Delve into these captivating landscapes on the 4-night Mekong Explorer Cruise, concentrating solely on Cambodia’s timeless pastoral serenity or traveling back in time as we sail upriver from Ho Chi Minh and the thriving Mekong Delta past floating villages, colonial vestiges and gilded pagodas to the Art Deco landmarks of Phnom Penh.
Aqua Expeditions highly experienced river pilots and the most rigorous cruise ship standards ensure smooth travel and safety on the waters of the Mekong river.
Note: This itinerary is for reference only. It is subject to change, due to weather and other conditions.
Gather at our Siem Reap meeting point then board our air-conditioned bus for the scenic 45-minute countryside ride to the dock on the Tonle Sap Lake for check-in to your 3-story, five star Mekong abode. Settle into your floating retreat, with its window wall conferring an endlessly captivating panorama. Enjoy these private Mekong moments on your California king bed, terrace or daybed.
Set off by skiff into the 22,000-hectare Prek Toal Core Bird Reserve, one of the largest freshwater bodies in Asia and the last refuge in Southeast Asia for large water birds like the spot-billed pelicans, milky stork, black-headed ibis and the elusive Masked Finfoot. After lunch, we visit the floating village of Moat Khla, accessible only by water, and attend a Buddhist blessing ceremony in this isolated community.
Explore remote villages around the Tonle Sap Lake, designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1997. In Chhnok Tru, we “slide” into an ice factory and learn from locals what it’s like to live in a town where schools, churches, pagodas, and even the karaoke bar and police station all float. We continue learning about Khmer riverside life in Kampong Chhnang, the 'Port of Pottery' so called because archaeological findings here date to the 6th century.
This morning, we visit Koh Chen, a silversmith village known for its fine craftsmanship. Keep an eye out for their famous silver bowls, regularly chosen by Cambodia's king as gifts for visiting dignitaries. In the afternoon, we set off for the Mekong's 'silk islands' where renowned weavers allow us to wander freely, admiring their intricate craftsmanship. Biking is optional for those who wish to explore deeper.
We show off the Cambodian capital to our passengers by motorized tuk-tuk, the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and the National Museum of Cambodia, home to the world’s largest collection of Khmer art. For those who wish, we visit the Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocide or choose to shop at the Russian Market. Disembark in Phnom Penh.
|Date||Embarkation||Design Suite - First Deck||Design Suite - Second Deck|
|2-Aug-19||Phnom Penh, Cambodia||5.400||5.600|
|9-Aug-19||My Tho, Vietnam||5.400||5.600|
|16-Aug-19||Phnom Penh, Cambodia||5.400||5.600|
|23-Aug-19||My Tho, Vietnam||5.400||5.600|
|30-Aug-19||Phnom Penh, Cambodia||5.400||5.600|
|6-Sep-19||My Tho, Vietnam||5.400||5.600|
|13-Sep-19||My Tho, Vietnam||5.400||5.600|
|20-Sep-19||Phnom Penh, Cambodia||5.400||5.600|
|27-Sep-19||My Tho, Vietnam||5.400||5.600|
|4-Oct-19||Phnom Penh, Cambodia||5.400||5.600|
|11-Oct-19||My Tho, Vietnam||5.400||5.600|
|25-Oct-19||Phnom Penh, Cambodia||5.400||5.600|
|1-Nov-19||My Tho, Vietnam||5.400||5.600|
|8-Nov-19||My Tho, Vietnam||5.400||5.600|
|15-Nov-19||Phnom Penh, Cambodia||5.400||5.600|
|22-Nov-19||My Tho, Vietnam||5.400||5.600|
|29-Nov-19||Phnom Penh, Cambodia||5.400||5.600|
Price per person in USD
|Date||Embarkation||Design Suit First Deck||Design Suite Second Deck|
|14-Aug||Phnom Penh, Cambodia||5.400||5.600|
|21-Aug||My Tho, Vietnam||5.400||5.600|
|28-Aug||My Tho, Vietnam||5.400||5.600|
|4-Sep||Phnom Penh, Cambodia||5.400||5.600|
|11-Sep||My Tho, Vietnam||5.400||5.600|
|18-Sep||Phnom Penh, Cambodia||5.400||5.600|
|25-Sep||My Tho, Vietnam||5.400||5.600|
|2-Oct||Phnom Penh, Cambodia||5.400||5.600|
|9-Oct||My Tho, Vietnam||5.400||5.600|
|16-Oct||Phnom Penh, Cambodia||5.400||5.600|
|23-Oct||My Tho, Vietnam||5.400||5.600|
|30-Oct||Phnom Penh, Cambodia||5.400||5.600|
|13-Nov||My Tho, Vietnam||5.400||5.600|
|20-Nov||Phnom Penh, Cambodia||5.400||5.600|
|27-Nov||My Tho, Vietnam||5.400||5.600|
Price per person in USD
Single supplement: 25% in addition to the adult rate
Seven year age minimum on all departures
Child under 12 years old will receive a 20% discount
Third person sleeping on sofa bed will receive a 20% discount
Third person being a child under 12 years old sleeping on sofa bed pays US $500 per night
Taking guests on a journey into Aqua Expeditions next frontier, Vietnam and Cambodia, the 62.4 meter (205 feet) Aqua Mekong was designed by Saigon-based architects at Noor Design to embody the aesthetic of a sophisticated five star hotel. Local sustainable materials and artisanal touches of the Mekong’s multifaceted cultures round out these generous interior spaces designed to welcome guests in the utmost comforts between on and off shore excursions along this fascinating river, and to Chinese wing tipped pagoda temples and remote Buddhist monasteries. Spacious and indulgent, yet intimate enough to feel entirely exclusive, the Aqua Mekong incorporates relaxed yet refined lounging and dining areas and can accommodate a maximum of 40 guests plus crew. Modern navigation technologies and the highest cruise ship standards as well as our experienced river pilot and crew ensure smooth travel and safety on the water.
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