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Also looking forward to the review. We are thinking of doing this, also, for next January or February.

 

I think I would recommend January before the TET holiday as it may be slightly cooler and more green. I' was told that during TET places are much more crowded.

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We are arriving early into Hanoi before the start of our AMA trip. We are staying at the Sofitel Metropole, same hotel used by AMA, to avoid the need to change hotels. We're told that arranging transportation on our own between the airport and hotel is not very difficult nor expensive. As an alternative, you can arrange airport pickup by the Sofitel in advance. I can't recall if AMA can arrange an early airport transport - I suspect so, but it is best to contact AMA.

 

Bob

 

We arrived a day before as well. We arranged the transfer with the Sofitel in advance by email. I was originally quoted $65 in December for a BMW Series 5 transfer but then they changed the rate and the vehicle on 2/1 before we departed. It was $88 for a Series 7. I just couldn't deal with finding a reputable taxi at 10:30PM. It was a very pricey transfer but in the end, I was happy I did it-just alot less hassle.

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2Fltravelers - Those of us booked on the Mekong River cruise are eagerly awaiting the CC publication of your review and are enormously grateful to you for taking the time to do the review. We will chime in with questions after we read the review.

 

As for the AmaLotus, at the present time AMA is showing that ship beginning cruises in September, 2011, with its first cruise originating in Saigon. Those cruises appear on the AMA website at this link: http://www.amawaterways.com/itinerary.asp?iticode=MB11&view=dp

 

We will be on La Marguerite and have not been following closely the building of the AmaLotus; but AMA is certainly selling it for this coming September.

 

Cheers, Fred

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2Fltravelers - Those of us booked on the Mekong River cruise are eagerly awaiting the CC publication of your review and are enormously grateful to you for taking the time to do the review. We will chime in with questions after we read the review.

 

As for the AmaLotus, at the present time AMA is showing that ship beginning cruises in September, 2011, with its first cruise originating in Saigon. Those cruises appear on the AMA website at this link: http://www.amawaterways.com/itinerary.asp?iticode=MB11&view=dp

 

We will be on La Marguerite and have not been following closely the building of the AmaLotus; but AMA is certainly selling it for this coming September.

 

Cheers, Fred

 

 

You're right, Fred. I meant to say it debuts in September 2011 and not 2012. As for the review, it is my pleasure. I actually enjoyed writing it and as my friend said, she felt like she was there again. I hope it is a big help to everyone.

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You're right, Fred. I meant to say it debuts in September 2011 and not 2012. As for the review, it is my pleasure. I actually enjoyed writing it and as my friend said, she felt like she was there again. I hope it is a big help to everyone.

 

Your review is posted now:D! I am going to save reading it until the morning but it looks wonderful! We are on the Nov 15th Amalotus sailing and am sure excited about it and greatly appreciate your posting such a thorough review.

 

http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=80735

 

 

Susan

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Thanking you in advance for any and all information you can provide us concerning the Vietnam cruise. I know others are also waiting for your review. This will be very important to many of us and I certainly appreciate the effort and time that you obviously spent to write about your experiences.

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2Flt - Remarkable review, indeed!! It has been so difficult to find much info on this Mekong River cruise, as it's fairly new and is experienced by so few passengers. Your review is easily the most comprehensive one we have read. Thanks again.

 

Of course, dear CC friends, 2Flt, you have now put yourselves into the situation of being the "go-to" source for "everything-AMA" with respect to this trip. Therefore, you are honor-bound to check this thread from time to time and answer the many questions that we future Mekong River cruisers will have. Ah, it's a non-trivial burden, but one to which, I sincerely trust, someone who had the fortitude to produce a 9-page (is that a CC record??) review will be able to assume.

 

So, I will begin the badgering with a few questions:

 

1. You did laundry a few times ashore. Does the boat provide laundry service?

 

2. Are the plugs in the cabins 220, accepting the standard European two-prong plug?

 

3. Are the walks on the tours relatively short, allowing us to wear walking sandals (i.e. Teva's or Keene's) or serious, requiring good walking shoes/boots?

