• Mekong Explorer: Northern Vietnam, Luang Prabang, and Cambodia

  • Mekong Explorer: Northern Vietnam, Luang Prabang, and Cambodia

  • Mekong Explorer: Northern Vietnam, Luang Prabang, and Cambodia

  • Mekong Explorer: Northern Vietnam, Luang Prabang, and Cambodia

  • Mekong Explorer: Northern Vietnam, Luang Prabang, and Cambodia

  • Mekong Explorer: Northern Vietnam, Luang Prabang, and Cambodia

  • Mekong Explorer: Northern Vietnam, Luang Prabang, and Cambodia

  • Mekong Explorer: Northern Vietnam, Luang Prabang, and Cambodia

Cruise the Mekong in Cambodia with Aqua

Days: 14 | From: $9,480/per person

  • Accommodations at best-in-class luxury hotels and the Aqua Mekong
  • Curated tours with superb private guides
  • From scenic Halong Bay to the temples at Angkor: discover the highlights of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia

Discover the highlights of Southeast Asia with a jam-packed itinerary carrying you from ancient Hanoi, to the tranquil waters of Halong Bay, to the gilded wats of Luang Prabang, the Khmer ruins of Angkor in Cambodia, and finish with a 4 nights aboard the Aqua Mekong.

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At a glance

  • Hanoi
    2 nights: Enjoy rich history and culture in Vietnam's capital city
  • Halong Bay
    1 night: Cruise overnight through scenic Halong Bay
  • Luang Prabang
    3 nights: Explore the gilded wats of Luang Prabang
  • Siem Reap
    3 nights: Discover the temples of Angkor
  • Aqua Mekong
    4 nights: Cruise from the mighty Tonle Sap Lake down the Mekong River to Phnom Penh
  • Phnom Penh
    1 night: Explore the history of Cambodia's capital

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Sample itinerary

Day 1:

Welcome to Hanoi

Temple of Literature in Hue, Vietnam in a summer day

Welcome to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam! Located on the banks of the Red River, Hanoi’s history dates back to the Bronze Age, with influences ranging from China to the French colonial era. Now a vibrant city replete with scooters whizzing by at all hours, Hanoi continues to captivate visitors with its street food, alleyways, and a multitude of scenic lakes and bridges. Begin your morning exploration with a visit to Ba Dinh Square, site of Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum and nearby his spartan wartime residence. Continue to the Confucian academy known as the Temple of Literature considered Vietnam’s first university. This afternoon enjoy a visit to Hanoi’s Fine Art Museum and a traditional water puppet performance.

Accommodations: La Siesta Premium, 2 nights

The La Siesta Premium Hang Be Hotel in Hanoi is a true gem nestled in the heart of the city. This boutique hotel exudes elegance and sophistication, offering a luxurious retreat for travelers seeking a perfect blend of modern comfort and traditional charm. With its prime location, guests can easily explore the vibrant Old Quarter and immerse themselves in the rich culture and history of Hanoi. The hotel's rooms are tastefully designed, providing a tranquil oasis after a day of exploration. Moreover, the warm and attentive staff ensure a personalized experience, making guests feel right at home. Whether indulging in exquisite Vietnamese cuisine at the on-site restaurant or relaxing by the rooftop pool overlooking the bustling streets, La Siesta Premium Hang Be Hotel promises an unforgettable stay in this enchanting city.

*Includes: Breakfast

Upgrades available: Sofitel Metropole Hanoi, Capella Hotel Hanoi, and others
Day 2:


Turtle Tower in Hanoi Hoan Kiem foggy lake in Vietnam

Morning sightseeing to the wonderful Ethnology Museum focusing on the lifestyle, traditions and culture of Vietnam’s minority peoples. This afternoon embark on a cyclo tour of the Guild District where each of 37 small streets and alleyways feature one traditional craft or profession and its wares. This excursion concludes at the city’s traditional center – Restored Sword Lake – with a tour of Ngoc Son Temple.

Accommodations: La Siesta Premium, 2 nights

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 3:

Cruise the emerald waters of Halong Bay

A cruise boat view of the sunrise in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

This morning, depart by car to Halong Bay (3 hr drive), board your cruise boat and set sail into the beautiful scenery of Halong Bay where limestone “karst” formations create an archipelago of more than a thousand pinnacle shaped islands dotting the sea. Lunch buffet, dinner and overnight on board ship.

Accommodations: Paradise Elegance Cruise

A sleek, modern vessel that fuses contemporary styling with Vietnamese design concepts, the Paradise Elegance is a meticulously designed steel boat that has reimagined luxury cruising on Halong Bay. Boasting a piano bar, day spa and wellness center, butler service, and the full range of dining options, the Elegance is fully equipped for your Halong Bay adventure.

