Wonders of Cambodia, Vietnam & the Mekong - 7 or 9 night cruise

15 Days
Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City
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$ 4,995
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2025 Siem Reap > Ho Chi Minh City

Explore vibrant Vietnam & Cambodia by river

Discover the mighty Mekong River aboard the luxury Star-Ship Emerald Harmony, to uncover the region’s rich tapestry of history and culture, along with a treasure trove of traditions and customs.
Discover the Wonders of Cambodia, Vietnam & the Mekong, starting your journey in Siem Reap where you’ll marvel at the blend of ornate and natural beauty of Angkor Thom and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Angkor Wat. Sailing into Vietnam, you’ll gain a deep appreciation for the villagers of Gieng Island, My An Hung, and Ben Tre before enjoying a three-night stay in the cultural centre of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
EWVS
Duration:
15 days
Departure City:
Siem Reap
Return City:
Ho Chi Minh City

15 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Arrive Siem Reap

    Sous Sdei and welcome to Cambodia. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel for your included three-night stay in Siem Reap. In the evening, you’ll meet your Cambodian tour director to learn more about the days ahead, before enjoying a welcome dinner accompanied, as part of EmeraldPLUS programme, by an Apsara dance performance.

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    Apsara dance and dinner show

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Siem Reap

    Today, start with a visit to Angkor Thom, not a single temple such as the historic sites it neighbours, but rather one of the most remarkable royal cities of the Angkor Period and an architectural wonder. As the last capital of the Khmer Empire, it was a fortified city, home to priests, officials of the palace, military and buildings for administering the kingdom. Afterwards, visit the sacred Temple of Ta Prohm. In an incredible standoff between human creation and nature, the jungle's root systems have reclaimed this spiritual location now enshrouded in wild vegetation. The backdrop to many Hollywood scenes, the incredible Ta Prohm is both a cinematic and contemplative location. This evening is free to visit ‘Pub Street’ or try a DiscoverMORE option.

    Included Excursion

    Visit to Angkor Thom

    Visit to Ta Prohm Temple

    DiscoverMORE

    Evening – Sunset Drinks Gondola Boat at Bayon (extra expense)

    DiscoverMORE

    Evening - Dinner in the Rice Field (extra expense)

    DiscoverMORE

    Evening - Cambodian Street Food Discovery Tour (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  3. Day 3 - Siem Reap

    Rise early and witness the sunrise over Angkor Wat. Afterwards walk through this UNESCO World Heritage-listed site known for its elaborate decorations and intricate carvings throughout. This afternoon is free time to visit the town and markets or try a DiscoverMORE tour. This evening as part of your EmeraldPLUS programme, attend Phare, The Cambodian Circus, where a combination of acrobatics, music and dance tell a uniquely Cambodian story.

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    Phare Cambodian Circus performance

    Included Excursion

    Sunrise visit to Angkor Wat

    DiscoverMORE

    Vespa tour of Siem Reap (extra expense)

    DiscoverMORE

    A visit to Banteay Srei (extra expense)

    DiscoverMORE

    A visit to Tonlé Sap (extra expense)

    DiscoverMORE

    A culinary tour of Cambodia (extra expense)

    DiscoverMORE

    Senteurs d’Angkor Workshop (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  4. Day 4 - Siem Reap – Peam Chi Korng – Embarkation

    Today, leave Siem Reap and venture to the town of Peam Chi Korng to embark your Emerald Cruises award-winning Star-Ship. On arrival, you’ll be welcomed by your captain and crew. Later, set sail to Angkor Ban whilst you enjoy your first dinner on board with your fellow guests.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Angkor Ban – Phnom Penh

    In Angkor Ban, explore its historical rural wooden houses which survived the Khmer Rouge and visit a classroom that teaches English to the local students, after their regular school lessons. In the village temple learn how to pray in a Buddhist pagoda and you’ll receive a traditional Buddhist blessing from the temple’s resident monks as part of your EmeraldPLUS excursion. Afterwards set sail to Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh. The city, known as the “Pearl of Asia”, was almost entirely evacuated by the Khmer Rouge in 1975. This evening, enjoy a cultural performance by the Cambodian Student and Children's Organisation.

