Joan Newton

JB Luxury Escapes

Vietnam & Cambodia 2024!

Oct 11, 2024 to Oct 21, 2024
Vietnam & Cambodia
Vietnam & Cambodia 2024!


A travel experience like no other!

Explore the mystical temples of Angkor by morning light, discovering their hidden secrets. Enjoy the bustling shoppers’ paradise of Ho Chi Minh City, with its checkered history and architectural delights, before starting your journey along the Mekong River. This route incorporates some key locations in Cambodia and Vietnam and some of their best hotels.


What's included in this trip:

7- Night Cruise on Board the AmaDara - 2 Nights Ho Chi Minh City Pre-Cruise 

This distinctive ship is in a class of her own! AmaWaterways’ sole cruise ship on the Mekong River, the AmaDara features French Colonial décor and richly carved wood furniture inspired by the history of the region, as well as local artifacts made by native craftsmen. Air-conditioned interior corridors lead to spacious staterooms and suites, most featuring twin balconies that invite the ever-changing scenery of Southeast Asia inside. On board, the AmaDara caters to your every whim, with massage rooms, fitness room, gift shop, hair salon and sun-deck pool. Her stunning Saigon Lounge provides respite by day and unites guests over intriguing local entertainment by night. Savor authentic regional delicacies and Western cuisine in the Main Restaurant or dine at The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant; and throughout your cruise, be treated to unlimited complimentary wine with lunch and dinner, as well as house brand spirits, local beer and soft drinks throughout your cruise.
Lively Ho Chi Minh City, once known as the “Peal of the Orient,” offers a vibrant mix of old and new and provides the perfect start to your incredible journey through Vietnam and Cambodia. Cruise along the mighty Mekong, discovering a glimpse into another era; one where people still happily honor the timeless traditions passed down through the centuries from their ancestors. Throughout your trip, immerse yourself into the culture and heritage with visits to rural villages, historic pagodas and colorful markets. Be treated to a special blessing by monks in Buddhist monastery, and witness skilled artisans who create exquisite handicrafts and delicacies. Experience all this and more on this life-enriching cruise along the Mekong.
  • 7 nights luxury accommodation in a twin-balcony stateroom
  • Flat-panel screen that features in-house movies
  • Desk and sitting area
  • Bottled water replenished daily
  • Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
  • Sun deck with pool
  • Fitness room and three spas
  • Saigon Lounge with panoramic views and bar
  • Daily entertainment including cultural performances
  • All onboard dining in a variety of venues
  • Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
  • The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant
  • Welcome Cocktail and Dinner
  • Unlimited wine with lunch and dinner
  • Complimentary local beer, house-brand spirits and soft drinks during cruise
  • Snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge
  • Airport transfers with purchase of air from AmaWaterways
  • Immersive tours in every destination
  • Knowledgeable guides
  • Personal headset for easy exploration
  • Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options
    • Optional Pre Cruise - 2 nights hotel accommodation in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Overnight stays at luxury hotels conveniently located near the major sites – and a ship designed with modern conveniences in Ha Long Bay

  • Daily breakfast
  • Guided tours
  • Convenient transfers to and from the ship
  • The services of a professionally trained Cruise Manager throughout your river
Make the most of your long-awaited vacation through Vietnam and Cambodia by visiting fascinating cities and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Indulge your wanderlust from the capital of Vietnam to the fascinating ancient temple complex at Angkor Wat. AmaWaterways will whisk you away between your ship and hotel, plus take you on specially curated guided tours through Hanoi, Siem Reap and Ho Chi Minh City, previously known as Saigon. In ethereal Ha Long Bay, enjoy the mesmerizing scenery of more than 2,000 small islands rising from the emerald waters as you spend the night aboard an elegantly appointed ship.

What's not included:

  1. Round-trip transfers are not included in land only packages
  2. Gratuities for Driver and Tour Guide for services and experiences
  3. Travel Insurance
  4. Visa
  5. Intera flight segments
  6. Items of a personal nature
  7. Meals not listed

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    Your premium is related to your trip cost, so you don’t have to worry about being over-insured. Suggested Travel Insurance are below:

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Cruise Itinerary:

