• Duration:

    5 days/4 nights

    With an option to extend at Siem Riep

  • Level:

    Luxury

  • Best Time:

    September – October

  • Price valid

    August – November 2017

  • Route

    Singapore/Jakarta- Phnom Penh – Seam Reap – Singapore/Jakarta

Marvel at Cambodia’s majestic scenery from on board the Aqua Mekong with its latest luxury river cruise. Meander in style down the Mekong River, which teems with life – its biodiversity is second only to the Amazon, and includes 20,000 species of plants, 430 mammals, 1,200 birds, 800 reptiles and 850 fish. Get up close and personal with monkeys, scampering macaques that dangle from ancient temples and remote villages that feed from the river. You will witness scenes of incredible beauty, from dazzling religious sites like the richly-detailed Angkor Wat and sunset-pink Banteay Srei, to timeless glimpses of everyday life along the Mekong River. The Aqua Mekong luxury up river cruise starts at Phnom Penh and ends at Siem Reap, and includes local experiences visiting villages.

Day 1: 

Arrive in  Phnom Penh, the capital and largest city in Cambodia. Sitting at the junction of the Mekong and Tonlé Sap rivers, Phnom Penh’s walkable riverfront, lined with parks, restaurants and bars, features the ornate Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and the National Museum. At the city’s heart is the massive art deco Central Market.

Day 2:

Onboard the luxury Aqua Mekong cruise, a floating five-star hotel with a guide ratio of 1 to 10. The The sustainably crafted ship’s 20 designer suites – the river’s largest guestrooms — overlook the Mekong through floor-to-ceiling windows. This is the only ship on this stretch of the river to offer a fully equipped gym, screening room, outdoor cinema, observation deck, and an upper-deck pool. Dine on world-class dishes created by top Southeast Asian cuisine chef, David Thompson and board the Mekong’s only private tenders for expert-guided shore excursions to serene Buddhist temples and stilted villages or explore the unique landscape by bicycle and kayak. A full-time paramedic ensures guest safety on every adventure.

Day 3:

TONLE SAP RIVER – KOH CHEN – KAMPONG CHHNANG – CAMBODIA    

Start your day by visiting Koh Chen, a silversmith village known for its excellent craftsmanship. Keep an eye out for their famous silver bowls, regularly chosen by Cambodia’s king as gifts for visiting dignities. In the afternoon, learn about Khmer riverside life in Kampong Chhnang, the “Port of Pottery,” so called because archaeological findings here date back to the 6th century. A bike option is also available.

Day 4:

MOUTH OF TONLE SAP LAKE – CHHNOK TRU – MOAT KHLA – CAMBODIA 

Continue exploring the remote communities around Tonle Sap Lake, designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1997. In ChhnokTru, we “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. After lunch, visit the floating village of Moat Khla, accessible only by water, and attend a Buddhist blessing ceremony in this isolated community.


Day 5:

TONLE SAP LAKE – PREK TOAL – SIEM REAP – CAMBODIA

Set off by skiff into the 22,000-hectare PrekToal 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. Disembarkation.    

Post cruise options – the Siem Reap experience.

Siem Reap, in northwestern Cambodia, is a gateway to the ruins of Angkor, the seat of the Khmer kingdom from the 9th-15th centuries. Angkor’s vast complex of intricate stone buildings includes the main Angkor Wat temple. Giant, mysterious faces are carved into the Bayon temple at Angkor Thom. Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument in the world, with fascinating and intricate temples and ruins spread across 162.6 hectares.

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