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Aqua Mekong River Cruise

The 8-day Aqua Mekong River Cruise journeys through chic modern cities, past small villages and into areas where nature is in full bloom. Choose from the comprehensive 8-day journey, or shorter 4- and 5-day routes.

The main 8-day expedition begins in Siem Reap, Cambodia, cruises along the bustling Mekong River and the Tonle Sap River and ends at Ho Chi Minh (Saigon), Vietnam. Along the way, visit remote fishing villages in Cambodia, see graceful floating houses, visit family homes and local markets, bicycle through charming landscapes, glide through flooded forests by skiff and experience the serenity of Buddhist monasteries. Plus, shop for Khmer pottery and enjoy a city tour in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Take in 2,000 years of human history on the Mekong River, which hosts 60 million people and almost 100 different ethnic groups. Unique experiences along the way include sitting with Buddhist monks and visits to small villages in the countryside via ox cart. Twice-daily excursions are customizable and selected along the way, due to the flexibility provided by private skiff boats that travel with the ship—a unique amenity among Mekong River vessels.

Consider extending the trip to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor Wat. Up-River itineraries and those that only cruise the Cambodian section of the Mekong River either disembark directly at the port of Siem Reap or at the Cambodian travel hub of Phnom Penh. Guests disembarking at Phnom Penh may pre-arrange a complimentary flight to Siem Reap.

Home base is the 40-guest Aqua Mekong, a custom-designed luxury cruise ship that features 20 intimate suites with floor-to-ceiling windows offering unparalleled river views of Vietnam and Cambodia. Create memories that will last a lifetime as you experience the Mekong River in luxury aboard Aqua Mekong.

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