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Aqua Mekong Expedition Cruise 8 days from Ho Chi Minh to Siem Reap

A magnificent presence on the Mekong river, Aqua Mekong showcases modern architecture and interiors by renowned architect Noor Design. The Mekong river cruise ship’s 20 spacious, air-conditioned suites feature full-length windows that offer spectacular panoramas of the ever-changing Mekong scenery. With its commitment to safety and comfort, Aqua Mekong remains the leader in Cambodia and Vietnam luxury cruises. The four ergonomically-designed launch boats bring guests on highly personalized day trips to explore the Mekong delta through landmarks, temples, and villages where tradition, spirituality, and craftsmanship reside.

As the Aqua Mekong charts a luxurious passage across Cambodia and Vietnam, on-board guests embark on an inspiring journey of local flavors with a dining experience crafted by Michelin-starred consulting chef David Thompson. The ship’s bar menu, created by renowned spirit experts and cocktail designers Proof & Co, echoes a similar locally-minded philosophy.

Outlined route

Joining our full 7-night Mekong Expedition Cruise allows us to share with you all the mysteries and wonders we have discovered between the Mekong River, Tonle Sap Lake and among the diverse cultures thriving in our midst.

During the period from December to August, our program includes much more time on the Cambodia stretch of the Mekong and along the Tonle Sap River, a more rural and scenic area of Cambodia, untouched by tourists. You will have plenty of opportunities to explore, from daily biking options (10 - 15km), kayaking, to relaxing excursions on shaded tuk-tuk and experience the authentic life of people around the river.

Passengers who travel with us from August to November experience the full history of Mekong life, meeting Khmer farmers, Buddhist monks and our entrepreneurial friends in Vietnam’s wet markets along the way. Travel leisurely back in time across this legendary landscape and visit the Tonle Sap Lake, a spectacular freshwater lake that that is inhabited by more than three million people living around its bank.

Day 1: Embark Aqua Mekong at Marina My Tho Port (Vietnam) and cruise along Mekong River. Overnight on board (L/D)
Day 2: Cruising upriver from Binh Thanh/Sa Dec - My An Hung. Overnight on board (B/L/D)
Day 3: Continue cruising through Chau Doc - Vinh Xuong – ka’om Samnor Border. Overnight on board (B/L/D)
Day 4: Cruising to Koh Oknha Tey - Preah Prosop. Overnight on board (B/L/D)
Day 5: Cruising to Phnompenh to see off 4-night guests, then continue cruising on Mekong River. Overnight on board (B/L/D)
Day 6: Cruising from Koh Chen to Kampong Prasat. Overnight on board (B/L/D)
Day 7: Cruising from Kampong Prasat to Kampong Chhnang, then downriver to Kampong Tralach Overnight on board (B/L/D)
Day 8: Cruise back to Phnompenh to disembark, and transfer to Phnom Penh Airport for taking flight to Siem Reap (B)


During low water season, cruise vessels are not able to travel up to the Tonle Sap Lake due to the water level. Airplane transfers via Cambodian Angkor Air are included in your cruise fare in order to continue your Cambodian adventure with us to Siem Reap and its ancient lost city of Angkor Wat. Requests for flight changes and/or upgrades are not available. Please kindly inform our Reservations team should you choose to remain in Phnom Penh after disembarkation.

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

Tour Included

  • Sharing double occupancy in Design Suite with air condition & well-equipped facilities:
  • Luxurious 322 square feet design suite or 644 square feet interconnecting suite
  • Comfortable California King-size bed or twin beds
  • Suites without balconies have panoramic windows & an interior sofa that converts to a single bed
  • Suites with balconies have panoramic windows, sliding glass door and an exterior daybed
  • Large double closets, chest of drawers with safe
  • Pampering organic natural hair and bath amenities
  • En-suite bathroom with walk-in shower and rainforest showerhead & professional hairdryer
  • All meals while on board
  • Selected premium wines and beer, non-alcoholic drinks
  • Excursions with knowledgeable local guides
  • Group transfers between vessel and meeting point in Phnompenh and Ho Chi Minh city
  • Laundry
  • Internet connection (intermittent depends on locations)

Tour Excluded

  • All air tickets and visas fees
  • Private transfers from vessel and meeting points
  • Alcoholic drinks, spa services and all other individual expenses (ex. boutique purchases) which are not mentioned in “all-inclusive experience”, are at your owned pockets
  • Supplement charge for single use accommodation
  • Guide and crew gratuities

Tour Plan

Day 1: VIETNAM | Ho Chi Minh - Marina My Tho Port

We will collect you at the Ho Chi Minh City’s 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. Overnight on board

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. Overnight on board

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. Overnight on board

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. Overnight on board.

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.

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. Overnight on board.

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. Overnight on board.

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. Overnight on board.

Customized exploration of Phnom Penh and disembarkation. Airplane transfers are provided if you would like to continue your Cambodian adventure to Siem Reap and its ancient lost city of Angkor Wat. Guests will be fully escorted by our guides in a luxury car transfer to Phnom Penh Airport.

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