Vietnam, Cambodia & The Riches of The Mekong

AMA Ha Long Bay

by Don McCann

Last week we attended an agent presentation by AMA Waterways on their Vietnam package.  I was very interested to hear what it included as I’ve heard great things about tourism in this region in recent years.  On a personal note, I also wanted to see what could be so good that it could make those of us who grew up during the Vietnam War era overcome the really negative feelings at the very sound of that country’s name.

AMA Angkor Wat

Even though “river cruising” brings to mind Europe for many, there are certainly many other regions around the world where river cruising has much to offer.  Such is the case with Vietnam & Cambodia.  The complete AMA package begins in the north with a couple of nights in Hanoi and one night on a traditional wooden junk in Ha Long Bay.  Many people would be surprised about the French heritage in the city and even more surprised at the world-class stunning scenery of Ha Long Bay (just like in a James Bond movie!).  After a short flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia, your next stop would be Angkor Wat, the Asian temple of which many associate with this region.  Next, the cruise itself on the Mekong onboard one of AMA’s new, elegant vessels.  This journey, with the markets, the sights, the people, the traditions, is more than a vacation, it’s truly a life experience!    Then, at the end of the cruise, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) is the conclusion of this magnificent tour with two nights at a premier hotel.  Here you may find the culture even more French than in Hanoi!

Needless to say, we all came away extremely impressed and excited to have a quality product to offer in an exotic location for yet another wonderful river cruise destination!

AMA Mekong collage

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