When is the best time to Cruise the Mekong?


The Top 5 Reasons to Cruise the Mekong between May and August

We’re constantly being asked “when is the ideal time to cruise the Mekong and visit Vietnam and Cambodia?” That’s a tough question since we know that the Mekong is a wonderful destination, all year round!

Many of our guests sometimes also assume that “the green season” in Southeast Asia (May to August) means that it rains all the time when, in fact, it only rains about 30 minutes each day and usually only in the afternoon. There are lots of great reasons to take a cruise on the Mekong in the spring and summer, but we’ve narrowed them down to our top five. So enjoy!

Reason #1:     STAY COOL – BE COOL

We live in a tropical paradise on the Mekong in Cambodia and southern Vietnam with higher temperatures ranging from between 26°C (78°F) and 38°C (100°F). In May, the refreshing afternoon rains begin cooling us down all the way until October when we transition into the low water season. Many of our guests tell us that Southeast Asia downpours are actually quite magical to experience and they love exploring the lush green landscapes they create as they bike or tuk tuk through the countryside on our daily excursions.

We strategically time our afternoon excursions from the Aqua Mekong so that, cocktail in hand, our guests can enjoy the timeless beauty of rain falling on the river while remaining comfortably dry on our covered skiffs. Guests can also enjoy the sound of a refreshing downpour while soaking in the only shaded plunge pool on board the cruise ships sailing the Mekong. How cool is THAT?


The Aqua Mekong is the only luxury cruise on this legendary waterway that sets sail during May. What better way to guarantee that you can have this iconic river all to yourself than by coming on a May Mekong cruise!

Imagine watching the Mekong’s riverbanks transformed into luxuriant walls of tropical greenery from the exclusivity of our observation deck or the privacy of your on board suite… without another tourist in sight.

Our guests who travel with us in the off season get to meet new Khmer and Vietnamese friends as they explore local temples and villages on our morning and afternoon excursions – instead of having to mingle with other visiting tourists. And when we visit our favorite museums and cultural spots in Phnom Penh, Saigon and Siem Reap, we welcome the absence of crowds. What could be better?


At any time of year, the 300+ cultural treasures of Cambodia’s temple complex at Angkor Wat and the idyllic island landscapes of Ha Long Bay are two of Earth’s most astonishing places to visit. And traveling to these Southeast Asian destinations during the exceptionally lush and green season on the Mekong May to August has even more advantages.

Spring rains wash away the dry dust of country roadways, leaving visitors to explore history, culture and religious traditions surrounded by the emerald hues of this equatorial paradise. Between May and August, you might even have Angkor Wat almost completely to yourself, while its historic aquifers and reservoirs swell with fresh rainwater just as their Angkor builders intended.

Back on board the Aqua Mekong, you can also fully indulge your palate, since the months of May to August provide us with the maximum variety of fresh tropical fruits for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Yum!

Reason #4:  LIFE IS A BEACH

For those “in the know”, the so-called rainy season is actually THE optimal time to explore Cambodia.

Tourists wise enough to take advantage of these quieter days can enjoy plenty of dry and bright daylight hours between May and August. After exploring the Mekong on our cruise, our guests often enjoy indulging themselves with beach-based activities like scuba diving and snorkelling or taking a sampan ride to the Cham Islands. The water’s warm so grab that towel, kick back and RELAX!


Finding quality time to spend with your family is more and more challenging but on an Aqua cruise, you’ll experience fun activities, delicious local specialties your kids will love, learning about different cultures and plenty of downtime to relax and just share a laugh. Have you checked out our Family Cruise Special, an exclusive offer for our May to August travellers?

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Aqua Mekong

Taking guests on a journey into Aqua Expeditions next frontier, Vietnam and Cambodia, the 62.4 meter (205 feet) Aqua Mekong was designed by Saigon based British architect David Hodkinson of Noor Design to embody the aesthetic of a sophisticated five star hotel. Local sustainable materials and artisanal touches of the Mekong’s multifaceted cultures round out these generous interior spaces designed to welcome guests in the utmost comforts between on and off shore excursions along this fascinating river, to flooded emerald forests and bamboo stilt villages accessible only by boat, among flocks of painted stork and spot billed pelicans in their last Southeast Asian refuge and to Chinese wing tipped pagoda temples and remote Buddhist monasteries.

Spacious and indulgent, yet intimate enough to feel entirely exclusive, the Aqua Mekong incorporates relaxed yet refined lounging and dining areas, and can accommodate a maximum of 40 guests plus crew. Modern navigation technologies and the highest cruise ship standards as well as our experienced river pilot and crew ensure smooth travel and safety on the water.

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