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AmaWaterways' 124-passenger AmaLotus debuted in 2011. The riverboat cruises along Southeast Asia's Mekong River with fleetmate La Marguerite. AmaLotus is slightly larger than La Marguerite -- 302 feet long ...
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pauljoedc
Member Since 2009
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
We did only the river cruise part of a broader package that AmaWaterways provides. We heard generally good things about the land portions of the package. Overall, the cruise was enjoyable, but it got off to a rocky start with an unexpected ... Read more
cowprintrabbit
Member Since 2006
5 reviews
560 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed August 2014
First and foremost, Son, our Tour Director was an amazing and diligent guide that met everyone’s needs. He ensured everyone understood the plan, how to eliminate overhead and bureaucracy and the most time was spent on the attractions ... Read more
daabigyin
Member Since 2014
1 review
2 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed July 2014
This was my first cruise ever, and it was such a positive experience. Amawaterways has done a terrific job of combining different types of on shore experiences on this cruise. This was extremely important to me as I have resisted cruising ... Read more
kimmy8
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
Sailed July 2014
We went on the 12 day vietnam Cambodia tour including 7 nights river cruising. Started in Saigon at Sheraton, had a wonderful Luke Nguyen inspired degustation at Xu, absolutely faultless! Went to the Tunnels which was an eye opener, ... Read more
Canaroo
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Any tour company can take you from one place to another but it takes a company that is at the top of its game to put together a crew that took us on our tour of Vietnam, Cambodia and the Mekong. Mr. Thoai, the Cruise Manager, ran a very ... Read more

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169degrees
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We were on the AMA Vietnam/Cambodia tour early April 2014. We started in Hanoi and ended in Ho Chi Minh City. First of all we concur with a prior review which stated that the breath of touring from this trip could not be done on your own. ... Read more
OldTraveler
Member Since 2012
1 review
143 forum posts
3 helpful votes
My wife and I just returned from our Feb/Mar AMA Lotus cruise, south to north, a few weeks ago. My wife and I were very happy with this cruise. The “Con” remarks below are meant as constructive and hopefully would not lead ... Read more
juttawrobel
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This was our second river cruise, the first being on the Nile (MS Darakum - recommend). Our cruise was part of a 17 night tour of Vietnam and Cambodia, starting in Saigon and ending in Hanoi, via Siem Reep (Angkor Wat). The organisation ... Read more
TravelDreamer75
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
7 forum posts
0 helpful votes
For anyone considering this trip, my recommendation is to do it! I think this was a great way to see a complex area, and some of the independent travelers I met on the way were jealous of the things I was able to see by travelling on the ... Read more
MichaelInBuffalo
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed January 2013
In early January, 2013, my wife and I and another couple our age [all recently retired] boarded the AmaWaterways river boat, the AmaLotus, for a 7-night cruise of the Ton Le River south of Siem Reap onto the Mekong River at Phnom Penh and ... Read more

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alexandra cruiser
Member Since 2009
6 reviews
3,543 forum posts
0 helpful votes
If you re interested in a combination land cruise in Vietnam and Cambodia along with Halong Bay Junk cruise and 7 day river cruise on MeKong,this was a great option. Hanoi is starting point and all hotels were 5 star here and in Seim Reip ... Read more
Yackvilla
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2012
I had to book on Amalotus at the last minute, due to Pandaw cancelling the cruise I was booked on. After reading the reviews posted on Cruise Critic, I boarded the ship with very poor expectations. I was however very pleasantly surprised ... Read more
mgelber
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Not rated Sailed August 2012
. This ship is one year old. It has been having some growing pains in both the food and the experiences, but it is certainly an amazing experience now. The changes in the staff and food are 6 Star all the way. The rooms are very spacious ... Read more
theowlfromdullsville
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
The Amalotus was new so no excuses in most areas of comment. The ships hold approx 126 people however for the second time this season there was only 26. What an absolute blessing, when it is full the restaurants and lounge areas would have ... Read more
brn2bru
Member Since 2009
1 review
3 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My wife and I took the full 16 night tour starting in Hanoi and finishing in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) with an extra on our own at either end (March 5 to 22, 2012). We flew from Vancouver to Hanoi with China Airlines. Just one word of ... Read more

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John_in_Austin
Member Since 2010
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2012
We took this tour in January 2011 which is during the dry and cool season. Most of the comments that others have left are quite accurate, but I will add some additional emphasis to some issues. This was our sixth river cruise and second ... Read more
Foodie traveller
Member Since 2012
1 review
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
We are an Australian retired couple who in recent years have travelled extensively in Europe including a number of ocean and river cruises. Our standards and expectations are high. In selecting a trip we are looking for good food, ... Read more
Joseph Mok
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
10 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Others have already given detailed descriptions of cruising the Sap and Mekong Rivers on the Amalotus; what I want to do here is provide my amateur assessment. First, some background. We did the full package: two nights in Hanoi at ... Read more
Carol Mathias
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Though the cruise did not start out well, it got better. We were staying at the Sofitel Siem Reap because that is where AMA pick up the pax and take them to the ship. We were told two different times that as "the river was low, we would ... Read more
ReturnCruiser
Member Since 2004
2 reviews
298 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This is a rather long journal of our AMA Waterways land/cruise to Vietnam and Cambodia. The trip was taken in November 2011. Within the daily entries are some dining suggestions, travel hints and information about the sites that were ... Read more

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Vasco de Gama
Member Since 2011
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
If you select the Amalotus or her sister ship you must understand the seasonal patterns of river flow, lake heights and rain season characteristics along the Mekong because this causes get variations in the nature of the environment and ... Read more

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