Mekong River - Vietnam & Cambodia
At a Glance
Fabulous way to explore the Mekong in luxury
You can choose to spend either 3, 4 or the full 7 nights on board
Deliciously fresh Asian cuisine served at meal times
Suites are spacious and offer superb river views from their floor-to-ceiling windows
The guides and crew on board are very professional yet discreet (you would not know there were 40 of them!)
Best time to Visit
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Hot all year round and December to April is the dry season with occasional rain. Please be aware that from May to November is the wet season with showers almost every day and flooding in the Mekong Delta can occur.
To start planning your vacation to Indochina
On board the Mekong's first floating boutique hotel, Aqua Mekong, journey up the river towards Cambodia or down towards Vietnam. En route you will explore the fascinating scenery and culture along the river during off-shore excursions.
Aqua Mekong journeys between Cambodia and Vietnam on the Mekong River. Guest can either opt to spend 3, 4 or 7 nights on board and choose which direction they want to go in. During low water season, cruises are 3 nights from Cambodia to Vietnam or 4 nights from Vietnam to Cambodia.
The full 7 night itinerary in high water season starts in Saigon and takes you through My Tho, Cai Be, Chau Doc, Phnom Penh, Kampong Channang and finishes at Siem Reap or vice versa. Should you chose one of the shorter trips you will be able to enjoy specific parts of the route.
This is a great way to explore the Mekong River, the intriguing culture you find along the way and to observe the varied scenery of flooded emerald forests, bamboo silt villages, beautiful sunsets and luscious countryside. The boat itself is in keeping with the natural surroundings as it has been made from local sustainable materials and the Mekong's culture is evident in the décor and furnishings.
The boat very much resembles a luxury hotel, there is ample space on this 62.4 meter vessel and the suites are spacious and very comfortable with modern amenities. The staff to guest ratio is 1:1 meaning that the service is impeccable and all your preferences are catered for. There are many common areas where you can relax and watch the river life pass you by such as the outdoor lounge, observation deck and outdoor pool.
A journey on board the Aqua Mekong is the ideal way to take in the local life on the river and appreciate beautiful scenery whilst enjoying some creature comforts.
The 20 suites on board Aqua Mekong have been designed to views from the window, space and of course comfort. The floor-to-ceiling windows offer spectacular views which can be enjoyed from the window day beds and indeed your bed. The plush Californian king beds will ensure a good night's sleep and these can be configured as twin beds if preferred. The chic bathroom is lovely and light with a large walk-in shower with rainforest showerhead, his and hers sinks and natural bath amenities. There is also a flat screen television and complimentary high speed wireless internet in the suites. Four suites on each deck have a balcony.
Children are welcome on board Aqua Mekong and there are four sets of interconnecting suites (two suites on each deck) which are great for families.
Cuisine is headed by Executive Chef David Thompson who is one of Asia's top ranked chefs. Asian cuisine will be served and could not be more fresh as the chefs shop at the local riverside markets, often with your input before creating inspired dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Meals will be taken in the dining room with its floor to ceiling windows letting in lots of natural nights and offering panoramic views of the river.
On board, there are many facilities for guests to enjoy. Spend some time on the observation deck to see Vietnamese villages, French colonial church spires and gilded Buddhist stupas as you cruise along. The sleek indoor lounge is a great place to relax in a cool atmosphere with a refreshing drinks. The private screening room shows films to educate you about the area - a great way to learn more about the history of the locals or head to the library to read up on it. The outdoor pool is particularly inviting during the warmer parts of the day, especially as the bar is within arm's reach... There is also a spa for you to treat yourself to a bit of pampering, it is open throughout the day and the evening by appointment.
On board most of your time will be spend relaxing in style and watching the world go by whether that be in the pool, from the observation deck or even in your own room - idyllic. However, there are daily excursions in the launch boats. Take one of the bikes to cycle along the river banks, head into the jungle with a guide to spot some local wildlife, explore the riverside villages and monasteries. The ever-changing culture, scenery and customs will keep you in awe throughout your journey.
