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Siem Reap to Phnom Penh on the Aqua Mekong

October 2014 sees the launch of the latest river expedition ship in Southeast Asia, the Aqua Mekong. The 20 suites are divided over two decks, each with air conditioning, iPod docking station, flat screen TV, dual sink bathroom with walk-in shower and rainforest showerhead. Eight of the suites have a private balcony with exterior day bed for enjoying the views whilst those without a balcony have floor-to-ceiling windows with interior daybed. Families can be accommodated in two inter-connecting suites. For additional space, book two adjoining suites and use one as a living area and the other for sleeping.

Public areas include an indoor bar, a deck bar, dining rooms, river-view gym, plunge pool, two spa treatment rooms and on-deck private cabanas.

The Aqua Mekong connects two of the most important sites in Cambodia - the ancient heritage site of the temples of Angkor and the country's modern day capital. Phnom Penh. We highly recommend you spend a few days in each before and after your cruise on the Tonle Sap Lake and River.

Pre-Cruise Itinerary

The temples of Angkor have attracted visitors since its 'discovery' by Henri Mouhot in the mid-nineteenth century. The dramatic centrepiece is, of course, Angkor Wat, though the vast temple complex also includes the famous Bayon Temple at Angkor Thom with its countless faces of Buddha, the intricately carved Banteay Srei and the jungle-engulfed Ta Promh, famous for its starring role in Tomb Raider. There are countless other temples throughout the region and you can explore them by private vehicle, bicycle, quad-bike or even by zip-line or helicopter.

You may, should you wish, spend the night amidst the temples - allow us to set up camp for you, where you will enjoy a candlelit dinner with the temples as your backdrop before retiring to your luxury tent and peaceful isolation.

We recommend a minimum of three nights at Siem Reap to allow two full days to explore the temples of Angkor.

Post-Cruise Itinerary

Upon arrival in Phnom Penh, you will visit the Royal Palace and the National Museum, which sits alongside the Palace. We recommend you stay for at least one further night to allow time to explore the capital. The capital's recent turbulent history is told at Tuol Sleng, also known as S21 - the notorious detention centre where Khmer Rouge cadres held and tortured captives before they were taken to the Killing Fields on the city's outskirts for execution. Though the stories are difficult to listen to, a visit to both is essential for those wishing to understand Cambodia's history and how it still shapes its present day.

Take time also to walk along the banks of the Tonle Sap River where local people take early morning and evening exercise, or go early evening to Wat Phnom, the ancient heart of the city where a temple sits on top of the city's only hill. Perhaps unsurprising for a region noted for its fragrant cuisine and French colonial heritage, there is no shortage of excellent places to dine, from the well-run training restaurants such as Romdeng and Friends International to fine dining at Restaurant Le Royal at the historic Raffles Hotel.

 

Red Savannah would be delighted to put a tailor-made itinerary together for you to suit the length of time you can spare and to ensure you get the most out of your time in Cambodia. Contact our Cambodia holidays specialist  Melissa Matthews  on +44(0)1242 787804.

 

 

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