*Includes: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch

Upgrades and alternatives: Violet Cruise Heritage, Emperor Cruises Legacy, and others
Day 4:

From Halong Bay to Luang Prabang

Unesco World Heritage Site. Most popular place in Vietnam. this landscape you can seen from the island Titop

Enjoy morning activities and breakfast aboard before disembarking midday. Transfer by private car to the airport for your flight to Luang Prabang.

Discover Luang Prabang, the ancient capital of the Lane Xang Kingdom, the center of religious life in Laos – and today a UNESCO World Heritage City.

Accommodations: 3 Nagas, 3 nights

Join us on a voyage through time, from Luang Prabang’s Indochine era all the way to the dawn of ages when serpentine spirits, or Nagas, began their watch over the ancient town. UNESCO joined their cause in 1995, declaring the city a World Heritage Site. Home to 15 spacious rooms and suites, our boutique hotel is a bewitching place from which to explore the colorful street markets, glistening temples and cultural sites of the historical district.

*Includes: Breakfast

Upgrades available: La Residence Phou Vao, Rosewood Luang Prabang, and others
Day 5:

Mekong River Cruise


Begin your day with a look at Laos’ most traditional Buddhist temple, Wat Xiengthong, before boarding your motor canoe for a two hour scenic cruise upstream on the Mekong River to visit the Pak Ou caves, set in a lime stone cliff opposite the mouth of the Mekong and Ou rivers. The sanctuaries at Pak Ou consist of two large caves, both repositories for thousands of Buddha images, which range from a mere centimeter to two meters in height. Along the river typical local villages are barely visible behind a screen of foliage. Slender canoes bobbing by the shore, bamboo poles and floats mark the location of nets and fish traps. Our first stop will be at Ban Muangkeo, a well-known village for Lao traditional rice whisky. After a simple lunch, return to Luang Prabang to visit the local weavers at Ock Pop Tok or stroll through the streets to enjoy the special historic architecture, shops and numerous cafes.

Accommodations: 3 Nagas, 3 nights

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 6:

Alms-giving, Royal Palace and the Prabang

More monk with almsbowl at morning time ,the peaple put food offerings into a Buddhist monk's bowl,Luang Prabang ,Laos world Culture Heritage Site

Early morning excursion today to participate in the daily processions of saffron-clad monks through the streets of Luang Prabang to collect alms. Later we visit the Royal Palace, featuring rooms decorated in traditional Lao style and housing historic relics of the ancient Lao Kingdom including the historic “prabang” figure, a pure golden Buddha image after which the town is named. After, visit the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre to learn more about the different minorities in Laos. Free time this afternoon to explore town or climb Phousi Hill for a panoramic view of the town.

Accommodations: 3 Nagas, 3 nights

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 7:

Fly to Siem Reap, city of temples

(Selective focus) Stunning view of the Ta Prohm temple with a big old tree. Ta Prohm is the modern name of the temple in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Morning free in Luang Prabang. Then, fly to Siem Reap. The ruined capital of the powerful Khmer kingdom, Angkor flourished from the 10th to the 15th centuries and comprises some 400 sandstone, brick and laterite temples, walls, tombs and other structures surrounded by jungle.

Accommodations: Jaya House River Park, 3 nights

Peacefully located alongside the Siem Reap river and surrounded by fully grown trees, Jaya House River Park is a hidden gem. The hotel is located about a 6-minute tuk-tuk journey from town in the direction of the magnificent temples of Angkor Wat. Each of the 36 rooms has either a balcony or direct garden & pool access.

*Includes: Breakfast

Upgrades available: Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, Anantara Angkor Resort, Phum Baitang, and others
Day 8:

Discover the wonders of Angkor

Beautiful view of Angkor Wat in the golden sunlight before sunset in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Begin this morning with a tour of Angkor Thom, royal city of the 12th c. god-king Jayavarman VII, including Bayon with its 54 intricately symmetric towers topped by giant stone faces, the Terrace of the Leper King, and Phimeanakas where the god king made a nightly rendezvous with the sex goddess! This afternoon, continue on to Ta Prohm, one of the area’s most beautiful temples. Then, conclude with Angkor Wat, whose temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. This 12th century masterpiece is considered the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture.

