Journey on the Mekong

​Explore the jewels of southern Vietnam and Cambodia on an unparalleled adventure on the mighty Mekong. Let the luxury cruiser Aqua Mekong become your platform for discovery.

Journey Overview

Explore the jewels of southern Vietnam and Cambodia on an unparalleled adventure on the mighty Mekong. Let the luxury cruiser Aqua Mekong become your platform for discovery. Step ashore to meet Khmer farmers, Buddhist monks and talented artisans. Explore the floating villages of Tonle Sap, meditate with monks, and step back in time at enchanting Angkor Wat.

Journey Highlights

  • Unpeel layers of history in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Drift along the mighty Mekong aboard luxury vessel Aqua Mekong
  • Watch the sun’s first rays kiss Angkor Wat, a legendary UNESCO World Heritage Site 
  • Marvel at floating temples, schools, houses and shops on Tonle Sap Lake
  • Indulge in a Khmer fine dining tour by tuk tuk
Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Ho Chi Minh City.

Welcome to Saigon with A&K’s fast track arrival services. Transfer to your hotel and soak up the city vibe before your adventure begins.
Park Hyatt Saigon (Park Room Garden View)

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City.

Join your guide for a locals-only tour of “Cho Lon”, or Chinatown. Meander through this vibrant district, which has been trading since the 17th century, and admire its original architecture, Chinese delis, historical temples and pagodas. See where local artisans create statues used for worship. Appreciate the making of a statue from beginning to end, as artisans share the secrets of their craft. Head to the Quan Am pagoda and stay awhile in this serene sanctuary. Visit the Fito Museum, the country’s first traditional medicine museum for a unique insight into Vietnamese culture and traditional remedies.

Further explore Ho Chi Minh City this afternoon with a visit to the Reunification Palace where the official handover of power took place during the Fall of Saigon in 1975. Then choose between the History Museum or the War Remnants Museum. Built in 1929, the History Museum houses a collection of artefacts illustrating the evolution of Vietnamese culture since ancient times, while the War Remnants Museum contains an at-times grisly display of wartime photographs and relics including an American tank, an original 20th century French guillotine and a UH-1 "Huey" helicopter. Finish the day on a peaceful note as you venture into Cao Dai Temple, to learn about a unique religion of Southern Vietnam which came about from a colourful range of several religious philosophies. You may wish to stop for a complimentary refreshment at a local place along the way. Return to the hotel driving past Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post office en route.

This evening, see and taste the city from the back of a vintage Vespa as you weave through the buzzing streets (additional cost). Plunge into the maze of narrow alleyways to savour the sizzling street food at places only locals know. Then, journey downtown for a taste of Banh Xeo, a local delicacy. Stop at a hidden coffee shop for a taste of Vietnamese acoustic music before finishing the evening with a drink at the city's top live music venue. 
Park Hyatt Saigon (Park Room Garden View) | Meals: BL

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City – My Tho.

After a morning at leisure, transfer to My Tho dock where you board Aqua Mekong. Settle into your floating retreat, with its window wall conferring an endlessly captivating panorama as you begin your journey into the Mekong Delta.
Aqua Mekong (Second Deck Suite) | Meals: BD 

Day 4: Mekong River

Begin your day at Binh Thanh Island and visit a village where local people weave traditional, handmade mats from the Mekong water hyacinths. Alternatively, opt to visit nearby Sa Dec to peruse the busy riverside market selling lotus stalks, rose apples and buckets of slithering eels, and step inside the house of French writer Marguerite Duras’ legendary lover, Huynh Thuy Le. This afternoon, journey past family-owned floating fish farms and fields of water hyacinth to the delta village of My An Hung, known for its red-hot chilli peppers. You’ll be welcomed into a villager’s home to sample succulent exotic fruits while enjoying traditional folk song and dance performances. Explore more with a bike ride around the villages (optional).
Aqua Mekong (Second Deck Suite) | Meals: BLD

Day 5: Mekong River.

