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.
We meet you at the Phnom Penh TS1 Port for check-in to your 3-story, five star Mekong abode. Welcome aboard. We’ll leave you to 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. Together we celebrate the onward journey towards the heart of this mighty river with a Khmer Apsara performance, an indigenous tradition memorialized on the walls at Angkor Wat.
In the silversmith village of Koh Chen, we watch artisans producing the magnificent silverware favored by Khmer royalty. We continue to Udong, the royal capital from the 17-19th centuries, where we learn about a uniquely challenging Buddhist practice at the Vipassana Dhura Mandala, a meditation center. In the afternoon, a walking tour of Kampong Prasat offers a close up perspective on local lives and their riverside environment.
In the cooler hours, we head into the lush countryside to visit traditional potters and palm-sugar producers, astride mountain bikes or chauffeured by shaded tuk-tuk. Into the rice paddies we pedal to watch wizened masters scale sky-piercing palms towering over us. Cruise across the glassy water and disembark among the lotuses for an ox-cart ride along the Tonle Sap riverbanks, past lacquered wooden houses where during these dry months residents take refuge in the relative cool of these outdoor impromptu living rooms.
On this river of time we admire dexterous Khmer artisans dyeing and weaving kroma, the ubiquitous item no Khmer lives without. Explore the riverbank on two wheels if you wish, past Buddhist temples and thatch houses perched on spindly wooden stilts while white oxen wade just offshore. After lunch, we board our marine-grade aluminum skiffs and head towards the tamarind trees of Preah Prosop, a remote village little changed over several lifetimes.
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. We bid farewell to 4-night guests who are disembarking in Phnom Penh.
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2020: May 1 - Aug 6
|Date||Embarkation||Design Suit - First Deck||Design Suite - Second Deck|
|1-Mar-19||My Tho, Vietnam||5.400||5.600|
|8-Mar-19||Phnom Penh, Cambodia||5.400||5.600|
|15-Mar-19||My Tho, Vietnam||5.400||5.600|
|22-Mar-19||Phnom Penh, Cambodia||5.400||5.600|
|29-Mar-19||My Tho, Vietnam||5.400||5.600|
|5-Apr-19||Phnom Penh, Cambodia||5.400||5.600|
|12-Apr-19||My Tho, Vietnam||5.400||5.600|
|19-Apr-19||Phnom Penh, Cambodia||5.400||5.600|
|26-Apr-19||My Tho, Vietnam||5.400||5.600|
|10-May-19||Phnom Penh, Cambodia||5.400||5.600|
|17-May-19||My Tho, Vietnam||5.400||5.600|
|21-Jun-19||Phnom Penh, Cambodia||5.400||5.600|
|28-Jun-19||My Tho, Vietnam||5.400||5.600|
|5-Jul-19||Phnom Penh, Cambodia||5.400||5.600|
|12-Jul-19||My Tho, Vietnam||5.400||5.600|
|19-Jul-19||Phnom Penh, Cambodia||5.400||5.600|
|26-Jul-19||My Tho, Vietnam||5.400||5.600|
|6-Dec-19||My Tho, Vietnam||5.400||5.600|
|13-Dec-19||Phnom Penh, Cambodia||5.400||5.600|
|20-Dec-19||My Tho, Vietnam||5.400||5.600|
Price per person in USD
|Date||Embarkation||Design Suit First Deck||Design Suite Second Deck|
|3-Jan||My Tho, Vietnam||5.400||5.600|
|10-Jan||Phnom Penh, Cambodia||5.400||5.600|
|17-Jan||My Tho, Vietnam||5.400||5.600|
|24-Jan||Phnom Penh, Cambodia||5.400||5.600|
|31-Jan||My Tho, Vietnam||5.400||5.600|
|7-Feb||Phnom Penh, Cambodia||5.400||5.600|
|14-Feb||My Tho, Vietnam||5.400||5.600|
|21-Feb||Phnom Penh, Cambodia||5.400||5.600|
|28-Feb||My Tho, Vietnam||5.400||5.600|
|6-Mar||Phnom Penh, Cambodia||5.400||5.600|
|13-Mar||My Tho, Vietnam||5.400||5.600|
|20-Mar||Phnom Penh, Cambodia||5.400||5.600|
|27-Mar||My Tho, Vietnam||5.400||5.600|
|3-Apr||Phnom Penh, Cambodia||5.400||5.600|
|10-Apr||My Tho, Vietnam||5.400||5.600|
|17-Apr||Phnom Penh, Cambodia||5.400||5.600|
|24-Apr||My Tho, Vietnam||5.400||5.600|
|1-May||Phnom Penh, Cambodia||3,780||3,920|
|8-May||My Tho, Vietnam||3,780||3,920|
|15-May||Phnom Penh, Cambodia||3,780||3,920|
|19-Jun||My Tho, Vietnam||3780||3,920|
|26-Jun||Phnom Penh, Cambodia||3,780||3,920|
|3-Jul||My Tho, Vietnam||3780||3920|
|10-Jul||My Tho, Vietnam||3780||3920|
|17-Jul||Phnom Penh, Cambodia||3780||3920|
|24-Jul||My Tho, Vietnam||3780||3920|
|31-Jul||Phnom Penh, Cambodia||3780||3920|
|Aug 7||Pnhom Penh||3780||3920|
|4-Dec||Phnom Penh, Cambodia||5.400||5.600|
|11-Dec||My Tho, Vietnam||5.400||5.600|
|18-Dec||Phnom Penh, Cambodia||5.400||5.600|
|25-Dec||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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