7 Reasons to go on a Mekong River Cruise

7 Great reasons to go on a Mekong River Cruise

With its thriving metropolises, inviting cultures and awe-inspiring UNESCO sites, here are seven reasons to grab your bags and book yourself on Evergreen’s newest Star-Ship, Emerald Harmony, operated by award-winning sister company Emerald Waterways.

1. Exclusive local experiences

Create a deeper connection and affection for the Vietnamese and Cambodian way of life, with our immersive local cultural experiences. Our complimentary EmeraldPLUS program is specifically designed to showcase the very essence of the lives, traditions and customs of the locals so you can come away with an exclusively authentic experience that complements this exciting journey. 
Enjoy a traditional Lion Dance performance on board, witness the incredible Phare Circus in Siem Reap or receive a traditional Buddhist Water Blessing from the temple’s resident monks in Hong Ngu. Our EmeraldPLUS program is sure to deepen your understanding of the many places you will visit while cruising the Mekong River. 
Phare, The Cambodian Circus

2. Sample the exotic flavours of Asia

Sampling the local cuisine is one of the best parts of travelling and what better place to savour gastronomic delights than in Asia? Widely regarded as some of the most exciting, flavoursome and innovative cuisines in the world, our esteemed chefs ensure the very best fusion of local flavours are brought directly to your plate while on board.

Rest assured you will also delight in regional specialties often accompanied by unique local experiences once off the ship. Enjoy a banquet fit for a King in Hue while adorned in period costumes or choose to dine at KOTO restaurant in Hanoi, an establishment that provides disadvantaged youths with life-skills and opportunity.
Asian Cuisine

3. Experience the indulgent Emerald Harmony

Cruise the Mekong River on Evergreen’s newly built Emerald Harmony Star-Ship, which launched in August 2019. The most innovative river cruise ship on the Mekong, Emerald Harmony allows you to experience the beauty of Vietnam and Cambodia in the very best of indulgent comfort and stylish surrounds on four exciting itineraries. 
Operated by our sister company Emerald Waterways, our deluxe and innovative Emerald Harmony Star-Ship showcases a unique array of chic rooms and suites, with superb amenities, including a signature pool, sun deck, wellness area, and an Asian-themed bar and lounge. Mekong River cruising has never been more fulfilling.
Mekong River Cruising

4. Enhance your holiday with DiscoverMORE customisations

Always plan to open your mind and immerse yourself into something unfamiliar. With over 40 years’ experience, we aim to go above and beyond your expectations on our Mekong river cruise, with our DiscoverMORE excursions. For an additional fee, you can partake in a Vietnamese cooking class at Hoi An, take an extraordinary 45-minute seaplane flight over Halong Bay or experience a Vespa adventure tour of Siem Reap’s countryside. Choose any of our DiscoverMORE excursions and customise your holiday the way you see fit.
Discover More Halong Bay

5. Visit iconic temples and ancient sites

The enchanting city of Siem Reap is one that mesmerises all those who choose to visit. It is known as the gateway to the magnificent temples of Angkor, and on your Mekong river cruise, you will journey to Angkor Wat in time to marvel at the breathtaking sunrise.
Here you can learn about Phnom Penh’s fascinating history and admire its treasures including the Oudong Temples. For those who wish to capture the very essence of South East Asia, visiting the iconic temples and ancient sites is definitely a must-see.
Angkor Wat Temples Siem Reap

6. Mekong River Cruising is an easy way to travel

No longer just a European experience, Asia river cruising has certainly become another relaxing and immersive form of travel. You only have to unpack once, so you can spend your extra time exploring the ship and making friends. With an Emerald Waterways Mekong river cruise, you have access to a selection of deluxe amenities. There’s on board entertainment specific to the region, no hidden costs and you’re in a different city practically every day. Best of all, with just 42 cabins on board, Emerald Harmony ensures a tranquil and intimate journey along the river.
Emerald Harmony

7. Discover destinations off the beaten path

A river cruise is one way to make impossible travel, possible, allowing seamless exploration along narrow waterways and visiting remote villages only accessible by water. Unlike other similar sized ships, we have specifically designed Emerald Harmony to sail into the centre of Ho Chi Minh City. It’s a unique feature and it allows us to dock in the heart of this cosmopolitan city. 
Ho Chi Minh City
You can discover Vietnam and Cambodia as part of Evergreen and Emerald Waterways' cruising and touring program, with itineraries ranging from 8 to a comprehensive 21 days.

Request a brochure and start planning your Mekong river cruise today. 
Vietnam, Cambodia & Mekong River Cruising 2021/2022 Brochure

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