 

4. Do you have any idea whether the "cruise-only" passengers were tranferred into Saigon on a separate bus or shared the bus with you, including tours?

 

More questions will arise as I read your wonderful review for the second time.

 

Cheers, Fred

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To 2Fltravelers,

 

That was really the best review I have ever read on Cruise Critic and I have been a member for years. We have been to Vietnam twice and Cambodia once so I really enjoyed reading your review as it brought back memories. When we were in Saigon the first time, the highest building was the Rex Hotel. When we returned years later, we went up to the top floor of the Sheraton (I believe it was 22 stories) and couldn't believe our eyes at the changes. I also brought pencils and pens for the children and they followed me as if I was the Pied Piper!!

 

Sheila

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2Flt - Remarkable review, indeed!! It has been so difficult to find much info on this Mekong River cruise, as it's fairly new and is experienced by so few passengers. Your review is easily the most comprehensive one we have read. Thanks again.

 

Of course, dear CC friends, 2Flt, you have now put yourselves into the situation of being the "go-to" source for "everything-AMA" with respect to this trip. Therefore, you are honor-bound to check this thread from time to time and answer the many questions that we future Mekong River cruisers will have. Ah, it's a non-trivial burden, but one to which, I sincerely trust, someone who had the fortitude to produce a 9-page (is that a CC record??) review will be able to assume.

 

So, I will begin the badgering with a few questions:

 

1. You did laundry a few times ashore. Does the boat provide laundry service?

 

2. Are the plugs in the cabins 220, accepting the standard European two-prong plug?

 

3. Are the walks on the tours relatively short, allowing us to wear walking sandals (i.e. Teva's or Keene's) or serious, requiring good walking shoes/boots?

 

4. Do you have any idea whether the "cruise-only" passengers were tranferred into Saigon on a separate bus or shared the bus with you, including tours?

 

More questions will arise as I read your wonderful review for the second time.

 

Cheers, Fred

 

You guys found the review before I did. You are dedicated. As for it being a CC record, I couldn't say. I don't mind answering your questions and will try to do so on as regular a basis as possible. So now for the first set:

 

1. The boat does have laundry service and we did use it once for a few things. I believe it was $$3.50 for a pair of ladies pants but I honestly can't remember exactly. It was less than the Metropole but more than in the local laundry and not as much fun.

2. The outlets are 220 but so were our electronics or they were dual voltage. We brought a converter but never had to use it anywhere. We brought the 2-round prong adapter plug and used it. I brought along a power strip which I used on the boat so I only needed one adapter just for that and plugged my electronics into the power strip.

3.The walks are short on the river portion of the trip-longer at the Angkor temples. Several people wore tevas, etc. but with all the dirt and dust we wore closed shoes (see my comments in the review about the dirty shoes and then think of your feet). My husband wore his Rockports and I wore sneakers and Sunooks with peds (canvas slip-ons with rubber soles easy to slip off and on for the temples where shoes had to be removed-lightweight, cool and dry quickly).

4. The cruise-onlys had a separate transfer to Saigon since they're trip did not include the Saigon city tour that we had. I don't know if it was included or had to be arranged separately. You need to confirm this as I believe I heard some grumblings about that (seems they were dropped off at the hotel in the AM and the rooms weren't ready for another 3 hours or so).

 

Next?

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To 2Fltravelers,

 

That was really the best review I have ever read on Cruise Critic and I have been a member for years. We have been to Vietnam twice and Cambodia once so I really enjoyed reading your review as it brought back memories. When we were in Saigon the first time, the highest building was the Rex Hotel. When we returned years later, we went up to the top floor of the Sheraton (I believe it was 22 stories) and couldn't believe our eyes at the changes. I also brought pencils and pens for the children and they followed me as if I was the Pied Piper!!

 

Sheila

 

Shoshana:

 

Thanks. It was worth the time as I enjoyed re-living trip as I wrote it over the past 3 weeks. If you returned to Saigon today you would see that the new financial plaza building is 68 stories and dwarfs the Rex and the Sheraton. It's beautifully lit at night when you view it from the Rex

 

I really recommend bringing pencils and pens for the children. Handing out money is frowned upon as they want the children to learn and not get used to handouts. The expression "give someone a fish and they eat for a day but teach someone to fish and they eat for a lifetime" is what they are trying to promote.

