Additional Trip Information
Arrival & Departure
Your Aqua Expeditions guides will greet you at your meeting point in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam. Porters will collect your luggage and deliver it to your ship’s suite. The bus ride to the Aqua Mekong (at My Tho Port) takes 1.5 hours. On Day 5 you will disembark the Aqua Mekong and take advantage of an urban adventure with your guides. Afterwards, your guide will drop you off at the Passenger Terminal during Low Water Season or the Autonomous Port during High Water Season in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Shore Excursions: A shore excursion can be anything from a tour of a bustling city to a chance to experience rural Mekong River life to bird watching within a flooded forest or an audience with a learned Buddhist monk. Some excursions do involve considerable walking, but most travelers who are reasonably fit will have no trouble participating in every excursion. There are also several opportunities to ride a bicycle as an extra optional excursion.
Boating: Guided skiff cruises to remote villages and other neat sites.
Discovery: Over sixty million people rely on the Mekong River to eat, work and live. Between its source high on the Tibetan Plateau and where the Mekong flows into the South China Sea from the flood plains of Vietnam, the cultural and religious diversity of this region in Southeast Asia is staggering. Nearly 100 different ethnic groups live just in the lower Mekong basin. In this region where the Aqua Mekong cruises between modern day Cambodia and Vietnam, Khmer, Lao, Thai and Vietnamese people have depended upon the Mekong’s resources for thousands of years. The Mekong still forms an integral part of each distinct culture and they all rely upon its fish to eat and its waters to travel and trade. Geography offers one explanation for this rich cultural diversity that will be apparent to guests who travel with us aboard the Aqua Mekong. Except in the Mekong River Delta, which was part of Cambodia for most of history, towering limestone mountains separate Vietnam from Cambodia to the west, providing a natural boundary as well as the physical barrier that naturally split the two powerful outside influences on ancient Southeast Asia, namely India (Hinduism) from the west and China (Buddhism) from the north. Come explore the Mekong River with the experts in adventure travel!
The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions as indicated by itinerary are included. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
Aqua Expeditions is proud to present David Thompson, Asia’s top ranked chef on The Diners Club® World’s 50 Best Restaurants’ List join them as Executive Chef on board the Aqua Mekong. Your onboard chefs shop local riverside markets, often with guests, for the day’s freshest ingredients, from catfish to river prawns, and organic local produce. Coconut, lemongrass, coriander, turmeric are just a few of the most recognizable flavors you can expect on Thompson’s ever changing, inventive menus that always remain authentic to the fertile surroundings.
Our Partner – Aqua Expeditions
Aqua Expeditions was the first adventure travel company to introduce five-star luxury cruises on the Amazon River in Peru. CEO, Francesco Galli Zugaro, founded Aqua Expeditions to cater to discerning, adventure travelers seeking to explore remote and culturally important destinations for luxury voyages on the world’s greatest rivers. Aqua Expeditions’ 16-suite Aria Amazon vessel entered service in 2011, a creation of Peruvian designer, Jordi Puig and featuring floor to ceiling windows, Jacuzzi, gym, sundeck and the haute Peruvian cuisine of Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino. Demand from satisfied passengers who wanted the same luxury in other river destinations led to the creation of the Aqua Mekong in 2014. Here, between Cambodia and Vietnam, Aqua Expeditions delivers the same in-depth exploration of culture and nature, luxurious comforts, design accommodations, gourmet cuisine and excellent service.
Included in Trip Price
- Double occupancy, air-conditioned suite with panoramic windows and private bath.
- All meals while on board the Aqua Mekong.
- Fully trained, bilingual, professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
- Any necessary equipment ”“ all safe and well maintained.
- All excursions.
- Transfer to/from vessel when arriving on recommended flights.
- Beverages (non-alcoholic, wine and beer).
- Austin Adventures T-shirt and luggage tags.
- Pre-departure and packing information.
Not Included in Trip Price
- Guide & crew gratuities.
- Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
- All types of personal insurance.
- Boutique purchases and personal expenses.
After receiving your reservation and deposit, we’ll send you a pre-trip planner with general information about the area you’ll be visiting, a packing list, exercise guidelines, a guest information questionnaire and a liability release agreement for you to sign and return within 10 days.