Treat yourself with an unforgettable journey along the iconic Mekong River in unprecedented luxury for an insight into the diverse history, cultures and remote nature of this region. Explore southern Vietnam’s thriving delta, visit Cambodia’s ancient ruins and experience its colonial charms.

This  3-night Mekong Discovery Cruise offers travellers with limited time a rich adventure between Phnom Penh (the capital of Cambodia) and bustling Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam).

The 64m Aqua Mekong is a floating five-star hotel. Its 20 designer suites – the river’s largest guestrooms — overlook the Mekong through floor-to-ceiling windows. This is the only ship on this stretch of the river to offer a fully equipped gym, screening room, outdoor cinema, observation deck, and an upper-deck pool. It is spacious and indulgent, yet intimate enough to feel entirely exclusive. Dine on world-class dishes created by a top Southeast Asian chef and board the Mekong’s only private small boats for expert-guided shore excursions. Or explore by bicycle and kayak.

Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh

Phnom Penh
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  • Single suite surcharge +25%
  • 4 and 7 night options also available
  • This tour is invoiced in USD
  • You MUST check availability with us before booking
  • Itinerary subject to change depending on weather & water levels
Whether you choose the high water or the low water season on the Mekong for your cruise,traveling aboard the Aqua Mekong extends your options from the very limited dry season in Cambodia and Vietnam (November to February) to almost anytime of the year. Tropical temperatures across Southeast Asia generally fluctuate between 26°C (78°F) and 32°C (86°F). In the warmest months of March and April, this figure may climb as high as 38°C (100°F) but Mekong River waters flow from the icy Tibetan Plateau, taking the edge off this equatorial swelter and making river travel the ideal way to experience this captivating region. Even when it rains, as it does throughout the year, the Aqua Mekong's luxury tenders and water-based excursions remain extremely comfortable during these usually short cloudbursts. Rainy season arrives with the southwest monsoon in May and lasts through October. This actually creates the high water conditions that allow our Aqua Mekong tenders to cruise deeper into Vietnam’s emerald flooded forest, to Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake and along otherwise inaccessible yet fascinating tributaries. Despite the name, rain only falls around an hour each day and usually in the afternoon. Excursions from the Aqua Mekong are timed so that cocktail in hand, our guests may soak up the timeless romance of rain on the river while comfortably under cover.

Full Itinerary


Arrival in Phnom Penh (Cambodia)

Between 4.30pm-6pm you will be welcomed on board with a special refreshing drink. After settling into your luxury river boat suite its time to relax and meet your fellow cruise companions. Then celebrate the journey towards the heart of the Mekong river with a Khmer Apsara performance, a famous centuries-old tradition that is memorialised on the temple walls of Angkor Wat.

Meals: Dinner


Mekong River: Ka´Om Samnor - Border crossing- Chau Doc - My An Hung

Say ‘Good Morning, Vietnam’ while crossing the border and sailing towards Tan Chau, a vibrant border town. Take the local rickshaw (xe loi) for a trip around town, or pedal 18 kilometers on a top-of-the-line mountain bike on the peaceful island of Long Khanh. In the afternoon, stroll through the verdant plantations in the Mekong Delta village of My An Hung, visit a local’s home to savour local fruit, listen to traditional folk song performances by villagers and participate in a unique unicorn dance. A biking option is also available for those who wish to explore the idyllic countryside on wheels.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Mekong River: Binh Thanh/Sa Dec - Cai Be

Begin the day learning about traditional mat weaving at Binh Thanh village or visit Sa Dec’s vibrant market and the beautifully-preserved home of Marguerite Duras’ legendary lover, Mr. Huynh Thuy Le. We continue downstream to Cai Be, sailing in a traditional sampan past lone fishermen on their long tail boats. Later in Cai Be, walk or cycle among high-roofed open courtyard houses that date back more than 100 years, before arriving at one such house where you are invited inside by a gracious local resident.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Mekong River: My Tho – Ho Chi Minh

On the final cruise to Ho Chi Minh's My Tho port, you'll stop at Vinh Trang Pagoda, one of the largest Mahayana Buddhist temples in the region. You will notice the mixed architectural styles and see three large buddha statues plus an impressive collection of bonsai trees. Your luxury cruise will end today on arrival in Ho Chi Minh City.

Meals: Breakfast

Tour Inclusions and Exclusions:

Tour Includes:

  • 3 nights aboard a luxury river boat in a double or twin suite
  • All meals while onboard
  • All beverages (premium non-alcholic, house wine and beer)
  • All shore excursions
  • Laundry
  • Bike use
  • Internet
  • Group transfers to / from vessel and the meeting points in Siem Reap and Saigon

Tour Excludes:

  • All air tickets
  • Visas
  • Private transfers
  • Spa services
  • Boutique purchases
  • Guide and crew gratuities