Class-leading boutique luxury cruise line Aqua Expeditions has announced a special Summer Rates offer aboard award-winning Aqua Mekong expedition river cruises in 2019 and 2020, taking travellers on a grand journey of Cambodia and Vietnam on one of the world’s legendary waterways, the Mekong river.
The Summer Rates offer is a 30% discount on regular rates for chosen departures from 3 May to 13 August 2019 and 1 May to 6 August 2020, priced from USD2268 for a 3-night Discovery Cruise, USD3024 for a 4-night Explorer Cruise and USD5292 for a 7-night Expedition Cruise. All rates are per person twin-share and all-inclusive.
An ideal time for photography and intimate cultural experiences
The timing of the Summer Rates offer coincides with the Mekong’s ‘green season’, when Cambodia’s and Vietnam’s abundant rice fields turn a rich green colour. This occurs when sunshine and blue skies are accompanied by sporadic 30-minute showers that nourish and cool off the land without affecting the travel experience. Visually, the ‘green season’ is the best time of the year for photography along the Mekong. Cycling and kayaking activities that are part of Aqua Mekong’s varied itineraries are also ideal at this time of the year.
With no rice planting or harvesting duties in the Mekong countryside, the green season also presents travellers with more opportunities to mingle with locals and fully immerse in a unique, traditional way of life involving first-hand encounters with silversmiths, silk weavers and palm sugar makers.
All-new culinary creations by Michelin-starred Chef David Thompson
On board, the cultural journey continues with a new dining menu created by Michelin-starred David Thompson, Aqua Mekong’s Consulting Chef, Chef Thompson uses peak-season produce to create dishes exclusive to Aqua Mekong, such as lamb curry with Khmer spices, pepper, cumin and cassia, and chicken salad with Asian pennywort and green mango on the Cambodian side of the border.
“The new menu is designed to suit the flow of the journey along the Mekong river,” said Chef Thompson.
Once Aqua Mekong crosses into Vietnam, guests can savour Chef Thompson’s rendition of the popular Vietnamese dish ‘banh mi’ (baguette with pate, local herbs and sauces) and his personal favourite - sugar cane prawns.