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Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand

January 8-29, 2019


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Sofitel Hotel Hanoi

Arrival at our beautiful Sofitel Hotel in Hanoi.



Rickshaw ride in Hanoi

Rickshaw ride in Hanoi CLICK HERE to go on a city tour in Hanoi via Richshaw

Rickshaw ride in Hanoi

Rickshaw ride in Hanoi

Rickshaw ride in Hanoi

Rickshaw ride in Hanoi





Ha Long Bay

What many consider the Eighth Natural Wonder, Ha Long Bay, with more than 2,000 small islands rising from its
emerald green waters like a dragon's back. We embarked the ship in the afternoon and stayed onboard overnight.
CLICK HERE to see Ha Long Bay

Ladies with hats

Onboard the ship, we had a lot of fun checking how fashionable we look with an iconic Vietnamese straw hat. We
were surprised how light the hats are. The hats got their shape from the legend of the rain-shielding goddess
who wore one to protect the Vietnamese farmers' rice.

Making spring rolls

Some of our gentlemen did a great job following the Chef's instructions making spring rolls.

pearl farm

Passing some floating villages, we went to a pearl farm to see how pearls are cultured in Ha Long Bay. Back
on board, we enjoyed the cocktail hour. CLICK HERE to see more of Ha Long Bay



Hotel Sofitel in Siem Reap

After disembarking the ship in Ha Long Bay, we drove to the Hanoi Airport and flew to Siem Reap in Cambodia.
There, we checked in at the outstanding beautiful Sofitel Hotel. The service and the sumptuous breakfast buffet
with custom made cappuccinos were extraordinary. CLICK HERE to see our beautiul Sofitel Hotel

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat is a Buddhist temple complex and the largest religious monument in the world. Originally it was built as a
Hindu temple dedicated to the god Vishnu. CLICK HERE to join our visit of Ankor Wat

Angkor Wat

Visiting Angkor Wat

Angkor


Angkor


Angkor


Bayon Temple

Like Angkor Wat, Bayon Temple is part of the Angkor Archaeological Park.



Banteay Srei

Banteay Srei is a Cambodian temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva dating back to the 10th century.
CLICK HERE to join our visit of Banteay Srei

our hotel

Visit of Ta Prohm, known as the "Kingdom of Trees"



AmaDara

Finally, we reach the legendary Mekong River and arrive at our ship, the beautiful AmaDara. The ship
can accommodate up to 124 guests. CLICK HERE to see some of the onboard entertainment



Phnom Pros

Phnom Pros - on top of one of the Twin Mountains.



Angkor Ban Village

Angkor Ban Village was our first stop along the Mekong River. The village still has many wooden houses.
The splendid Khmer-style pagoda is dedicated to Buddha.

Angkor Ban Village

Visiting Angkor Ban Village. Most houses are built on stilts. CLICK HERE



School

Via Tuk Tuk on the way to a school for a visit.



School

We had a marvelous time visiting a school where we received a very warm welcome and the children greeted us
with big smiles. The children are very proud of their school and eager to learn.



Silk Village

Silk Village of Oknhatey. Here we learned about the harvest of silk worms, how cocoons are formed, and how
the silk threads are produced. CLICK HERE to join our visit of the silk village



Chef's Table

Like most AmaWaterways ships, the AmaDara has a Chef's Table Restaurant.



Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh city tour via Tuk Tuk.

Phnom Penh Central Market

At the Central Market in Phnom Penh where customers can find almost everything.

Phnom Penh Royal Palace

The Royal Palace in Phnom Penh is the royal residence of the king of Cambodia.
CLICK HERE to join our visit of the Royal Palace

Phnom Penh Royal Palace

Phnom Penh Royal Palace



Bingo

Playing Bingo at the Sun Deck. Like every night, we were treated to a very delicious dinner.



Cocktail Party

Our guests who traveled with AmaWaterways several times in the past were invited to a Cocktail Party.





Traveling on the Mekong often requires tendering when visiting smaller places along the river banks.





Xeo Quit in Vietnam is a forest with tall trees and vines and remains of Viet Cong bunkers.





Ready for another land tour.



Ho Chi Minh

Our Mekong River Cruise terminated in Ho Chi Minh (Saigon). After checking in to our hotel, we went to the Noir & Blanc
restaurant for dinner. In the "Noir" (Dark) part of the restaurant, guests dine in the dark to experience what it feels
being blind. In the "Blanc" (White) part of the restaurant, guests are served by deaf waiters using sign language.

Ho Chi Minh

The owner (Germ Doornbos) and two of the deaf waiters. They are looking forward to welcome more deaf guests.
Here is the restaurant's address: Lane 178/1800 Hai Ba Trung. Da Kao District 1 Ho Chi Minh City
www.blancrestaurant.vn



Group Picture

After a 2-day stay in Ho Chi Minh, most guests in our group continued to Thailand. Our first stop was Bangkok.
During the city tour, we visited the Grand Palace, the official residence of the King.
CLICK HERE to join our visit of the Royal Palace

Thailand

Visiting the Temple Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn). The famous railway market was a unique experience. As soon as a
train approaches the market, the vendors frantically packing away their stalls from the tracks.
CLICK HERE to see the train arriving



Thailand

We stopped at a small business that sold everything that can be made from coconuts. Afterwards, we hopped into
the speed boats to get to the floating market.

Thailand

There are countless floating markets throughout Thailand but the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is the most famous.
CLICK HERE



Thailand

Fancy street lights embellish some of the roads in Thailand.



Thailand

Visiting the Wildlife Rescue Center and Elephant Refuge we had the chance to shower the elephants and give them
a good scrub. CLICK HERE to see how we showered the elephants. That was so much fun!

Thailand

Volunteers provided individual stories about the elephants and explained the conservation issues that elephants face.

Thailand

Wildlife Rescue Center and Elephant Refuge



Thailand

Visit the world famous Bridge over the River Kwai, a part of Death Railway constructed by Allied POWs. Afterwards,
we embarked the long-tailed boats to get to our resort hotel located in the jungle.

Thailand

At our beautiful hotel, the River Kwai Resotel. CLICK HERE

Thailand

A few relaxing moments at the hotel at the river Kwai.



Thailand

The next day, our first stop was the Hell Fire Pass and Memorial Museum. Later, lunch was served in a
local restaurant.



Thailand

Our last big adventure in Thailand was the train ride on the Death Railway Train. CLICK HERE

Thailand


Thailand


Thailand




What our clients said after the tour:

I wanted u to know that I had a fabulous tour w you in VN n Cambodia. That was the best one!!!
Regina

Kerstin-Mike and I, very simply, had a fabulous time. You are the consummate guide and we want
you to know how special you made us feel. Everything you did for us, from making flight reservations, from fancy
hotels and excursions, will long be remembered by us. Thanks for such a wonderful trip!
Karyl and Mike

Wanted to thank you again for all you have done for me. Truly fond cherished memories!
Pamela

I want to thank you for great Asia trip for me and our group. We all enjoyed very much. You all did
a fantastic job for three weeks.
Faye

We enjoyed travelling with your wonderful group.
Guy & Chong

Many thanks for all of your work.
Jo-Anne


Thank You note

Thank You note from Alice and Mitch



Thank You note

Thank You note from Bev



Thank You note

Thank You note from Pamela



gift

Appreciation gift from Jo-Anne



Fundraising Poster

We would like to thank the following guests for their donation:
  • Rachel Naiman
  • Shirley Gsell
  • Anna Marie Pascoe
  • James & Cheryl Noschese
  • Guy and Chong Barganier
  • Bridget Ford & Lucille May

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