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Upstream Saigon to Siem Reap

8 days
Amalotus Mekong Cruise
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Good For: Those who travel to have experience about Mekong Delta in Luxurious cruises, wish to visit Floating village and market, lifestyle of Mekong people.
Amalotus, one of the most luxurious river cruises on the Mekong provides an exquisite setting for your odyssey.  Designed in a French colonial architecture recalling the Art Nouveau period, all 62 staterooms in a décor that blends colonial elegance and regional Khmer style with twin private balconies opened from floor to ceiling glass doors giving guest the close up to the vast openness of the river. The ship features a restaurant serving Asian and Western flavors, Saigon lounge where leisure activities of folklore dances, music performances, movies, cooking demonstration are taken place and an outdoor swimming pool on the sundeck. The unique concept gives tourists a distinct way to taste the mighty Mekong, which sets the vessel apart from the rest.
Note: the entertainment could be changed basing on schedule or level water.

 Passenger Cabins and ship facts
  • Length: 92.05m (320 feet)
  • Width: 13.5m (42 feet)
  • 62 Cabins  max for 124 passengers 
  • Crew: 50 (International)
  • Home port: Vietnam 
  • Ship design: Colonial 
  • Style: Boutique
Cabin Types and facilities 

Class C 
Number of Cabins: 6 cabins
Bed Type: Twin or Double beds 
Area: 19.7 sqm or 226 sq.ft 
Locate: Cabin Lower Deck 

Class B 
Number Class B of Cabins: 22 cabins
Bed Type: Twin or Double beds 
Area: 19.7 sqm or 226 sq.ft
Location: Cabin Main Deck 

Class A 
Number of Cabins: 22 cabins
Bed Type: Twin or Double beds
Area: 19.7 sq.m or 226 sq.ft
Location: Cabin Upper Deck

Indochina Suite 
Number of Cabins: 2 cabins 
Bed Type: King size bed
Area: 41.2 sq.m or 441 sq.f
Location: Sun Deck
Features : The comfortable sitting area, a bathroom with whirlpool tub and separate shower, plus an extra-spacious private balcony

Sadec Suite 
Number of Cabins: 10 cabins
Bed Type: King size bed
Area: 26.4 sq.m or 290 sq. ft.
Location: Sun Deck
Features: Balcony, comfortable sitting area, plus a bathroom equipped with both a shower and separate tub
There is a cosy sitting area in every cabin, individually controlled air-conditioning, writing desk, mini-bar, safety deposit box, in-house telephone, bathroom with shower, bathrobe, slippers, hairdryer and in-house television cozy sitting area, individually controlled air-conditioning, writing desk, mini-bar, safety deposit box, in-house telephone, bathroom with shower, bathrobe, slippers, hairdryer and in-house television

Meals & Restaurant 


For a delicious taste of local cuisine, all meals are included on your Mekong River cruise. While each meal presents the chance to dine on exotic Asian fare, Western favourites are always available, should you desire a taste of home.

Breakfast – Each leisurely breakfast presents a lavish gourmet buffet, offering you a choice of English, Continental or Asian-inspired cuisine consisting of assorted pastries, fresh fruits, yogurts, cereals, and daily regional specials. An array of traditional breakfast items is also available

Lunch – After a half day excursions, a delicious buffet lunch or à la carte dining menu is served or perhaps you can order a local dish at the chef’s station with soups, fresh salads, a selection of Western and Asian hot entrées, plus desserts and seasonal tropical fruits.

Dinner – A four-course à la carte menu provides the elegant fusion of Vietnamese and Cambodian cuisine, whereas an equally impressive Western option is always available on the menu. 


Included Drinks Throughout Your Mekong Cruise
Soft drinks, local beer and spirits are included at all times, local wine and tea is served during lunch and dinner. 

Exquisite Dining Service
Chef and cruise manager will be available at any time to serve you during your Mekong cruise aboard the RV Amalotus 