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    A traditional Buddhist Monk blessing

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    Cultural Performance by the Cambodian Student and Children’s Organisation

    Included Excursion

    Walk around the historical village of Angkor Ban

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Phnom Penh

    This morning, you will learn more about the Khmer Rouge and the darkest days of the country’s history. A short drive will take you to the Killing Fields at Choeung Ek. Here you will have the opportunity to walk through the fields, visit the memorial and learn about this sad historic chapter. Afterwards 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. Spend the afternoon as you please exploring our DiscoverMORE excursions or simply relaxing on board Emerald Harmony. In the evening, as part of your EmeraldPLUS, programme you will have a chance to experience an evening remork (local Tuk-Tuk) ride through Phnom Penh to enjoy the city lights.

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    Phnom Penh by night on a remork (Tuk-Tuk) tour

    Included Excursion

    Killing Fields at Choeung Ek and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

    DiscoverMORE

    A silk farm tour at Koh Oknha Tei (extra expense)

    DiscoverMORE

    Craft Beer Adventure by remork (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Phnom Penh - Cross Cambodia/Vietnam Border

    In the morning visit the majestic Royal Palace with its gardens and Silver Pagoda, followed a shopping excursion to the very art deco style Central Market located in the heart of the city. After retuning on board and enjoying a Cambodian Street Fair lunch set sail for a relaxing afternoon of cruising as you sail to the Cambodian and Vietnam border.  After clearing immigration enter Vietnam and sail to Tan Chau. Later this evening, as part of our EmeraldPLUS programme, you’ll be delighted by a traditional Lion Dance performance on board.

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    A Lion Dance performance on board

    Included Excursion

    A visit to the Royal Palace and Central Market

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Tan Chau

    In Tan Chau embark on a sampan to Evergreen Island for a walk through a local village to get a glimpse into the lives of the local farming community.  Reboard your sampan to travel back to Tan Chau and as part of our EmeraldPLUS, programme, visit the recently renovated Cao Dai temple. The religion of Cao Dai is a syncretic, monotheistic religion established in southern Vietnam in the city of Tây Ninh in 1926. Here, you will learn more about the mix of ideas that form the basis of this fascinating religion. Afterwards ride in a Xe Loi (local form of cyclo) from the temple back to your sampan to then visit a Mekong fish farm before returning to Emerald Harmony and sailing to An Long.

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    A visit to a local Cao Dai Temple

    Included Excursion

    A visit to Evergreen Island

    Included Excursion

    Experience a Xe Loi ride, unique to the Mekong Delta

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - An Long - Gieng Island

    The morning is yours to enjoy your free time on board or, if you prefer, partake in our DiscoverMORE tour of Tràm Chim National Park, home to Tam Nong Ramsar Bird Sanctuary.

    Later sail to Gieng Island where the afternoon you can travel through the island’s villages to visit families who work in a variety of local industries including boat building of different types and creating incense sticks for temples. Also visit Vietnam’s oldest church. Return to Emerald Harmony and sail to My An Hung Island.

    DiscoverMORE

    A visit to Tam Nong Ramsar Bird Sanctuary in Tram Chim National Park (extra expense)

    Included Excursion

    See the local industries in Gieng Island

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - My An Hung - Sa Dec

    Recognised as a cultural and historical destination, this small village in rural Vietnam specialises in red-hot chilli and peppers. As part of our EmeraldPLUS excursion enjoy some local folk singing during the visit, wander through coconut farms, meet the locals and learn about life in the village. Return to Emerald Harmony and, after lunch on board, you’ll arrive in Sa Dec.

    After a short ride on a sampan up the canal to Sa Dec, enjoy a walking tour around town.  Stop include the Chinese Congregational House in Kien An Cung, the home of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le (currently under renovation), who inspired Marguerite Duras’ novel L’Amant, and enjoy a walk through the central market to peruse its varied produce.