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Thank you 2Fltravelers! You have already provided us with a wealth of information. Your review was amazing and will be a guide for our planning.

 

For the Hanoi-Siem Reap flight were you on a regularly scheduled Vietnam Airlines flight or a charter? Were you limited to one checked bag per person?

 

From your account, it seems that the checked bags weren't weighed. Would a couple of pounds over the published limit matter? Or you were advised to be very careful about the weight?

 

thanks so much

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Thank you 2Fltravelers! You have already provided us with a wealth of information. Your review was amazing and will be a guide for our planning.

 

For the Hanoi-Siem Reap flight were you on a regularly scheduled Vietnam Airlines flight or a charter? Were you limited to one checked bag per person?

 

From your account, it seems that the checked bags weren't weighed. Would a couple of pounds over the published limit matter? Or you were advised to be very careful about the weight?

 

thanks so much

 

You found one of the things I didn't include in my review! The flight was a regularly scheduled Vietnam Airlines flight. There are 2 in the late afternoon. Ours was at about 5PM (there is no time difference between Hanoi & Siem Reap or Saigon-12 hours ahead of US east coast). As for the luggage, that was interesting. My checked bag and my husband's (I believe only 1 is permitted without charge) each weighed about 50lbs (maybe a little less). That was OK for the flights to Vietnam and we had no problem checking them on Vietnam Airlines (they were checked in by AMA). But as we were walking through security to get to the plane they stoppeI read the Vietnam Airlines site which says checked bags should only weigh 20kilos (44lbs). The AMA materials say it's 40 lbs but that is not the correct conversion to kilos-it's 2.2 per pound). As my husband was wheeling my roll-on which is actually 1-inch longer than normal (23" vs.22") he was stopped by an agent near secuurity. He told us that it was too heavy but he weighed it and was wrong (it weighed at least 15-20 lbs). Then he said it was too big. By now my husband was annoyed since others had walked right through without being stopped. So when the agent put it in that contraption to see if it would fit, my husband pushed it in. I held my breath hoping the wheels wouldn't break but they didn't and he let us through. The roll-on is a Travelpro used by pilots. I think we were the only ones that were stopped.

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Hi 2 FlTravelers,

Thank you for your reply about your air. Booked for March 2012. Couldn't believe that our first choice of dates was already full. Usually turn American Express points into air tickets. Don't think American Airlines is a choice but will investigate it. Did you book out of South Florida or the West Coast? I'll check to see what other airlines that I can transfer points into will have some flights. Again, thank you for your reply.

 

Donna (Boca Raton)

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Hi 2Fltravelers,

 

Wonderful review!

I just have a few questions (for now:D)

 

On our AMA Blue Danube cruise last year there was one night when most people got "dressed-up" for dinner..men in ties and women in dresses, I am kind of hoping that there is nothing like that on this cruise i.e. is it pretty casual every night?

 

Were credit cards widely accepted at restaurants, or did you primarily use cash?

 

Were any of the non-cruise lunch and dinners "included"?

 

Thanks again for all the great info!

 

Susan

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2Fltravelers--thank you, thank you for taking so much time to provide such detailed information about AMA Vietnam/Cambodia trip. I will be printing out the information and using it as a reference. I may have some questions for you as I get closer to my departure date, so if I'm bugging you too much, let me know. The one question I now have is what type of clothing do you feel would be appropriate? Did you get a little dressier at dinner after a day out on excursions. Is there some items of clothing that I should definitely take versus definitely not take. I tend to pack less and less the more I travel because I find I don't always use the clothes I bring and would rather use the space to bring back things. It sounds as if you brought back some wonderful things. Are you light packers. Any advice on clothing options would be greatly appreciated.

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Hi 2 FlTravelers' date='

Thank you for your reply about your air. Booked for March 2012. Couldn't believe that our first choice of dates was already full. Usually turn American Express points into air tickets. Don't think American Airlines is a choice but will investigate it. Did you book out of South Florida or the West Coast? I'll check to see what other airlines that I can transfer points into will have some flights. Again, thank you for your reply.