Services & Entertainment 

Amenities: Laundry onboard, Bakery, Fully equipped galley and refrigeration storages, Air-conditioning inside all areas, cozy restaurant, bar, library, gym and spa
Safety: Smoke Detector in all cabin and Public places, Emergency lighting and generator, fire pump, hydrants and hoses, fire extinguisher, life jacket for all, first aid kit and life raft. 
Water: Treatment plants for desalination, de-sedimentation and purification using UV and osmosis.
Sewage: Micro biotic treatment plants
Wifi: internet available in selected areas. 
Magical Musical Performances 
On selected evenings, the Saigon Lounge & Bar converts into an atmospheric theatre that hosts a diverse program of musical entertainment that offers an amazing glimpse into the cultures of the region. Throughout the entire cruise, a pianist will be quietly playing soothing local music as well as some old favourites.
Peaceful Movie Nights in Your Suite & the Saigon Lounge
In the evening, time to relax and watch a film on your flat-screen television in the comfort of your suite. In addition to a huge catalogue of the latest box-office movies available to borrow on DVD, the opportunity to enjoy movies and documentaries that are based on the very regions you’ll visit.
Traditional & Interactive Evening of Khmer Dance
During a special evening of song and dance, you’ll learn to know a traditional Khmer folk performance and listen to a range of charming music that’s local to the Mekong region. The folk dancers wear clothes of the people they are portraying, such as Chams, fish men, hill tribes, farmers, and peasants. This evening is all about you getting involved – join in the dance in case you want 
Cooking Class & Fruit-carving Demonstration
Through a fruited-carving demonstration by the ship’s executive chef, and delight in the secrets of famous Vietnamese spring rolls, you will have full of knowledge about Vietnamese cuisine that is very important part of Vietnamese culture. 
Saigon Lounge and relaxing chill out music: 
Saigon Lounge: Indulge in a splendid afternoons and evenings with a variety of soothing and relaxing chill out music. Panoramic Lounge: set right in front of the vessel and one could see the panoramic views of the Mekong River thus allowing the travellers to revel in the beauty of the countryside.

Massage and Beauty Salon:
The way you cruise through Vietnam and Cambodia’s most beautiful and tranquil scenery along the Great Mekong River, why not take the opportunity to pamper yourself? We have an expert hair stylist, masseuse and beauty therapist at your disposal for the duration of the cruise. Pamper your body and rejuvenate your soul while you’re on board with RV Amalotus Cruise.

The sun on Sun deck & Swimming pool:
Enjoy the sun by the dipping pool where you'll find refreshing and invigorating concoctions and snacks that are created and served using the freshest ingredients. You can sip to your heart's content with relaxing views of the Mekong Delta.

Intriguing & Insightful Lectures
During your Mekong River cruise, local guides and historians will come aboard to deliver fascinating lectures that you’re able to attend as you choose. Learn about the golden age of Cambodia during the Angkor period, which will enrich your appreciation of the fabled temples of the ancient Khmer empire. Local customs, beliefs and traditions are also unearthed, adding valuable commentary to the places you’ll visit.

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Cruise Highlights & Activities:

