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2019 Itinerary

13 Day Itinerary (Siem Reap > Ho Chi Minh City)

  • Tour Code

    EWVS

  • Departure City

    Siem Reap

  • Duration

    13 Day

  • Return City

    Ho Chi Minh City

Departure and Return City

Tour Inclusions

your tour includes

  • 3 nights in Siem Reap
  • 7 nights on-board of Emerald Waterways Luxury Star-Ship
  • 2 nights Ho Chi Minh City
  • Airport transfers to and from hotels
  • The services of Emerald Waterways Tour Directors
  • The services of a local tour guide
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • All meals as listed on the itinerary
  • All tours as listed on the itinerary

dining highlights

  • 30 superb meals including: 12 Breakfasts (B), 9 Lunches (L), 9 Dinners (D)
  • Captain's Welcome & Farewell Reception and Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on-board

included excursions

  • Visit to Angkor Thom
  • Ta Prohm Temple
  • Sunrise visit to Angkor Wat
  • Visit to Oudong Temples
  • Visit to the Killing Fields & Toul Sleng Genocide Museum
  • Visit to Royal Palace and Central Market
  • Visit to Evergreen Island
  • Hoa Hao Buddhist Pagoda in the Long Khanh Island
  • Visit to local scarf weaving workshop
  • Home of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le (Sa DeVisit to Chinese congregational house in Kien An Cung
  • Visit to Tan Long Pagoda
  • Visit to fruit workshop in Ðat Dua
  • Guided tour of Ho Chi Minh City
  • Cu Chi Tunnel tour

you’re invited

  • Phare Cambodian Circus performance
  • Ox cart ride
  • Traditional Buddhist Monk blessing (Oudong Temples)
  • Phnom Penh tuk-tuk drive by night
  • Visit to family-owned Lanh My A silk producing factory
  • Lion dance performance onboard
  • Visit to My An Hung village

discover more

  • Culinary Cambodia tour
  • Visit to Tonle Sap
  • Visit to Banteay Srei
  • Artisans d’Angkor workshop
  • Vespa tour of Siem Reap
  • Visit to Koh Chen Silversmith village
  • Silk farm tour at Koh Oknha Tei
  • Vespa tour of Phnom Penh
  • Visit to Ramsar Bird Sanctuary (Long Khanh Island)
  • Saigon street food & walking tour by night
  • Day 1 Arrival Siem Reap

    Sous Sdei and Welcome to Cambodia. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Siem Reap. In the evening, meet your Tour Director to learn more about the days ahead.

  • Day 2 Siem Reap

    Today, start with a visit to the Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Khmer Empire. It was fortified city enclosing residences of priest, officials of the palace and military, as well as buildings for administering the kingdom. The city of Angkor Thom consists of a square of three kilometres (1.9 miles) long on each side, a laterite wall 8 meters (26 feet) in height around the city encloses an area of 145.8 hectares (360 acres). After the tour, visit the sacred temple of Ta Prohm, which is overgrown by jungle trees and it has been the backdrop of Hollywood movies. This evening, witness the incredible Phare Cambodian Circus, a spectacle of acrobatics, theatre and music. Phare is an NGO founded by Cambodian refugees to assist disadvantaged young people by teaching them performing arts. Included is a three-night stay in Siem Reap.
    You’re Invited: Phare Cambodian Circus performance
    DiscoverMORE: Vespa tour of Siem Reap (extra expense)

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Day 3 Siem Reap

    Rise early and embark on a fascinating journey to Angkor Wat. This UNESCO World-Heritage Site is known for its elaborate decorations and intricate carvings throughout. Enjoy a sun rise views and take the opportunity to capture quintessential pictures of Angkor Wat. Return to the hotel and enjoy the day at leisure. This evening, enjoy a gala evening dinner together with a performance.
    DiscoverMORE: Visit to Banteay Srei or Artisans d’Angkor workshop or Visit to Tonle Sap or Culinary Cambodia tour (all extra expense)

    Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 4 Siem Reap - Prek’kdam Embarkation

    Today, leave Siem Reap and venture to the town of Prek’kdam to embark on your Emerald Waterways award-winning river cruise Star-Ship. On route to the ship, stop in Kampong Kdei and see the impressive Angkor Bridge, continue and have lunch on a local restaurant. Arrive in Prek’kdam and be welcomed by your Captain and crew.  Later, set sail to Kampong Tralach and enjoy your first dinner on-board with your fellow travellers.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 5 Kampong Tralach - Phnom Penh

    Start your day with an ox cart ride to Wat Kampong Tralach to visit the Oudong Temples. Located North of Phnom Penh, Oudong is the former royal capital of Cambodia up until it moved to Phnom Penh in the 1800s. Important remnants on the temple sight include the burial sites of Khmer kings as well as religious artefacts dating back more than a hundred years. In one of the Oudong Temple there was a known large Buddha statue which was damaged during skirmishes with the Khmer Rouge which had the hill as one of their last strongholds. Receive a traditional Buddhist Blessing from the temple resident monks as part of You’re Invited. The afternoon is yours to continue exploring or simply relax on board of your Star-Ship.
    You’re Invited: ox cart ride & traditional Buddhist Monk blessing 
    DiscoverMORE: Silk farm tour at Koh Oknha Tei (extra expense) OR Visit to Koh Chen Silversmith village (extra expense)

