Expedition Cruise (8 Days)

Cruise Line: Aqua Expeditions
Ship: Aqua Mekong  |  1 Review
Siem Reap, Cambodia to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Tour Segment  Cruise Segment
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Chong Kneas, Cambodia

Gather at our Siem Reap meeting point then board our air-conditioned bus for the scenic 45-minute countryside ride to the dock on the Tonle Sap Lake for check-in to your 3-story, five star Mekong abode. 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.

Prek Toal, Cambodia
Prek Toal Biosphere Reserve, Cambodia
Prek Toal, Cambodia
Moat Khla, Cambodia

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 the elusive masked finfoot. After lunch, we visit the floating village of Moat Khla, accessible only by water, and attend a Buddhist blessing ceremony in this isolated community.

Chhnok Tru, Cambodia
Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia

Explore remote villages around the Tonle Sap Lake, designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1997. In Chhnok Tru, we "slide" into an ice factory and learn from locals what it's like to live in a town where schools, churches, pagodas, and even the karaoke bar and police station all float. We continue learning about Khmer riverside life in Kampong Chhnang, the 'Port of Pottery' so called because archaeological findings here date to the 6th century.

Koh Chen, Cambodia
Koh Oknha Tey, Cambodia

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. In the afternoon, we set off for the Mekong's 'silk islands' where renowned weavers allow us to wander freely, admiring their intricate craftsmanship. Biking is optional for those who wish to explore deeper into the island.

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

We show off the Cambodian capital to our passengers by motorized tuk-tuk, 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 Fields, or shopping at Russian Market. We bid farewell to 4-night guests who are disembarking in Phnom Penh. Return to 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.

Kaam Samnor, Cambodia
Tân Châu, Vietnam
My An Hung, Vietnam

Say 'Good Morning, Vietnam' while we cross the border and sail towards Tân Châu, 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 Khánh. In the afternoon, we visit a typical Mekong Delta village called Mỹ An Hưng 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.

Sa Déc, Vietnam
Cái Bè, Vietnam

Begin the day at Bình Thành mat weaving village or opt to visit Sa Đéc where we will peruse the vibrant market and see the famous house of Marguerite Duras' legendary lover, Mr. Huỳnh Thủy Lê. We continue downstream for Cái Bè, zigzagging in our sampan past lone fishermen on their long tail boats. Later, our skiffs moor at a wooden pier. Here in Cái Bè, 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.

My Tho, Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Disembarkation. En route to Saigon, we stop at Vinh Trang Pagoda, one of the largest Mahayana Buddhist temples in the region. You will notice the mixed architectural style and see three large buddha statues plus an impressive collection of bonsai trees.

Expedition Cruise map

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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