Cultural Highlights: To complement your tours and shore excursions, take part in Cruisesmekongriver’s Cultural Highlights—immersive learning and enhancement activities both on board and ashore:
• Visit the renowned Tonle Sap Lake
• Tour the magnificent ruins of Angkor
• Enjoy traditional Apsara temple dancing and other folkloric performances
• Visit colorful floating markets on the banks of the Mekong
• View onboard film screenings that will enhance your journey These in-depth experiences are included as an essential part of discovering more about the places through which you cruise, and each activity is planned specifically to illuminate each itinerary.
Culture Curriculum: Sometimes you want to dig a little deeper. We offer a series of on board multimedia talks to shed light on the history and culture of the places you visit.
Learn about
• The rise and fall of the Khmer empire
• The archeological excavations at Angkor
• History of Vietnam and Cambodia
• History and culture of the Champa people and other ethnic groups
• Key words and phrases in the local languages These presentations provide a context for your own observations, enhancing your travel experience.
Day 1: Embarkation - My Tho - Cai Be (Meals: L,D)
Register between 11:00 to 12:00 at Sofitel Saigon Plaza Hotel. Transfer overland by motor coach to My Tho port for embarkation aboard the Indochina Sails’ ship for the journey from the Mekong Delta to Holy Angkor. Embark ship at 13:30. Welcome drinks served in Saigon Lounge. Short briefing is conducted before adjourning for lunch in Mekong restaurant. The cabins are ready for check-in after lunch. After port clearance formalities, captain raises the anchor and cruises towards Cai Be. Join the Cruise Director 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. Enjoy folk performances of the Mekong Delta from 21:00 to 21:45 in Saigon Lounge The ship moors overnight midstream at Cai Be.
Day 2: Cai Be – Vinh Long (Meals: B,L,D)
After breakfast take a morning junk trip around Cai Be. See floating market, go ashore to visit French Gothic Cathedral and colorful port area, filled with colonial buildings, delightful flower gardens and local rice paper manufacturers. Return to the boat at noon. After enjoying lunch while ship sails toward Vinh Long – the second largest city on the Mekong Delta. In the afternoon, take a short boat ride to get ashore for a walking tour of Vinh Long and visit a bustling market. Return to the ship at 17:00. Cocktail and briefing with Cruise Director at 18:00
After dinner, ship sails to Sadec and arrive in Sadec around 23:00. The ship moors overnight midstream at Sadec.
Day 3: Sa Dec – Tan Chau (Meals: B,L,D)
This morning, follow guides to the hometown of Marguerite Duras’ lover, Sadec, a quaint little city. Visit the old house of Huynh Thuy Le, partake in the bantering of local markets along the paved river banks, pagoda and the Fujian Temple, build and donated to the city by the late Le family. Pass by the home of Marguerite Duras from across the riverbanks. Re-board ship at 11:00 for lunch. After that, ship sets sail to Tan Chau. In the afternoon, Vietnamese tour guides will give a lecture about Vietnam – the Past and the Present in the Saigon Lounge at 16:00. Cocktails and briefing at 18:00 followed by dinner at 19:00. Ship arrives at Tan Chau around 18:30. After dinner, join the crew show in the Saigon Lounge. More music, more dancing you can join afterward. Tonight the ship moors midstream at Tan Chau.
Day 4: Tan Chau - Border Crossing (Meals: B,L,D)
Today’s highlight is a visit of Tan Chau - a small town untouched by tourism. In the morning, the excursion starts with sightseeing by local boats, navigating narrow channels to visit an evergreen island. Chance to visit floating fish farm and travels along the tiny tributaries where slit houses are haphazardly leaning on each other. Afterwards, go ashore and tour the town on rickshaw (XeLoi). Visit rattan mats and slippers making factories. Return to the ship and enjoy lunch while the ship departs for border. In the afternoon, enjoy Fruits Carving and Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls demonstration by Executive Chef at Saigon Lounge. Border formalities are carried out concurrently. Cocktail hour from 18:00 – 19:00, dinner at 19:00
After dinner catch movie “The Killing Fields” in the Saigon Lounge. In the evening, sail overnight up the broad Mekong River, an international shipping route and moor mid-stream just outside of Phnom Penh.
Day 5: Phnom Penh (Meals: B,L,D)
A busy day with many interesting sightseeing and activities, in the morning, sightsee Phnom Penh by bus. Visit Royal Palace, the spectacular Silver Pagoda and the National Museum where outstanding Khmer crafts are exhibited. Afternoon excursion facilitates understanding of a crucial part of the Cambodia’s history: the Khmer Rouge’s grim ToulSleng (S21 detention center) and the Killing Fields. (For a free and easy afternoon, please inform Cruise Manager). Cocktail hours are served from 18:00 to 19:00. Dinner is served from 19:30 to 21:00. After dinner, join the Khmer folk dances and songs at the Saigon Lounge. Before midnight, opt to chill in one the bars located across the road from the pier.
Day 6: Chong Koh – Oudong – Kampong Tralach (Meals: B,L,D)
Early in the morning the ship sails towards little known village Chong Koh. After breakfast, take leisurely morning stroll through Chong Koh silk weaving village. Visit a school, some home workshops manufacturing traditional silk and cotton handicrafts and buy some local products. Return to the ship at 10:00.Enjoy a hearty lunch onboard at 12:30 as the ship sails to PrekK’dam.Interesting afternoon tour starts with a bus ride to visit Oudong – the second capital city of Cambodia. Visit a Buddhist Center here and join a blessing. After that, take another bus ride to Kampong Tralach, see Kampong TralachPleu temple and take a 20-minute ox-cart ride back to the ship. Re-board ship in Kampong Tralach. Ship sails to Kampong Chhnang afterwards. Cocktail hour from 18:00 to 19:00, dinner is served at 19:00. After dinner, join together in the Saigon Lounge with Cruise Director for a “Nasty Quiz” night. Ship arrives at Kampong Chhnangaround 23:00 and moors midstream overnight.
Day 7: Kampong Chhnang – Prek K’dam (Meals: B,L,D)
Kampong Chhnang is a busy rural port town with bustling markets. Mooring mid-stream, take 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. Return to the boat and cast off towards Tonle Lake. The great lake dominates Cambodia and is over 150 km in length. Here bird life is profuse, and from the middle of the lake one cannot even see the shores. There is a great stillness and tranquility as the boat sails past floating fishing villages. Enjoy the great afternoon views to the boat cruise over the lake. Time for packing and prepare for Farewell Cocktail this evening. The ship moors overnight near Siem Reap.
Day 8: Disembarkation – Prek K’dam (Meals: B)

Enjoy breakfast onboard. Bid farewell to the crew and guides. Disembark around 8:30 and take motorized boats to local jetty approximately 5 to 6 km away from the middle of the lake. Transfer by motor coach to Le Meridien Angkor Hotel. Arrive at hotel at 10:00.

8 days programPackage PricesPackage Prices 
Cabin TypesClassic CClassic BClaissc AJunior SuiteSuiteClassic CClassic BClaissc AJunior SuiteSuite
Price$3,898$3,447$4,947$4,347$5,097$3,898$3,447$4,947$5,397$6,297Book a pack

What's included

  • All excursion including entrace fees, transportation and English speaking tour guides services.
  • Taxes, fuel, pilot, port dues, passengers levies, full board during 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 through the day.
  • A meeting point and drop off point shall be decided by Indochina Sails; transfer to/from these meetings, currently set as Le Meridien Angkor Hotel in Siem Reap and Sofitel Plaza Saigon Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, to/from the ship is Indochina Sails responsibility.

What's excluded

  • 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
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