Aqua Mekong River Cruise

   
 

Aqua Mekong River Cruise

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6 months ago

DURATION

4 Days

SEASON

Departs Weekly

RATES

USD 3,855.00 per person

EXPIRES

Dec 25, 2017
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The Aqua Mekong River Cruise takes you through chic modern cities, past small villages and into areas where nature is in full bloom. Choose from the comprehensive 8-day journey, or shorter 4- and 5-day routes. Your expedition begins in Siem Reap, Cambodia, and ends at My Tho (or from My Tho/Saigon to Siem Reap, depending on your departure dates), on the bustling Mekong River. Along the way, visit remote fishing villages in Cambodia, see graceful floating houses, visit family homes and local markets, bicycle through charming landscapes, glide through flooded forests by tender and experience the serenity of Buddhist monasteries. Plus, travel by sampan through a flooded forest, shop for Khmer pottery in Cambodia and enjoy a city tour in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Your home base is the Aqua Mekong, launched in 2014. A custom architecturally-designed luxury cruise ship, the Aqua Mekong features 20 intimate Design Suites with floor-to-ceiling windows offering unparalleled river views of Vietnam and Cambodia. Be one of the first to experience the Mekong River in luxury aboard Aqua Mekong.

ADDITION RATE INFORMATION

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Rates vary by season and cabin:

2017 rates start at $3855 per person.

2018 rates start at $4050 per person.

Please see website for full details on rates.

Families & Children: 7-year-old age minimum. Children under 12 years old receive a 20% discount. Third person in a cabin being a child under 12 years old sleeping on sofa bed pays $500 per night.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Siem Reap To Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia
Siem Reap, Cambodia
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In Siem Reap, Cambodia, gather at a designated meeting point then board an air-conditioned bus for a scenic 45-minute countryside ride to the dock on Tonle Sap Lake to check into your luxury suite aboard the Aqua Mekong.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Aqua Mekong

MEALS: dinner

Day 2: Prek Toal Core Bird Reserve & Moat Khla
Prek Toal Core Bird Reserve, Cambodia
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Set off by skiff into the 22,000-hectare Prek Toal Core Bird Reserve, one of the largest freshwater bodies in Asia and the last refuge in Southeast Asia for large waterbirds like the spot-billed pelicans, milky stork, black-headed ibis and the elusive masked finfoot. After lunch, visit the floating village of Moat Khla, accessible only by water, and attend a Buddhist blessing ceremony in this isolated community.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Aqua Mekong

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3: Chnok Tru & Kampong Chhnang
Chnok Tru, Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia
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Explore remote villages around the Tonle Sap Lake, designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1997. In Chhnok Tru, “slide” into 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. Continue learning about Khmer riverside life in Kampong Chhnang, the "Port of Pottery," so called because archaeological findings here date to the 6th century.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Aqua Mekong

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4: Koh Chen (Tonle Sap River) & Silk Islands (Mekong River)
Mekong River, Cambodia
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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 optional for those who wish to explore deeper into the island.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Aqua Mekong

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Today is all about exploring Phnom Penh on a guided city tour by motorized tuk-tuk. Visit the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and 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 opt for shopping at the Russian Market. Guests taking only a 5-day cruise disembark this day after the city tour, and those taking the 4-day cruise arrive in the evening. Relax onboard while sipping sundowners on Aqua Mekong's deck; a passenger favorite is the Salted Watermelon Crush with Thai basil. Then enjoy an evening Khmer Apsara performance, an indigenous tradition memorialized on the temple walls at Angkor Wat.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Aqua Mekong

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6: Ka'om Samnor-Vinh Xuong Border (Tan Chau) & My An Hung, Vietnam
Tan Chau, Mekong Delta, Vietnam
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Say "Good Morning, Vietnam" as you cross the border and sail towards Tan Chau, a vibrant border town where you'll 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 and 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. Biking option is also available for those who wish to explore on wheels.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Aqua Mekong

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7: Binh Thanh, Sa Dec & Cai Be
Binh Thanh, Mekong Delta, Vietnam
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Begin the day at Binh Thanh mat weaving village or opt to visit Sa Dec to 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 the ship's sampan past lone fishermen on their long tail boats. Later, Aqua's 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 invite you to glimpse their property.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Aqua Mekong

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8: Disembark My Tho, Vinh Trang Pagoda To Ho Chi Minh (Saigon), Vietnam
Saigon, Vietnam
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Disembarkation. En route to Ho Chi Minh (Saigon), stop at Vinh Trang Pagoda, one of the largest Mahayana Buddhist temple in the region. You will notice the mixed architectural style and see three large buddha statues plus an impressive collection of bonsai trees.

ACCOMMODATIONS: n/a

MEALS: breakfast

Other Locations Visited:
Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve, Cambodia
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WHAT'S INCLUDED

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  • All meals while onboard, beverages (nonalcoholic, selected wines and beer), all shore excursions, laundry, bike use, satellite internet, group transfers.

NOTES

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Alternative Itinerary: In addition to the 8-day down-river (high water - July-Nov) itinerary from Cambodia to Vietnam listed above, this Aqua Mekong River Cruise also travels in reverse, up-river from Vietnam to Cambodia (the 5- and 4-day routes detailed below combine into this reverse itinerary). Plus, shorter 4- and 5-day itineraries are available in both up- and down-river directions.

Itinerary Notes: Use the itinerary as a guide only. Note that the Aqua Mekong's itinerary varies according to up- and down-river routes, as well as high and low water seasons. Low water season is Dec-June; high water season is July-November. Additionally, itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, National Park regulation or at the captain's discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Longer 5-day and 8-day cruises are also available. Please visit our website for details.


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