Treasures & Temples of Vietnam & Cambodia - 7 or 9 night cruise

17 Days
Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City
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$ 6,845
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2024/2025 Hanoi > 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.
Begin your luxury river cruise in Hanoi, where centuries-old architecture is a wonderful nod to the past, and the Old Quarter strikes a fine contrast, with its many temples. In Siem Reap, the otherworldly sites of Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, and Ta Prohm are sure to fascinate. From here, your journey along the majestic Mekong introduces Phnom Penh, invites you to a traditional Cao Dai temple in Tan Chau, and continues onwards to Ho Chi Minh City for an enjoyable city stay.

17 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Hanoi

    Xin Chao and welcome to Hanoi! On arrival, you will be met by your Emerald Cruises representative and transferred to your hotel, situated in downtown Hanoi, for a one-night stay. Relax at the hotel, explore the city, or wander Hanoi’s romantic West Lake. This evening, meet your tour director for your welcome briefing.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Hanoi – Halong Bay

    This morning after breakfast, leave Hanoi and travel to Halong Bay where you will board your traditional-style junk boat. Cruise through the bays and islets enjoying the stunning scenery of this magnificent region. Enjoy the tours offered on board, learn more about the main livelihood of the locals in the area or simply choose to relax. Towards the end of the day, the boat anchors for the night in the Trinh Nu area among the karst formations where dinner will be served on board.

    Included Excursion

    A two night Halong Bay cruise

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Halong Bay

    Today, continue sailing further into the region’s more untouched areas towards Lan Ha Bay. From a smaller boat, enjoy swimming on quiet beaches and kayaking in Ho Ba Ham Lake. Then visit Cua Van fishing village by rowing boat. Return to your traditional junk boat after a full day of exploration. Tonight, try squid fishing after dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Halong Bay – Hanoi

    Enjoy the sunrise and breakfast before beginning your cruise back through the magnificent rock formations, visiting Sung Sot Cave before arriving back at port. Bid farewell as you transfer to Hanoi. As part of EmeraldPLUS back in Hanoi, you will enjoy lunch at KOTO (Know One Teach One), a unique restaurant set up to train and educate disadvantaged children.

    After lunch, you’ll visit Hanoi’s Old Quarter also known as the ‘36 streets’. This bustling area of narrow streets and alleys is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. It is a great place to explore with plenty of photo opportunities. Visit Hang Be Market, also located in the Old Quarter, before enjoying a walk around Hoàn Kiem Lake located in central Hanoi. Here walk across the red bridge to Ngoc Son Temple located on the Jade Islet within the lake. Later, enjoy a traditional water puppet show, a unique North Vietnamese art form depicting scenes from rural life and episodes of historical significance.

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    Lunch at KOTO Restaurant

    Included Excursion

    Visit Hanoi’s Old Quarter

    Included Excursion

    A traditional water puppet show

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  5. Day 5 - Hanoi – Siem Reap

    Begin your morning tour of Hanoi and learn about ‘Uncle Ho’, considered the father of modern Vietnam, by seeing his mausoleum from outside. Continue to Ho Chi Minh Quarter to see his humble stilt house and the small but iconic One Pillar Pagoda before moving to the nearby Temple of Literature. The Temple of Literature was Vietnam’s first university and it was established to educate Vietnam's royalty, mandarins and members of the elite. The university functioned for an incredible 700 years and its gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a fascinating glimpse into the country’s past.

    Bid farewell to Hanoi and transfer to Hanoi airport to board your flight to Siem Reap. Sous Sdei and welcome to Cambodia. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the Shinta Mani 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 dinner accompanied, as part of EmeraldPLUS programme, by an Apsara dance performance.

