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Mekong Explorer - Downriver

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Delve deeper into the captivating landscape on this 5-day Mekong River explorer cruise. Concentrating solely on Cambodia’s timeless pastoral serenity, travel back in time as you sail downriver from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh. Stop in charming floating villages and interact with the local peoples of the area, and explore the colorful markets and cultural sites which line the shores.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Tonle Sap Lake | Siem Reap, Cambodia | Embark
Day 2 : Prek Toal | Moat Khla
Day 3 : Chhnok Tru | Kampong Chhnang
Day 4 : Koh Chen | Koh Oknha Tey
Day 5 : Mekong River | Phnom Penh, Cambodia | Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit Prek Toal Core, one of Asia's largest freshwater bodies
  • Meet locals from Chhnok Tru, a floating village on Tonle Sap Lake
  • Attend a Buddhist blessing ceremony in the community of Moat Khla

Ship

Aqua Mekong

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

The colorful Tonle Sap village Monks above the water in Tonle Sap The floating village of Tonle Sap, Cambodia Explore the rice fields of Cambodia A floating church in Cambodia

Day 1 Tonle Sap Lake | Siem Reap, Cambodia | Embark

Gather at the Siem Reap meeting point where you board your air-conditioned bus for the scenic 45-minute countryside ride. Once you have arrived at the dock on Tonle Sap Lake, embark 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 Prek Toal | Moat Khla

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, head off by skiff into the Prek Toal Core Bird Reserve on Tonle Sap Lake, one of the largest freshwater bodies in Asia and the last refuge in Southeast Asia for large waterbirds like the spot-billed pelican, milky stork, black-headed ibis, and the elusive masked finfoot.

In the afternoon, sail to Moat Khla, a beautiful village that is accessible only by water. Attend a Buddhist blessing ceremony in this isolated community.

Day 3 Chhnok Tru | Kampong Chhnang

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore remote villages around the Tonle Sap Lake, designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1997. In Chhnok Tru, visit 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. Continue to learn about Khmer riverside life in Kampong Chhnang, the 'Port of Pottery' so-called because archaeological findings here date to the 6th century.

Day 4 Koh Chen | Koh Oknha Tey

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, 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, set off for the Mekong's 'silk islands' where renowned weavers allow you to wander freely, admiring their intricate craftsmanship.

*Biking is optional if you wish to explore deeper into the island.

Day 5 Mekong River | Phnom Penh, Cambodia | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Explore the Cambodian capital by motorized tuk-tuk. Visit the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum of Cambodia, home to the world’s largest collection of Khmer art. Visit the Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocide and the Killing Field or shop at the Russian Market. Disembark in Phnom Penh.

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Per person starting at
$4,880
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Notes

Single Supplement: 25% in addition to the double rate as posted.
Child Policy: 7 year age minimum on all departures, children 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

Included:
*All meals while onboard the Aqua Mekong
*All excursions
*All beverages (non-alcoholic, house wine and beer)
*Laundry
*Bike use
*Group transfers
*Internet wireless

Excluded:
*Air tickets
*Guide and crew gratuities
*Boutique purchases
*Spa treatments
*Visa fees
*Private transfers

Please note:
The above itinerary is subject to weather conditions and water levels of the Mekong River and its tributaries. During low water season, December - Mid August, the above itinerary may deviate slightly to optimize wildlife viewing and explorations.

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  • 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners
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