Aqua Mekong River Cruise is one of the newest luxury cruises in Mekong River. The cruise is suitable for those who desire to explore spectacular sceneries and visit cultural sites of Vietnam and Cambodia such as Catholic churches, Buddhist temples, etc.
- All meals while onboard the Aqua Mekong
- All excursions
- All beverages (non-alcoholic, house wine and beer)
- Transfers to/from vessel and the meeting points in Siem Reap and Saigon
- Entrance fees en route
- Internet wireless
- Air tickets
- Guide and crew gratuities
- Boutique purchases
- Spa treatments
- Visa fees
Day 1 (Tuesday) Afternoon arrival at Phnom Penh Meeting Point
You will take a short ride by air-conditioned bus to the pier for embarking Aqua Mekong Cruise. Then, settling into your elegantly-appointed and river-facing suite as the ship starts the journey. You can go to the Observation Deck for sipping sundowners with 7-night guests starting from Phnom Penh. In the evening, why not attending in a performance by well-known Cambodia Apsara dancers. It promises to bring you a lot of fun.
Day 2 (Wednesday): Tonle Sap River/ Koh Chen/ Kampong Chhnang
In the morning, passengers will have an exciting excursion by skiff in Koh Chen, which is known as Chinese Island in Khmer. Residents in this riverside village are famous for making ornamental items made from precious metals. Besides, they are also good at engraving tropical fruits used in Buddhist ceremonies and marriage blessings. You can buy some eye-catching items before moving to pagodas. If monks are in residence, you will have opportunity to experience an authentic Buddhist blessing ceremony. Your journey will continue in floating village of Kampong Chhnang to discover Khmer riverside life. En route, you can enjoy the beauty of colorful shrines with gilded Buddha and simple houses on bamboo stilts.
Day 3 (Thursday): Kampong Chnang/ Chnok Tru/ Tonle Sap Lake
In this day, you will have exciting experience to discover remote communities around Tonle Sap River, which is recognized as a Biosphere Reserve in 1997 by UNESCO. Starting your excursion by skiff to visit Chnok Tru, a remote and self-sufficient village, then you will visit an ice factory in the village. In the factory, workers are very hospitable and ready to explain for you how they make and use ice for fish preservation. English speaking guides are always ready to translate and get answers to your questions. Also in Chnok Tru village, tour guides will take you to explore daily life of locals by visiting floating schools, riverside churches and pagodas, karaoke bars, and police stations. You may be surprised by the fact that all activities in the village is transported by small boats.
After finishing an excursion in Chnok Tru village, Aqua Mekong River Cruise will sail to a remote fishing village of Moat Kla. Skiffs will also take an important role to bring you to the shore where tour guides are ready to translate your questions to locals about their lives. Let’s enjoy vibrant sceneries of floating convenience stores with fishing tackle, cooking utensils, rice, beer, candy, fruits, and vegetables and small merchants like egg vendors, women selling bamboo stalks, etc. Besides, you will take part in the blessing ceremony conducted at Moat Kla’s Buddhist temple, a home of only four monks.
Day 4 (Friday): Tonle Sap Lake/ Siem Reap/ Cambodia
After having breakfast, you will head off by skiff to 22,000-hectare Prek Toal Core Bird Reserve in Tonle Sap Lake. Tonle Sap Lake is one of the largest freshwater in Asia and the last refuge for large water birds such as black-headed ibis, spot-billed pelicans, milky stork, etc. On the way, as visiting floating houses and fish farms, you can broaden your knowledge about sustainable development initiatives Saray – a cooperative of women who weave water hyacinth into 100% organic mats and home accessories for some of Southeast Asia’s finest hotels. You may be invited by locals to test knotting skills. Later on, returning to Aqua Cruise, you will pack up and check out the vessel for road journey in Siem
Because there are different itineraries, therefore, the check-in and check-out time is different. When make a booking, you are highly recommended to ask staffs all necessary information for your smooth trip.
– Third person sleeping on sofa bed will receive a 20% discount
– Third person being a child under 12 years old sleeping on sofa bed pays a surcharge
Aqua Mekong River Cruise is the newest vessel among Mekong River luxury cruises, which is began operating in autumn 2014. The interiors of the cruise are totally built from local sustainable materials incorporating with natural fibers and artisanal touches of Mekong’s multifaceted culture. Besides having 20 luxurious cabins, Aqua Mekong River has a large public space with many social areas.
A Discovery Cruise 4d/3n Phnom Penh – Siem Reap is the best choice for you exploring the most typical features in cambodian lives along this mysterious river.