Accommodations: Jaya House River Park, 3 nights

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 9:

Enchanting Banteay Srei

Banteay Srei Pink Sandstone Temple, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Explore exquisite Banteay Srei (10th century), regarded as the jewel of classical Khmer art. Then, visit Banteay Samre, one of the most complete complexes at Angkor due to the extensive restoration performed. After, drive back to Siem Reap and enjoy the rest of the day free.

Accommodations: Jaya House River Park, 3 nights

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 10:

All aboard Aqua Mekong

Aerial of Skiff auxiliary launch boats approaching river cruise ship Aqua Mekong (Aqua Expeditions) on Tonle Sap river at dusk, Kampong Prasat, Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia

Morning drive to remote Beng Mealea temple through the Khmer countryside. Explore this long abandoned 11th century temple, strangled by the jungle and left to the elements. This afternoon, drive 45-minutes through the countryside to the dock on Tonle Sap Lake for check-in to your luxury small ship Mekong abode. Settle into your floating retreat, with its window wall conferring an endlessly captivating panorama.

Accommodations: Aqua Mekong, 4 nights

A magnificent presence on the Mekong river, Aqua Mekong showcases modern architecture and interiors by renowned architect Noor Design. The Mekong river cruise ship’s 20 spacious, air-conditioned suites feature full-length windows that offer spectacular panoramas of the ever-changing Mekong scenery. Aqua Mekong also received the coveted Gold Award in the Architecture/New Build category in the 2015 Asia Hotel Design Awards. As the Aqua Mekong charts a luxurious passage across Cambodia and Vietnam, on-board guests embark on an inspiring journey of local flavors with a dining experience crafted by Michelin-starred consulting chef David Thompson. The ship’s bar menu, created by renowned spirit experts and cocktail designers Proof & Co, echoes a similar locally-minded philosophy.

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11:

Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary

Painted Storks (Mycteria lecucophala) at its tree-top nests.

Set off by skiff into the 22,000-hectare Prek Toal Core Bird Reserve, one of the largest freshwater bodies in Asia and the last refuge in Southeast Asia for large waterbirds like the spot-billed pelicans, milky stork, black-headed ibis and the elusive masked finfoot. After lunch, visit the floating village of Moat Khla, accessible only by water, and attend a Buddhist blessing ceremony in this isolated community.

Accommodations: Aqua Mekong, 4 nights

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12:

Tonle Sap Lake to Chhnok Tru to Kampong Chhnang

Beautiful sunset of Mekong river in Cambodia.

Explore remote villages around Tonle Sap Lake, designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1997. In Chhnok Tru, we “slide” into an ice factory and learn from locals what it’s like to live in a town where schools, churches, pagodas, and even the karaoke bar and police station all float. Continue learning about Khmer riverside life in Kampong Chhnang, the ‘Port of Pottery’ so called because archaeological findings here date to the 6th century.

Accommodations: Aqua Mekong, 4 nights

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13:

Koh Chen to Koh Oknha Tey

a silk weaving factory at the silk Island or Koh Dach near the city of Phnom Penh of Cambodia.  Cambodia, Phnom Penh, November, 2017,

This morning, visit Koh Chen, a silversmith village known for its fine craftsmanship. Keep an eye out for their famous silver bowls, regularly chosen by Cambodia’s king as gifts for visiting dignitaries. In the afternoon, set off for the Mekong’s ‘silk islands’ where renowned weavers allow us to wander freely, admiring their intricate craftsmanship. Biking is optional for those who wish to explore deeper into the island.

Accommodations: Aqua Mekong, 4 nights

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 14:

Arrive in Phnom Penh

The Silver Pagoda or Wat Preah Keo, Wat Ubosoth Ratanaram or Preah Vihear Preah Keo Morakot is located on the south side of the Royal Palace, Phnom Penh.

Enjoy a tour of Cambodia’s capital by motorized tuk-tuk today with stops at the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and the National Museum of Cambodia, home to the world’s largest collection of Khmer art. For those who wish, visit the Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocide to learn about the horrors of the Khmer Rouge, or choose to shop at the Russian Market. Disembark in Phnom Penh and return home.

Accommodations: La Rose Suites

La Rose Suites is a luxurious 5-star boutique hotel in the heart of Cambodia's bustling capital. Nestled on a quiet street near Independence Monument, the Royal Palace and National Museum, La Rose Suites is the perfect location for a walk in the local park or a stroll along the riverside promenade. Dually inspired by the charming architecture of French Indochina and the grandeur of Angkor Wat, La Rose Suites aims to please aesthetically while tempting your other senses.

*Includes: Breakfast, one massage per guest per night of stay

Upgrades available: Raffles Le Royal, Rosewood Phnom Penh, and others

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