Victoria Hogg (Staff)
The Mekong Delta had always been somewhere that had caught my imagination, from the fascinating floating markets, to the local river life that is the life source to over 60-million people. Hearing about the launch of the Aqua Mekong, I was extremely excited to experience the Mekong in style and I was not disappointed... Having only been launched 6 months prior to my trip, I was prepared for some teething problems, but everything ran like absolute clockwork. The suites are stylish, the service is impeccable, the food totally delicious and what impressed me most, was that all the experiences were extremely well thought out - I did not see another tourist on any of the excursions which was just magical. After spending 4 nights on board, I really bonded with the whole team, which made it extremely difficult to leave!
Day 1 - Aqua Mekong Discovery (Phnom Penh to Siem Reap)
Late this afternoon / early evening you will be welcomed on board the Aqua Mekong, a luxurious boutique ship that will take you along the mighty Mekong to Siem Reap over 3 nights. Enjoy sundowners and local performances this evening.
Day 2 - Aqua Mekong Discovery (Phnom Penh to Siem Reap)
This morning, we 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.
Day 3 - Aqua Mekong Discovery (Phnom Penh to Siem Reap)
Continue exploring the remote communities around the Tonle Sap Lake today. Designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1997, this is one of Asia's largest lakes home to colorful fishing villages.
Day 4 - Aqua Mekong Discovery (Phnom Penh to Siem Reap)
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 masked finfoot.
Dine around Phnom Penh at night
See Phnom Penh at its best, just after the sun sets and the capital comes alive. In this wonderful experience enjoy four venues in this progressive dining experience. We've carefully handpicked restaurants and hotspots around the city. Ideal for foodies!
Foodie Walking Tour of Saigon
This morning tour explores Saigon's fragrant street food on foot with a local expert. Explore markets, try authentic Banh Mi, enjoy Vietnamese ice tea and sit down to lunch at a local canteen.
Half Day City Tour of Hanoi
Start this fascinating historical tour at Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, an imposing monument lavishly built using marble and granite, and where the preserved body of 'Uncle Ho' resides. You will then visit Ho Chi Minh's House, where he lived and worked.
Phnom Penh's Hidden Gems (Half Day)
Led by a passionate young specialist guide and with a focus on architecture, this half-day tour explores the hidden corners of Phnom Penh on foot and by cyclo (pedal-powered rickshaw).
Cambodia in Ultimate Luxury
Siem Reap, Mekong River, Phnom Penh, Kirirom National Park, Koh Rong Archipelago
from $13300 pp 14 nights
- Please note that due to seasonal water levels, Aqua Mekong will only be able to cross Tonle Sap from mid-August to the end of November and river tours will instead start and finish in Phnom Penh touring the fringes of the lake, Tonle Sap River and the Mekong River.
- Explore the world famous Angkorian temples, including Angkor Wat from the comfort of your private remork (Cambodian tuk tuk).
- Cruising down the Mekong River on the first boutique style hotel boat is not only an excellent way to see more remote areas of Cambodia, but also is much more fun than flying!
Grand Tour of Indochina
Saigon, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Luang Prabang, Hanoi & Hoi An
from $13200 pp 21 nights
- This compelling trip journeys through Indochina in comfort; starting in Saigon, it cruises the Mekong over four days before exploring Cambodia's captivating and historic capital Phnom Penh, the ruins of Angkor, temples of Luang Prabang, backstreets of Hanoi and finally ending in Hoi An on Vietnam's coast.
- Experience many of Asia's best UNESCO World Heritage Sites all in one trip, including Angkor Wat and Luang Prabang
- Stay in a variety of fine boutique, historic and luxurious hotels- each town has something to suit everybody.
Location & directions
Mekong River - Vietnam & Cambodia
The cruise starts either in Saigon or in Siem Reap and makes it way through the following areas - My Tho, Cai Be, Chau Doc, Phnom Penhma and Kampong Channang.