WanderlustOdysseyOn Board the Aqua Mekong

On Board the Aqua Mekong

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A cruise along Southeast Asia’s waterways has never been more luxurious.

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As the longest river in Southeast Asia, the Mekong is an alluring destination stretching from the icy Tibetan Plateau, meandering through Laos and Thailand to the equatorial flood plains of Cambodia and Vietnam, before flowing into the South China Sea. It also forms the international border between Myanmar and Laos, as well as Laos and Thailand. Its long history builds the rich culture that borders the river today, from floating markets selling tropical produce to the bee farms.  

Guests will experience the Mekong from an exalted point of view on board the Aqua Mekong, the state-of-the-art cruise ship designed to embody a sophisticated, water-borne five-star hotel by Saigon-based architects at Noor Design. 

The adventures are limitless thanks to the private skiffs, allowing guests to venture deeper into the flooded emerald forests and bamboo-stilted villages. Guests can visit the bustling floating market in Cai Be, admire the French colonial architecture in Sa Dec with a visit to the colonial house once occupied by French writer Marguerite Duras, see traditional craftspeople at work in the silversmith and bronze village in Koh Chen and witness the entire process of traditional silk weaving near PrekBongkong. Get up close and personal through a private audience with village monks at the Moat Kla’s Buddhist temple and Long Son Tu Temple. 

Wildlife enthusiasts will enjoy an excursion through the Tra Su Cajuput Forest, habitat to reptiles, bats and around 70 bird species. Located on the Tonie Sap Lake, the 22,000-hectare PrekToal Core Bird Reserve is the last refuge in Southeast Asia for large water birds like the spot-billed pelicans, milky stork, black-headed ibis and the elusive masked finfoot.

The Aqua Mekong itself offers a truly personalized and enriching life-on-the-river experience. Spacious and indulgent, yet intimate enough to feel exclusive, the lavish suites on the floating sanctuary face the river, offering new sceneries every day. The comforts of the ship include a plunge pool, indoor and outdoor bar, fitness center and spa, along with a private screening room, games room and library. Executive Chef David Thompson will be serving dishes combining local culinary traditions and fresh ingredients, including a daring menu for the most intrepid guests.