Aqua Expeditions Mekong Cruise

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Why we like it

  • The first luxury adventure cruise to travel along the Mekong River
  • The vessel can host up to 40 passengers in 20 luxury design suites
  • The cruise sails from Saigon to Siem Reap, home of the Angkor Wat heritage site
  • Enjoy a diverse range of on and off shore excursions
  • Facilities include a plunge pool, exercise room, library and screening room

A&K Top Tip

Reach shore excursions on one of the 4 low-emission auxiliary launch boats, where the professionally trained guides will share their experience and knowledge of the colourful river life with you.

Guest Testimonial

We loved Cambodia and learned a lot from the warm and engaged guides, Sothi and Huang. We were also surprised at how much we liked Beijing. Eric too was a fantastic guide and made us think of China and its place in the world differently.

- BM, London



Following the success of their Amazon River cruises, Aqua Expedition's new adventure begins in the Southeast Asian countries of Cambodia and Vietnam. The Mekong River, 4,350km in length, is edged by remote Buddhist monasteries, ancient temples and bamboo stilt villages.

Described as a "floating five-star hotel", the Aria Mekong Cruise Ship was designed by British architect David Hodkinson of Noor Design and is constructed entirely from locally-sourced sustainable materials. As you drift along the river, observe the changing river landscape through your room's gigantic movie-screen window, not forgetting to look out for the flocks of painted storks and spot billed pelicans along the way. All 20 luxury suites, 8 of which have sky terraces, display a simple contemporary design. If you desire a little more space, interconnecting suites can be configured to create a private living area and separate master bedroom with his-n-her bathtubs.
Help the chefs to shop the local riverside markets for the finest local produce, which they will later transform into one of the many tantalising dishes from executive chef, David Thompson's innovative menu of exotic Southeast Asian flavours. There is an abundance of facilities on board with a screening room showcasing classic films about the region, air-conditioned library, a plunge pool with private cabanas high on the observation deck and spa treatment rooms, where the therapists use traditional healing and massage techniques to perform a range of rejuvenating treatments.


Useful info

Best time to travel

The best time to travel would be during the dry season of October to March, avoiding the monsoon season of June to September. Temperatures remain fairly constant year round.

Fly to

Phnom Penh or Siem Reap via Bangkok

flying time

12 hours and 30 minutes

time difference

GMT + 7 hours

Visas

Issued on arrival

Health Requirements

Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area


Best time to be there

Syria has a predictable, mild Mediterranean climate all year round with hot and dry summers and mild wet winters. Spring and Autumn are the best times for European visitors.

Fly to

Damascus (British Midland International - daily)

flying time

5 hours 45 minutes direct

time difference

GMT +2 hours

Visas

Required - obtainable in advance - passports with Israeli stamps are restricted from entry

Health Requirements

Yellow fever certificate required if travelling from an endemic area


Fly to

Papeete (Air New Zealand Wed, Fri, Sun)

flying time

23 hours, via Los Angeles

time difference

GMT - 10 hours

Visas

Not required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area

Best time to travel

Jan - Oct

Weather

The South Pacific is drier and cooler June through to October and this is perhaps the best time to visit, however take into account the tradewinds which can bring unstable weather from the south between June and August. November to May is warmer and more humid but still a great time to travel.



Best time to be there

Regional climate differences mean that there is no best time; try September to December to avoid the humidity in the north, December to April to miss the rains in the south and December to March is perfect for trips to the Central highlands. Catch the Trung Thu Moon festival in September or October for traditional lion and dragon dances.

Fly to

Ho Chi Minh or Hanoi (via Bangkok, Hong Kong or Singapore)

flying time

Approximately 13 hours

time difference

GMT + 7 hours

Visas

Required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow fever certificates if arriving from an endemic area


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