Our guides everywhere, from Chiang Mai to Bangkok, Siem Reap and Phuket, were all excellent. Each one was informative, flexible and quick to respond to any changes.
Why We Love This Boat :
Location: Intrepid explorers cansail through the forests and plains of Cambodia and Vietnam, from Saigon to Siem Reap, experiencing the stunning scenery of Southeast Asia.
Service: English speaking, highly trained and knowledgeable, the staff on the Aqua Mekong are on hand to enhance the experience for all guests.
History: Designed by acclaimed Vietnamese architects, this brand new cruiser combines five-star hotel luxury with the warmth and authenticity of locally-sourced materials.
A float on the mighty Mekong River is the best way to take in the scenery of beautiful and historic Cambodia and Vietnam. With seven-night, four-night and three-night cruises to choose from, there’s something for everyone on the Aqua Mekong. Guests will enjoy sumptuous luxury in the spacious but cosy suites and gaze out of the enormous river-facing windows at the passing panoramas. Likewise, the dining room affords unparalleled views of the forests, temples, floating villages and pagodas as guests indulge in international cuisine and local delicacies by Michelin-starred chef David Thompson, surrounded by historic Asian artifacts.The top deck is where all the action is: guests can recline with a drink in the indoor and outdoor lounges, take a dip in the pool or enjoy a private screening of a classic film from the area. On lazy days, those in search of relaxation can peruse the library, browse handcrafted souvenirs in the on-board shop or unwind in the spa with a range of traditional treatments.
Combining comfort and luxury, the cabins aboard the Aqua Mekong are designed with relaxation in mind. Decorated in the local style with a modern twist, the 20 air conditioned cabins are elegant sanctuaries to which guests can retire.
Sprawled over 320 square feet, there is plenty of room for the California king bed (which can be reconfigured into two twin beds), facing the floor-to-ceiling windows. The bathrooms also boast windows and are well-stocked with fragrant toiletries. All cabins are air conditioned and connected to high speed WiFi. Four sets of suites are interconnecting, catering to families and groups, with eight boasting private balconies.
The Aqua Mekong boasts a range of amenities to keep all guests happy. Those so inclined can bask in the Asian sunshine on the top deck with its plunge pool and bar; there’s a well-stocked library and screening space for avid book and movie lovers, not to mention a boutique and spa.
Keen shoppers will be delighted by the range of treasures on offer in the on-board souvenir shop. Sourced from local artisans, they are handcrafted and authentic and will make for wonderful gifts or mementos of a memorable adventure.
Bookworms will be delighted by the extensive range of reading materials including classic stories from the region, maps and historic and up-to-date periodicals, all available for perusal in the ship’s library, which also contains the Mekong’s only foosball table.
After a long day of exploring, guests may wish to take a refreshing dip in the palm-fringed plunge pool on the ship’s top deck; surrounded by comfortable loungers, and a rooftop cocktail bar within easy reach, it’s the perfect place to relax.
In the cozy screening room on the observation deck, movie-lovers can sit back and enjoy a classic film set in the region, from ‘Good Morning Vietnam’ to ‘The Quiet American’, there’s something for everyone.
Pleasure-seekers can relax and unwind in the Aqua Mekong’s spa with a range of traditional treatments are available, from Khmer massage to Vietnamese aromatherapy, all massages and facials are performed with natural, local concoctions.
The Aqua Mekong’s elegant dining room is decorated with fine Asian antiques, artifacts and glassware, with an entire wall of windows for sun-lit or star-it meals served throughout the day, prepared with local ingredients and know-how.
Aqua Mekong Dining Room
Under the tutelage of acclaimed executive chef David Thompson, the team on board the Aqua Mekong scour the riverside markets, often alongside the guests, to find the freshest seafood and produce to create the delicious, innovative dishes on the rotating menu.