Our 16-day land and river cruise journey through Cambodia and Vietnam on the AmaDara will stand as one of our favorite trips – and we’ve traveled extensively throughout the world. The whole tour was excellently, professionally, and smoothly overseen by our tour/cruise manager, Mr. Tung, a native of Hanoi. The three Sofitel hotels (Hanoi, Siem Reap, and Ho Chi Minh City), were extremely good, particularly the one in Siem Reap.
It would take pages to fully describe the highlights of the trip, and how much we learned from the local guides and the visits to both countries. To say it was and eye-opening experience would be an understatement.
The AmaDara is a new, and lovely, vessel. The crew and staff were excellent, consisting mostly of Vietnamese and Cambodians. The rooms were comfortable, and our standard cabin had an impressive-sized bathroom for a cruise ship of any size.
The food, overall, was excellent, and meals often included the choice of local cuisine. Our biggest complaint is that the main dining room would get extremely noisy, particularly at dinner. The lovely carved wood ceilings and walls act to echo the conversations. They really need to figure out how to absorb the noise.
The other problem was with the fitness room. It was too hot and often very crowded. In addition, the few machines often had mechanic issues.