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

19 Days
Hanoi to Siem Reap
From (AUD)
$ 6,845
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2025 Hanoi > Siem Reap

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. Cruise the waterways of Halong Bay in a traditional junk boat, learn of Ho Chi Minh City’s fascinating war history, and embark on a once-in-a-lifetime river cruise along the Mekong. Enjoy a Tuk-Tuk tour in Phnom Penh, and finish your adventure in the Cambodian city of Siem Reap, where you’ll witness Angkor Wat and attend a spectacular circus performance.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
EWHA
Duration:
19 days
Departure City:
Hanoi
Return City:
Siem Reap

19 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

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    A traditional water puppet show

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  5. Day 5 - Hanoi –Ho Chi Minh City

    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 Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon. After checking into the Sheraton Saigon Hotel and Towers, you will be free to explore the city before enjoying dinner at a local restaurant.

    Included Excursion

    Hanoi’s City Tour, including the Temple of Literature

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  6. Day 6 - Ho Chi Minh City

    Drive away from Ho Chi Minh City 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, enjoy a Pho lunch with remainder of 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

  7. Day 7 - Ho Chi Minh City – Embarkation

    After checkout, enjoy a tour of the city, visiting the Notre Dame Cathedral, Opera House and Town Hall. Then, visit the Reunification Palace before transferring to the port where you will board your Emerald Cruises Star-Ship, Emerald Harmony. You’ll be welcomed on board by your captain and crew before setting sail after lunch towards My Tho in the Mekong Delta, travelling through the bustling Cho Gao enroute. This evening, enjoy your first dinner on board with your fellow travellers. Your Cruise Director will conduct a port talk to review the activities and itinerary for the days ahead.

    Included Excursion

    An orientation tour of Ho Chi Minh City

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Sail Cho Gao Canal

    The Cho Gao canal is one of the major arterial canals of Vietnam connecting 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. Enjoy watching the scenery pass you by from your balcony or sundeck, enjoy a swim in the resort style infinity pool or maybe try an optional extra spa treatment during your day of relaxation onboard.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - 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 Sa Ðéc, a hidden gem on the Mekong Delta.

    Included Excursion

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Sa Dec – My An Hung

    After a short ride on a sampan to Sa Dec enjoy a walking tour around town with stops at 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 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 programme, enjoy some local folk singing during the visit.

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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 - Gieng Island - An Long

    On 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.

    The afternoon is yours to enjoy your free time on board or, if you prefer, partake in a DiscoverMORE optional excursion to the Tam Nong Ramsar Bird Sanctuary in An Long.

    Included Excursion

    See the local industries in Gieng Island

    DiscoverMORE

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Tan Chau - Vietnam/Cambodia Border Crossing

    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.

    Back on board your luxury Star-Ship, cruise to the border between Vietnam and Cambodia. Whilst at the border, as part of our EmeraldPLUS programme, you’ll be delighted by a traditional Lion Dance performance on board. Tonight, celebrate crossing the border with a Cambodian-style family dinner.

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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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - 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. 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

  14. Day 14 - Phnom Penh – Angkor Ban

    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 lunch set sail from Phnom Penh and enjoy an afternoon of relaxed sailing as you cruise further up the Mekong River to Angkor Ban.

    Included Excursion

    A visit to the Royal Palace and Central Market

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Angkor Ban - Peam Chi Korng

    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 your final destination, Peam Chi Korng located further upstream on the Mekong River. This evening, enjoy a cultural performance by the Cambodian Student and Children's Organisation before attending your farewell dinner onboard.

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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

  16. Day 16 - Peam Chi Korng Disembarkation – Siem Reap

    Disembark Emerald Harmony in the morning and continue by road to Siem Reap for your included three-night stay. Stay at the beautiful Shinta Mani, a deluxe boutique property of world-class design that takes great care in honouring the environment and paying homage to the traditional and local aesthetics. 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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  17. Day 17 - 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 this evening.

    Included Excursion

    Visit to Angkor Thom

    Included Excursion

    Visit to Ta Prohm Temple

    DiscoverMORE

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

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    Evening - Dinner in the Rice Field (extra expense)

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    Evening - Cambodian Street Food Discovery Tour (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  18. Day 18 - 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. Later this evening, enjoy your farewell dinner as part of your EmeraldPLUS programme, accompanied by an Apsara dance performance.

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    Apsara dance performance and dinner show

    Included Excursion

    Sunrise visit to Angkor Wat

    DiscoverMORE

    Vespa tour of Siem Reap

    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)

    Senteurs d’Angkor Workshop (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - Depart Siem Reap

    After breakfast this morning, you will be transferred to the Siem Reap 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
  • Emerald Plus - Lunch at KOTO Restaurant - Hanoi, Local folk singing in My An Hung village - Lion Dance performance on board - Tour the local Cao Dai Temple, Tan Chau - Phnom Penh by night on a remork (Tuk-Tuk) tour - Traditional Buddhist Monk Blessing, Angkor Ban - A cultural Performance by the Cambodian Student and Children’s Organisation - Phare Cambodian Circus performance, Siem Reap - Apsara Dance Performance and Dinner
  • Included Excursions - 18 excursions, including visits to several UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites
  • DiscoverMORE - 13 optional excursions, available at an additional cost

EmeraldVALUE inclusions
  • 9 nights on board the luxurious Emerald Harmony
  • Deluxe hotels with all service charges, taxes and porterage included
  • 47 meals: 18 breakfasts, 15 lunches and 14 dinners
  • Complimentary international and local wine, beer & soft drinks to accompany lunch & dinner while on board Emerald Harmony

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