Top 5 things to see on a Mekong River Cruise

Top 5 things to see on a Mekong River Cruise

A journey along the magnificent Mekong River with Evergreen's sister company Emerald Waterways is a wonderful way to experience Vietnam and Cambodia, giving you a real flavour of life on the river. During your Mekong river cruise, meet and engage with local people, admire the stunning architecture, enjoy delicious cuisine and learn more about the local history and culture.
From temples and pagodas to floating markets and small villages, here are our top five sights to experience during a Mekong River Cruise, between Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap.

1. Local Life

During a Mekong river cruise, there’s always something new to see and to experience. Spend time on the Sun Deck of Emerald Harmony or on your private balcony and simply soak up river life over a drink with friends. Be awed by the passing boats with their cargo and supplies, watch children playing on the water’s edge and spot temples perched on hillsides.
Mekong Local Life

2. Temples and pagodas

From the famous Angkor Wat in Siem Reap to Wat Kampong Tralach and the Oudong Temples in Kampong Tralach, Vietnam and Cambodia are home to many historic temples. Oudong, the former royal capital of Cambodia has many important remnants including the burial sites of Khmer kings and religious artefacts, dating back more than a hundred years. As part of our EmeraldPLUS program, you can receive a traditional Buddhist Blessing from the temple resident monks.
Angkor Wat Cambodia

3. Floating markets

Floating markets play an integral part to daily life in Vietnam and makes a great place to buy local fresh fruit and vegetables straight from the growers in their boat. From pineapples, mango and lychee to coconuts, durian, dragon fruit and more, be sure to try some of these local fruits.
Floating Markets

4. Sampan rides

Sampans are small flat-bottomed wooden boats that are used to navigate the smaller backwaters of the Mekong River. Enjoy a sampan ride to Evergreen Island and walk through a local village to get a glimpse into the lives of the local farming community. Take the opportunity to engage with the friendly local people, and admire the rice paddies, orchards and enchanting landscape.
Sampan Ride

5. Phnom Penh – Killing Fields

Stop in Cambodia’s capital city Phnom Penh, once known as the “Pearl of Asia” and visit the Killing Fields at nearby Choeung Ek, an important, but incredibly moving place. Learn about the horrific regimes of the Khmer Rouge and this chapter in Cambodian history, with the opportunity to walk through the fields, where you can experience the eerie silence of this tragic event, that affected so many of the Cambodian people.

You can also visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (also referred to as S-21), a former school, that was converted to the main prison and torture headquarters of the Khmer Rouge.

Phnom Penh Killing Fields Cambodia
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