- Discover Cambodia & Vietnam’s rich heritage & traditions enriched by 2,000 years of human history on the Aqua Mekong luxury river cruise (3 – 7 nights); one of Asia’s most epic and worthwhile journeys on water.
- Aqua Expeditions’ luxury river cruise ship, Aqua Mekong, charts a path through the picturesque lower Mekong basin with expert guides on board. Navigating the Mekong river aboard our best-in-class vessel and following in the footsteps of royalty who have sailed before, this is the most enjoyable and rewarding way to experience the region.
- Amenities include a spa, gym, library, screening room, observation deck & bar and plunge pool. With 20 luxury suites, the river’s largest – overlooking the Mekong through floor-to-ceiling windows, guests have the perfect bird’s eye view to take in the ever shifting landscape of floating Vietnamese villages, French colonial church spires and gilded Buddhist stupas.
- Dine on fantastic cuisine crafted by acclaimed Michelin star Southeast Asian cuisine chef, David Thompson, using the freshest ingredients from the region.
- Sip sundowners by the river-facing plunge pool after an excursion into the emerald flooded forest or among the colorful melee of floating markets.
- Our private fleet of launch boats bring guests on highly personalized day trips to landmarks, Buddhist temples, and stilted villages where tradition, spirituality, and craftsmanship reside.
EXCLUSIVE LUXE VOYAGER VIP BENEFITS & BEST PRICE
We negotiate rates & benefits for our clients directly with the hotels’ senior management. Our rates match or in many cases are lower than the best online rate for the property. Our clients also enjoy a suite of extra VIP privileges and recognition while staying at a partner hotel.
- Complimentary room upgrade on arrival.
- Daily complimentary buffet breakfast for two.
- Up to $100 dining or spa credit per stay, and or in-house dining / spa discounts.
- Welcome amenities (wine/chocolates/fruit) and card from the GM.
- Complimentary private airport transfers.
- Complimentary roll-away bed if required.
- Early check-in and late check-out.
- Complimentary Wi-Fi.
- Enhanced recognition through VIP status at all touch points in the guest experience.
A complete or partial suite of VIP benefits will be offered, subject to the property T&C, including availability, category of room & length of stay.
Experience a farm-to-table Khmer culinary journey guided by our resident chef. Visit the local market to prepare your own Num Banh Choc noodles the local way, before enjoying a pottery class at the Cambodian Ceramic Center and lunch at the hotel.
Enhance your evening with Cambodian dances inspired by Apsara, the celestial dance, and Bokator, the Angkorian martial art. Executive Chef Pisith has created a set menu from inherited recipes exhibiting Siem Reap’s traditions.
Culture and civilisations have flourished around great rivers throughout history, and the Mekong is no exception. The chance to discover rich heritage and traditions enriched by 2,000 years of human history is what makes the Mekong river cruise one of Asia’s most epic and worthwhile journeys on water. A traveler cruising the Mekong is in close pursuit of a glorious past, retracing significant human accomplishments and cultural highs. From the flourishing of the Khmer empire from the 9th to 15th century from to the prominence of Theravada Buddhism in present-day Cambodia and Vietnam, this is one of the few cultural destinations on Earth that’s best explored on a river voyage. Take this journey of a lifetime aboard the award winning Aqua Mekong river cruise ship for a truly immersive, meaningful and personalized luxury experience in this culture rich landscape. Itineraries depart from Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh, and Siem Reap. Aqua Expeditions is the only Mekong cruise that provides complimentary flight extensions to Siem Reap during the low water season.
