Sailing the Mekong Cruise

Aqua Expeditions
Explore the floating village of Tonle Sap
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Beautiful architecture in Tonle Sap
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Experience beautiful scenery as you cruise up the Mekong
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A young boy plays in the Mekong off the village of Tonle Sap
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Monks outside the temple
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The dining room aboard the Aqua Mekong
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A side view of the luxurious Aqua Mekong

Departs

  • Oct 28, 2014
  • Nov 04, 2014
  • Nov 11, 2014
  • Nov 18, 2014
  • Nov 25, 2014
  • Dec 09, 2014
  • Dec 16, 2014
  • Dec 23, 2014
  • Dec 30, 2014
  • Jan 06, 2015
  • Jan 13, 2015
  • Jan 20, 2015
  • Jan 27, 2015
  • Feb 03, 2015
  • Feb 10, 2015
  • Feb 17, 2015
  • Feb 24, 2015
  • Mar 03, 2015
  • Mar 10, 2015
  • Mar 17, 2015
  • Mar 24, 2015
  • Mar 31, 2015
  • Apr 07, 2015
  • Apr 14, 2015
  • Apr 21, 2015
  • Apr 28, 2015
  • May 19, 2015
  • May 26, 2015
  • Jun 02, 2015
  • Jun 09, 2015
  • Jun 16, 2015
  • Jun 23, 2015
  • Jun 30, 2015
  • Jul 07, 2015
  • Jul 14, 2015
  • Jul 21, 2015
  • Jul 28, 2015
  • Aug 04, 2015
  • Aug 11, 2015
  • Aug 18, 2015
  • Aug 25, 2015
  • Sep 01, 2015
  • Sep 08, 2015
  • Sep 15, 2015
  • Sep 22, 2015
  • Sep 29, 2015
  • Oct 06, 2015
  • Oct 13, 2015
  • Oct 20, 2015
  • Oct 27, 2015
  • Nov 03, 2015
  • Nov 10, 2015
  • Nov 17, 2015
  • Nov 24, 2015
  • Dec 01, 2015
  • Dec 22, 2015
  • Dec 29, 2015

Private Independent Travel

Experience the colorful culture of Vietnam and Cambodia on this 4-day cruise. Begin in Phnom Penh and sail up the Mekong River on your way to Siem Reap. Stop in the floating villages to experience the history of the region and interact with local children and monks.

Day 1

    Phnom Penh Meeting Point

    Meet your guides and porters and transfer by bus to the Aqua Mekong. Settle in to your suite as the ship begins to sail the Mekong. In the evening, view a performance by renowned Cambodian apsara dancers, who continue an ancient tradition venerated on the intricately carved walls at Angkor Wat.

    Day 2

      Tonle Sap River / Koh Chen / Kampongang

      In the morning, embark by skiff to visit Koh Chen. The inhabitants of this riverside village are renowned throughout the region as silver and coppersmiths. They purchase the precious metals in Phnom Penh and return to make ornamental items such as the cups, boxes and delicately engraved tropical fruits used in Buddhist ceremonies and marriage blessings. Each family member carries out an aspect of these ancient methods and the intricate, beautiful workmanship belies its humble origins. Purchase whatever catches your eye before we continue on to the pagoda. If the monks are in residence, experience an authentic Buddhist blessing ceremony.

      Later in the day, continue exploring Khmer riverside life in the floating village of Kampong Chhnang, meaning Port of Pottery. Archaeological findings link this now sleepy area as far back as the Dvaravati kingdom, dating to the 6th through 11th centuries when Kampong Chhnang was an important coastal stop on the trade route linking China and India. More recently, Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen was born in this province. Colorful shrines with gilded Buddhas, villagers sporting conical hats more often associated with Vietnam, and simple houses on bamboo stilts are among today’s striking sights along the waterfront.

      Day 3

        Kampong Chnang / Chnok Tru / Tonle Sap Lake

        Continue exploring remote communities around the Tonle Sap River, an ecological hot spot designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1997. Travel by skiff to the village of Chnok Tru, as photogenic as it is remote and thus completely self-sufficient. Visit an ice factory, the importance of which is obvious after a few days in Southeast Asia. As local factory workers explain how they make and use the ice for fish preservation, expert guides translate and get answers to your questions about this livelihood so different from ours. Be on the lookout in this lake village for floating schools, riverside churches and pagoda, and even the karaoke bar and police station. Literally everything and everyone in Chnok Tru travels by small boat through the intricate network of canals crisscrossing this tiny town.

        Onboard the Aqua Mekong, cruise onward to the remote fishing village of Moat Kla. Climb back into the skiffs and head for the shore where our expert guides act as translators, allowing you to pose questions to the people of Moat Kla about their lives.

        Day 4

          Tonle Sap Lake / Siem Reap - Cambodia

          The adventure is far from over as you head off by skiff after breakfast 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. Along the way, visit floating houses and fish farms, and learn about sustainable development initiatives like Saray, a cooperative of women who weave water hyacinth into 100% organic mats and home accessories for some of Southeast Asia’s finest hotels.

          Return to the Aqua Mekong to pack up, then disembark for the road journey to Siem Reap.

           First Deck Mekong SuiteSecond Deck Mekong Balcony Suite
          2014-Oct-28
          2014-Nov-04
          2014-Nov-11
          2014-Nov-18
          2014-Nov-25
          2014-Dec-09
          2014-Dec-16
          2014-Dec-23
          2014-Dec-30
          $3,000$3,150
          2015-Jan-06
          2015-Jan-13
          2015-Jan-20
          2015-Jan-27
          2015-Feb-03
          2015-Feb-10
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          2015-Feb-24
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          2015-Apr-28
          2015-May-19
          2015-May-26
          2015-Jun-02
          2015-Jun-09
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          2015-Jun-30
          2015-Jul-07
          2015-Jul-14
          2015-Jul-21
          2015-Jul-28
          2015-Aug-04
          2015-Aug-11
          2015-Aug-18
          2015-Aug-25
          2015-Sep-01
          2015-Sep-08
          2015-Sep-15
          2015-Sep-22
          2015-Sep-29
          2015-Oct-06
          2015-Oct-13
          2015-Oct-20
          2015-Oct-27
          2015-Nov-03
          2015-Nov-10
          2015-Nov-17
          2015-Nov-24
          2015-Dec-01
          2015-Dec-22
          2015-Dec-29
          $3,315$3,465
          Places
          Asia, Cambodia, Siem Reap, Tonle Sap Lake, Phnom Penh, Kampong Chhnang, Koh Chen
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          All rates are per person double occupancy; single supplement +25% regular rates.
          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)
          *Transfers to/from vessel and the meeting points in Siem Reap and Saigon
          *Entrance fees en route
          *Internet wireless

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

          Deposit & Payment

          Initial deposit is $400, and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card. We accept Visa, Mastercard, AmEx, and Discover. Alternatively, you can send a check to our Missoula, Montana, office or register online at: https://www.adventure-life.com/forms/register

          Final payment is due 131 days prior to departure.

          Final payment by bank transfer, check or Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or Amex. Credit Card payments subject to 3% convenience fee and maximum $15,000 charge.

          Booking last minute? No problem! Please contact one of our trip planners, and we can get you on your way if booking less than 131 days prior to departure.

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          Cancellation Policy

          Days Prior to departureFee
          121 days or more$200
          120-91 daysDeposit
          90-0 days100%