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Mekong Expedition - Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh

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Discover all the mysteries and wonders we have discovered between the Mekong and Tonle Sap River and among the diverse cultures thriving in our midst. 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. Learn about a uniquely challenging Buddhist practice at the Vipassana Dhura Mandala, a meditation center. In Phnom Penh discover the stunning Cambodian capital by motorized tuk-tuk, admire the the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and the National Museum of Cambodia, home to the world’s largest collection of Khmer art.

Day-by-Day Summary

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

Highlights

  • Walk across Kampong Prasat and admire a close up perspective on local lives
  • Explore traditional potters and palm-sugar producers
  • Visit the Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocide and the Russian Market
  • Discover Tan Chau, a vibrant beautiful border town

Ship

Aqua Mekong

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Phnom Penh Royal Palace complex Explore the floating village of Tonle Sap Vietnam's bird sanctuary A local sells produce in the floating market Bui Vien Street, Ho Chi Minh City

Day 1 Phnom Penh, Cambodia | Embark

Meet you at the Phnom Penh TS1 Port for check-in to your 3-story, five star Mekong abode. Welcome aboard. Leave you to 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. 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 2 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 3 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 4 Kampong Chhnang | Kampong Tralach

  • 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 you. 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 5 Phnom Penh

  • 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.

Welcome your 3-night passengers over custom sundowners like the Salted Watermelon Crush with Thai basil. 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 Ka’om Samnor Border | Chau Doc | My An Hung, Vietnam

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Say ‘Good Morning, Vietnam’ while you cross the border and sail towards Tan Chau, a vibrant border town where you take the local rickshaw called xe loi for a trip around town or pedal 18 kilometers on the peaceful island of Long Khanh. In the afternoon, visit a typical Mekong Delta village called My An Hung where you 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. Biking option is also available for those who wish to explore on wheels.

Day 7 Binh Thanh | Sa Dec | My An Hung | Cai Be

  • 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. Continue downstream for Cai Be, zigzagging in your sampan past lone fishermen on their long tail boats. Later, your skiffs moor at a wooden pier. Here in Cai Be, walk or bike ride among high-roofed open courtyard houses, some dating back more than 100 years, and currently inhabited by gracious locals who will invites you to glimpse their property.

Day 8 Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembarkation. En route to Ho Chi Minh, stop at Vinh Trang Pagoda, one of the largest Mahayana Buddhist temple in the region. Notice the mixed architectural style and see three large buddha statues plus an impressive collection of bonsai trees.

Aqua Mekong

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$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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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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