Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City and The South
Info : Aqua Mekong
Aqua Mekong is a pioneering luxury river cruise ship. Not only is it the first real five-star luxury ship on the Mekong, but it’s also a pioneer in exclusive and hand-crafted experiences that take you well off the beaten path and into the real backwaters of the Mekong Delta, teaming with life and beautiful scenery.
The boat itself was built in Saigon and is very elegant in design with floor to ceiling windows throughout, offering breath taking views of the Mekong Delta region. There are 20 suites in total, half with balconies and half without, however they are all the same price as even those without balconies have those large windows with daybeds underneath, making for a lovely place to lay back and watch river life. They are all appointed as any five star luxury boutique hotel room would be, with large comfy beds, sleek décor, stylish en-suite bathrooms and fantastic amenities including complimentary WiFi. There are interconnecting suites for families, and all suites can be arranged as a triple room with an extra bed.
The observation deck and outdoor lounge are superb recreational spaces, with sun loungers, canopies, a fully stocked bar, day beds and outdoor cinema. There’s also space on the top deck for a barbecue-style dinner which will be included during your trip. Inside there is a stylish dining room and lounge with a bar, information point and couches for relaxing. As well as a spa, library, games room and boutique shop on board, there’s also an indoor cinema and river facing plunge pool to finish of the five star experience. Executive chef of all food served on board is The World’s Best Restaurants’ top ranked Asia chef David Thompson, delivering world class Asian fusion cuisine.
The boat itself is beautiful and genuinely luxurious. However, we feel that one of the best things about Aqua Mekong is their itinerary, full of hand crafted cultural experiences that take you well away from the rest of the tourists and deep into the heart of the true Mekong Delta. Aqua Expeditions founder has personally sailed every inch of the Mekong Delta hunting out stunning view points and un-spoiled tributaries to ensure the route of the cruise is unique and rewarding. The Aqua Mekong ship has four of its own speedboats which take guests out on excursions, and the smaller size of these vessels enable you to travel much deeper into the countryside and explore areas that other tourist ships simply can’t reach. There are also bikes and kayaks on board, providing even more unique and exciting ways to discover the Mekong Delta.
Aqua Mekong is the best way to sail the Mekong Delta in luxury and style, and coupled with some incredible cultural excursions, a trip on this ship is really a once in a lifetime experience.
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