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 6 Phnom Penh

    Wake up in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh. The city was once known as the “Pearl of Asia”, but it was almost entirely evacuated by the Khmer Rouge in 1975. This morning, we learn more about the Khmer Rouge and the darkest days of Cambodian history. A short drive will take you to the Killing Fields at Choeung Ek. Where you will have the opportunity to walk through the fields and learn about this sad chapter in history. Then, you will visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (also known as S-21). This is a former school that was converted to the main prison and torture headquarters of the Khmer Rouge. In the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to visit the majestic Royal Palace with its gardens and central market located in the heart of the city. In the evening, you will have a chance to experience an evening tuk-tuk ride through Phnom Penh ending on a rooftop terrace, offering great views of the city as part of You’re Invited.
    You’re Invited: Phnom Penh tuk-tuk drive by Night
    DiscoverMORE: Vespa tour of Phnom Penh (extra expense)

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 7 Phnom Penh - Cambodia / Vietnam Border Crossing - Hong Ngu

    As part of your You’re Invited, visit a unique family-owned Lanh My A silk producing factory. The silk product is created with dyes made from the mac nua fruit, a kind of wood tree, which originally came from Tan Chau silk village about 100 years ago. Here, you will learn more about the long-complicated silk making process and have a chance to touch the real Lanh My A silk. Continue the visit, take one of our sampans to Evergreen island for a walk through a local village to get a glimpse into the lives of the local farming community. Re-board your luxury star-ship and cruise to the border between Cambodia and Vietnam.
    You’re Invited: Visit to family-owned Lanh My A silk producing factory

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 8 Long Khanh – An Long – Hong Ngu

    This morning, embark on a visit to the Long Khanh Island. There, you will visit a local family and learn about scarf weaving. Then, visit the Hoa Hao Buddhist pagoda and a grapefruit garden. The afternoon is at leisure for you to explore on your own of if you prefer, to take part on the DiscoverMORE - optional tour (at additional expense) of the Ramsar Bird Sanctuary. Return to the star-ship and this evening be delighted by a lion dance performance on-board.
    You’re Invited: Lion Dance Performance on board
    DiscoverMORE: Visit to Ramsar Bird Sanctuary (extra expense)

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 9 My An Hung - Sa Dec – My Tho

    Start your day with a visit to My An Hung village. As part of You’re Invited, a visit this lovely and unspoiled place will surely mesmerize you. Return to the ship and Sail to Sa Dec, and in the afternoon visit the Chinese congregational house in Kien An Cung. Afterwards, visit the home of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, who inspired Marguerite Duras’ novel, L’Amant, and take a walk through the central market in town.
    You’re Invited: Visit to My An Hung village

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 10 My Tho – Ho Chi Minh City

    This morning you will be taken to the village of Ðat Dua, where you will watch a coconut candy and other fruits workshop. Then, visit the Tan Long Pagoda. Return to the star-ship and sail to Ho Chi Minh City.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 11 Ho Chi Minh City Disembarkation – City Stay

    Bid farewell to your luxury Star-Ship in the morning and transfer to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. You will have a guided tour of Ho Chi Minh City, starting with a visit to the city’s most iconic building: Reunification Hall. Formerly called the Presidential Palace, images of the building were seen around the world on 30 April 1975 when tanks stormed the gates as Saigon fell to the North Vietnamese. Then, stroll through the Ho Chi Minh City’s colonial quarter, walking past scenes of everyday life on the way. Admire the beautiful architecture of the Opera House, City Hall, the old Saigon Post Office, listen to the stories about the glory days of French Indochina and how that era continues to influence aspects of modern Vietnamese culture. Included is a two-night stay in Ho Chi Minh City.
    DiscoverMORE: Evening Saigon Street Food Tour (extra expense)

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Day 12 Ho Chi Minh City

    Drive away from Ho Chi Minh City, watching the city skyline fade into the distance as the road winds through rice paddies, villages and other scenes typical to southern Vietnam. Spend a couple of hours walking around Cu Chi’s rugged grounds with a local guide. Hear how the residents constructed an intricate, underground network of tunnels during the French and American Wars. Hear incredible tales about the unusual foods the residents ate to survive and much more.  Once above ground, see other ingenious items used by the residents to defend themselves such as bamboo traps and camouflaged pits. Upon your return in Ho Chi Minh City, your afternoon today is free at leisure to relax.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 13 Ho Chi Minh City Farewell

    Today transfer from your hotel to the airport to catch your onward or homebound flight.

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Pricing & Availability

    Pricing and Availability All prices listed are per person