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Inside APT's New Asia River Ship – Mekong Serenity

In this article, learn how the luxury Mekong Serenity is set to elevate Southeast Asia river cruising to next-level elegance.

Introducing the brand-new Mekong Serenity, award-winning river cruise operator APT’s most spacious five-star river ship to sail Vietnam and Cambodia’s major waterways.

The Mekong Delta’s riverine landscapes are central to everyday life, and tell a fascinating tale of contemporary Southeast Asian culture and traditions. Aboard the custom-styled Mekong Serenity, APT’s Asia river cruising experience amps up the sophistication to ever more enviable levels. This stylish new river ship embodies spacious air-conditioned design, feature-filled accommodation, fine dining and contemporary styling to reflect the lush surrounds.

Lemongrass restaurant onboard the Mekong Serenity

Room to Indulge

Designed for no more than 88 guests, the Mekong Serenity’s intimate size ensures more room to relax. It offers more space to indulge in thoughtfully configured public areas, such as the Horizon Cafe & Poolside Bar, Serenity Spa & Wellness Centre and the cool refinement of the air-conditioned Harmony Lounge & Bar. Floor-to-ceiling windows open to river views and invite the outside in for you to bask in light-filled onboard spaces. Up on the ship’s Sun Deck, the warm embrace of Asia’s climate can be enjoyed at leisure, along with the views, as daily life gently passes by.

A Suite View

With just 44 suites on board the Mekong Serenity, the ship’s space-to-guest ratio is almost unrivalled along the Mekong. Featuring entry-level suites at a generous 28 square metres, the Mekong Serenity blends contemporary chic with every consideration and comfort. All suites are decked out with a discrete private balcony for your personal enjoyment, so you can sit back and soak up those views whenever you choose.

Bayon Suite onboard the Mekong Serenity

Onboard Butler Service

Dreaming of having that drink in hand while you drift past gold-topped pagodas? Here’s where the five-star service for which APT is known truly comes into its own. The Mekong Serenity offers a highly personalised experience enhanced by wonderfully welcoming and attentive staff. Impeccable service and turndowns are a given, but the onboard Gold or Silver butler service offers additional personalised attention and room service par excellence, from garment pressing to packing and a complimentary spa treatment.

Inspired Dining

Glorious fusion food, Asian specialties and European cuisine are all celebrated in a variety of onboard dining experiences. Start your day with a champagne breakfast. Immerse yourself in the fresh delta flavours of Asia’s most famous ‘rice bowl’ – the Mekong. Enjoy a familiar taste from home on a whim. Throughout the day and into the evening, head to theLemongrass restaurant where, thanks to our expert chefs, dining plays a delicious part on board the Mekong Serenity. Early riser and night owls are well catered for too.

Lemongrass restaurant onboard the Mekong Serenity


When it comes to that sundowner or a la carte wine pairing, a range of beverages is served at your discretion. These include international house wine, local beer, local spirits and soft drinks – all part of APT’s fully-inclusive ethos. Relax in luxury and toast another tropical sunset or enjoy a light snack at the Poolside Bar without a care in the world.

Meaningful Encounters

Cruising the Mekong means more than an effortless getaway. Along this arterial waterway opportunities to explore Southeast Asia’s culture, cuisine and spirituality seem to cluster at every river bend. Market tours, cooking classes or a moving Buddhist blessing are a mere taste of the activities and encounters you can choose to explore in depth. The journey is made all the more meaningful and flexible with our Signature Experiences and Freedom of Choice options.

Passengers receiving a blessing from a Monk, Cambodia

Health and Wellbeing

Back aboard, the ship’s wellness spa, salon and fitness centre are at hand to soothe away your day, revitalise body and mind or work up an appetite for your next culinary adventure. You can also take a dip in the resort-style pool or take the afternoon to curl up on a Sun Deck lounger with a good book or chatting to fellow guests (cocktail optional).

River Cruising with Reassurance

Owned and operated by APT, the Mekong Serenity has been designed with our guests’ safety at front and centre of every Asia river cruise. From daily itineraries to operational and safety procedures, we have taken care of all the small details for your safety and wellbeing. Travel on your terms with the freedom to change your plans to suit you.

Need to Know

Join us on our 17 Day Vietnam and Cambodia Discovery, with a seven-night cruise aboard the brand-new Mekong Serenity. Glide through Vietnam and Cambodia and explore the Angkor Archaeological Park, as well as the vibrant cities of Ho Chi Minh and Phnom Penh:


Do – explore the Cu Chi Tunnels in Ho Chi Minh City or join an exclusive excursion to Long Tan for a memorial service at Long Tan Cross.

Experience – a traditional Buddhist Blessing Ceremony.

See – the sun rising above Cambodias Angkor Wat and artisans making silk lanterns in  the quaint town of Hoi An.

Taste – authentic cuisine with a dash of modern Australian flair at Vietnam House by Luke Nguyen in Ho Chi Minh City.


(All ship interiors and exteriors featured in this article are artists' impressions by TTT Architects.)

Words: Grace Cullinan