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Aqua Mekong River Cruise

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Aqua Mekong River Cruise
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 w ay, 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 an intimate 20 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.
read more 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 an intimate 20 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.
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Day 1 - FRI - Embark Siem Reap, Cambodia

Day 2 - SAT - Tonle Sap Lake

Day 3 - SUN - Chnok Tru, Kampong Tralach & Koh Chen

Day 4 - MON - Prek Bangkorng &Mekong River to Phnom Penh

Day 5 - TUE - Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Day 6 - WED - Vinh Xuong, Mekong Border Crossing into Vietnam, Chau Doc & Bassac River

Day 7 - THU - Cu Lao Islet, Sa Dec & Cai Be

Day 8 - FRI - Disembark My Tho, Vietnam to Saigon


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Day 1 - FRI - Embark Siem Reap, Cambodia

In Siem Reap, Cambodia, transfer to the dock and check into your luxury suite aboard the Aqua Mekong. Cruise to the southern end of Tonle Sap Lake, and explore Kampong Khleang, a stunning town built entirely on stilts over the river.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Aqua Mekong
MEALS:
lunch and dinner

Day 2 - SAT - Tonle Sap Lake

Indulge in a leisurely breakfast as you cruise toward the remote village of Moat Kla. Meet the friendly people of Moat Kla and enjoy a private audience with village monks.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Aqua Mekong
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3 - SUN - Chnok Tru, Kampong Tralach & Koh Chen

Then slide into a floating ice factory in a floating town, and see traditional craftspeople at work in the Silversmith and Bronze Village.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Aqua Mekong
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4 - MON - Prek Bangkorng &Mekong River to Phnom Penh

At Prek Bangkorng, experience the spirituality of a Buddhist temple and admire the intricate weavings on "silk islands." Then relax on deck as you cruise into the shimmering capital of Cambodia.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Aqua Mekong
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5 - TUE - Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Today is all about exploring Phnom Penh on a guided city tour, then relaxing in the evening while sipping sindowners on Aqua Mekong's deck. On the city tour, visit the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and National Museum in Phnom Penh. 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. Enjoy an evening Khmer apsara, the indigenous ballet-like performance art of Cambodia.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Aqua Mekong
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6 - WED - Vinh Xuong, Mekong Border Crossing into Vietnam, Chau Doc & Bassac River

Get an up-close look at life on the Mekong River from your skiff. At Chau Doc, make an easy climb to visit the Mahayana Buddhist monks at Sam Mountain monastery and then shop with the Aqua Mekong's chef at the local market.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Aqua Mekong
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7 - THU - Cu Lao Islet, Sa Dec & Cai Be

The first stops today are Cu Lao Islet and Sa Dec. Bicycle through town, tour a historic Catholic convent and visit the home of author Marguerite Duras. In the afternoon at Cai Be, explore a floating market by sampan, meet a family at home and taste their local foods.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Aqua Mekong
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8 - FRI - Disembark My Tho, Vietnam to Saigon

After a hearty breakfast, disembark in port city My Tho and visit the Vietnamese traditional Medicinal Plants Cultivation and Research Centre. Then take an included land transfer to Saigon; journey time is 1 hour 20 minutes.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
n/a
MEALS:
breakfast

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:

5 Day Up-River Itinerary
Day 1 - FRI - Embark Saigon/My Tho, Vietnam to Cai Be
Day 2 - SAT - Sa Dec & Gieng Islet
Day 3 - SUN - Chau Doc & Bassac River
Day 4 - MON - Prek Bangkorng, Silk Islands, Vinh Xuong-Kaam Samnor Border Crossing
Day 5 - TUE - Disembark Phnom Penh, Cambodia

4 Day Up-River Itinerary
Day 1 - TUE - Embark Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Day 2 - WED - Koh Chen & Kampong Chhnang
Day 3 - THU - Chnok Tru & Tonle Sap Lake
Day 4 - FRI - Disembark Siem Reap, Cambodia

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.

Arrival & Departure

Land transfers in Siem Reap and from Saigon to the port city of My Tho (journey time is 1 hour 20 minutes) are provided.
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Aqua Mekong River Cruise Route Map


Departs Weekly:
Starting September 2014 | 4 Day Tuesday-Friday | 5 Day Friday-Tuesday | 8 Day Friday-Friday

$3315 - 4-Day First Deck 2014-15

10 Design Suites on the First Deck each measure 322 square feet. 4 have balconies, panoramic windows and an exterior daybed. 6 are without balconies, and have panoramic windows and an interior daybed.

$3465 - 4-Day Second Deck 2014-15

10 Design Suites on the Second Deck each measure 322 square feet. 4 have balconies, panoramic windows and an exterior daybed. 6 are without balconies, and have panoramic windows and an interior daybed.

$4420 - 5-Day First Deck 2014-15

$4620 - 5-Day Second Deck 2014-15

$7735 - 8-Day First Deck 2014-15

$8085 - 8-Day Second Deck 2014-15


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Included

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

Exclusions

All air tickets, visas, private transfers, spa services, boutique purchases, guide and crew gratuities.

Room Configuration

The M/V Aqua offer single occupancy at an additional 25% of the adult rate. Third person sleeping on sofa bed will receive a 20% discount. Third person being a child under 12 years old sleeping on a sofa bed pays $500 per night.

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.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $400 per person is required at the time of booking. A Reservation Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 121 days - $200 service charge
120 to 91 days - deposit non-refundable
90 to 0 days - 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information is sent upon confirmation.

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Aqua Mekong

Aqua Mekong

Launching in 2014, the Aqua Mekong is a custom, architecturally designed luxury cruise ship sailing unique itineraries in along the Mekong River in Vietnam and Cambodia.
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