Day 1: Embarkation - Siem Reap - Kampong Chhnang
Register cruise from 11:00 – 12:00 at Le Meridien Angkor. Transfer by coach to the jetty and take a 30-minute motorboat to Amalotus/ La Marguerite ship, passing floating fishing villages from Siem Reap through Tonle Sap Lake. Embark the ship 13:00. Welcome drink served in Saigon Lounge. Attend a short briefing followed by a lunch served in Mekong restaurant at 13:30. Captain raises the anchor and cruises towards Kampong Chhnang. The great lake dominates Cambodia and is over 150 km in length. Along the way, enjoy a scenic view of the wild lives while passing through inspirational floating villages. Join the Cruise Manager at Saigon Lounge for safety demonstration and briefing at 18:00. Enjoy Captain’s Cocktails afterwards and adjourn to the first gourmet dinner onboard with fellow travelers. The Amalotus ship moors overnight at the Mouth of the Lake.
Day 2: Kampong Chhnang
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 Kampong Cham. Attend lecture on “Cambodia – The Past & Present” in Saigon Lounge in the afternoon as the ship sails to Kampong Cham. Cocktail hour starts from 18:00 to 19:00. Join Cruise Manager on daily briefing at 18:30. Enjoy your dinner at 19:00. After dinner, catch movie “The Killing Fields” in the Saigon Lounge.Ship sails to Kampong Cham overnight.
Day 3: Wat Hanchey - Kampong Cham
Breakfast serve from 7:00 to 9:00. At 8:30, follow guides and explore Wat Hanchey, a hilltop pagoda overlooking the Mekong. Dating back to the 8th century, these ancient brick structures characterize the architecture of the Chenla Empire, which predated the glories of Angkor. On top of the hill, you will enjoy the beautiful panoramic view over the Mekong River. Return to the boat at 10:30 and cast off for Kampong Cham around 11:00. Enjoy lunch from 12:30 to 14:00. At 12:30, arrive at Kampong Cham. Afternoon touring departs by bus at 14:30. The upland regions near Kampong Cham are rich in timbers, including Ceylon ironwood, rosewood, bean trees, teak, and rubber trees. Visit 12th century Angkorian temple of Wat Nokor and Eco village. Come back to the ship at 17:30. Ship sets sail to Phnom Penh afterward. Cocktail hour starts from 18:30 to 19:30 in the Saigon Lounge. Dinner at 19:30. After dinner, join Cruise Manager for a Nasty Quiz game in the Lounge.Ship .Arrives Phnom Penh around midnight and get alongside with the port.
Day 4: Phnom Penh
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 Toul Sleng (S21 detention center) and the Killing Fields. (For a free and easy afternoon, please inform Ship Purser). Cocktail hours start from 18:30 to 19:30. 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 Upstream Itinerary
Day 5: Phnom Penh - Border Crossing - Tan Chau
Enjoy a hearty breakfast as the ship departs for border. Cast off for a day cruising the main Mekong channel, an international shipping route. Join the towels folding demonstration from the Houskeeping Staff in the Saigon Lounge. In the afternoon Fruits carving and Vietnamese fresh spring rolls demonstration by our Executive Chef at Saigon Lounge, while the border formalities are carried out. Arrive in Tan Chau – the first Vietnamese town on the Mekong River. Enjoy folk performance of the Mekong Delta songs and music in Saigon Lounge. The boat moors safely at the riverbanks.
Day 6: Tan Chau - Sadec
Today’s highlight is a visit of Tan Chau – a small town untouched by tourism. In the morning, 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 (Xe Loi). Visit rattan mats and slippers making factories. In the afternoon, cruise downstream to Sa Dec. Join the lecture on-board theme “Vietnam – The Past & Present”. The ship arrives in Sadec during dinner time and moors midstream overnight. Cocktails and briefing at Saigon Lounge at 18:30. After dinner, watch in-house movie “The Lover” in the cabin or join the crew show at the lounge.
Day 7: Sadec - Cai Be
After the breakfast follow guides to the hometown of Marguerite Duras’ lover, Sadec, a quaint little city. Visit the old house of Huynh Thuy Le’s, partake in the bantering of local markets along the paved river banks, pagoda and the Fujian Temple, build and donated to the city by Le’s family. Pass by the homes of Marguerite Duras from across the riverbanks. In the afternoon, take a local boat for the afternoon excursion to Cai Be. Go ashore to visit the French Gothic Cathedral and colorful port area, with its colonial buildings, delightful flower gardens. Explore the island, visit Mr. Kiet’s house and aquaint with the life in the Mekong delta. Return to the boat for preparation for farewell cocktails cocktail at 19:00 and the Farewell Dinner at 19:30.
