Upstream Mekong Cruise

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A local sells produce in the floating market
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Vietnam's Tram Chim Reserve
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A floating church in Cambodia
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Rice fields of Vietnam
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The floating village of Tonle Sap, Cambodia
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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 03, 2014
  • Oct 10, 2014
  • Oct 17, 2014
  • Oct 24, 2014
  • Oct 31, 2014
  • Nov 07, 2014
  • Nov 14, 2014
  • Nov 21, 2014
  • Nov 28, 2014
  • Dec 12, 2014
  • Dec 19, 2014
  • Dec 26, 2014
  • Jan 02, 2015
  • Jan 09, 2015
  • Jan 16, 2015
  • Jan 23, 2015
  • Jan 30, 2015
  • Feb 06, 2015
  • Feb 13, 2015
  • Feb 20, 2015
  • Feb 27, 2015
  • Mar 06, 2015
  • Mar 13, 2015
  • Mar 20, 2015
  • Mar 27, 2015
  • Apr 03, 2015
  • Apr 17, 2015
  • Apr 24, 2015
  • May 15, 2015
  • May 22, 2015
  • May 29, 2015
  • Jun 05, 2015
  • Jun 12, 2015
  • Jun 19, 2015
  • Jun 26, 2015
  • Jul 03, 2015
  • Jul 10, 2015
  • Jul 17, 2015
  • Jul 24, 2015
  • Jul 31, 2015
  • Aug 07, 2015
  • Aug 14, 2015
  • Aug 21, 2015
  • Aug 28, 2015
  • Sep 04, 2015
  • Sep 11, 2015
  • Sep 18, 2015
  • Sep 25, 2015
  • Oct 02, 2015
  • Oct 09, 2015
  • Oct 16, 2015
  • Oct 23, 2015
  • Oct 30, 2015
  • Nov 06, 2015
  • Nov 13, 2015
  • Nov 20, 2015
  • Nov 27, 2015
  • Dec 04, 2015
  • Dec 25, 2015

Private Independent Travel

Embark on an introductory voyage on the Mekong River on this fascinating 5-day cruise. 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 1

    Saigon Meeting Point

    Arrive early in the morning and meet your guides and porters. Board an air-conditioned bus for the scenic 1.5-hour countryside ride to My Tho and meet the Aqua Mekong. Settle into your elegantly appointed, river facing suite as the vessel begins to cruise and thus begins one of life's most memorable and photogenic adventures. Take in the beauty of the Mekong as the ship sets sail.

    Day 2

      Mekong River / Sa Dec / Gieng Islet

      Disembark in the morning and explore Sa Dec town. Roam around the fresh produce and spice market before making your way to the colonial house, which was once occupied by French writer Marguerite Duras. The house, built in the late 19th century, is interesting in itself as a harmonious combination of Western and traditional Vietnamese architectural styles. After lunch, cruise by skiff to Gieng Islet, a small island, to walk or cycle around this peaceful religious enclave on the Mekong Delta. Visit Cu Lao Gieng Church, which was built in 1875 with materials imported from France. It is impossible not to admire its imposing bell tower that appears to pierce the sky high above its low-rise neighbors. At the Convent of the Providence Order and Catholic Church, interact with Sisters or Father to learn of the religious influences on the surrounding communities, which we may visit to admire the indigenous pagodas and wooden houses built in the early twentieth century in traditional Vietnamese design and shaded by bonsai trees, as was the local custom.

      Perhaps no one has done more to associate themselves with the Mekong Delta than Duras. Born in Gia-Dinh, as Saigon was formerly known, because her parents had responded to a campaign by the French government encouraging people to work in the colony, Duras’ early life here in Sac Dec was one of extreme hardship. Her father fell ill soon after the family arrived here and returned to France where he died shortly thereafter. Her mother remained in Indochina with Marguerite and her two siblings, eking out a meager living as a schoolteacher. It was here in Sa Dec that the teenaged Duras and Huynh Thuy Le, a rich Sa Dec merchant began their affair that Duras wrote about in her most famous work The Lover.

      Our time travel continues after lunch on board the Aqua Mekong. We cruise by skiff to a 40 square kilometer riverine island called Gieng Islet, to walk or cycle around this peaceful religious enclave on the Mekong Delta. Together we visit Cu Lao Gieng Church, built in 1875 with materials imported from France. It is impossible not to admire its imposing bell tower that appears to pierce the sky high above its low-rise neighbors. At the Convent of the Providence Order and Catholic Church, interact with Sisters or Father to learn of the religious influences on the surrounding communities, which we may visit to admire the indigenous pagodas and wooden houses built in the early twentieth century in traditional Vietnamese design and shaded by bonsai trees, as was the local custom.

