Journey on the Mekong (Siem Reap to Phnom Penh)

Experience an explosion of colour, flavour and ancient intrigue in Cambodia. Spark your creativity in dynamic Siem Reap.

Journey Overview

Experience an explosion of colour, flavour and ancient intrigue in Cambodia. Spark your creativity in dynamic Siem Reap. Marvel at intricate Angkor temples. Let the luxury cruiser Aqua Mekong become your platform for discovery. Unpeel the intriguing layers of Phnom Penh.

Journey Highlights

  • Indulge in Cambodia’s finest culinary creations by tuk tuk
  • Watch the day dawn over the mystifying temple of Angkor Wat
  • See where tradition meets modern craftsmanship on a private tour of Siem Reap’s best boutiques, ateliers and galleries
  • Drift along the mighty Mekong aboard luxury vessel Aqua Mekong
  • Explore unseen Phnom Penh with a resident linguist and anthropologist
  • See the positive impact of the gift of clean water, visiting AKP’s Clean Water Project

Note: Operates August to November


Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Siem Reap.

Welcome to Siem Reap, the gateway to Angkor and a lively hub of creativity. Transfer to your hotel in the heart of the town. This evening, treat your taste buds to a culinary adventure on your private tuk tuk tour. Sample fine dining at three restaurants led by the country’s best chefs.
Phum Baitang (Pool Villa) | Meals: D

Day 2: Siem Reap.

Rise early for the short journey into the land of temples. Watch the sky explode with colour over the legendary Angkor Wat – one of the final vestiges of the Khmer Empire and a worthy UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, join your guide to uncover the stories behind one of the largest religious monuments in the world and its intricate artwork. Next, climb through 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.

Return to your hotel for a late breakfast and 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
Phum Baitang (Pool Villa) | Meals: B 

Day 3: Siem Reap

Take a morning trip 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 intricate 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.

This evening, watch in awe as theatre, dance, music, storytelling and circus arts come together at Phare Ponleu Selpak, Cambodia's leading performing arts organisation. All proceeds from the high-energy performance are reinvested into the social enterprise, which provides free arts education to economically and socially challenged Cambodian youth.
Phum Baitang (Pool Villa) | Meals: B

Day 4: Siem Reap.

Discover Siem Reap’s creative side with your local guide and arts curator, Robina Hanley. Visit the Golden Silk Farm to witness the time-honoured process of cultivating silk worms to create delicate fabrics. Continue to Theam’s House and Gallery where Cambodia’s rich artistic heritage comes to life through a collection of recovered artefacts and handmade pieces. Step inside the studio of internationally acclaimed fashion designer Eric Raisina, whose modern designs are heavily inspired by Cambodia's ancient culture and crafts. Recharge with coffee in the peaceful city-centre enclave of Kandal Village, where colonial buildings now house upscale interior design shops and art galleries. Then, head to One Eleven Gallery to peruse contemporary works by international artists.
Phum Baitang (Pool Villa) | Meals: B

Day 5: Siem Reap – Tonle Sap Lake.

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

Day 6: Tonle Sap Lake.

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, visit the floating village of Moat Khla, and attend a Buddhist blessing ceremony in this isolated community.
Aqua Mekong (Second Deck Suite) | Meals: BLD

Day 7: Tonle Sap Lake.

Explore remote villages around the Tonle Sap Lake, designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. In Chhnok Tru, “slide” into an ice factory and learn what it’s like to live in a town where schools, churches, pagodas, and even the karaoke bar all float. In Kampong Chhnang, meet traditional potters and palm-sugar producers and watch them practice age-old craftsmanship techniques dating back to the 6th century.
Aqua Mekong (Second Deck Suite) | Meals: BLD

Day 8: Tonle Sap Lake – Mekong River.

This morning visit Koh Chen, a silversmith village known for its fine handicrafts. Keep an eye out for the famous silver bowls, regularly chosen by Cambodia's king as gifts for visiting dignitaries. In the afternoon, set off for the Mekong's 'silk islands' where you’ll meet renowned weavers, admiring their intricate craftsmanship. Biking is optional for those who wish to explore deeper into the island.
Aqua Mekong (Second Deck Suite) | Meals: BLD

Day 9: Mekong River – Phnom Penh.

Explore the Cambodian capital by motorized tuk-tuk, witnessing the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and the National Museum of Cambodia, home to the world’s largest collection of Khmer art. You may chose to visit the Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocide or choose to shop at the Russian Market. Disembark in Phnom Penh.
Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Phnom Penh (Landmark Room) | Meals: B

Day 10: Phnom Penh.

This morning, join your private guide to uncover the secrets of this intriguing city. Be guided by a resident linguist and anthropologist, sharing their passion and expertise as you wander through the bustling city. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Phnom Penh (Landmark Room) | Meals: BL

Day 11: Depart Phnom Penh.

Transfer to Phnom Penh International Airport for your onward flight.
Meals: B

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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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