Mekong Explorer- Upriver Cruise

Aqua Expeditions
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
Indoor lounge on board the Aqua Mekong
Luxury dining room on the Aqua Mekong

Highlights

  • Taste the local fruits while villagers perform traditional folk songs
  • Walk through verdant plantations of the delta village, My An Hung
  • Visit Long Son Pagoda atop Sam Mountain and meet the Buddhist Monks

Delve deep into the captivating landscapes on this Mekong River 5-day explorer cruise. Concentrating solely on Cambodia’s timeless pastoral serenity, travel back in time as you sail upriver from Ho Chi Minh through the thriving Mekong Delta. Pass by floating villages, colonial vestiges, and gilded pagodas to the Art Deco landmarks of Phnom Penh. Stop in charming floating villages and interact with the local peoples of the area, explore the colorful markets and cultural sites which line the shores.

Day 1

Ho Chi Minh|Embark My Tho|Vietnam

Your guide will meet you at the Ho Chi Minh meeting point and transfer you by air-conditioned coach to My Tho dock where you will board 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

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Binh Thanh/Sa Dec|My An Hung

Begin the day at Binh Thanh mat weaving village or opt to visit Sa Dec where you 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 you will walk through verdant plantations. You 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.

Day 3

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Tan Chau/Chau Doc|Vinh Xuong

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. There is also an 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 you cross the border into Cambodia.

Day 4

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Koh Oknha Tey|Preah Prosop, Cambodia

On this river of time, admire dexterous Khmer artisans dyeing and weaving kroma, the ubiquitous item no Khmer lives without. Explore the riverbank on two wheels if you wish, pass by Buddhist temples and thatch houses perched on spindly wooden stilts while white oxen wade just offshore. After lunch, board your marine-grade aluminum skiffs and head towards the tamarind trees of Preah Prosop, a remote village little changed over several lifetimes.

Day 5

  • Breakfast

Disembark|Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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. For those who wish, visit the Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocide and the Killing Field or shop at Russian Market.

 First Deck Mekong SuiteSecond Deck Mekong Balcony Suite
2016-May-06
2016-May-20
2016-Jul-01
2016-Jul-29
2016-Aug-26
2016-Sep-09
2016-Oct-07
2016-Oct-21
2016-Nov-04
2016-Nov-18
2016-Dec-02
2016-Dec-30
$4,880$5,080
Departs on Fridays
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)
*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

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