AmaDara inaugural cruise: Day 3 Siem Reap, Cambodia

ABOARD AMADARA- Angkor Wat is imposing in the dark, in the dawn and in the full light of day. I know because we saw it and so did a thousand or so other travelers. Five a.m. comes awfully early but as early as we were, many more had arrived before us. The line to get in was long and the confused muddle of vehicles just as tangled as we had encountered mid-morning at Angkor Thom. Traveling in …

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AmaDara inaugural cruise: Day 2 – Siem Reap, Cambodia

ABOARD AMADARA- Khmer Building Boom The 12th century was a very good time for builders in Siem Reap. Temple building was at its height and every new monarch wanted his own royal abode and city, not to mention temples dedicated to his gods, himself and his parents. Which makes it a very good time for the tourism industry today. The Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom complexes are on most travelers’ bucket list and today it looked as …

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AmaDara: Day 1- Inchon International Airport, South Korea/Siem Reap, Cambodia

First you drive and fly and walk and sit and then you cruise. The main concourse of Inchon International Airport is paradise for shoppers and gawkers. Not so much for hurriers, though, as crowds amble aimlessly, looking into shop windows or their electronic devices. No one walks in a straight line or at a steady pace. Impossible to try anything but gawking as the “Parade of the Royal Family,” cymbals clashing, pipes tweeting out a regal rhythm …

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Preparing for a cruise aboard AmaDara along the Mekong River

August 17 Ama Dara revs engines for its inaugural cruise on the Mekong River and our featured writer Judy Wells will be on board to chronicle Ama Waterways’ newest and grandest vessel. From the day she leaves home in Jacksonville, FL to explore the paths of UNESCO World Heritage Site Angkor Wat temple complex to the last day in bustling Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), she will report on accommodations and cuisine, shore excursions and what guests …

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