If you’ve never been to Southeast Asia or you are looking for a unique Southeast Asian experience, Aqua Expeditions might be the trip you’ve been searching for.
When you book Vietnam river cruise with the Aqua Mekong, you meander down the river at your own pace (customize your cruise package for the number of nights you want to spend aboard) and experience Cambodia and Vietnam like never before.
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Leisure cruises, reimagined
River cruises are not necessarily a new concept. While cruising on massive vessels across oceans is what springs to mind when most people think of a cruise, river cruises are just as popular and far more exceptional. On waterways like the Amazon River (see our Aria Amazon riverboat), where one may not consider traveling on foot, river cruises are a great way to experience a region.
What holds many people back from embarking on a cruise compared to a land trip is the unlikely possibility for them to stay in comfort and style as they’re used to luxurious hotels. Luckily, Aqua Expeditions, has eliminated that problem, marrying both the riverboat and boutique hotel into one grandiose river vessel.
If you thought it was impossible to have the comfort of a 5-star hotel on water, the Aqua Mekong ship would show you just how possible it truly is!
A Vietnam Cruise that rivals hotels on land
When the Vietnam cruise ship, the Aqua Mekong was first launched in 2015, it was awarded the coveted Asia Hotel Design Award, as well as the PURE Design Award a year before.
Everything from the ship’s architectural design to its expertly chosen materials make it both elegant and uniquely striking, contemporary and modern. The boat is steeped in relaxing comfort and magnificent artistic charm. Breathe a sigh of relief once you step on board, either after a long day on-shore or for your very first time; welcome home.
The suites are a particularly stunning feature of the ship.
Each of the 20 air-conditioned Design Suites of the Aqua Mekong boasts a generous 30 square meters; of those 20, eight suites with balconies for an even closer connection to the river just outside.
Floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows encourage guests to not miss a second of the spectacular Mekong from the comfort of their pillow top California-King-sized bed. Upon request, the bed can be converted into two twin-sized beds.
The balcony suites contain a table for two to enjoy the views over a late afternoon drink or hors d’oevres or, in one without a balcony, a roomy daybed rests right up against the picturesque window.
Each suite contains a sleek, modern-styled bathroom complete with the latest in eco-sensitive technology, include dual sinks and a large walk-in shower with a rainforest showerhead. Another river-facing window keeps the bathroom open and lit by natural light.
Traveling with a larger family?
Four sets of interconnecting suites, two per deck, help you stay close to your loved ones throughout the journey, no matter what time of year you choose to cruise on board.
For the ultimate spacious luxury accommodation, guests may book these interconnecting suites and request that one suite be configured as a private living room. By doing so, you get the privacy of a 60-square-meter floating apartment for your enjoyment while onboard.
It is also worth mentioning that, whenever possible, local and sustainable materials are used in the construction of the suites.
Once you leave your room, you will not be leaving behind the splendor. Every corner of the ship is just as elegantly designed to accommodate your needs, with a similar magnificence as the suites.
Outside of your room, enjoy:
- Indoor and outdoor bars
- Outdoor top deck plunge pool with private cabanas
- Two spa treatment rooms
- Indoor dining room + outdoor private dining area
- Screening room with theater-style seating
- Outdoor cinema for viewing under the stars at night
- Library/games room with the only foosball table on the Mekong
- Outside shaded lounge with single and double day beds
- Boutique shopping
- Lobby lounge
- Observation deck with outdoor sunbeds
- Top deck gym with river-facing machines
- An onboard paramedic in the unlikely even you require medical assistance
In true Aqua Expeditions fashion, many of the rooms (including the dining spaces) have floor-to-ceiling windows so you never miss a second of the river PLUS rich woods and contemporary-styled dÃ©cor to match the elegant suites.
Bonus Touch: When you arrive back from an onshore excursion, your shoes are taken from you and cleaned, before returning it to your room. It ensures that dirt and sand from our land excursions do not disrupt the comfort of anyone, in and out of your rooms.
It is that attention to detail that makes each Vietnam luxury cruise particularly special, which is a great reason to book Vietnam river cruise with us.
Dining is one of the most important aspects of the cruise itself. Enjoy local, fresh ingredients from an ever-changing, professionally designed menu. Feast your eyes on plates designed just as beautifully as they taste as you also enjoy the panoramic views of the river.
Consulting Chef David Thompson has earned Michelin stars and is ranked as one the World’s 50 Best Chefs. His take on Southeast Asian cuisine, in particular, is where he shines and appropriately suits the Mekong River cruise experience.
Enjoy dishes, such as fresh river prawns with ginger, shallots, tamarind and palm sugar on betel leaves or Cambodian green curry with catfish. There is no end to Chef David Thompson’s imaginative flavors and bound to excite even the most experienced palate.
Only have a few days? Hop on for a Phnom Penh 3 Day River Cruise!
Just like each customizable suite layout and excursion packages, you should be able to cruise as long as your schedule can afford. That’s why Aqua Expeditions has curated a Phnom Penh 3 Day River Cruise, especially for those that can only jump on board for a few days.
Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, is full of activity and history. Even an abbreviated cruise can open you up to the rich culture of this Southeast Asian country.
When you book Vietnam river cruise with us, you are promised accommodation that is not just in line with but rivals anything on land. You get exquisitely designed rooms, seamless common spaces that invite both privacy and socialization and gourmet dining that far exceeds your notions of cruise cuisine.