A magnificent presence on the Mekong river, Aqua Mekong showcases modern architecture and interiors and the ship’s 20 spacious, suites feature full-length windows that offer spectacular panoramas of the ever-changing Mekong scenery. As the Aqua Mekong charts a luxurious passage across Cambodia and Vietnam, on-board guests embark on an inspiring journey of local flavors with a dining experience crafted by Michelin-starred consulting chef David Thompson. The ship’s bar menu, created by renowned spirit experts and cocktail designers Proof & Co, echoes a similar locally-minded philosophy. Aqua Mekong guarantees utmost safety, comfort, and exclusivity for off-shore excursions, as Aqua Expeditions owns and operates the only private fleet of launch boats on the Mekong river. The boats bring guests on highly personalized day trips to landmarks, temples, and villages where tradition, spirituality, and craftsmanship reside.
Passengers are accommodated in 20 Design Suites across two decks. Each measuring 30 square meters / 322 square feet; 8 with balcony and 12 without. When it comes to private time on the Aqua Mekong, experience an ample sense of space with ultimate comfort and style. Our 20 spacious, river-facing Design Suites — including two sets of interconnecting suites — are furnished with inviting hardwood interiors along with premium fittings and bedding. In the fully air-conditioned comfort of your river cruise suite, gaze at the Mekong panorama and watch an idyllic world float by.
Suites - 30 sqm
Besides being incredibly spacious, our suite’s layouts are designed to maximise space, optimise movement and enhance natural light. Passengers who need walking assistance can navigate our rooms and bathrooms with ease. Our 8 balcony suites can each accommodate a maximum of two guests. Our 12 non-balcony suites can each accommodate a maximum of three guests (interior sofas can be combined to form a bed), with a maximum cap of 40 guests on board the vessel. All individual suites measure 322 square feet (30 sq m), inclusive of ensuite bathroom and closet space.
Be it for larger families or to attain an ultimate experience of luxury, our interconnecting suites are the best choice for guests who desire more private space on the Aqua Mekong. Eight out of our 20 individual Design Suites on board the Aqua Mekong can be combined into four interconnecting suites via a sliding door. Each interconnecting suite can accommodate up to five guests and consists of one balconied and one non-balconied suite. For the ultimate romantic cruise, our interconnecting suites offer the luxury of having one suite configured as a living room, while the other as the master bedroom with our sumptuous California King bed. Enjoy his-and-hers baths and the magnificent grandeur of a 644 square foot (60 sq m) residence on the Mekong.
- 20 spacious and luxuriously-appointed 322 square feet (30 sq m) Design Suites, four 644 sq ft (60 sq m) interconnecting suites
- Deluxe ensuite bathrooms with dual sinks and spacious walk-in shower plus overhead rainshower
- Pampering natural organic hair and bath amenities
- Premium California King size beds, twin bed configuration available
- Floor-to-ceiling panoramic view for all suites
- Patio doors for balconied suites and French windows non-balconied suites, all fully-openable
- Large double closets with chest of drawers and electronic safe
- Music docking station
- Professional hairdryer
Experience world-class wine and dine with an exclusive menu by one of Southeast Asia’s most acclaimed chefs
Aqua Expeditions is honoured to partner with the multi-award winning chef and restaurateur David Thompson to craft the dining experience aboard the Aqua Mekong. The Australian-born chef is world-renowned for mastering the intricate flavours of Southeast Asia, which has earned him a Michelin Star at his former Nahm restaurant in Bangkok, Thailand.
As consulting chef for the Aqua Mekong, chef David Thompson creates exclusive dishes for the Aqua Mekong and orchestrates seasonal menus showcasing the full repertoire of flavours from Vietnam and Cambodia in refined style. To do this, chef Thompson uses peak season produce and the freshest ingredients from the Mekong river and the region. His creations include lamb curry with Khmer spices and Vietnamese sugar cane prawns, most of which are served in a communal dining style authentic to the region’s traditions.
For vegans, vegetarians and guest with dietary restrictions, chef Thompson has also tailored a flawless dining experience on board the Aqua Mekong that tailors to individual needs and preferences.
Recently, chef Thompson’s has won the White Guide Global Gastronomy Award in 2018 and the Diners Club Lifetime Achievement Award Asia in 2016, a testament to his emblematic cooking style and cuisine that captures the essence of traditional flavors while staying authentic to the Mekong’s fertile surrounds.