Day 1 - HO CHI MINH CITY: (optional pre cruise) Ho Chi Minh City, still affectionately referred to by locals as Saigon, is Vietnam’s former capital. Once known as the “Paris of the Orient,” it is now an industrial, cultural and educational hub. to know Ho Chi Minh City, still affectionately referred to by locals as Saigon. It iis Vietnam’s former capital. Once known as the “Paris of the Orient,” it is now an industrial, cultural and educational hub.
Day 2 - HO CHI MINH CITY. Always bustling, Ho Chi Minh City is a city of contrasts blending old and new, and east and west. In the morning, explore some of the city’s most famous landmarks, including the former Presidential Palace, the Central Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral and the War Remnants Museum. In the afternoon, visit Chu Chi, an immense underground network built during the Vietnam War. (B,L)
Day 3 - HO CHI MINH CITY MY THO EMBARKATIONIn the morning, visit Ben Thanh Market—one of the oldest and most iconic structures in Ho Chi Minh City. Transfer via motorcoach from Ho Chi Minh City to AmaDara at My Tho Port for your river cruise and meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Dinner as the ship cruises to Cai Be. (B,L,D)
Day 4 - SA DEC CAIBE. Take a local boat to Cai Be. You will have an opportunity to visit candy and rice paper making workshops, as well as the historic Kiet Old House. Later in the day, journey to Sa Dec, a sprawling town on the Mekong Delta, where French writer Marguerite Duras spent part of her youth. You will visit the colorful market, Cao Dai Temple , the home to a unique religion Caodaism in Southern Vietnam. It is a fusion of Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism andConfucianism. (B,L,D)
Day 5 - TAN CHAU BORDER CROSSING. Enjoy a visit to Tan Chau, a small Mekong River town unspoiled by tourism. Be treated to an authentic experience on a traditional “xeloi”(trishaw) ride around the town, with stops at silk making and rattan mat workshops, followed by a boat ride through the narrow channels of the Mekong River to “Evergreen Island.” Alternatively, take a boat ride to Evergreen Island and return to Tan Chau, where you will visit a rattan mat workshop. Later inthe day, cruise from Vietnam to the Cambodian border en route to Phnom Penh. (B,L,D)
Day 6 - PHNOM PENH. This morning’s excursion takes you to Cambodia’s infamous Killing Fields and the Khmer Rouge’s grim Tuol Sleng S21 detention center (Genocide Museum). After lunch on board, you will explore the highlights of the city, followed by a visit to the Royal Palace, the spectacular Silver Pagoda and the National Museum, which has an outstanding collection of Khmer crafts. Alternatively, you may wish to shop for unique treasures at the bustling, yellow colored Central Market after your visit to Royal Place. After returning to the ship, enjoy Khmer folk dancing performed by local children in the Saigon Lounge. (B,L,D)
Day 7 - OUDONG KAMPONGTRALACH PHNOM PENH. Visit Oudong, Cambodia’s former royal capital from the early 17th century until 1866. Today, Oudong is a place of pilgrimage for Cambodians. While here, be treated to a memorable Buddhist Blessing Ceremony at a monastery. You may walk around Oudong’s monastery or take an active walking tour to see panoramic views of the Oudong plain. In Kampong Tralach, you will have a truly authentic excursion – an oxcart ride through a local village. Later in the day, experience Phnom Penh via a tuk ride and be enchanted by the city's French Colonial architecture and treelined boulevards set amidst monumental Angkorian (B,L,D)
Day 8 - OKNHATEY VILLAGE. In the morning, set sail for Oknhatey Village. Oknhatey is the “Silk Island,” located on the lush banks of the Mekong River and known for its rich tradition of silk weaving. While here, you will visit a local elementary school and observe the traditional silk weaving, an art that has been preserved for centuries. Your cruise continues to sail to Angkor Ban. (B,L,D)
Go on a walking tour of Angkor Ban, one of the few villages in Cambodia that was not destroyed under the Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s. Here people still live in their traditional wooden abodes and keep their old cultural traditions alive. Hundreds of wooden houses stand intact on stilts, shaded with banana trees, among the hustle and bustle of the daily agricultural ongoingof the local villagers. After visiting here, the ship sets sail for Kampong Cham, where you will go on an afternoon excursion via motorcoach to the Twin Mountains, known as Phnom Pros and Phnom Srei (male and female mountains). In the annals of Khmer legend, the twin mountains were formed as the result of a competition between the men and women of an ancient Cambodian kingdom to resolve which gender would be responsible for wedding proposals. Cap the day off with a festive Farewell Dinner on board. (B,L,D)
*Based on seasonality, the port of Angkor Ban may be inaccessible from August September.
During this time, Wat Hanchey will replace Angkor Ban as the port of call.
Day 10 - KAMPONG CHAM SIEM REAP. Your cruise concludes in Kampong Cham, where you disembark and motor coach transfer to Siem Reap. (B)
*Guests booking cruise only will be transferred from the ship to Sofitel Angkor hotel in Siem Reap. We recommend that you schedule your onward flight to depart Siem Reap after 5:30pm today to avoid potential missed connections.


Traveling abroad requires a passport valid for six months beyond your travel dates.  


Visas: At publication time, a visa is required for a US citizen to travel to Turkey, Vietnam, Cambodia, Egypt, Jordan, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zimbabwe (as well as numerous other countries). Non-US citizens must consult the appropriate consulates regarding visa and other document requirements. Guests should check with the consulate of each country they will visit, or a visa service, to verify current regulations and be aware entry requirements may change without prior notice. Obtaining required visas and any other required travel documentation and assuring these are complete and correct in all ways, is the sole responsibility of each participant.


Passengers are responsible for ensuring that they have the proper travel documents and MUST CHECK with the respective consulate(s) or visa agency to determine whether any visas or passports are required. Passports are required to be valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. Some countries require a full blank “VISA” page in the passport for stamping purposes.


As an option available to Jb Luxury Escapes guests, required visas may be obtained through an independent third-party visa service provider, Visa Central. For more information, please visit their website at. .

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Deposit & Cancellation Policy:

Deposit and Final Payment: To confirm a river cruise or river cruise and land reservation , we require a deposit of $400 per person person. For economy class or $600 per person for business/first-class flights. Upon receipt of deposit, air schedule will be provided (subject to changes by carrier); deposited air will be ticketed within 75 - 90 days prior to travel start date once paid in full. Full payment is required for airline tickets to be issued prior to 90 days before the travel start date, at which time deposits will be nonrefundable.

In the unfortunate event a participant must cancel travel, notice MUST be made to the JB Luxury Escapes  in writing to which must include a brief statement of the reason for cancellation. Cancellation received within 24 hours of departure will be deemed as trip interruption, cannot be cancelled and are 100%  non-refundable. The effective date of the cancellation is the date JB Luxury Escapes receives cancellation notice.


Available Packages

7- Night Cruise - CHARMS OF THE MEKONG
Available until June 29, 2024

Starting At: $3,798.00
Deposit: $400.00 per person

Category  B

7 Nights Cruise - CHARMS OF THE MEKONG
Unavailable as of April 8, 2024

Starting At: $3,309.00
Deposit: $400.00 per person

Category  C

Extra Options

2 Night Pre-Cruise - Oct 12-14, 2023
Unavailable as of April 20, 2024


2 Nights Stat with Tours at the Sofitel