 

Donna (Boca Raton)[/quote']

 

I booked out of Ft. Lauderdale connecting in Dallas because I didn't want to risk a snowstorm in the NE or Midwest in Feb & March. We usually fly to Asia from Ft. lauderdale and then connect through somewhere else.That happened a few years ago on our way to Spain in Feb. Luckily, we flew in & out of Atlanta. AA isn't a particpant in membership rewards to transfer points into the AA Advantage program but you can use Am Ex points to book directly through Am Ex-just can't transfer. We flew AA because we knew we wanted to stop in Tokyo. Other choices are Korean Air through Seoul and Cathay through Hong Kong. Just check with Am Ex. Hope this helps.

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2Fltravelers--thank you, thank you for taking so much time to provide such detailed information about AMA Vietnam/Cambodia trip. I will be printing out the information and using it as a reference. I may have some questions for you as I get closer to my departure date, so if I'm bugging you too much, let me know. The one question I now have is what type of clothing do you feel would be appropriate? Did you get a little dressier at dinner after a day out on excursions. Is there some items of clothing that I should definitely take versus definitely not take. I tend to pack less and less the more I travel because I find I don't always use the clothes I bring and would rather use the space to bring back things. It sounds as if you brought back some wonderful things. Are you light packers. Any advice on clothing options would be greatly appreciated.

 

Normally I pack too much and always promise not to pack as much the next time. My issue this time was the stop in Tokyo since I knew it would be cold and I would need pants, long-sleeved shirts, a jacket and scarf. Turns out I needed that in Hanoi as well but it usually is warmer by 10+ degrees. With that in mind I knew what clothes to pack for the other places since the weather is similar to Florida in the summer. We also decided that we would do laundry 3 times. I recommend highly for women capris for daytime and light weight shirts in light colors that you can layer. For example, I brought light color capris in neutral colors (khaki, lt. grey, tan) and tops that were tanks that I could mix and match with light cotton short sleeved shirts that I could wear over them, all loose fitting. At night, some ladies dressed a little wearing dark pants and nicer blouses. I brought a black skirt, capri/ankle length pants in white & black and ivory silk pants. I also brought a linen shawl and a black linen sweater, costume jewelry and left the good stuff at home. I would not bring anything that does not pack well or you can only wear once (except shirts, etc due to perspiration. Ditto for heels-not necessaryI washed all my underwear by hand because it would dry overnight but my DH needed his laundered as well as socks which take longer to dry. He brought 2 pair of shorts and only wore them once. He felt more comfortable wearing khakis every day with cotton polo shirts. At night he wore khakis, tan & dark with cotton short sleeved shirts and a couple of long-sleeved cotton shirts. I can send you my packing list if you would like if you think it would be helpful. I tried to mix & match as much as possible and keep a simple color palette.

 

BTW, you won't be bugging me as I know how difficult it is to figure some of this out. I do recommend bringing a collapsible bag with you for all the goodies you may bring home. Some others actually bought suitcases in the market in Saigon because they bought so much!

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Hi 2Fltravelers,

 

Wonderful review!

I just have a few questions (for now:D)

 

On our AMA Blue Danube cruise last year there was one night when most people got "dressed-up" for dinner..men in ties and women in dresses, I am kind of hoping that there is nothing like that on this cruise i.e. is it pretty casual every night?

 

Were credit cards widely accepted at restaurants, or did you primarily use cash?

 

Were any of the non-cruise lunch and dinners "included"?

 

Susan

 

Susan:

 

Glad you enjoyed the review. You will be happy to know that no one wore a tie or a jacket-EVER!!!!! I did see a couple of women in dresses on one or two nights but that was the exception and they looked a little out of place. It is quite casual although everyone that I can recall changed for dinner since you would need to shower after the excursions-hopefully!

 

Credit cards were accepted in the hotels, and the higher-end shops and restaurants as well. Our lunch at Cha Ca La Vong in Hanoi was cash but at the Club de L'Oriental we paid by credit card. Same for our dinners in Hanoi and in Saigon. I believe we paid cash for our lunch and dinner in Siem Reap (not at the hotel).