Travel by skiff along Bassac Canal to the fascinating Chau Doc floating market. Watch as local families shop at bobbing vessels of all shapes and sizes to buy everything from a hot breakfast to fruit and meat. Continue by road to Long Son Pagoda atop Sam Mountain and ask the monks to reveal their age-old Buddhist practices. Choose to stretch your cycling legs on Long Khanh Island or take a rickshaw ride to Tan Chau Market with a chef as your guide. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon discovering everything your vessel has to offer. Indulge in a traditional Khmer massage, learn to cook Mekong-inspired dishes, or simply relax by the pool. Later, watch the evening sun cast a golden stream across the delta as you cross the border into Cambodia.
Aqua Mekong (Second Deck Suite) | Meals: BLD

Day 6: Mekong River.

On this river of time, admire dexterous Khmer artisans dyeing and weaving kroma, the traditional Cambodian garment no Khmer lives without. Explore the riverbank on two wheels if you wish, cycling past Buddhist temples and thatch houses perched on spindly wooden stilts while white oxen wade just offshore. After lunch, board marine-grade aluminium skiffs and head towards the tamarind trees of Preah Prosop, a remote village little changed over several lifetimes.
Aqua Mekong (Second Deck Suite) | Meals: BLD

Day 7: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap.

Disembark in the Cambodian capital where you explore the city by motorised tuk-tuk. See 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, a visit to the poignant and thought-provoking Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocide is included or choose to shop at the Russian Market. Transfer to Phnom Penh airport for the flight north to Siem Reap where you are met and transferred to your hotel. This evening, treat your tastebuds to a culinary adventure on a private tuk tuk tour. Sample Khmer fine dining at three restaurants led by the country’s best chefs.

Park Hyatt Siem Reap (Park Room) | Meals: BD

Day 8: Siem Reap.

Rise early this morning and join a professional archaeologist for an exclusive tour of legendary Angkor Wat – one of the final vestiges of the Khmer Empire and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Said by some to symbolise the soul of the Khmer people, the magnificent temple was built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century. Historians believe that many of the fascinating bas reliefs and stone carvings immortalise many of the mighty king’s wars. Images of Apsara dancers decorate the five famous towers which replicate the universe according to Hindu mythology.

Your archaeologist will take you to a serene viewpoint where you can experience the dramatic sunrise as the first rays of the day kiss the magnificent temple good morning. Your archaeologist will then take you on an hour-long tour of the beautifully decorated temple.

Afterwards, toast the day with a champagne picnic breakfast on the banks of the ancient reservoir at Srah Srang Baray, Next, climb through the snake-like roots that engulf the temple of Ta Prohm to discover an intriguing history hidden amongst strangler figs and kapok trees. Marvel at towers etched with bodhisattva faces and bas-reliefs revealing ordinary Khmer life. A photographer’s paradise, the temple seems to be held together by the thick roots in places; your guide will show you the most popular photo opportunities.
Park Hyatt Siem Reap (Park Room) | Meals:

Day 9: Siem Reap.

Further exploration takes you to the former capital of the great Khmer Empire, Angkor Thom. Embark on your guided discovery at the glorious Bayon in the heart of the ancient city. Take in the 37 stone faces of this elaborate temple built by and for King Jayavarman VII. Wander through the perfectly square, walled city and stop awhile at the sanctuary of Baphuon. See where kings once worshipped at Phimeanakas Temple. Imagine life in the Royal Palace and picture the performances that once regaled royal crowds on the impressive Terrace of the Elephants. The Terrace of the Leper King, with its fascinating bas-reliefs, promises the perfect finale. Return to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure.
Park Hyatt Siem Reap | Meals: B

Day 10: Depart Siem Reap.

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
Meals: B

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Accommodation

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Journey Dates & Prices

As this suggested itinerary can be personalised to your specific requirements, it is not available for online booking.

Depending on your preferred dates and arrangements, final pricing will vary from low season to peak season travel.

Please call A&K on 1300 851 800 or send us a booking enquiry to book this journey.

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