    EmeraldPLUS

    Apsara dance and dinner show

    Included Excursion

    Hanoi’s City Tour, including the Temple of Literature

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - 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)

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    Evening - Cambodian Street Food Discovery Tour (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  7. Day 7 - 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)

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    A culinary tour of Cambodia (extra expense)

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    Senteurs d’Angkor Workshop (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  8. Day 8 - Siem Reap – Koh Khsach Krao – Embarkation

    Today, leave Siem Reap and venture to the town of Koh Khsach Krao to embark your Emerald Cruises award-winning Star-Ship. En route, stop in Kampong Kdei and see the impressive Angkor Bridge, before having lunch at a local restaurant. On arrival, you’ll be welcomed by your captain and crew. Later, set sail to Phnom Penh whilst you enjoy your first dinner on board with your fellow guests.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Oudong – Phnom Penh

    Wake up in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh. The city, known as the “Pearl of Asia”, was almost entirely evacuated by the Khmer Rouge in 1975. Start your day with a visit to the Oudong Monastery and Temples. Located north of Phnom Penh, Oudong was the former royal capital of Cambodia up until it moved to Phnom Penh in 1866. Important remnants on the temple site include the burial sites of Khmer kings as well as religious artefacts dating back more than a hundred years. In the main temple of the Oudong Monastery, receive a traditional Buddhist blessing from the temple’s resident monks as part of your EmeraldPLUS programme. Spend the afternoon as you please exploring our DiscoverMORE excursions or simply relaxing on board Emerald Harmony. After dinner, as part of your EmeraldPLUS programme, enjoy Phnom Penh by night on a remork (Tuk-Tuk) tour.

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    A traditional Buddhist Monk blessing

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

    DiscoverMORE

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

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    Craft Beer Adventure by remork (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - 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.

    Back on-board Emerald Harmony, enjoy a Cambodian Street Fair lunch, before visiting the majestic Royal Palace with its French-inspired gardens, followed by a shopping trip at the Central Market located in the heart of the city. This evening, as part of your EmeraldPLUS programme, enjoy a cultural performance by the Cambodian Student and Children’s Organisation, before setting sail to the border.

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    Cultural Performance by the Cambodian Student and Children’s Organisation

    Included Excursion

    Killing Fields at Choeung Ek and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

    Included Excursion

    A visit to the Royal Palace and Central Market

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Cross Vietnam/Cambodia Border - Tan Chau – An Long

    Cross the border then sail to Tan Chau.  Here 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.

    Relax on board this afternoon or join our DiscoverMORE tour of Tràm Chim National Park, home to Tam Nong Ramsar Bird Sanctuary. Return to Emerald Harmony where, 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 visit to a local Cao Dai Temple

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    A Lion Dance performance on board

    Included Excursion

    A visit to Evergreen Island

    Included Excursion

    Experience a Xe Loi ride, unique to the Mekong Delta

    DiscoverMORE

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Gieng Island - My An Hung

    On Gieng Island 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 by sampan and sail to My An Hung Island. 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.

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    Listen to some local folk singing in My An Hung

    Included Excursion

    See the local industries in Gieng Island

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    A visit to My An Hung village and its Monkey Bridge

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Sa Dec – Cai Be

    After a short ride on a sampan 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.

    Return to Emerald Harmony by sampan and, after lunch on board, you’ll arrive in Cai Be. Travelling via sampan, visit a coconut candy workshop to learn how coconut candy and other local sweets are made, then visit a local French colonial heritage villa.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - My Tho – Ho Chi Minh City

    After sailing from My Tho leave the Mekong Delta and 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

  15. Day 15 - 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)

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    One Night in Saigon (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  16. Day 16 - 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

  17. Day 17 - 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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

EmeraldDISCOVERY Highlights unique to your itinerary
  • Emerald Plus - Lunch at KOTO Restaurant, Hanoi - Local folk singing in My An Hung village - Tour the local Cao Dai Temple, Tan Chau - Lion Dance performance on board - Phnom Penh by night on a remork (Tuk-Tuk) tour - Traditional Buddhist Monk Blessing, Oudong - A cultural Performance by the Cambodian Student and Children’s Organisation. - Phare Cambodian Circus performance, Siem Reap - Apsara Dance Performance and Dinner
  • Included Excursions - 17 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
  • 7 nights on board the luxurious Emerald Harmony
  • Deluxe hotels with all service charges, taxes and porterage included
  • 41 meals: 16 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 12 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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