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7 Night Asia Cruise from Kampong Cham

7 Night Asia Cruise from Kampong Cham

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Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Kampong Cham
  • Day 2
    Phnom Penh
  • Day 3
    Phnom Penh
  • Day 4
    Phnom Penh
  • Day 5
    Cruising
  • Day 6
    Binzhou
  • Day 7
    Sadek
  • Day 8
    Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

AmaDara

AmaDara - AmaWaterways

Pro:Authenticity and Western options in everything from food to decor.

Con:Pace can be slow for more active travelers and families.

Bottom Line:A well-crafted regional overview with excellent service and dining.


Cruise Reviews

4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
I completed this cruise a week or so ago. The cruise itself in very nice and relaxing. The stops along the river are interesting but this is so very different from one of the European sailings. You really can't explore on your own. ... Read More
I completed this cruise a week or so ago. The cruise itself in very nice and relaxing. The stops along the river are interesting but this is so very different from one of the European sailings. You really can't explore on your own. You are assigned group color and a guide for Vietnam and a different one for Cambodia. Our guide in Vietnam, Sonny, was not good. It was almost impossible to understand him and he yelled all the time. Our guide for Cambodia, Peter, was excellent. AMA Waterways needs to vet the guides a bit better since you are stuck with the same one for several days. Get a bad one and it affects the whole experience. Huong, our Cruise Manager was fantastic. Always there to help. Very nice and genuinely wanted everyone to have a great experience. The ship itself is nice, but very different from the European ships. There are less areas to mingle and the lounge was always set up as a lecture hall rather than a place to talk to fellow guests. The food was very good and they were excellent at managing dietary restrictions. Maria, the Restaurant Manager, was really fantastic. She was always there with a smile and a good word. She also knows the dining room and menus inside and out, so any questions were answered swiftly and accurately. The food at the Chef's Table was okay, but both the meals and service were better in the main dining room. The cabin sizes are similar to the European ships but with less storage. Entertainment was a bit lacking. WiFi is terrible and is something AMA really needs to address. In addition to the cruise, I also booked the pre cruise package in Ho Chi Minh City and the post cruise packages in both Siem Reap and Hanoi. I recommend the post cruise package in Siem Reap (with Angkor Wat) wholeheartedly. It was amazing and Peter, our guide, was teriffic. The pre cruise package in Ho Chi Minh City is not worth it. You can easily see the city on our own in two days. The post cruise package for Hanoi is similarly not worth it, nor is the Ha Long Bay Cruise. I would recommend booking this privately as you will see more. Try to find a Ha Long Bay cruise that does not follow all of the other 700 boats to all the same locations. AMA Waterways continues to be an excellent company to travel with and this cruise would easily be 5 stars with some minor changes. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
The cruise only package we book ie: not taking the add on's from AMAWATERWAYS as in pre and post cruise . However we had booked online direct with both the Sofitel hotels for 2 days prior and post cruise and still coming out more cost ... Read More
The cruise only package we book ie: not taking the add on's from AMAWATERWAYS as in pre and post cruise . However we had booked online direct with both the Sofitel hotels for 2 days prior and post cruise and still coming out more cost effective than the add on prices. The pre cruise set up was perfect and cruise manager Thaui was excellent from the first minute we met. Effortless pre cruise info ( bags out in hallway of hotel re identify and load all sorted by staffing) The 6 hour transfer with two one hour stops did fly by with good enroute info and stops and markets to turn ones stomach all part of the experience. The " we are all family " Ama Waterways concept works well . From the start of the transfer to the end of day 5 each group had its Cambodian guide our blue group guide was Tek Leng who was exceptional. Due to a issue in the dinning room the welcome on board drinks and first night dinner was a bit all over the show as the "the paint had not dried" but Markus the Cruise director was in control in perfect Austrian style. All tours and excursions being included in your price made life a lot easier as the selection of tours is well and truly thought through and tailor made to a variety of abilities . However this cruise is not for people who cannot rise above a level 2 in walking and exertion. My 2 stand out excursions of the 14 we did was the Ox cart ride and Buddhist monastery visit and blessing along with the oknhatey school visit in Cambodia. The meals on board where fantastic , only issue was that a Hamburger is more meatloaf or frikadel than beef burger :-)) however the traditional foods and service in the Mekong Restaurant was outstanding and a shout out to our waiters, Dara and Venestra . We did do the chefs table restaurant which is situated aft on the ship with great views and furnishings. However our table of 8 all felt we were slightly rushed and limitations on the wines ( which never altered by meal course, which is the norm) Service was not up to the levels in the main restaurant . The Bar service with a smile and enthusiasm and happiness from Det and Soheap where contagious in a good way. We where very lucky to have the Vice President Kristin Karst on board as she said she only visits once a year. A fantastic lady who made the effort everyday and night to interact in both excursions and meals and entertainment. Of course surrounded by yes men who clearly looked out of place amongst the crew. The overall entertainment and humour took a dive on board hence my very low score in this area. On day 4 Markus the Cruise director and glue to the Amwaterway family was rushed to hospital with suspected dengue fever and thus never completed the cruise . However we did have Thaui who stepped up and tried his best . The other downside was the influx of 18 UK travel agents for the last 3 days who where kept in a separate group for excursions but half of them clearly never fitted into the dynamic that had been created amongst the 90 paying passengers. This was defiantly a once in a lifetime destination, however as I said to Kritin Karst if they got the Amazon and Myanmar programmes sorted out we will definitely book with them again for those . The AmaDara is a lovely well structured ,planned , crewed and managed ship one not to miss. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
If I could give this cruise more than 5 stars I would. Everything, and I mean everything was fabulous. The crew is extremely service oriented, the ship was gorgeous and the food was wonderful. I have travelled with AMA before which was ... Read More
If I could give this cruise more than 5 stars I would. Everything, and I mean everything was fabulous. The crew is extremely service oriented, the ship was gorgeous and the food was wonderful. I have travelled with AMA before which was great but this was truly the best trip I have ever been on and my 2 travel companions agree! The guides are local to the areas you visit (Saigon, Angkor Wat, Ha Long Bay, Hanoi, etc). They are extremely knowledgeable and share their personal stories about life in these locations. Although some of what you see is very disturbing (i.e. the Killng Fields) they handle it sensitively and you are truly sharing their history with them. The pre and post days are in the best hotels in each city. If you are looking for a high quality adventure in a beautiful part of the world with very welcoming people, take this trip!!! Read Less
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