A magnificent presence on the Mekong River, Aqua Mekong Cruise 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. Aqua Mekong also received the coveted Gold Award in the Architecture/New Build category in the 2015 Asia Hotel Design Awards. With its commitment to safety and comfort, Aqua Mekong remains the leader in Cambodia and Vietnam luxury cruises.
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.
Aqua Mekong Cruise guarantees utmost safety, comfort, and exclusivity for off-shore excursions, as Aqua Expeditions owns and operates the only private fleet of launch boats on the Mekong River. The four ergonomically-designed launch boats bring guests on highly personalized day trips to explore the Mekong Delta. Cruise your Mekong river boat to landmarks, temples, and villages where tradition, spirituality, and craftsmanship reside.
3 Nights | Discovery Cruise (Phnom Penh - Siem Reap)
3 Nights | Phnom Penh to Siem Reap (Extension)
7 Nights | Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City
4 Nights | Phnom Penh to Siem Reap (Extension)
4 Nights | Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap (Extension)
7 Nights | Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap (Extension)
3 Nights | Discovery Cruise (Phnom Penh - Ho Chi Minh City)
4 Nights | Siem Reap to Phnom Penh
7 Nights | Aqua Mekong Expedition Cruise
About This CruiseEmbark on a cultural odyssey of a lifetime on a luxury Mekong river cruise
This classic Mekong river cruise itinerary places you in the footsteps of the legendary King Jayavarman VII, who sailed the Mekong in the late 12th century to build the grand Khmer empire. Aboard the luxury Aqua Mekong, the whole narrative of the region’s mysteries and wonders unravel before your eyes. Follow our expert English-speaking guides and discover magnificent carved temples, lush landscapes and rural villages where culture and craft flourishes — leaving no stone unturned.
Aqua Mekong's 7-night itineraries depart from Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) and, depending on the month of the year, from Phnom Penh (Cambodia) and Siem Reap (Cambodia). Aqua Expeditions is the only Mekong cruise that provides complimentary flight extensions to Siem Reap for all itineraries ending in Phnom Penh.
Note: All itineraries are subject to change, due to weather and other conditions.
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City – My Tho – Mekong River.
Aqua Mekong crew warmly welcomes you at the meeting point in Ho Chi Minh City where an air-conditioned coach will transfer you to the ship at My Tho Harbor. Settle into your floating luxury retreat and memorable first night onboard your five-star home on the legendary Mekong.
Day 2: Mekong River – Binh Thanh/ Sa Dec – My An Hung.
Begin the day learning about traditional mat weaving at Binh Thanh Village or visit Sa Dec's vibrant market and the famous house of Marguerite Duras' legendary lover, Mr. Huynh Thuy Le. In the afternoon, stroll through the verdant plantations in the Mekong Delta village of My An Hung, visiting a local's home to savor local fruits, listen to traditional folk song performances by villagers, and participate in a unique unicorn dance. A 10.5-mile (17km) biking option is also available for those who wish to explore the idyllic countryside on wheels.
Day 3: Mekong River – Chau Doc – Vinh Xuong/ Ka’om Samnor Border Crossing.
As the sun rises, travel by skiff along Bassac Canal to the Chau Doc Floating Market for real eye-opener, then hop on the van to Long Son Pagoda atop Sam Mountain to meet Buddhist monks who've made this sacred hilltop their home.
Optional: Hop on a rickshaw to visit Tan Chau Market with the cruise's chef or take a picturesque 11 mile (18km) bike ride on Long Khanh Islet.
After lunch, relax by the pool, try traditional Khmer massage or learn to cook Mekong inspired dishes while you cross the Cambodia-Vietnam border.
Day 4: Mekong River – Koh Oknha Tei – Preah Prasob.
Sail into the legendary land of the glittering former Khmer empire. At Koh Oknha Tei, watch how Khmer artisans dye and weave krama, a silk scarf loved by locals and a treasured cultural asset that dates back from the Angkor period. Then, cycle the idyllic riverbank past Buddhist temples and traditional thatched and stilted homes and see farmers with white Brahman oxen working the rice fields. After lunch, board Aqua Mekong's private fleet of launch boat and head towards the tamarind trees of Preah Prasob, a remote village little changed over several lifetimes and home to a startlingly colourful Buddhist temple.
Day 5: Explore Phnom Penh.
See the best of the Cambodian capital on motorized tuk-tuk, including the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and the National Museum of Cambodia, home to the world's largest collection of Khmer art. Based on your preferences, visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum or shop at the Russian Market before disembarking the Aqua Mekong.
Day 6: Tonle Sap River – Koh Chen – Kampong Chhnang.
Awake to the beauty of rural Cambodia and sail by skiff to the silversmith village of Koh Chen for a first-hand encounter with artisans producing magnificent royal Khmer silverware. Keep an eye out for their famous silver bowls, regularly chosen by Cambodia's king as gifts for visiting dignitaries. In the afternoon, continue experiencing Khmer riverside life in Kampong Chhnang. In this serene village, meet traditional potters and palm-sugar producers and watch them practices age-old craftsmanship and techniques dating back to the 6th century that is still highly relevant and valuable today.
Day 7: Mouth of the Tonle Sap Lake – Chhnok Tru – Moat Khla.
Discover vast wetlands, birdlife and remote stilt communities around the Tonle Sap Lake, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve designated in 1997. In Chhnok Tru, visit an intriguing ice factory and learn from locals what it is like to live in a town where its school, church, pagoda, police station and even the karaoke bar "float" on water. After lunch, sail to the floating village of Moat Khla and attend a Buddhist blessing ceremony in this isolated community accessible only by water.
Day 8: Tonle Sap Lake – Prek Toal – Siem Reap.
Continue the exploration of Southeast Asia's largest freshwater lake, setting off on Aqua Mekong's ergonomic skiffs to the 22,000-hectare Prek Toal Core Bird Reserve, one of the last refuges in Southeast Asia for large waterbirds like the spot-billed pelicans, milky stork, black-headed ibis and the elusive masked finfoot.
Disembark in the enigmatic city of Siem Reap, home of the Angkor Wat. If you like to request a quote for your Siem Reap excursions, contact our Travel Consultants.
- Full Side River View
- Private Balcony
- 1 King Size Bed
• All meals while on board.
• Premium selected wines and beer, non-alcoholic drinks.
• Excursions with knowledgeable local guides.
• Group transfers between vessel and meeting point.
• Internet connection (intermittent depends on locations).
• Flight tickets.
• All visa costs.
• Soft drinks, beer or wine served in the lounges or consumed from the in-room mini-bar.
• Spa or Salon services.
• Items of a personal nature like souvenirs, photos, etc.
• Personal travel insurance (recommended).