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The colorful Tonle Sap village

Mekong Expedition - Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh

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Experience the full history of Mekong life, meeting Khmer farmers, Buddhist monks and our entrepreneurial friends in Vietnam’s kaleidoscopic wet markets along the way. 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. Enjoy an optional 18 kilometers bike ride on Long Khanh Island or take a rickshaw ride to visit Tan Chau Market with chef. Admire dexterous Khmer artisans dyeing and weaving kroma, the ubiquitous item no Khmer lives without. All of this and more on this 8-day cruise across Cambodia and Vietnam. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : My Tho | Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam | Embark
Day 2 : Binh Thanh | Sa Dec | My An Hung
Day 3 : Chau Doc | Ka’om Samnor Border
Day 4 : Koh Oknha Tey | Preah Prosop
Day 5 : Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Day 6 : Tonle Sap River | Koh Chen | Kampong Prasat
Day 7 : Kampong Chhnang
Day 8 : Phnom Penh, Cambodia | Disembark

Highlights

  • Discover a typical Mekong Delta village called My An Hung
  • Enjoy a traditional folk songs performed by villagers & a unique dance
  • Learn to cook Mekong inspired dishes while you cross the border
  • Visit the National Museum of Cambodia, home to the world’s largest collection of Khmer art.
  • Past by historic Buddhist temples and thatch classic local houses

Ship

Aqua Mekong

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

In memory of the killing fields of Phnom Penh The colorful Tonle Sap village Chau Doc Rice fields of Vietnam Bustling Ho Chi Minh City

Day 1 My Tho | Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam | Embark

Collect you at the Ho Chi Minh meeting point and transfer you by air-conditioned coach to My Tho dock where you are welcome you aboard 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 Binh Thanh | Sa Dec | My An Hung

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Begin the day at Binh Thanh mat weaving village or opt to visit Sa Dec where you can 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 we will walk through verdant plantations. You are 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 Chau Doc | Ka’om Samnor Border

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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. 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.

Day 4 Koh Oknha Tey | Preah Prosop

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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, past 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 Phnom Penh, Cambodia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Show off the Cambodian capital to your passengers by motorized tuk-tuk, 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 shopping at Russian Market. Bid farewell to 4-night guests who are disembarking in Phnom Penh.

Celebrate the onward journey towards the heart of this mighty river with a Khmer Apsara performance, an indigenous tradition memorialized on the temple walls at Angkor Wat.

Day 6 Tonle Sap River | Koh Chen | Kampong Prasat

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the silversmith village of Koh Chen, watch artisans producing the magnificent silverware favored by Khmer royalty. Continue to Udong, the royal capital from the 17-19th centuries, where you learn about a uniquely challenging Buddhist practice at the Vipassana Dhura Mandala, a meditation center.  In the afternoon, a walking tour of Kampong Prasat offers a close up perspective on local lives and their riverside environment.

Day 7 Kampong Chhnang

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the cooler hours, head into the lush countryside to visit traditional potters and palm-sugar producers, astride mountain bikes or chauffeured by shaded tuk-tuk. Into the rice paddies pedal to watch wizened masters scale sky-piercing palms towering over us. Cruise across the glassy water and disembark among the lotuses for an ox-cart ride along the Tonle Sap riverbanks, past lacquered wooden houses where during these dry months residents take refuge in the relative cool of these outdoor impromptu living rooms.

Day 8 Phnom Penh, Cambodia | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Customized exploration of Phnom Penh and disembarkation.

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Per person starting at
$6,615
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First Deck Mekong Suite
Averaging 322 sq. ft. 10 luxurious suites, 4 with balcony and 6 without balcony. Floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows, California King beds convertible into two twin beds, air conditioned, and en-suite sleek bathrooms.
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Second Deck Mekong Suite
Averaging 322 sq. ft. 10 luxurious suites, 4 with balcony and 6 without balcony. Floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows, California King beds convertible into two twin beds, air conditioned, and en-suite sleek bathrooms.

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
*Biking
*All beverages (non-alcoholic, house wine and beer)
*Laundry Service
*Internet wireless
*Group transfers

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.
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