Few markets couple ephemeral wares—fresh fruits, fish, foods, and colorful flower bouquets—with culture, chaos, and tradition like the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market.
One of the largest and last remaining floating markets in Thailand, this authentic market has entranced travelers and photographers the world over with its vividly colorful scenes of vendors offering goods from long-tailed boats on the sleepy green Damnoen Saduak canal, built by King Rama IV in the 19th century.
To make the most of your market tour, you may want to interact with vendors and purchase some of their unusual, delicious, and practical goods. Taste smelly durian, order fried bananas served via fishing pole, or select a straw hat from a canalside stall.
Tonight we dine at one of Thailands best restaurants Issaya.
Issaya Siamese Club is housed in a vibrantly coloured and charming 100-year-old colonial villa with a lovely garden. Dishes from all regions of Thailand are represented on the menu. Recipes have a few creative tweaks and subtle modern touches but ultimately respect tradition. Signature dishes are always a good choice but consider the tasting menu to witness the kitchen's real ambition. - Michelin Guide
Blue Elephant Cooking School welcomes you to a dazzling century old mansion where you will discover and experience the culinary wonders of Royal Thai Cuisine.
Everyone gets to learn today, even Massimo as the instructors here are passionate about their work and serious about providing high-quality lessons even for the trained chef.
Housed in a renovated colonial-style building, the stunning architecture and sunlit rooms give this cooking school an air of sophistication. After our class we will enjoy a wonderful lunch in the restaurant.
Bo.Lan has been recognised for many years as one of the best Thai restaurants in Bangkok. Famed for initiating the concept of fine dining Thai cuisine in the city, here you can sample age old recipes made from the absolute best ingredients but presented with the flair of European haute cuisine.
A powerful Thai cocktail is served first and sets the mood, balancing strong flavours together. This is followed by a platter of appetisers (amuse bouche), elegantly presented and distinctly flavoured. Personal favourites include the steamed salmon with dill and a northern Thai interpretation of laab salad.
Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) is Vietnam at its most dizzying: a high-octane city of commerce and culture that has driven the country forward with its pulsating energy. A chaotic whirl, the city breathes life and vitality into all who settle here, and visitors cannot help but be hauled along for the ride.
Ho Chi Minh City attractions are a vibrant mix of old and new, with well-preserved colonial structures and war relics from the devastating Vietnam War as well as sleek skyscrapers, elegant sports clubs, and expansive shopping malls against a metropolis backdrop.
We will enjoy a delicious local lunch before we head to embark on our Ama Waterways River Cruise.
The best Ho Chi Minh City dishes are well regarded as nutritious, savoury, and hearty delights that can be enjoyed at any time of the day. Some of the defining traits in Vietnamese cuisine include rice, noodles, seafood, pork and beef, as well as various fresh herbs and spices, all of which result in robust flavours and unique interpretations.
- April 1: Ho Chi Minh City – Embarkation
- April 2: Cai Be – Sa Dec
- April 3: Tan Chau – Border Crossing
- April 4: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
- April 5: Oudong – Kampong Tralach – Phnom Penh
- April 6: Oknhatey - Angkor Ban
- April 7: Angkor Ban – Kampong Cham
- April 8: Kampong Cham– Disembarkation
Debuting in 2015, the 124 passenger AmaDara is designed to bring the finest river cruising experience to Asia. With exotic Asian inspired interiors, she offers an authentic and intimate approach to luxury river cruising. The ship boasts of modern staterooms and suites ranging in size from 251 sq. ft. to 502 sq. ft. All accommodations feature exclusive twin balconies that comprise of a full length French Balcony and an open outside balcony.
On this itinerary, you will enjoy an extensive lineup of included tours. We include a large variety of activities so that you can choose how you want to explore. No matter your preference, your days will be full of discovery and wonder.
There is plenty to keep guests engaged on board when they are not engrossed with watching the country life along Asia’s famous waterways. Flavoursome cuisine served in fashionable dining venues, a stylish lounge, a state-of-the-art fitness room, beauty and wellness services and an enticing Sun Deck with a refreshing swimming pool, are some of the ship’s top-of-the-line facilities that guarantee to deliver an unforgettable river cruise vacation.
This spectacular journey includes the following;
- 3 nights Bangkok 5* Hotel with Breakfast
- 3 meals in Bangkok 2 dinners, one lunch
- Optional Michelin Star Restaurant Bo. Lan ($)- or Street Food tour of the famous Street food area of Bangkok with local guide (included).
- Flight from Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City including transportation
- City tour and Chocolate factory tour of ho Chi Minh with transportation to the AMA Dara with lunch stop (self Pay Lunch)
- 7 night river Cruise on the Luxury AMADara cruise in a Twin balcony cabin.
- Transportation to Siem Reap including a stop along the way.
- All meals on board the boat
- All Excursions on the AmaDara
- Hosted by Celebrity Chef Massimo Capra
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