Journey on the Mekong (Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap)

​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
  • Witness the positive impact of the gift of clean water, visiting AKP’s Clean Water Project
Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Ho Chi Minh City.

Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City, arrive and navigate the airport effortlessly 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.

Return to the hotel driving past Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post office en route, with the afternoon at leisure.

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 and 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.

As you float along with morning, 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 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.

As you float along with morning, 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 interested, a visit to the poignant and thought-provoking Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocide can be 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 (King Bed with Garden View) | 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 bathe the magnificent temple. Your archaeologist will then take you on an hour-long tour of the resplendent temple.

Afterwards, toast the day with a champagne picnic breakfast on the banks of the ancient reservoir at Srah Srang Baray. Then 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 (King Bed with Garden View) | Meals: BD

Day 9: Siem Reap.

Today's exploration takes you to the former capital of the great Khmer Empire, Angkor Thom, travelling by your choice of vehicle or bicycle. 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 sculptures, promises the perfect finale. Return to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure.

If you so choose, you can embark on an afternoon excursion to Siem Reap’s outer villages and visit the exquisitely preserved Banteay Srei temple, nicknamed the ‘Citadel of Women’ due to its pink sandstone façade.  Continue to a local family home to learn about the Cambodia Clean Water Project, an Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy (AKP) initiative installing wells in rural areas to provide much-needed clean water. Meet one of the recipient families to see firsthand how this project is changing lives, one well at a time. If you would like to find out more, or to get involved, visit www.akphilanthropy.org.
Park Hyatt Siem Reap (King Bed with Garden View) | Meals: B

Day 10: Depart Siem Reap.

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

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Preferred 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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