Day 8: Disembarkation - My Tho - Saigon
After breakfast, bid farewell to crew and disembark at My Tho Port at 08:30. Take 2 hours bus drive to Saigon. Arrive at Sofitel Plaza Saigon around 10:30.
Amalotus Technical Data
- Overview & Technical Data
- Length : 320 feet
Width : 42 feet
Crew : 50 (International)
Passenger cabins : 62
Passenger berths : 124
Registry : VIRES S1
Home port : Saigon
Build in Vietnam : Sep 2011
Ship Design : Colonia
Interior Design : Boutique
Onboard laundry, Bakery, Fully equipped galley and refrigeration storages, Air-conditioning in all inside areas, restaurant, bar, library, gym and spa
Smoke Detector in all cabin and Public places, Emergency lighting and generator, fire pump, hydrants and hoses, fire extinguisher, life jacket for all on board and life raft.
Treatment plants for desalination, de-sedimentation and purification using UV and osmosis.
Micro biotic treatment plants
Amalotus Deck Plan
New for 2011 is the 124-passenger Amalotus, joining La Marguerite in offering the most luxurious river cruise vacations available on the exotic Mekong River through Cambodia and Vietnam
Amalotus, a 62 room French colonial style vessel that recalls the elegance of the Art Nouveau period in Paris, raises the bar of river cruising in the Mekong Delta
Suite, Sadec Deck
Twin Balconies with a separate Living Room and Bedroom, 624 sq. ft.
Jr. Suite, Sadec Deck
Twin Balconies, 290 sq. ft.
CAT. A, Saigon Deck
Twin Balconies, 226 sq. ft.
CAT. B, Tonle Deck
Twin Balconies, 226 sq. ft
CAT. C, Mekong Deck
Porthole, 226 sq. ft.
Life on board
Dining and Cuisine
TheAmaLotus features a main restaurant which serves Asian and Western specialties. Meals are prepared by local chefs and consist of Western cuisine as well as Vietnamese and Cambodian cuisine. Breakfast is served buffet style each morning. For lunch, selections include salads, soups, hot entrées and desserts. Dinner is a multi-course meal with a selection of entrées. Free –flowing wine and beer are included with every lunch and dinner on board. Complimentary house brand spirits and soft drinks are also included throughout your cruise.
- Staterooms are 226 sq. ft. and feature Twin Balconies
- Jr. Suites are 290 sq. ft. with an outside balcony, sitting area, bathroom with shower and separate tub
- Indochina Suites are 624 sq. ft. with an extras-spacious outside balcony, king-size bed, sitting area, bathroom with shower and separate whirlpool bathtub
- All outside staterooms with sitting areas, most featuring balconies
- Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
- In room safe, hair dryer, mini-bar, bathrobe and slippers
- Hotel-style white on white, plush bedding
- Individually controlled air-conditioning
- Writing desk and mini-bar
Ship Public Areas
- Mekong Restaurant
- Sun Deck with lounge chairs and bar
- Saigon Lounge
- Full-service spa
- Swimming pool
- Fitness Center
- Gift Shop
- Library/Panoramic Lounge
On board Entertainment
Onboard special highlights include folklore dances and music performances, culture discussion forums, theme dinners and piano entertainment.
Smiling Faces on board
With AmaWaterways, you’ll find an exceptional vacation experience. In addition you’ll enjoy the finest onboard service of any river cruise line. After ten years in business, we believe that a big factor in our award-winning success is superior service and attention. Our passengers consistently rate our personalized, professional and friendly service as a highlight of their cruise. How do we know? They tell us. Passengers aboard every AmaWaterways ship complete a detailed questionnaire at the end of their cruise, and we diligently read every single one of them. It provides continuous feedback on our passengers’ experience, and enables us to guide our onboard staff. We can praise the staff for a job well done, and make quick adjustments before the start of the next cruise. At AmaWaterways, customer service is our top priority
Massage and Beauty Salon
As you sail through Vietnam and Cambodia’s most beautiful and tranquil scenery, 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 spirit while you’re on board with AmaWaterways.