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Mekong Expedition- Downriver

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Join the Aqua Mekong for an 8-day expedition cruise down the Mekong River. Enjoy all the mysteries and wonders discovered between the Mekong and Tonle Sap Rivers and among the diverse cultures. Experience the full history of Mekong life, meet Khmer farmers, Buddhist monks, and entrepreneurial locals in Vietnam’s kaleidoscopic wet markets along the way. Enjoy much more time on the Cambodia stretch of the Mekong and along the Tonle Sap River.
The colorful Tonle Sap villageThe floating village of Tonle Sap, CambodiaExperience beautiful scenery as you cruise up the MekongChau DocThe beautiful Angkor Wat
  • Visit Prek Toal Core, one of the largest freshwater bodies in Asia
  • Sail into Chhnok Tru, a true floating village on Tonle Sap Lake
  • See Cambodia's capital by motorized tuk-tuk & visit the Royal Palace
  • Meet and interact with locals while listening to traditional folk songs
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed

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Day 1: Siem Reap, Cambodia | Tonle Sap Lake | Embark

Gather at your Siem Reap meeting point then board your air-conditioned bus for the scenic 45-minute countryside ride to the dock on the Tonle Sap Lake for check-in to 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: Tonle Sap Lake | Prek Toal | Moat Khla

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, head off by skiff into the 22,000- hectare 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.

In the afternoon, sail to Moat Khla, a beautiful village that is accessible only by water. The ship company has arranged for guests to attend a blessing ceremony in this isolated community.

Day 3: Tonle Sap Lake | Chhnok Tru | Kampong Chhnang

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore remote villages around the Tonle Sap Lake, which was designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1997. In Chhnok Tru, visit an ice factory and learn from locals what it’s like to live in a town where schools, churches, pagodas, and even the karaoke bar and police station all float. Learn about Khmer riverside life in Kampong Chhnang, the 'Port of Pottery' so-called because archaeological findings here date to the 6th century.

Day 4: Tonle Slap and Mekong River | Koh Chen | Koh Oknha Tey

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, visit Koh Chen, a silversmith village known for its fine craftsmanship. Keep an eye out for their famous silver bowls, regularly chosen by Cambodia's king as gifts for visiting dignitaries. In the afternoon, set off for the Mekong's 'silk islands' where renowned weavers allow you to wander freely, admiring their intricate craftsmanship. Biking is available if you wish to explore deeper into the island.

Day 5: Mekong River | Phnom Penh

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore the Cambodian capital by motorized tuk-tuk and see 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 the Russian Market. 

This evening, 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: 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 is also available for those who wish to explore on wheels.

Day 7: Binh Thanh/Sa Dec | 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 skiff moors 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 invite you to glimpse their property.

Day 8: My Tho | Ho Chi Minh | Disembark

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


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*All meals while onboard the Aqua Mekong
*All excursions
*All beverages (non-alcoholic, house wine and beer)
*Laundry Service
*Internet wireless
*Group transfers

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



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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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