 

There were no included lunch or dinners in Hanoi-just the breakfast buffet in the hotel. Breakfast, lunch & dinner were included on the junk and lunch on the way to the Hanoi airport. There were 2 included hotel dinners in Siem Reap (first and final night) as well as the hotel breakfast buffet each morning. In Saigon lunch was included the day we arrived. All other meals, other than when on the ship, were on our own.

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Thanks for the quick reply! Yes I am very happy to hear that "casual" is the way to go,sure makes it easier to keep the luggage weight down.

 

I wasn't expecting any included meals on the land portion so I am happy to hear there were a few.:).

thanks so much for the info and the very helpful packing tips given in your

previous post.

 

Susan

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You guys are awesome! Thanks for the detailed clothing suggestions. You sound as if you pack similar to us. I remember being in China and needing a couple of nice outfits but the rest were capris, etc. like you suggested. Unfortunately, we will be travelling in the summer--hot, rain, but we have been told that the river level shouldn't be an issue. Being a teacher only allows me to travel in summer, but I'm looking forward to the trip, rain, shine or whatever. I would love to see your packing list. Again, thanks for your most invaluable information. I truly appreciate it.

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You guys are awesome! Thanks for the detailed clothing suggestions. You sound as if you pack similar to us. I remember being in China and needing a couple of nice outfits but the rest were capris, etc. like you suggested. Unfortunately, we will be travelling in the summer--hot, rain, but we have been told that the river level shouldn't be an issue. Being a teacher only allows me to travel in summer, but I'm looking forward to the trip, rain, shine or whatever. I would love to see your packing list. Again, thanks for your most invaluable information. I truly appreciate it.

 

It's true that the river level shouldn't be a problem at all. While it will be summer I was told by our tour manager that the worst months are April & May-intense heat and no rain. At least the rain will cool things off.

 

My packing list :

 

2 nightgowns

1 swimsuit & cover-up

undergarments for 5 days (changing 2xdaily)

1 jeans + 1 pants

1 lt. weight jogging type suit (for traveling to & from Asia)

5 capris (day)

3 ankle length pants-night (black, white & beige)

2 skirts (1 silk + 1 cotton)

9 tank tops

8 short-sleeved cotton shirts

1 short-sleeved linen shirt

3 long-sleeved shirts (1 very light cotton with roll-up sleeves)

1 linen shawl & 1 black linen sweater

1 silk scarf

2 belts

8 pr socks/peds

1 sun hat & sunglasses

1 jacket + gloves

Le SportSac cross body day bag

1 lt. weight back pack

1 evening black leather cross body bag

1 pr.sneakers

1 pr.sunooks

3 pr. leather sandals (black, white, pewter)

1 pr. havianas

camera

binoculars

Bose headphones

umbrella

alarm clock

sunscreen

bug spray (40% DEET)

hand sanitizers + antibacterial wipes

tissues

lip balm

hair ties

hair blower

power strip + adapter

laundry soap + plastic clothes hooks

iPad + international phone

camera + camcorder

2 4G memory cards + video memory chips

camera, phone & ipad chargers

box of pencils for handing out

first aid kit

tamiflu +z-pack

pepto bismol,immodium, bonine

tylenol + advil

Prescription drugs

toiletries

ziplocs

extra luggage (collapsible for laundry & purchases)

pashmina for plane & bus (blanket)

Travel Medical Insurance & Medical Evacuation Insurance

 

I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any questions.

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We travelled with 2Fltravelers on the recent AMA trip - but we also took the 8 day pre-cruise extension from Saigon to Hanoi - along the coastline of China Sea (which the Vietnamese call the East Sea) - touring Saigon (other sightseeing than the included land/cruise portion - Cai Do temple and Cu Chi tunnels) Hue, Hoi An, crossing the Hai Van Pass, Da Nang (Marble Mountain)....

 

The hotels used were beautiful, we were at a beautiful resort in Hoi An, right on the beach - with beautiful manicured grounds and pool area. Hoi An is a town not to be missed, a UNESCO site - and we attended a fabulous cooking school where everything was hands-on.....

