Luxury Mekong Cruise: 3 to 7 nights on the Mekong
Taking guests on a journey into Aqua Expeditions next frontier, Vietnam and Cambodia, the 62.4 meter (205 feet) Aqua Mekong was designed by Saigon-based architects at Noor Design to embody the aesthetic of a sophisticated five star hotel. Local sustainable materials and artisanal touches of the Mekong’s multifaceted cultures round out these generous interior spaces designed to welcome guests in the utmost comforts between on and off shore excursions along this fascinating river, and to Chinese wing tipped pagoda temples and remote Buddhist monasteries.
Spacious and indulgent, yet intimate enough to feel entirely exclusive, the Aqua Mekong incorporates relaxed yet refined lounging and dining areas, and can accommodate a maximum of 40 guests plus crew. Modern navigation technologies and the highest cruise ship standards as well as our experienced river pilot and crew ensure smooth travel and safety on the water.
The Mekong’s itineraries:
Aqua Expeditions’ River Cruises are specifically designed to adjust to the seasonal changes. Whether you choose the high water or the low water season on the Mekong for your cruise, traveling aboard the Aqua Mekong extends your options from the very limited dry season in Cambodia and Vietnam (November to February) to almost any time of the year.
During high-water season (mid August – November), traveling up the river to Siem Reap and experience the Tonle Sap lake, a spectacular freshwater lake that has more than three million of population inhabited by its bank. During low-water season (December – mid August), experience life further inland by exploring the stilted villages that line the river via kayaking, or bicycling across lush green paddy fields. It is by far the most peaceful and intimate way to travel to these distant lands and meet their people.
Design suite features
16 Suites – 32 Passengers
The Aqua Mekong’s differences:
- Modern, state-of-art, award-winning ship designs
- Exclusive 1:1 crew-to-guest ratio
- Custom-designed, ergonomic, private speed boats for 10 guests
- World-renowned Consulting Chef, David Thompson
- Kayaking, biking and fishing excursions, limited to 10 guests per guide
- Interconnecting family suites available
All – Inclusive highlights:
- All excursions by private speed boats
- All meals while on-board
- Beverages (non-alcoholic, select premium wines, sparkling wine and national beer)
- On board laundry service
- Air tickets to and from Vietnam or Cambodia
- Guide and crew gratuities
- Boutique purchases
What our guests say?
“Cambodia was fantastic and I had such an amazing time on the Aqua trip, thank you SO much for your help. The best thing by far about the Aqua Mekong cruise was the staff on the boat (and the guides who took us on excursions off it). They were so attentive, friendly and welcoming, it really made the whole experience amazing. The food was absolutely INCREDIBLE too. Seriously, some of the best I’ve ever had. I literally looked forward to breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. The boat itself was really nice, too. It’s amazing that the suites were so luxurious and my favourite thing to do was open the window, lie on my day-bed and watch the Mekong go by. I loved it. I would absolutely recommend Aqua expeditions to anyone looking to explore Cambodia in a different way. The cycling excursions (a personal favourite) were a fantastic way to immerse yourself in authentic Cambodian surrounding and I enjoyed every minute of it.”
“I wanted to write you directly to let you know that we thoroughly enjoyed our cruise on the Aqua Mekong 7 day cruise starting Nov 10. I have not been on a cruise since I was 16 and that was 50 years ago. I have never been interested in cruising, but my friend, Jon Staub cruises all over the world. So when I proposed your ship he said great, let’s do it. At the end of the 7 days aboard your perfectly designed ship I asked if he liked the trip. His response was…..it was the best cruise he had ever been on!!! Now that made me very happy because my husband and I thought the trip was “perfect” in every way.
We love the design of your ship. Our room #205 was beyond my expectations. It is roomy, with enough space around the bed to maneuver without bumping into each other. You have plenty of space, not too much, in fact, just the right amount….and I really like having both shelves and drawers to work with. Shelves are my personal favorite, so I can easily see what I want to wear. There was ample hanging space in the closet. The bed was very comfortable, lighting was sufficient, corner chair a must, we used it all the time. And the bathroom was wonderful, nice big shower, plenty of pressure……my only constructive criticism would be the make-up mirror should be at a 5 foot height so it would be much easier to use, rather than bending over every evening to put on some make up. Otherwise all in the suite was perfection.
The common areas are beautifully designed and welcome conversation amongst the passengers. On our boarding at Phnom Penh, I just kept saying…WOW….this ship is beautiful.
All of the above would be just okay if the crew wasn’t pleasant. But that’s not the case on this ship. Everyone on board, Cambodians and Vietnamese were so friendly I just can’t say enough about your crew and the manager of the ship. The manager, Julie, took care of all our needs and we think made the ship run like a clock. The guides were full of knowledge and wanted to teach us about their country, we love that. We organized dinner parties and changed who we ate with and the crew in the dining were very accommodating letting us set up a table for 10 one night. The spa ladies were experts at massage and we love that. The bartender also made me a special drink that I like, every night. The crew got to know us and we felt that we were taken care of, and we love that. Our room was immaculate with fresh towels and I love that.
I don’t know what else to say but that you have designed and built and crewed a wonderful ship and made our vacation full of great memories.”