      Day 3

        Bassac River / Gieng Islet / Chau Doc

        Journey by sampan into the Tra Su Cajuput Forest, floating deep into the acacia flooded forest under dense tree canopy. The 845 hectare preserve is a colony for 70 bird species, including the rare painted stork and Oriental darter, as well as bats, snakes and endangered turtles. Flora is equally abundant with over 140 specified floral varieties including 22 tree varieties, 70 types of grasses, 13 species of aquatic plants, nine varieties of fruit trees and many medicinal herbs of great value in traditional Vietnamese medicine.

        Day 4

          Bassac River / Chau Doc / Vinh Xuong Border - Vietnam

          In the cool morning, cruise south towards the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh. Pause to head by skiff towards the shore for a visit to the intricately carved Prek Bongkong Pagoda, which features upturned naga wingtips and angels appearing to hold up the pitched Khmer roof. This area is known for a series of “silk islands” along the river. Visit one of these villages where the weavers allow us to wander among their looms, admiring their skills at this knotty art form. Witness the entire process here, learning how silk starts with the worms, see silk thread being looped and dyed, then admire and purchase, if you wish, the final shimmering Khmer silk accessories. Return to the Aqua Mekong, ready to continue to the Vinh Xuong –Kaam Samnor border and cross into Cambodia.

          Day 5

            Tonle Sap River / Phnom Penh - Cambodia

            Shifting gears from the sleepy countryside to this country’s political and economic capital, sail into Phnom Penh, where Art Deco buildings still stand in the shadows of ever-rising skyscrapers and vintage cyclos cruise alongside imported European sports cars. Buddhist temples, French colonial villas and the Royal Palace provide photogenic backdrop to international business and a new generation of boutique hotels, chic shopping and cosmopolitan nightlife.

            Following your goodbyes and disembarkation from the Aqua Mekong, enjoy an urban adventure on two wheel motorized tuk-tuks while taking in this historic city’s most important sites including the 1866 Royal Palace that is still home to the reigning monarch and its Silver Pagoda, the royal compound’s most famous attraction, so called because in 1962 then Prince Sihanouk ordered the floor inlaid with 5,329 genuine silver tiles. Today the pavilion houses many jeweled statues and images, including the 17th century Emerald Buddha, made of Baccarat crystal, and a life size gold Maitreya Buddha adorned with 9,584 diamonds, the largest of which weighs 25 carats.

            Just next door, the National Museum of Cambodia houses the world’s largest collection of Khmer art, much of it removed from Angkor Wat to prevent looting. Here we can linger among the linga, representations of the Hindu deity Shiva, and thousands of other artifacts including an imposing 11th century bronze sculpture of a reclining Vishnu that is considered a monumental example of Khmer statuary.

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            2014-Oct-24
            2014-Oct-31
            2014-Nov-07
            2014-Nov-14
            2014-Nov-21
            2014-Nov-28
            2014-Dec-12
            2014-Dec-19
            2014-Dec-26
            $4,000$4,200
            2015-Jan-02
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            2015-Jan-16
            2015-Jan-23
            2015-Jan-30
            2015-Feb-06
            2015-Feb-13
            2015-Feb-20
            2015-Feb-27
            2015-Mar-06
            2015-Mar-13
            2015-Mar-20
            2015-Mar-27
            2015-Apr-03
            2015-Apr-17
            2015-Apr-24
            2015-May-15
            2015-May-22
            2015-May-29
            2015-Jun-05
            2015-Jun-12
            2015-Jun-19
            2015-Jun-26
            2015-Jul-03
            2015-Jul-10
            2015-Jul-17
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            2015-Jul-31
            2015-Aug-07
            2015-Aug-14
            2015-Aug-21
            2015-Aug-28
            2015-Sep-04
            2015-Sep-11
            2015-Sep-18
            2015-Sep-25
            2015-Oct-02
            2015-Oct-09
            2015-Oct-16
            2015-Oct-23
            2015-Oct-30
            2015-Nov-06
            2015-Nov-13
            2015-Nov-20
            2015-Nov-27
            2015-Dec-04
            2015-Dec-25
            $4,420$4,620
            Places
            Asia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Phnom Penh, Chau Doc, Sadec, Saigon, Vinh Xuong
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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%