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    Listen to some local folk singing in My An Hung

    Included Excursion

    A visit to the Chinese Congregational House and the bustling Sa Dec Markets

    Included Excursion

    A visit to My An Hung village and its Monkey Bridge

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Ben Tre

    This morning, you’ll visit the Tan My Floating community followed by a ride through the local plantations to visit a mushroom farm, a fruit farm with sampling and a honey farm with local sweet before returning to Emerald Harmony to sail onwards to My Tho.

    Included Excursion

    Visit the Thoi Binh hamlet and its farming and fishing communities, untouched by tourism

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Cho Gao canal – Ho Chi Minh City

    From My Tho enter the Cho Gao Canal.  This canal is considered one of Vietnam major arterial canals that connects Tien Giang Province in the Mekong Delta with Ho Chi Minh City. Today is a fascinating day watching the heavy commercial traffic navigate this important waterway which can see upwards of 1,800 vessels transit each day. This is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the ever-changing vistas from the pool, to enjoy a treatment in the Wellness Area (additional expense), or to read a book and chat with new friends. Cruise past mangroves, narrow canals, fish farms, busy cargo barges and local fishing boats alike. Tonight, dock in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City with views of the city lights. (Due to customs regulations, you will not be able to go ashore this evening)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Ho Chi Minh City Disembarkation

    Drive away from Ho Chi Minh City port to Cu Chi Tunnels, watching the city skyline fade into the distance as the road winds through rice paddies, villages and scenes typical to southern Vietnam. Spend a couple of hours walking around Cu Chi’s rugged grounds with a local guide. Upon your return to Ho Chi Minh City, check into the Sheraton Saigon Hotel and Towers for a two-night stay with the afternoon and evening yours to enjoy at leisure or venture out on one of our DiscoverMORE excursions.

    Included Excursion

    Cu Chi Tunnels

    DiscoverMORE

    An evening Saigon Street Food walking tour (extra expense)

    DiscoverMORE

    One Night in Saigon (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  14. Day 14 - Ho Chi Minh City

    Enjoy a guided tour of Ho Chi Minh City, starting with a visit to the city’s most iconic building, the Reunification, or Independence Palace. Formerly the South Vietnamese 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 Ho Chi Minh City’s colonial quarter, walking past scenes of everyday life on the way. Admire the beautiful architecture of the Opera House, Notre Dame Cathedral, City Hall and the old Saigon Post Office and listen to the stories about the glory days of French Indochina and how that era continues to influence aspects of modern Vietnamese culture. Tonight, enjoy your farewell dinner with your fellow guests.

    Included Excursion

    An orientation tour of Ho Chi Minh City

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Depart Ho Chi Minh City

    After breakfast this morning, you will be transferred to the Ho Chi Minh City airport to catch your onward or homebound flight.

    This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above.

    Please note: Preview itinerary subject to change.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

EmeraldDISCOVERY Highlights unique to your itinerary
  • Emerald Plus - Phare Cambodian Circus performance, Siem Reap - Traditional Buddhist Monk Blessing, Angkor Ban - Phnom Penh by night on a remork (Tuk-Tuk) tour - A cultural Performance by the Cambodian Student and Children’s Organisation. - Tour the local Cao Dai Temple, Tan Chau - Lion Dance performance on board - Visit to My An Hung village
  • Included Excursions - 11 excursions, including visits to several UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites
  • DiscoverMORE - 13 optional excursions, available at an additional cost

And of course, our exceptional EmeraldVALUE inclusions come as standard
  • 9 nights on board the luxurious Emerald Harmony
  • Deluxe hotels with all service charges, taxes and porterage included
  • 36 meals: 14 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 11 dinners
  • Complimentary international and local wine, beer & soft drinks to accompany lunch & dinner while on board Emerald Harmony
  • Complimentary tea & coffee on board
  • Complimentary water provided on board and during excursions
  • A variety of on board evening entertainment
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • First-class service from an English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides
  • Earn EmeraldEXPLORER loyalty points
  • All port charges and taxes
  • ATAS protected and CLIA member
  • All tips included

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