Traveling Cambodia with AmaWaterways

After our land tour portion, it was time for us to head to our home for a week, the beautiful AmaLotus. Because the waters were too low at Tonle Sap, we hopped aboard a motorcoach to meet our ship the AmaLotus in Kampong Cham. It’s the sixth largest city in Cambodia and situated 77 miles (124 kilometres) northeast of the country’s capital city, Phnom Penh.

AmaWaterways motorcoach ride in Cambodia

The people of Cambodia are very poor, but they are some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet.

Before my summary of the trip, I must mention how fantastic AmaWaterways’ local guides were in both Vietnam and Cambodia. They were extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and provided one heck of a history lesson.

The people of Cambodia seem happy. We were greeted with smiling faces and the children were irresistibly engaging. Little ones approached us and wanted to chat so they can practice their English.

AmaWaterways AmaLotus in Kampong Cham, Cambodia

The beautiful AmaLtous docked in Kampong Cham, Cambodia.

The AmaLotus was beautiful, but it was was simply our floating hotel. It was an activity packed trip and AmaWaterways did a great job in immersing us in authentic experiences. This is not a trip for someone who wants to lounge on the ship and watch from afar. 

AmaWaterways guests sailing the Mekong River visit a traditional Khmer home.

So many highlights on this trip, and one of them certainly is visiting a traditional Khmer home.

This is a trip for the culturally curious and adventure seekers. You get up every day and experience something new, exciting and unforgettable. This is an adventure and you’re always on the go.

Buddhist blessing in Cambodia

It’s not every day you are blessed by monks.

Bamboo bridge in Cambodia.

When’s the last time you set foot on a bamboo bridge?

Because it’s dry season, we were able to see this bamboo bridge, apparently sturdy enough to support trucks driving across it! During wet season, the Mekong rises and washes it away; it’s rebuilt every dry season.

12th century bridge in Cambodia.

This bridge was built in the 12th century.

Most of the cities we visited in Cambodia were rustic, where people still live in traditional wooden homes. Phnom Penh was not like that. The country’s capital city was where we explored…

…the National Museum

National Museum of Cambodia

At the National Museum, there was a collection of Khmer archaeological artifacts from as far back as pre-historic times.

…the Royal Palace

Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

The Throne Hall inside the Royal Palace complex. The Royal Palace is the royal residence of the King of Cambodia.

…and where we learned about Pol Pot’s horrendous reign and the Killing Fields.

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum Killing Fileds

The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. It was a difficult day learning in detail the atrocities Cambodians endured by Pol Pot and his army. It was absolutely necessary, however, as it’s an important part of Cambodian history.

Physically drained from the heat and emotionally drained from our immersive education on Cambodian’s recent history, the comforts of the AmaLotus was very much welcomed. Every day, it was 104 degrees Farenheit (40 degrees Celcius).

AmaWaterways AmaLotus docked in Phnom Penh

The AmaLotus docked in Phnom Penh.

It’s amazing with what has happened in Cambodia’s recent history that the people are smiling and are some of the friendliest people in the world. Traveling through Cambodia with AmaWaterways has been an adventure I will never forget.

Should you be interested in a Mekong river cruise with AmaWaterways, please contact us at 1-800-565-2784. Who knows? You could be exploring Vietnam and Cambodia this year — space remains at this time.

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