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3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
If you want spectacular scenery and attractions you will need to book the land package that includes Angkor Wat and Harlong Bay. The cruise down the Mekong is more a cultural expose and explanation of historical events in the region. The ... Read More
If you want spectacular scenery and attractions you will need to book the land package that includes Angkor Wat and Harlong Bay. The cruise down the Mekong is more a cultural expose and explanation of historical events in the region. The boat and scenery on the river are still interesting but not spectacular. The cabins are excellent with a small balcony and French doors and the bathroom is clean and of good size with a glass shower screen. Food on the cruise was varied, both western and Asian selections with several selections for every meal. Drinks were available all day with beer and spirits included although they were of limited types , wine was only served with meals in the dining room. I have included photos of the wine list and drink list to give an idea of the extra charges if you wanted to purchase premium wine or spirits. The passengers are mainly older Americans, Canadians, British or Australians who are able to walk reasonable distances for the excursions. Excursions were interesting and varied and the guides were well organised. The staff were a highlight and attentive, friendly and well trained. Overall an excellent cruise by a professional company with great staff. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
The remaining three members of my family met up with our older daughter who was already in Vietnam. Our cruise included extra nights on the front end in Hanoi and the back end in Saigon. Highly recommend that you include these land ... Read More
The remaining three members of my family met up with our older daughter who was already in Vietnam. Our cruise included extra nights on the front end in Hanoi and the back end in Saigon. Highly recommend that you include these land excursions otherwise you will miss so much of what Vietnam has to offer. Our cruise was only half full because it was over Christmas but none of the service and amenities were reduced because of it. The time of year is perfect as well because it can get really hot and muggy in the spring time. We met so many fabulous people on this cruise both as guest and AmaWaterways staff. The guides were so knowledgeable and interesting. As you travel, the guides change between Vietnam and Cambodia but all were great. Each guest is assigned a group by color so that you stay with that guide for the duration of your trip. The excursions themselves are breath taking at times. Ha Long Bay in northern Vietnam and the Angkor Archeological Park in Siem Reap are UNESCO World Heritage Site top destinations and you will see why when you visit them. You must see these sites in person because pictures on the internet doesn't come close to the real thing. The choice of hotels are all luxurious and amazing in their own right. Especially the Hanoi Metropole Sofitel hotel in the heart of Hanoi. OMG, the best hotel our family has ever been too period. This charming hotel has so much ambience and history. We will never forget it. One last point I will bring up an example of the service you get with AmaWaterways. When we got dropped off at the Saigon airport on our way home I had accidentally dropped my cell phone in the van. I called the tour manager, Long Tran to tell him about it with my wife's cell phone. He immediately called the van driver and he brought my phone back to the airport to give it to me. Anyway, this cruise will enable you to see a part of the world that is so different from what you experience in western cultures. We loved it and have memories forever because of it. Read Less
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