With the river cruise boom ramping up on Southeast Asia’s Mekong River in recent years, companies like Haimark Ltd. have been looking for ways that they can stand out from the growing Mekong pack.
Consequently, Haimark is taking a bit of a different tack with its newest vessel, the 24-passenger Mekong Princess, which is launching on Sept. 17. The river and small-ship company is developing an entirely spa-themed river cruise ship, which will feature Southeast Asian spa therapists and healthy culinary options onboard.
The Princess Spa’s menu will include a variety of massages, facials, scrubs and body wraps using all-natural products native to the area, and each guest will receive one complimentary, one-hour treatment of their choice during the sailing. There will also be daily yoga, tai chi and meditation classes offered either in the fitness center or on the open-air observation deck.
The Mekong Princess will have four categories of suites (12 suites total), all of which are being outfitted in French colonial décor, with floor-to-ceiling windows, private balconies and marble baths with rainfall showerheads and spa bath amenities. There will also be daily butler service. The two largest suites will be the 496-square-foot Angkor Suites located at the bow of the upper deck, which will have private outdoor verandas and marble tubs. Guests staying in the Angkor Suites will also have complimentary laundry service, evening canapes and a special spa-bath preparation.
Additionally, the Mekong Princess will be sailing to some lesser-known regions of the Mekong. Its itinerary will include meeting the coconut candy-making families of Vietnam’s Ben Tre province, as well as seeing the floating market of Can Tho and visiting the bird sanctuary near Thot Not in Vietnam. Guests will travel via sampans, horse carts and two-person small boats to many of these locations.
There will be two- and three-night optional pre-and post-cruise extensions, with luxury hotel accommodations, guided excursions in Hanoi and Ha Long Bay, Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok and Siem Reap and Angkor Wat.
Cruise prices for the seven-night Mekong itinerary onboard the Mekong Princess start at $3,499 per person, based on double occupancy.