Built in 2014, the 205-foot Aqua Mekong charts a luxurious passage up and down the Mekong River between the Mekong Delta in Vietnam and the Kingdom of Cambodia. This state-of-the-art river expedition vessel comfortably accommodates up to 40 guests in 20 designer suites. Social areas include indoor and outdoor bars, relaxed-yet-refined lounging and dining areas, a plunge pool, outdoor movie theater, screening room, observation deck, fitness center, spa, and boutique.
Your warm welcome from the crew is just a prelude to the outstanding service that you’ll receive throughout your Aqua Mekong Cruise. The one-to-one staff-to-guest ratio ensures that your every need will be attended to. The 40 crew members include a cruise director, a paramedic, and four professionally trained English-speaking guides who lead daily expeditions aboard four skiffs deep into the Mekong’s tributaries, and on foot among Khmer pottery villages, mountain monasteries, and the cultural treasures of Phnom Penh.
Divided equally between the first and second decks, each of the Aqua Mekong’s air-conditioned 320-sq-ft suites is created entirely of local materials with the sophistication and contemporary comforts of a five-star hotel. Each suite is furnished with a king-sized bed that can be converted into twins and has a sitting area and en-suite bathroom with a walk-in rain shower. Floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows allow you to gaze out over the ever-changing Mekong scenery from your pillow. Eight suites feature a balcony with a romantic table for two. Four sets of interconnecting suites (two sets on each deck) are ideal for families.
Life On Board
On-board dining is upscale and contemporary. Featuring an Asian-inspired menu created by Michelin-starred chef, David Thompson, who is one of Southeast Asia’s most acclaimed chefs, the cuisine endeavors to incorporate the day’s catch and the market’s freshest seasonal produce. The ship’s innovative cocktail menu echoes a similar locally-minded philosophy.
A private theater-style screening room and a library/games room will keep you well entertained during quiet times on board. Keep fit in the fully-equipped gym overlooking the river, shop for artisan-crafted souvenirs in the boutique, or be pampered in the spa. A health and safety officer is available if any health needs arise. Modern navigation technologies, the highest cruise ship standards, and an experienced river pilot and crew ensure that your journey on the water will be smooth and safe.
The air-conditioned top-level Observation Deck is designed to connect you with the constantly shifting landscape of floating Vietnamese villages, French colonial church spires, and gilded Buddhist stupas along this mighty river. Relax on the comfortable sun loungers, order a drink from the Rooftop Bar, and drop into the infinity plunge pool in the shaded Outdoor Lounge, which later transforms into a movie theater under the stars. Gravitate to the Indoor Lounge for lectures on ecology, culture, and wildlife.
Land & Water-Based Activities
In addition to visiting the sights, you can also look forward to daily cycling, kayaking, swimming, and guided meditation at sunrise. Ten bicycles are available if you wish to explore independently ashore.
Perfect for couples, families, and groups of friends, a cruise on the Aqua Mekong will take you on a cultural odyssey to flooded emerald forests and bamboo stilt villages accessible only by boat, as well as landmarks, temples, and villages where tradition, spirituality, and craftsmanship reside.
Itinerary & Prices
Departures are available on a daily basis. Please contact our destination specialists for the latest availability.
|Lower Deck Design Suite||$4,125||$5,156|
|Upper Deck Design Suite||$4,425||$5,531|
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PM: Welcome our 3-night passengers over custom sundowners like the Salted Watermelon Crush with Thai basil. Together we celebrate the onward journey towards the heart of this mighty river with a Khmer “Apsara” performance, an indigenous tradition memorialized on the temple walls at Angkor Wat.
Ka’om Samnor, Vinh Xuong Border Crossing, Chau Doc, My An Hung & Viet Nam
AM: Say ‘Good Morning, Vietnam’ while we cross the border and sail towards Tan Chau, a vibrant border town where we take the local rickshaw called “xe loi” for a trip around town or pedal 18 kilometers on the peaceful island of Long Khanh.
PM: In the afternoon, we 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. Biking option is also available for those who wish to explore on wheels.
Binh Thanh/Sa Dec & Cai Be
AM: 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. We continue downstream for Cai Be, zigzagging in our sampan past lone fishermen on their long tail boats.
PM: Later, our skiffs moor at a wooden pier. Here in Cai Be, walk or bike ride among high-roofed open courtyard houses, some dating back more than 100 years, and currently inhabited by gracious locals who will invite us to glimpse their property.
CRUISES & LODGES
Lower Deck Design Suite
|2 – 3||30 m² / 322 ft²||King / Twin|
Guests can enjoy the grand view of the river from these suites featuring large panoramic windows. Some of the cabins on this deck are interconnected, making them ideal for groups of friends. The private bathrooms are stunning, with a walk-in shower and a rainforest showerhead.
Upper Deck Design Suite
|2 – 3||30 m² / 322 ft²||King / Twi|
These spacious and air conditioned rooms are designed for discerning guests. The private ensuite facilities come with a professional hairdryer, all organic natural hair and bath amenities, and a walk-in shower. Families and guests traveling in bigger groups can benefit from the 4 sets of interconnected cabins on this deck. Passengers may select a pair with one suite configured as a private living room, and the other a master bedroom.