Guests on board the Aqua Mekong discover the region’s cuisine beyond the plate. Aside from on-board cooking demonstrations, guests can follow our chefs to bustling local markets as they procure the finest produce, from freshly-caught Mekong river catfish to newly-harvested Asian greens, for the day’s meals. Coconut, lemongrass, coriander and turmeric are just a few of the most recognizable flavors our guests can expect on chef Thompson’s inventive yet authentic seasonal menus.
Pair Mekong’s stunning scenery with show-stopping cuisine at the refined Dining Room, stylishly adorned with contemporary Asian artifacts, fine china and crystal glassware. This is also the stage where our celebrated on-board menu by Michelin-starred chef David Thompson shines. Our dedicated and attentive English-speaking crew quickly pick ups guest names and their palate preferences while delivering a five-star dining experience from start to finish.
Indoor Lounge & Bar
With an inviting ambience tastefully blending modern and classic elements, the Aqua Mekong’s indoor lounge and bar is the focal point for social activities on the top deck. Luxurious lounge sofas lets guests relax in air-conditioned comfort while sipping on their drink of choice. The bar menu is designed by renowned spirit experts and cocktail designers Proof & Co, and features classic cocktails as well as creative concoctions that show off local flavors and ingredients.
Outdoor Lounge & Bar
Enjoy the Mekong breeze and admire the view with a cocktail or two at the outdoor lounge areas, or sit barside and strike up a conversation with our friendly bartender. Plenty of shade is offered at the bow lounge area, thanks to Aqua Mekong’s iconic sun canopy. In the evenings, the Mekong’s iconic sunsets draws guests to the open-air decks. Return to the outdoor lounge after dinner for stargazing, outdoor cinema screenings, or endless conversations as the river settles into a soothing peace and quiet.
Designed with immaculate style and exclusivity in mind, the social spaces of the Aqua Mekong makes every second on board an unforgettable experience. Enjoy ‘big ship’ amenities typical to larger cruise ships and choose your favourite place to unwind.
Opening up to the vast Mekong sky, the observation deck on both ends of the Aqua Mekong is the highest vantage point aboard the cruise ship and the ideal place for guests to observe life on the river and riverbanks. The observation deck is is also the perfect spot for photography, yoga or meditation.
Private Screening Room
Enhance any Mekong river cruise journey with our selection of classic films about this exotic region, like The Scent of Green Papaya, The Quiet American and Good Morning Vietnam. Our cruise director will be happy to organize a private screening for up to ten guests here or on the Observation Deck. The Private Screening Room also sees guests gather for private lecture, videos and documentaries to learn about the fascinating cultures on their Mekong river journey.
Let the jacuzzi plunge pool’s cool soothing waters take the edge off the tropical heat after an Aqua Expedition shore excursion. Located at the bow of the Aqua Mekong, the outpool pool is well shielded from the elements with a canopy and places guests in a commanding position to soak in Mekong’s majestic panoramic vista. At 3.5 by 5.17 metres and 1 metre deep, this sheltered plunge pool is spacious and inviting at any time of day.
Indulge in therapeutic relaxation with a body massage at our on-board spa designed with privacy and tranquility in mind. Let our experienced therapists work wonders to rejuvenate your mind and soul, or simply to relax your muscles after a day out in the Mekong. Both single and couple spa suites are available.
Library & Games Room
Immerse in the finest literature about the region or play a game of foosball on our exquisite glass and wood table. The library and games room on the Aqua Mekong is the ideal place for quiet contemplation.
Love your next cruise ship workout at a gym that faces out to the Mekong river with full-height windows. The gym is also comprehensively equipped with the essential machines and free weights.
Supporting local craftsman, the boutique showcases the best artistry the Mekong region. This is the ideal place to take home souvenirs and memorabilia of superb quality and attention to detail.