Majestic Mekong River Cruise

8 Days
Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh
From (AUD)
$ 4,040
Dates & Pricing

2023/2024 Ho Chi Minh City > Phnom Penh

Take a leisurely cruise along the Mekong from the bustling city of Ho Chi Minh City to Cambodia's Phnom Penh. Seven nights on the Emerald Harmony will be sure to provide the most comfortable journey along the mighty Mekong River.

8 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Arrival Ho Chi Minh City

    Xin Chao and welcome to Ho Chi Minh City. Please arrive by 9.30am at the Grand Hotel Saigon.

    Today, embark on your Emerald Cruises award-winning river cruise Star-Ship and be welcomed by your Captain and crew. After lunch on board, set sail to My Tho in the Mekong Delta, and this evening, enjoy your first dinner on board with your fellow travellers. Your Tour Director will also conduct a port talk to review the activities and itinerary for the days ahead. 

    Please book your flight to arrive into Ho Chi Minh City prior to 08:30 AM.

    Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Ben Tre - Thoi Binh hamlet

    This morning you will be taken to the Thoi Binh hamlet, a peaceful island on the Mekong Delta near Ben Tre. The Mekong Delta has always been known for its natural beauty of rice paddies, fruit orchards, coconut palm trees, the mangroves along the riverbanks, tiny creeks meandering around the wetland delta and especially the hospitality of locals in remote villages away from the hustle and bustle of big cities.

    Thoi Binh hamlet has been untouched by tourism over the past decades and this excursion would introduce to you the lifestyle of the locals’ fruit plantations and farms of the Mekong Delta.

    Return to Emerald Harmony and sail onwards to Sa Dec, a hidden gem along the river.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Sa Dec - My An Hung

    Visit Sa Dec on a walking tour, with stops at the Chinese Congregational House in Kien An Cung, and see outside the home of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le 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. Enjoy some local folk singing during the visit.


    A visit to My Ang Hung village

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - An Long - Long Khanh Island

    The morning 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. Covering a total area of 7,313 hectares, Tram Chim National Park, located in Tam Nong, is currently one of Vietnam’s eight most important bird sanctuaries. With a system of swamps, grass plots and natural canals, the park is an ideal habitat for 191 species of plants, 150 species of freshwater fish, and nearly 231 species of water birds. Some of these are listed in Vietnam’s Red Book of rare and threatened species.

    In the afternoon, embark on a journey to Long Khanh Island, visit a local family to learn about scarf-weaving and visit the Hoa Hao Buddhist Pagoda.

    Return to Emerald Harmony where, later this evening, you’ll be delighted by a traditional Lion Dance performance on board.


    A Lion Dance performance on board


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

    Included Excursion

    A visit to a local scarf-weaving workshop and Hoa Hao Buddhist Pagoda on Long Khanh Island

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Tan Chau - Vietnam / Cambodia Border Crossing

    In Tan Chau, as part of EmeraldPLUS, 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. After a Xe Loi ride, embark 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. Stop at a local fish farm enroute back to the ship.

    Back on board your luxury Star-Ship, cruise to the border between Vietnam and Cambodia.

    Tonight, celebrate crossing the border with a Cambodian-style family dinner.


    A visit to Cao Dai temple, a religion unique to the Mekong Delta

    Included Excursion

    A visit to Evergreen Island and Tan Chau

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - 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 small museum 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. The afternoon is yours to continue exploring, experience one of two DiscoverMORE options or to simply relax on board your Star-Ship. In the evening, you will have a chance to experience an evening remork (or Tuk-Tuk) ride through Phnom Penh to enjoy the city lights.


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

    Included Excursion

    A visit to the Killing Fields & Toul Sleng Genocide Museum


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


    Enjoy a craft beer adventure by remork in Phnom Penh (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Phnom Penh - Oudong – Koh Khsach Krao

    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 sight 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 excursion. In the afternoon, you will visit the majestic Royal Palace with its gardens and the central market located in the heart of the city.
    This evening, enjoy a cultural performance by the Cambodian Student and Children’s Organisation before setting sail past the lights of Phnom Penh to Koh Khsach Krao.


    A traditional Buddhist Monk blessing


    A cultural Performance by the Cambodian Student and Children’s Organisation

    Included Excursion

    A visit to Oudong Monastery

    Included Excursion

    A visit to the Royal Palace and central market

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Prek K’dam – Koh Khsach Krao Disembarkation – Phnom Penh

    Disembark Emerald Harmony in the morning after breakfast and transfer to the airport to catch your onward or homebound flight. 

    Please book your flight to depart out of Phnom Penh after 10:00 AM.

    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 refer to our terms and conditions.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

  • 7 nights on board the Emerald Harmony
  • Airport transfers to and from the ship
  • The services of an Emerald Cruises Cruise Director
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities

  • A visit to Oudong Temples
  • A visit to the Killing Fields & Tuel Sleng Genocide Museum
  • Visit to Royal Palace & central market
  • Hoa Hao Buddhist Pagoda on Long Khan Island
  • Visit to home of Mr Huynh Thuy Le
  • Visit to Tan Long Pagoda

  • Traditional Buddhist Monk Blessing
  • Phnom Penh tuk-tuk drive by night
  • Visit to Cao Dai Temple in Tan Chau
  • Onboard Lion Dance Performance
  • Visit to My An Hung village

  • 21 superb meals including 7 Breakfasts (B), 7 Lunches (L), 7 Dinners (D)
  • Including a Welcome and Farewell Reception & Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board

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