other cruise and land combinations.

What's Included

  • 7 nights luxury accommodation in a twin-balcony stateroom
  • Flat-panel screen that features in-house movies
  • Desk and sitting area
  • Fresh water replenished daily
  • Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land packages
  • Sun Deck with pool
  • Fitness room and three spas
  • Saigon Lounge with panoramic views and bar
  • Daily entertainment including cultural performances
  • All onboard dining in a variety of venues
  • Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
  • The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant
  • Welcome Cocktail and Dinner
  • Unlimited wine with lunch and dinner
  • Complimentary local beer, house-brand spirits and soft drinks during cruise
  • Snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge
  • Airport transfers with purchase of air from AmaWaterways
  • Immersive tours in every destination
  • Special Interest Tours
  • Knowledgeable guides
  • Personal headset for easy exploration
  • Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options

Join Us, Stay Awhile

Enhance your Mekong River journey and maximize your international airfare by adding our unforgettable pre- and post-cruise land packages in Vietnam and Cambodia. Each land package includes stays at luxury hotels (or an elegantly appointed ship with modern conveniences in Ha Long Bay), as well as daily breakfast, guided excursions, convenient transfers and luggage services between your hotel and river cruise ship, and the services of a trusted Cruise Manager* throughout your river cruise and land journey.

*Bangkok extension is locally hosted.

For a limited time, enjoy 2-for-1 land package pricing on select 2023 and 2024 Mekong River cruises and land packages! Terms apply.


Siem Reap


3 nights pre-cruise – or – 2 nights post-cruise

Gateway to Awe-Inspiring Angkor

Nothing prepares you for your first visit to one of the world’s greatest architectural achievements, Angkor Archaeological Park, a vast temple and highly sought-after UNESCO World Heritage Site. This massive temple complex was once lost under tangled jungle vines. Wandering amongst its ancient ruins, you will see exquisite statues and bas-relief carvings. Join us at sunrise for an experience you won’t soon forget.



2 nights pre-cruise – or – 3 nights post-cruise

The Country’s Charming Capital

Catch a glimpse of Vietnamese lifestyle as you take a rickshaw ride through Hanoi’s Old Quarter with its colonial architecture, ancient temples and colorful market street. Plus, while staying in this teeming city, be treated to the majestic artistry of a traditional water puppet show.

Ha Long Bay


1 night pre-cruise – or – 1 night post-cruise

A Mesmerizing Natural Wonder

Breathtaking Ha Long Bay is one of the world’s most stunning natural UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is considered one of the new Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The picturesque bay features more than 2,000 islands that rise from its emerald waters, resembling the spikes on a dragon’s back. Our guests spend the night aboard an elegantly appointed ship with modern conveniences for a once-in-a-lifetime scenic cruising experience.

Ho Chi Minh City


2 nights pre-cruise – or – 2 nights post-cruise

History and Healing

Previously known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City holds some of Vietnam’s most famous landmarks: the former Presidential Palace, the Central Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral and the War Remnants Museum as well as Cu Chi, an immense underground network built during the Vietnam War. While visiting this bustling metropolis, you will also have a chance to visit Ben Thanh Market – one of the oldest and most iconic structures, which welcomes thousands of visitors each day to wander through nearly 1,500 booths selling everything from produce to luxury goods.



3 nights pre-cruise – or – 3 nights post-cruise

Timeless Temples and Thai Delights

Our 3-night locally hosted Bangkok extension includes a wealth of unforgettable excursions and adds an extra country, Thailand, to your incredible adventure through Asia. This package includes intra-Asia flights, accommodations in a luxury hotel with daily breakfast and guided tours to such famed sites as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and Wat Pho.

Authentic Experiences

Immerse yourself in the local culture and heritage of Vietnam and Cambodia. Authentic experiences in rural villages unspoiled by tourism offer you a chance to delve deeply into this life and to witness the time-honored methods of skilled artisans who create exquisite handicrafts and delicacies.

Sought-After Souvenirs

What will you bring home from your Mekong River cruise? Below are two guest – and crew – favorites that support local artisans and villages.

Things To See

Known for ancient ruins, vibrant temples and awe-inspiring architecture, both Vietnam and Cambodia offer the opportunity to experience an all-encompassing adventure by land and river.

The Distinctive AmaDara

This distinctive ship is in a class of her own! AmaWaterways’ sole cruise ship on the Mekong River, the AmaDara features French Colonial décor and richly carved wood furniture inspired by the history of the region, as well as local artifacts made by native craftsmen. Air-conditioned interior corridors lead to spacious staterooms and suites, most featuring twin balconies that invite the ever-changing scenery of Southeast Asia inside. On board, the AmaDara caters to your every whim, with massage rooms, fitness room, gift shop, hair salon and sun-deck pool. Her stunning Saigon Lounge provides respite by day and unites guests over intriguing local entertainment by night. Savor authentic regional delicacies and Western cuisine in the Main Restaurant or dine at The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant; and throughout your cruise, be treated to unlimited complimentary wine with lunch and dinner, as well as house brand spirits, local beer and soft drinks throughout your cruise.

Discover AmaDara
Life On Board At A Glance
Exotic Cuisine

While traveling along the Mekong River, you’ll savor a wonderful blend of fragrant herbs and spices, freshly caught fish, exotic vegetables and fruits bursting with flavor, noodles and rice – the staple of all Southeast Asian cuisine. Using fresh, locally-sourced seasonal ingredients, our expert chefs prepare exquisite cuisine inspired by the Vietnamese and Cambodian destinations you visit, as well as a variety of Western favorites.

Local Recipes

Savor the local flavor at home by trying some of our delicious Vietnamese and Cambodian recipes!

Local Entertainment

Performers from local villages come on board to give you a glimpse of traditional culture, such as Apsara, the traditional dance of the Cambodia people. Dating back to the Angkorean era, this classical performance is best described as graceful and sophisticated.


Mekong Connections

Think you know everything about puppets? Think again. Read more
Dynamic, vibrant, bustling – the modern-day Hanoi has found its future by appreciating its past.Read more
Life-sized elephant bas-reliefs carved out of temple walls at the aptly named Terrace of the Elephants.Read more
Travel to Phnom Penh and see why this vibrant capital city was once known as the ‘Pearl of Asia’Read more
Seasonal celebrations in the Mekong regionRead more
A look at the architectural gems that can be found in this historical cityRead more
10-time AmaWaterways cruisers Larry and Linda Offenberg share their unforgettable experience on the 16-day Charms of the Mekong itinerary.Read more