The Essence of Vietnam and Cambodia by Aqua Mekong

Ho Chi Minh | Binh Thanh | Sa Dec | My An Hung | Chau Doc | Koh Oknha Tey | Preah Prosop | Phnom Penh

A magnificent presence on the Mekong river, Settle into your floating retreat, with its window wall conferring an endlessly captivating panorama. Soak up the colours, culture, and history of this incredible region

Level
Luxury $4,040
Season
November – January
Duration
5 Days 4 Nights
Theme
Couple / Group Friend

The Highlights of the Journey

  • 4 night onboard at Aqua Mekong Luxury River Cruise
  • Try traditional Khmer massage or learn to cook Mekong inspired dishes while we cross the border
  • See the indelible Khmer Rouge memorial sites Choeung Ek Genocidal Center & the Killing Fields
  • Try traditional Khmer massage
  • invited to a local’s home to taste local fruits while hearing traditional folk songs performed by villagers

 

**Rates are based on Non-Balcony Suite Category in US Dollar
**Rates are based on 2 (two) people traveling together staying in one stateroom
**Rates are based on low season rate and subject to change depending on the availability

Day 1

Ho Chi Minh | Embark

Ho Chi Minh City used to be known as Saigon although this was officially changed after Ho Chi Minh unified Vietnam following the Vietnam War. As such, Ho Chi Minh City is a place that is steeped in some of the most important modern histories in the world, and you will find references to this on every street corner.

You will be embarked on Aqua Mekong, the Mekong river cruise ship’s 20 spacious, air-conditioned suites feature full-length windows that offer spectacular panoramas of the ever-changing Mekong scenery. Aqua Mekong also received the coveted Gold Award in the Architecture/New Build category in the 2015 Asia Hotel Design Awards. Aqua Mekong guarantees utmost safety, comfort, and exclusivity for off-shore excursions, as Aqua Expeditions owns and operates the only private fleet of launch boats on the Mekong river. The four ergonomically-designed launch boats bring guests on highly personalized day trips to landmarks, temples, and villages where tradition, spirituality, and craftsmanship reside

Day 2

Binh Thanh, Sa Dec and My An Hung

Begin the day at Binh Thanh mat weaving village or opt to visit Sa Dec where we will 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. We 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. A 17-kilometer Biking option is also available

Day 3

Chau Doc

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 the chef. After lunch, relax by the pool, try traditional Khmer massage, or learn to cook Mekong inspired dishes while we cross the border.

Day 4

Koh Oknha Tey & Preah Prosop

On this river of time, we 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, we board our 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 | Disembark

In your last in Aqua Mekong, they will take you to see the best of the Cambodian capital on a motorized tuk-tuk, including the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and the National Museum of Cambodia, home to the world’s largest collection of Khmer art. Based on your preferences you may choose to visit :

  • the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
  • shop at the Russian Market before disembarking the Aqua Mekong.

After disembarking from Aqua Mekong you will have the option to continue to explore Cambodia or flight back to your country.