Highlights
  • Sail through one of the world’s great rivers, the Mekong
  • View the swaying palms and bustling waterways of My Tho
  • Excursion by skiffs to Binh Thanh Island
  • Tam Nong – the largest bird sanctuary of South Vietnam at 7,300 hectares
  • Visit to Koh Oknha Tey – a beautiful island on the Mekong
  • Sail into Phnom Penh

To fully experience the Mekong River in true Aqua Expeditions style, we highly recommend our 7 night journey on the Aqua Mekong traveling down river from Siem Reap in Cambodia on to Tonle Sap and Phnom Penh, then crossing into Vietnam and visiting Caibe and finally on to the capital city of Vietnam, Saigon or the reverse trip, up river beginning in Vietnam and traveling north to Cambodia

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Itinerary

Day 1: 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: 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: Mekong River – Tan Chau - 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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Tonle Sap Lake - Prek Toal - Siem Reap - Cambodia

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 waterbirds like the spot-billed pelicans, milky stork, black-headed ibis and the elusive masked finfoot. Disembarkation.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 8,540

Price Per Day:

$ 1,068 per day
 
  • All rates are per person based on double occupancy; single supplement +25% regular rates.
  • 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.
Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
Details
Ship Name

Aqua Mekong

Ship Stats

Year Built: 2014

Ports of Embarkation: My Tho (Vietnam), Phnom Penh and Siem Reap (Cambodia)

Vessel’s Registry: Cambodia

Type of Vessel: River Expedition Vessel

Length: 62.4 meters / 205 feet

Beam: 11.5 meters / 38 feet

Draft: 1.5 meters / 5 feet

Cruising Speed: 12 knots

Electricity: 220 volts

Engines: 2 New Caterpillars, Tier 3 Emission compliant

Generators: 2 New Caterpillars, encapsulated for noise reduction

Water: Reverse osmosis and UV water treatment plant

AC: Central air-conditioning throughout

Laundry: Complimentary service (no dry cleaning on board)

Internet: Complimentary wireless throughout

Ship Description

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, to flooded emerald forests and bamboo stilt villages accessible only by boat, among flocks of painted stork and spot billed pelicans in their last Southeast Asian refuge 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.

Deck & Cabin Plans

Deck Plan:

Trip Includes
  • All meals while onboard the Aqua Mekong
  • All excursions
  • All beverages (non-alcoholic, house wine and beer)
  • Transfers to/from vessel and the meeting points in Siem Reap and Saigon
  • Entrance fees en route
  • Internet wireless
Trip Excludes
  • Air tickets
  • Guide and crew gratuities
  • Boutique purchases
  • Spa treatments
  • Visa fees
  • Personal Expenses
Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Intimate Group - 12 max
Start City
Saigon
End City
Siem Reap
Cancellation Policy:

For Reservations made 121 days or more prior to departure: An initial deposit of US $400 per person is required to confirm the booking, with a second deposit of US $400 per person 120 days before departure. The final balance is required 90 days prior to departure.

For Reservations made 120 days to 91 days prior to departure: A deposit of US $800 per person is required to confirm the booking. The final balance is required 90 days prior to departure.

For Reservations made 90 days or less prior to departure: A full, non-refundable payment is required to confirm the booking.

Additional Information:

Note: All itineraries are subject to change, due to weather and other conditions

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