OVERVIEW


Aqua Expeditions is honored to host our guests in the historically and culturally rich countries of Vietnam and Cambodia in Southeast Asia. From one great river in the Americas to another on the opposite side of the world, Aqua Expeditions sails into Asia on the Aqua Mekong, journeying up and down the iconic Mekong River. Here, between the thriving cultures of the Mekong Delta in southern Vietnam and Cambodia’s ancient ruins and colonial charms, Aqua Expeditions delivers unprecedented international luxury and local intelligence to our discerning and adventurous guests.

For travelers already familiar with the alluring exoticism of Southeast Asia, a luxury cruise on the Mekong River offers a fresh perspective and deeper insights into the diverse history, esoteric cultures and remote nature of this flourishing region. Guests enjoying their first or 51st visit to Southeast Asia may wish to deepen their exploration of this fascinating region by traveling to the 300-plus ancient Khmer temples of Angkor Wat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the restful beaches of Sihanoukville, the equally languid hills around Dalat in the Vietnamese highlands, venturing into the modern melee of Saigon, also known as Ho Chi Minh City, climbing aboard a cyclo to explore the winding lanes of old Hanoi or donning a snorkelling mask to plunge into the rich marine waters off the legendary China Beach.

Contact us to learn more about these and other outstanding travel experiences on and off the great rivers of Latin America and Southeast Asia.

ITINERARY


Phnom Penh (PNH) to Ho Chi Minh (SGN) – 3 nights

DAY 1
Tuesday: MEKONG RIVER – PHNOM PENH – CAMBODIA
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.
DAY 2
Wednesday: MEKONG RIVER – KA´OM SAMNOR-VINH XUONG BORDER CROSSING – CHAU DOC – MY AN HUNG – VIETNAM
Say ‘Good Morning, Vietnam’ while we cross the border and sail towards Tan Chau, a vibrant border town where we take the local rickshaw called xe loi for a trip around town or pedal 18 kilometers on the peaceful island of Long Khanh. In the afternoon, we 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. Biking option is also available for those who wish to explore on wheels.
DAY 3
Thursday: MEKONG RIVER – BINH THANH/SA DEC – CAI BE – VIETNAM
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. We continue downstream for Cai Be, zigzagging in our sampan past lone fishermen on their long tail boats. Later, our skiffs moor at a wooden pier. Here in Cai Be, walk or bike ride among high-roofed open courtyard houses, some dating back more than 100 years, and currently inhabited by gracious locals who will invite us to glimpse their property.
DAY 4
Friday: MEKONG RIVER – MY THO – HO CHI MINH – VIETNAM
Disembarkation. En route to Ho Chi Minh, we stop at Vinh Trang Pagoda, one of the largest Mahayana Buddhist temple in the region. You will notice the mixed architectural style and see three large Buddha statues plus an impressive collection of bonsai trees.

Ho Chi Minh (SGN) to Phnom Penh (PNH) (All Year) – 4 nights

DAY 1
Friday: MEKONG RIVER – MY THO – HO CHI MINH – VIETNAMWe will collect you at the Ho Chi Minh 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.
DAY 2
Saturday: MEKONG RIVER – BINH THANH/SA DEC – MY AN HUNGBegin 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.
DAY 3
Sunday: MEKONG RIVER – CHAU DOC – VINH XUONG – KA’OM SAMNOR BORDERTravel 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.
DAY 4
Monday: MEKONG RIVER – KOH OKNHA TEY – PREAH PROSOP
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.
DAY 5
Tuesday: PHNOM PENH – CAMBODIA
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.

Ho Chi Minh (SGN) to Siem Reap (REP) (From August to November) – 7 nights

DAY 1
Friday: MEKONG RIVER – MY THO – HO CHI MINH – VIETNAM
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.
DAY 2
Saturday: MEKONG RIVER – BINH THANH/SA DEC – MY AN HUNG – VIETNAM
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.
DAY 3
Sunday: MEKONG RIVER – CHAU DOC – VINH XUONG – KA’OM SAMNOR BORDER
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 a chef. After lunch, relax by the pool, try traditional Khmer massage or learn to cook Mekong inspired dishes while we cross the border.
DAY 4
Monday: MEKONG RIVER – KOH OKNHA TEY – PREAH PROSOP – CAMBODIA
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.
DAY 5
Tuesday: PHNOM PENH – CAMBODIA
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.
DAY 6
Wednesday: TONLE SAP RIVER – KOH CHEN – KAMPONG CHHNANG – CAMBODIA
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.
DAY 7
Thursday: MOUTH OF THE TONLE SAP LAKE – CHHNOK TRU – MOAT KHLA – CAMBODIA
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.
DAY 8
Friday: TONLE SAP LAKE – PREK TOAL – SIEM REAP – CAMBODIA
Set off

PRICE


Aqua Mekong Cruise High season
(Jan- Apri 2018 & Jul – Dec, 2018)
Low Season
(May – July, 2018)
First Deck Second Deck First Deck Second Deck
   3 Nights Itinerary
DBL $4,374 $4,536 $3,062 $3,175
SGL $5,468 $5,670 $3,827 $3,969
   4 Nights Itinerary
DBL $5,832 $6,048 $4,082 $4,234
SGL $7,290 $7,560 $5,103 $5,292
   7 Nights Itinerary
DBL $10,206 $10,584 $7,144 $7,409
SGL $12,758 $13,230 $8,930 $9,261

INCLUDE & EXCLUDE


Include:

All meals while onboard
Beverages (premium non-alcoholic, house wine and beer)
All shore excursions
Laundry
Bike use
Internet with intermittent connection
Group transfers

Exclude:

All air tickets
Visas
Private transfers
Spa services
Boutique purchases
Guide and crew gratuities

AQUA MEKONG RIVER CRUISES

$ 3,175
Destination:
Vietnam → Cambodia
Duration:
4 days / 3 nights
Departure schedule:
Set Departute Dates
Departure time:
T.B.A