 

I would really recommend the extension, if you have the time and money - and would be happy to answer any questions regarding tours/accomodations/etc.

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Thanks, once again, for the feedback concerning your packing list. It is invaluable information and will be a great source of reference for packing. Now we need to figure out if we are going to get a Vietnam visa through the cruise agency through another source. Did you get your visa through the agency recommended by AMA? Thanks, your advice is so appreciated.

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Thanks, once again, for the feedback concerning your packing list. It is invaluable information and will be a great source of reference for packing. Now we need to figure out if we are going to get a Vietnam visa through the cruise agency through another source. Did you get your visa through the agency recommended by AMA? Thanks, your advice is so appreciated.

 

I got my Visa through the Vietnam Embassy in Washington DC. It is easy to do and you will have it back in about 1 week. I contacted the visa service recommended by AMA and not only were they $160 more than the embassy for the 2 visas but they gave me completely wrong information about the Cambodian visa even though they said they went through the AMA desk for the information. They told me that I must have the Cambodian visa in advance and that I couldn't get it upon arrival. WRONG!! As CJCruzer will tell you, make sure you have enough pages in your passport since each visa takes one page and is then not available for stamping.

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As 2 Fltravelers mentioned, please make sure you have enough pages, as the Cambodia visa, if gotten through a service or at the airport, requires one full page for the visa, and then 1/2 page for the entry and exit stamps....Also, the Vietnam visa will require one full page....And I do mean a full page!!

 

By applying for the Cambodian e-visa online, and scanning one passport sized photo - you print out 2 copies of the visa....can be stapled into your passport - one copy for entry, the second for exit....Once you are done, you can lift the one out of your passport - they recommend to staple it in do as no to lose it (although I travelled with multiple copies)....

 

The cost for purchasing the on-line Cambodia visa was $25 US - at the airport cost is $20 , and by AMA the cost was $60....

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Thanks to all for the VISA advice. We talked about going to DC for the VISA but it sounds as if you guys did it by mail. I always worry about them losing my passport, but it seems as if you didn't have any problem going through the mail. One reason I didn't book with a rival river cruise is that they were quoting me almost $600 per person for the required VISAs. Sounds like a racket. Thanks, again.

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Hi,

 

Thanks for all the great information. I will be doing the AMAWaterway trip this December. So - my question is: Has anyone used the on-line Vietnam Visa service (http://www.vietnamvisa.com) to get the visa? If so, did everything go well? I really don't like sending my passport through the mail and would prefer an electronic service.

Thank you in advance and happy traveling!

Lorna

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We were told not to trust getting an e visa. Someone said that depending on who is on duty checking credentials might not look highly upon this document and could reject it. In his words he said "when entering a Communist country, you don't want to take any chances." However, I would like to hear if anyone else did this. We did send our VISAs through the mail for our China trip and not only did we get them back in plenty of time but we also received a call from the service to clarify something. this was a service recommended by Viking River Cruises. We were told that they had never lost a VISA in 13 years.

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I wanted to thank you for your wonderful review, clothing and packing suggestions, air arrangement suggestions and general info. All has been wonderful and I truly appreciate it. Your imput is now my "go to" for our trip. (in 2012 , if you can believe it)

 

Donna aka Cruzin'd

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Our tour guide (the one assigned from AMA as the managing tour guide from start to end) collected all our passports, and arranged for everything, presented them at Siem Reap airport, and we were whisked through the VIP line - an went straight to baggage claim --- after he re-distributed our passports to us --- we never even saw an official....Ont the ship, again the passports were collected, and the Cambodian officals came by power boat to collect them, brought them back (I believe with a ship official) to their office - and we had a leisurely wait watching the passing traffic on the river ---

 

Now that is not to say that EVERY tour manager will do this - I have no idea if this is the norm --- but it all went smoothly - on our bus, we were the only 4 out of 22 or 24 people who had pre-arranged the e-visa - but our tour manager arranged everything for the others.

 

Travelling as group, I would have no qualms about using e-visa - I printed out extra copies - our photos were on it - however, it all depends on your comfort level.

