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Celebrity Chef Hosted Mekong River Cruise Chef Massimo Capra hosts a 7 Night River Cruise on the Mekong plus a night in Ho Chi Minh and a night in Siem Reap. Inc flight March 30th 2019 - 9 nights total

Charms of The Mekong River Cruise by AMAWaterways

We begin our luxury Culinary Adventure in Ho Chi Minh City. The Reverie Saigon introduces a bold new brand of luxury to Vietnam. With sweeping views of Ho Chi Minh City, from the 27th through 39th floors of the Times Square Building, The Reverie Saigon is the place to be seen. Featuring a top-notch bar, European and Indochina inspired fine dining, a luxurious spa, and world-class facilities, this iconic hotel brings luxury to the city. Dinner will be on your own and you will be met in the lobby on April 1st to begin a Gastro City Tour including lunch. At the end of our tour we will be delivered to the dock where we meet our Luxury River Cruise.

Cruise......DAY 1. HO CHI MINH CITY – EMBARKATION

Board the AmaDara at My Tho Port. Meet your fellow travellers at a Welcome Dinner as the ship cruises to Cai Be. (D)

DAY 2. CAI BE – SA DEC

Take a local boat to Cai Be. You will have an opportunity to visit candy and rice paper-making workshops and the historic Kiet Old House. Later in the day, journey to Sa Dec, a sprawling town on the Mekong Delta, where French writer Marguerite Duras spent part of her youth. You will visit the local market, Cao Dai Temple and the house of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, Duras’ Chinese paramour, whom her prize-winning novel, The Lover, is said to be based on. (B,L,D)

DAY 3. TAN CHAU – BORDER CROSSING

Enjoy a visit to Tan Chau, a small Mekong River town unspoiled by tourism. You will have the opportunity to get an authentic experience and take a traditional “xe-loi” (trishaw) ride around the town, with stops at silk-making and rattan mat workshops, followed by a boat ride through the narrow channels of the Mekong River to “Evergreen Island.” Alternatively, simply take the boat ride to Evergreen Island and return to Tan Chau, where you will visit a rattan mat workshop. Later in the day, cruise from Vietnam to the Cambodian border en route to Phnom Penh. (B,L,D)

DAY 4. PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA

This morning’s excursion takes you to Cambodia’s infamous Killing Fields and the Khmer Rouge’s grim Tuol Sleng S21 detention center (Genocide Museum).Alternatively, you may wish to shop for unique treasures at the bustling yellow-colored Central Market . After lunch on board, you will explore the highlights of the city, followed by a visit to the Royal Palace, the spectacular Silver Pagoda and the National Museum, which has an outstanding collection of Khmer crafts. After returning to the ship, enjoy Khmer folk dancing performed by local children in the Saigon Lounge. (B,L,D)

DAY 5. OUDONG – KAMPONG TRALACH – PHNOM PENH

Visit Oudong, Cambodia’s former royal capital from the early 17th century until 1866. Today, Oudong is a place of pilgrimage for Cambodians. While here, be treated to a memorable Buddhist Blessing Ceremony at a monastery. In Kampong Tralach, you will have a truly authentic excursion – an oxcart ride through a local village along the river bank. Later in the day, experience Phnom Penh via a tuk tuk ride and be enchanted by the city's French Colonial architecture and tree-lined boulevards set amidst monumental Angkorian architecture. (B,L,D)

DAY 6. OKNHATEY - ANGKOR BAN. In the morning, set sail for Oknhatey Village. Oknhatey is the “Silk Island,” located on the lush banks of the Mekong River and known for its rich tradition of silk weaving. While here, you will visit a local elementary school and observe the traditional silk weaving of handicrafts. Your cruise continues to sail to Phnom Penh. (B,L,D)

DAY 7. ANGKOR BAN – KAMPONG CHAMGo on a walking tour of Angkor Ban, one of the few villages in Cambodia that was not destroyed under the Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s. Here people still live in their traditional wooden abodes and keep their old cultural traditions alive. Hundreds of wooden houses stand intact on stilts, shaded with banana trees, among the hustle and bustle of the daily agricultural on-going of the local villagers. After visiting here, the ship sets sail for Kampong Cham, where you will go on an afternoon excursion via motorcoach to the Twin Mountains, known as Phnom Pros and Phnom Srei (male and female mountains). In the annals of Khmer legend, the twin mountains were formed as the result of a competition between the men and women of an ancient Cambodian kingdom to resolve which gender would be responsible for wedding proposals. Cap the day off with a festive Farewell Dinner on board. (B,L,D)

Final Day. - Your cruise concludes in Kampong Cham, where you disembark and Motorcoach transfer to Sofitel Siem Reap. (B)

Massimo Capra from Cityline TV, Chopped and many more.

TV Chef Massimo Capra is our Celebrity Host

  • 7 night Mekong Cruise in a Category A Cabin with double balcony $4688 CA$ inc 1 night Luxury Hotel in Ho Chi Minh with transportation and Culinary excursion. Celebrity Chef Hosted. Cooking Demonstrations, Dinners with Chef Massimo and much more. All lower categories sold out.
  • One night in Siem Reap in Cambodia with optional tour of the famous Angkor Wat temple.
Angkor Wat Temple

Optional 3 night pre cruise in Bangkok. Fully hosted by your concierge. Food tours, cooking class and excursions with 5* luxury riverfront hotel. $1500 inc international flight.

Luxury 5* Hotel on the River,

Meals, cooking class excursion to Floating market, Massimo as Host, all transportation, daily gifts, Issaya dinner included, (top Asia Restaurant) Elephant Festival and much more.

If you choose the add on then it would depart on March 27th arrival and April 9th departure to come home from Cambodia.

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