Explorer Cruise (5 Days)

Cruise Line: Aqua Expeditions
Ship: Aqua Mekong  |  1 Review
Phnom Penh, Cambodia to Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

We meet you at the Phnom Penh TS1 Port for check-in to your 3-story five-star Mekong abode. Welcome aboard. We'll leave you to settle into your floating retreat, with its window wall conferring an endlessly captivating panorama. Enjoy these private Mekong moments on your California king bed, terrace, or daybed. 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.

Koh Chen, Cambodia
Oudong, Cambodia
Koh Chen, Cambodia
Kampong Prasat, Cambodia

In the silversmith village of Koh Chen, we watch artisans producing the magnificent silverware favored by Khmer royalty. We continue to Udong, the royal capital from the 17th–19th centuries, where we learn about a uniquely challenging Buddhist practice at the Vipassana Dhura meditation center. In the afternoon, a walking tour of Kampong Prasat offers a close-up perspective on local lives and their riverside environment.

Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia
Kampong Tralach, Cambodia

In the cooler hours, we head into the lush countryside to visit traditional potters and palm-sugar producers, astride mountain bikes or chauffeured by shaded tuk-tuk. Into the rice paddies we pedal to watch wizened masters scale sky-piercing palms towering over us. Cruise across the glassy water and disembark among the lotuses for an ox-cart ride along the Tonle Sap riverbanks, past lacquered wooden houses where during these dry months residents take refuge in the relative cool of these outdoor impromptu living rooms.

Koh Oknha Tey, Cambodia
Preah Prasob, Cambodia

On this river of time we admire dexterous Khmer artisans dyeing and weaving kroma, the ubiquitous item no Khmer lives without. Explore the riverbank on two wheels if you wish, past Buddhist temples and thatched houses perched on spindly wooden stilts while white oxen wade just offshore. After lunch, we board our marine-grade aluminum skiffs and head towards the tamarind trees of Preah Prasap, a remote village little changed over several lifetimes.

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

We show off the Cambodian capital to our passengers by motorized tuk-tuk, sightseeing the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum of Cambodia, home to the world's largest collection of Khmer art. For those who wish, we visit the Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocide and the Killing Field, or go shopping at Russian Market. We bid farewell to 4-night guests who are disembarking in Phnom Penh.

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What's Included


  • All meals while onboard

    All excursions

    All beverages(alcoholic and non-

    alcoholic with exception of premium brands)

    Transfers to/from vessel when arriving on recommended flights

Not Included

  • Air tickets to and from port(s)

    Guide and crew gratuities

    Bar and Boutique purchases

    Boutique purchases

About Us

Celebrating a decade of success in 2017, Aqua Expeditions has achieved global recognition as a leader in luxury small ship river cruising. Discover Peru’s legendary Amazon River aboard the architect-designed, custom-built 16-suite Aria Amazon offering professionally guided nature-based adventures combined with gourmet cuisine and sophisticated 5-star hotel accommodations that incorporate the latest technology. Similarly, Aqua Expeditions’ newest luxury vessel, the 20-suite Aqua Mekong sails the historic Mekong River between timeless Cambodia and contemporary Vietnam.

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