 

I am sorry to say, but I had quite a bit of "misinformation" given to me by AMA when I had some direct inquiries about visas, and a few other matters--- I believe the agents mean well, and err on the side of caution, and of course would prefer you to get your visas from them as there are surcharges involved.

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Hi,

 

Thanks for all the great information. I will be doing the AMAWaterway trip this December. So - my question is: Has anyone used the on-line Vietnam Visa service (www.vietnamvisa.com) to get the visa? If so, did everything go well? I really don't like sending my passport through the mail and would prefer an electronic service.

Thank you in advance and happy traveling!

Lorna

 

 

I was going to use the online service - but my TA had done this trip in November as an escorted group tour (I could not make that date) and she sent my passport to the same embassy she used, and she had a contact there...the turnover is within 24-48 hours that the visa is processed....We sent it in a FedEX envelope (or you can use Purolator) with a return pre-addressed FedEX envelope included with the passports, bank check for fee, and forms.......As my TA was sending this, she just used her company FedEX account number on the returning FedEX envelope

 

The FedEx envelope went out Friday at about 2pm --- was back in her office I believe either Wednesday afternoon, or Thursday morning - so if you mail it out on Monday you would have it back the same week.....

 

Hopes this helps

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Originally we planned on getting the evisa for Vietnam but after reading the boards' we are going to get the Vietnam VISA in advance directly from the embassy but use the online service for Cambodia that 2FLTravelers mentioned (which I didn't know about - thanks for tip!). My concern is that we will arrive in Hanoi after 10 PM and don't want to stand in any line at that time after 3 flights and was concerned that if a problem arose (no one there, on break, etc) at that time it would be more time consuming. PhillyGirl - thanks for your comments on possible problems as that reinforces my feelings.

We got VISAs for both Vietnam and Cambodia on our own, directly from the embassies and had no problem at all and fast service.

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Great review and thanks for writing it. Appreciate all the info especially on VISAs and shoes! Someone else just published a review on Viking's trip and with both of your reviews all our questions have been answered plus others we hadn't thought of.

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I wanted to thank you for your wonderful review' date=' clothing and packing suggestions, air arrangement suggestions and general info. All has been wonderful and I truly appreciate it. Your imput is now my "go to" for our trip. (in 2012 , if you can believe it)

 

Donna aka Cruzin'd[/quote']

 

Yes, thank you so much "2FLtravellers", we are on La Marguerite with our 16 year old son and friends from Ireland in June and we really feel as though we have read a fantastic "trailer" of the cruise, what to expect down to the last detail. Thanks so much for taking the time to do such a comprehensive review.

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I wanted to thank you for your wonderful review' date=' clothing and packing suggestions, air arrangement suggestions and general info. All has been wonderful and I truly appreciate it. Your imput is now my "go to" for our trip. (in 2012 , if you can believe it)

 

Donna aka Cruzin'd[/quote']

Thank you Donna. Writing the review helped me remember certain things. I always write a trip report that I save for future reference and to send to friends who may be planning a trip to the same place (I also like to go back and read them myself). I am more than happy to answer any questions as I'm sure CJCruzer would too.:)

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Ditto what CJCruzer said. I did get misinformation from the AMA recommended agency and I became quite frustrated.having done visas for China on my own and trusting CJCruzer, I went straight to the Vietnam Embassy in DC and saved quite a bit.

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Great review and thanks for writing it. Appreciate all the info especially on VISAs and shoes! Someone else just published a review on Viking's trip and with both of your reviews all our questions have been answered plus others we hadn't thought of.

 

You're welcome!

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Hi, Jean6060,

 

We are planning on the land/cruise on 1/17/2012. Let me know if you choose that booking. We are travelling with 2 women friends who are inveterate tracellers.

I am also interested in 1 night pre & post.

 

Lady Marion

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Hi, DD@Sea,

What type of cabin did you have? We were thinking of the lowest deck with only a porthole. Did you see a cabin like that; there are *no* pictures in either the small or large AMA brochure.

Has anyone stayed in one of those cabins - category C?

 

Lady Marion

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