Meet like-minded traveller onboard luxury river cruise Aqua Mekong, boasting both wondrous grace and beauty and a sobering recent history in Cambodia along the Mekong River, you will gain a special insight into authentic local lifes. This is an intimate dicovery of Cambodia that goes beyond the tourist line from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh.
Tonlpe Sap Lake & Sime Reap
Gather at Siem Reap meeting point then board air-conditioned bus for the scenic 45-minute countryside ride to the dock on the Tonle Sap Lake for check-in to your 3-story, five star Mekong abode. Settle into your floating retreat, with its window wall conferring an endlessly captivating panorama. Enjoy these private Mekong moments on your California king bed, terrace or daybed.
Tonle Sap Lake, Prek Toal & Moat Khla
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, you will visit the floating village of Moat Khla, accessible only by water, and attend a Buddhist blessing ceremony in this isolated community.
Tonle Sap Lake, Chhnok Tru & Kampong Chhnang
Explore remote villages around the Tonle Sap Lake, designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1997. In Chhnok Tru, we “slide” into an ice factory and learn from locals what it’s like to live in a town where schools, churches, pagodas, and even the karaoke bar and police station all float. We continue learning about Khmer riverside life in Kampong Chhnang, the 'Port of Pottery' so called because archaeological findings here date to the 6th century.
Tonle Sap and Mekong River, Koh Chen & Koh Oknha Tey
This morning, we visit Koh Chen, a silversmith village known for its fine craftsmanship. Keep an eye out for their famous silver bowls, regularly chosen by Cambodia's king as gifts for visiting dignitaries. In the afternoon, we set off for the Mekong's 'silk islands' where renowned weavers allow us to wander freely, admiring their intricate craftsmanship. Biking is optional for those who wish to explore deeper into the island.
Mekong River, Phnom Penh
We show off the Cambodian capital to our passengers by motorized tuk-tuk, 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, you will visit the Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocide and the Killing Field or shopping at Russian Market. Disembark in Phnom Penh.
DetailsEnquire about this itinerary
- August to November
- All meals while onboard
- Beverages (premium non-alcoholic, house wine and beer)
- All shore excursions
- Bike use
- Group transfers
- All air tickets
- Private transfers
- Spa services
- Boutique purchases
- Guide and crew gratuities