Joining us for the full 7-night Mekong Expedition Cruise allows us to share with you all the mysteries and wonders we have discovered between the Mekong and Tonle Sap River and among the diverse cultures thriving in our midst. Passengers who travel with us during the high water season (August-November), from Siem Reap(REP) to Ho Chi Minh (SGN) experience the full history of Mekong life, meeting Khmer farmers, Buddhist monks and our entrepreneurial friends in Vietnam’s kaleidoscopic wet markets along the way. Sailing in the opposite direction, from the colonial chic of Saigon to the legendary Angkorian heritage in Siem Reap is to travel leisurely back in time across this legendary landscape. During the low water season (December-August), our program includes much more time on the Cambodia stretch of the Mekong and along the Tonle Sap River.
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 will collect you at the Saigon meeting point and transfer you by air-conditioned coach to My Tho dock where we will welcome you aboard the Aqua Mekong. 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.
Begin the day at Binh Thanh mat weaving village or opt to visit Sa Dec where we will peruse the vibrant market and see the famous house of Marguerite Duras' legendary lover, Mr. Huynh Thuy Le. In the afternoon, visit a typical Mekong Delta village called My An Hung where we will walk through verdant plantations. We will be invited to a local's home to taste local fruits while hearing traditional folk songs performed by villagers followed by a unique unicorn dance. A 17-kilometer Biking option is also available.
Travel by skiff along Bassac Canal to Chau Doc floating market then head off by van to Long Son Pagoda atop Sam Mountain. Ask the monks about their age-old Buddhist practices. Return via the bustling morning market. Optional 18 kilometers bike ride on Long Khanh Island or take a rickshaw ride to visit Tan Chau Market with chef. After lunch, relax by the pool, try traditional Khmer massage or learn to cook Mekong inspired dishes while we cross the border.
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 and the Killing Field or shopping at Russian Market. We bid farewell to 4-night guests who are disembarking in Phnom Penh.
Return to welcome our 3-night passengers over custom sundowners like the Salted Watermelon Crush with Thai basil. Together we celebrate the onward journey towards the heart of this mighty river with a Khmer Apsara performance, an indigenous tradition memorialized on the temple walls at Angkor Wat.
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 continue learning about Khmer riverside life in Kampong Chhnang, the 'Port of Pottery' so called because archaeological findings here date to the 6th century. Bike option is available.
Continue exploring the remote communities 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. After lunch, we visit the floating village of Moat Khla, accessible only by water, and attend a Buddhist blessing ceremony.
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. Disembarkation.
|Date||Embarkation||Design Suit - First Deck||Design Suite - Second Deck|
|16-Aug-19||Phnom Penh, Cambodia||9.450||9.800|
|23-Aug-19||My Tho, Vietnam||9.450||9.800|
|30-Aug-19||Phnom Penh, Cambodia||9.450||9.800|
|6-Sep-19||My Tho, Vietnam||9.450||9.800|
|13-Sep-19||My Tho, Vietnam||9.450||9.800|
|20-Sep-19||Phnom Penh, Cambodia||9.450||9.800|
|27-Sep-19||My Tho, Vietnam||9.450||9.800|
|4-Oct-19||Phnom Penh, Cambodia||9.450||9.800|
|11-Oct-19||My Tho, Vietnam||9.450||9.800|
|25-Oct-19||Phnom Penh, Cambodia||9.450||9.800|
|1-Nov-19||My Tho, Vietnam||9.450||9.800|
|8-Nov-19||My Tho, Vietnam||9.450||9.800|
|15-Nov-19||Phnom Penh, Cambodia||9.450||9.800|
|22-Nov-19||My Tho, Vietnam||9.450||9.800|
|29-Nov-19||Phnom Penh, Cambodia||9.450||9.800|
Price per person in USD
|Date||Embarkation||Design Suit First Deck||Design Suite Second Deck|
|14-Aug||Phnom Penh, Cambodia||9.450||9.800|
|21-Aug||My Tho, Vietnam||9.450||9.800|
|28-Aug||My Tho, Vietnam||9.450||9.800|
|4-Sep||Phnom Penh, Cambodia||9.450||9.800|
|11-Sep||My Tho, Vietnam||9.450||9.800|
|18-Sep||Phnom Penh, Cambodia||9.450||9.800|
|25-Sep||My Tho, Vietnam||9.450||9.800|
|2-Oct||Phnom Penh, Cambodia||9.450||9.800|
|9-Oct||My Tho, Vietnam||9.450||9.800|
|16-Oct||Phnom Penh, Cambodia||9.450||9.800|
|23-Oct||My Tho, Vietnam||9.450||9.800|
|30-Oct||Phnom Penh, Cambodia||9.450||9.800|
|6-Nov||Ho Chi Minh City||9,450||9,800|
|13-Nov||My Tho, Vietnam||9.450||9.800|
|20-Nov||Phnom Penh, Cambodia||9.450||9.800|
|27-Nov||My Tho, Vietnam||9.450||9.800|
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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