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Terms & Conditions: Prices are per person in CAD for cruise only and are inclusive of port charges (C$199 per person), double occupancy and valid on select 2018 sailings only. C$1,200 Savings is per

person. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions/discounts, is limited to availability, is capacity controlled and is subject to change or termination without notice. Onboard credit amounts

are in USD and are $300 per stateroom ($150 per person), based on double occupancy (solo travelers receive half). Offer is combinable with current promotions and is applicable to FIT and Group

bookings. Price reflects C$750 per person savings. Other restrictions apply. CST#2065452-40

save up to C$1,200 per person on select 2019 Mekong departures

plus receive $150 usd onboard credit

Get swept away to another era as you discover the rich culture, timeless traditions and genuine warmth of spirit

along the Mekong River through Vietnam and Cambodia, an enticing destination for guests traveling solo.

Whether you’re enjoying a ride aboard an intimate tuk tuk with kindred cruisers, admiring colorful silk-woven

handicrafts in bustling markets, participating in a rice paper making workshop, or being welcomed by a group

of smiling schoolchildren, you’ll feel anything but alone when you discover the Mekong with AmaWaterways!

And each night, you’ll return to the distinctive elegance of the award-winning AmaDara, a luxurious yet inviting

haven of tranquility for solo traveling. You may even receive a Buddhist blessing and an invitation to the

Captain’s Table on the same day.


48 • Vacations


Summer 2018


One place has an enormous crab on its roof,

a design choice that convinces me to enter.

Though this establishment is one of the many

that invested in western-style seating to ensure

visitors’ comfort, I opt to remove my shoes and sit

Korean-style at a low table, ordering the blue crab

ramen. Momentarily, I’m presented with several

banchan – the tiny side dishes that accompany

meals – of spicy kimchi, crisp soybean sprouts,

and refreshing radish and watercress salad. The

ramen is hot, hearty, and impressive: in a tangle of

fresh noodles with a roughly quartered crab.

Sightseeing in Gangneung is best done in a

leisurely fashion. As lunch was spent watching

people stroll the boardwalk beside Gyeongpo

Beach, I set out on the lakeside trail, enjoying the

sun streaming through the pines. Gyeongpoho

Lake (“clear as a mirror”) is a migratory bird

reserve, so hoping for a sighting I start on the

footpath around the lake. Shortly, I come to

the Charmsori Gramophone & Edison Science

Museum, a weird and absolutely wonderful place

with a collection of gramophones and other

Thomas Edison inventions.

Hours later, I continue my journey, pleased

to see that my timing is perfect. Perhaps not

Gangneung’s most famous sight but certainly its

most romantic, Gyeongpodae Pavilion features

an emblematic paljak, an eight-point roof, and is

known as the ideal place to watch the sunset – or

the moon. In fact, locals claim to see five moons

from the pavilion: one in the sky, a reflection

in the sea, another in the lake, a fourth in your

drinking glass, and finally, in your lover’s eyes.


, I think as the moon ascends in

a dark purple sky, grateful that the Olympics

brought me here.

Top sites

to see in

South Korea

Located in downtown Seoul, Gwanghwamun

Gate, the main entrance to Gyeongbokgung

Palace, is the perfect starting point.

Changgyeonggung Palace and the National

Palace Museum of Korea are within walking


• Pack a lunch and hike Bukhansan National Park

in Seoul. Afterwards, soak your sore muscles at

a jimjilbang, a communal Korean-style bath.

• With its mix of lush semi-tropical landscapes

and literally one-of-a-kind attractions, Jeju

Island, off the southern coast, is worth the flight.