A First-Time Guide to Cruising the Mekong River

A First-Time Guide to Cruising the Mekong River


Explore the essence of South East Asian-inspired luxury as you set sail and embark upon the adventure of a lifetime, cruising along the meandering Mekong River to discover some of the most scenic regions in the world.
The Mekong River is the longest river in South East Asia, stretching approximately 4,350km, beginning its journey in the mountains of Tibet and then winding down through the lush tropical landscape to the south of Vietnam. 

A river cruise along the Mekong River is the best way to experience this culturally-rich, spiritual and positive region of the world, and the best part is you only need to unpack once. Take the time to relax and enjoy the spacious suites and staterooms on board Emerald Harmony, the Mekong’s newest and most innovative river cruise ship launching in August 2019. Watch riverside life right from your indoor balcony with an innovative drop-down glass window in our Balcony Suites, savour a wonderful variety of Asian-inspired dishes featuring the freshest local ingredients at Reflections Restaurant and enjoy an early morning swim in our stylish pool.

When to cruise the Mekong River?

Each season of cruising on the magnificent Mekong River has its benefits, but the wet season (May through October) is ideal. Higher water levels lead to the smoothest of sailing, and less tourists make it a quieter time of the year to travel. In the dry season (November through April), lower humidity yields slightly cooler temperatures. 

Mekong River cruising offers iconic destinations, everlasting memories, and the essence of endless experience. With our specially designed Emerald Harmony Star-Ship, guests can sail straight into the centre of Ho Chi Minh City and dock in the heart of Vietnam’s cosmopolitan city. Choose to begin your Mekong River cruise from here or start your journey of discovery in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Along the way, you have the opportunity to visit local villages including My Tho, Sa Dec, My An Hung, Anh Long, Long Khan and Hong Ngu. 

Our 8-Day Majestic Mekong River Cruise offers a chance to cruise, wine, and dine on-board and also step off the boat to explore iconic destinations, like Tan Long Pagoda. Savour the delectable local coconut cream candy, explore grapefruit gardens, touch silk made from the mac nua fruit, receive a Buddhist Blessing, and explore the historic stories of Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, otherwise known as the “Pearl of Asia.” For a longer itinerary, explore our 13-Day Majestic Mekong Discoverer Cruise journey, 17-Day Treasures & Temples of Vietnam & Cambodia and our 21-Day Grand Tour of Vietnam & Cambodia.

Unique to Evergreen Cruises & Tours, you can also enjoy exclusive local experiences as part of You’re Invited to immerse yourself in the unique culture and enhance your journey. Highlights include a Phnom Penh tuk-tuk drive by night and the chance to witness the incredible Phare Circus in Siem Reap.

What to pack for a Mekong River Cruise?

It’s important to pack the essentials for your Mekong River cruise, including comfortable walking shoes, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses, lightweight clothing, long-sleeved tops, rain gear, mosquito repellent and sunscreen. Don’t forget to also include your camera and spare batteries to capture each moment of your journey and your bathing suit to swim in the refreshing pool after a day of sightseeing. On board Emerald Harmony there is also a free guest self-service laundry, allowing you to pack less and travel lighter.

A Mekong River cruise offers a passport to experience the rich sights, sounds, tastes and smells of Vietnam and Cambodia with plenty of time to relax on board Emerald Harmony. Cruise the Mekong River, meet the local people, discover the history and return back home a citizen of the world. 

Start planning your Mekong River cruise today. 

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