Treasures & Temples of Vietnam & Cambodia

17 Days
Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City
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$ 5,595
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2023/2024 Hanoi > Ho Chi Minh City

17 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Arrive 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. 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

    Today you will enjoy a full-day city tour of Hanoi. The tour includes the main sights of the city including ‘Uncle Ho’s’ mausoleum, considered the father of modern Vietnam. Continue to the small but iconic One Pillar Pagoda and to the 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. As part of EmeraldPLUS, you will enjoy lunch at KOTO (Know One Teach One), a unique restaurant set up to train and educate disadvantaged children.

    After lunch, continue with a visit to Hanoi’s Old Quarter also known as the ‘36 streets’. Take a walking tour through charming Hang Be Market and around Hoan Kiem Lake, and stop at Ngoc Son temple. 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.

    Later, attend a traditional performance from the famous water puppets, a unique North Vietnamese art form depicting scenes from rural life and episodes of historical significance.

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    Enjoy lunch at KOTO

    Included Excursion

    A full-day city tour of Hanoi

    Included Excursion

    A traditional water puppets show

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  3. Day 3 - Hanoi - Halong Bay

    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 breath-taking scenery of this magnificent region. Learn more about the main livelihood of the locals in the area or relax on board. Towards the end of the day the boat anchors for the night in the Trinh Nu area among the karst formations and dinner will be served on board.

    Included Excursion

    A Halong Bay cruise

    DiscoverMORE

    A one-way scenic flight over Halong Bay (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - 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 full day of exploration. Tonight, try squid fishing.

    Included Excursion

    A private boat tour to local beaches and activities on Halong Bay

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Halong Bay - Hanoi - Siem Reap

    Enjoy the sunrise and breakfast before beginning your cruise back through the magnificent rock formations, visiting Sung Sot Cave and arriving back at port. Bid farewell as you transfer to Hanoi airport for your flight to Siem Reap, with a stop en-route for a light lunch at a local restaurant.

    Sous Sdei and welcome to Cambodia. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel for your three-night included stay in Siem Reap. In the evening, meet your Cambodian tour director to learn more about the days ahead.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Siem Reap

    Today, start with a visit to Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Khmer Empire. It was a fortified city, home to priests, officials of the palace and military, as well as buildings for administering the kingdom. The city was established in the late twelfth century by King Jayavarman VII and covers an area of 9 square kilometres. After the tour, visit the sacred temple of Ta Prohm, overgrown by jungle trees.

    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.

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    The Cambodian Circus, Phare

    Included Excursion

    A visit to Angkor Thom

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    A visit to Ta Prohm Temple

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    A Vespa tour of Siem Reap (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.

    Return to the hotel and either enjoy the day at leisure, continue touring or choose a DiscoverMORE touring option. This evening, enjoy a gala dinner together, accompanied by an Apsara performance.

    Included Excursion

    A sunrise visit to Angkor Wat

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    A visit to Banteay Srei (extra expense)

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    A visit to Tonlé Sap (extra expense)

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    A culinary tour of Cambodia (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Siem Reap – Prek K’dam Embarkation

    Today, leave Siem Reap and venture to the town of Prek K’dam to board your Emerald Harmony Star-Ship. En-route to your Star-Ship, stop in Kampong Kdei and see the impressive Angkor Bridge before having lunch at a local restaurant.

    Arrive in Prek K’dam where you’ll be welcomed by your captain and crew. Later, we’ll set sail whilst you enjoy your first dinner on board with your fellow travellers.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Oudong - Phnom Penh

    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 sight include the burial sites of Khmer kings as well as religious artefacts dating back more than a hundred years. Receive a traditional Buddhist blessing from the temple’s resident monks as part of EmeraldPLUS.

    Spend the afternoon as you please, exploring with DiscoverMORE options or simply relaxing on board Emerald Harmony. After dinner, enjoy a Phnom Penh by City Lights remork (tuk tuk) tour.

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

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    Traditional Buddhist Monk blessing 

    Included Excursion

    Visit to Oudong Temples

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    Silk farm tour at Koh Oknha Tei (extra expense) 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Phnom Penh - Vietnam / Cambodia Border Crossing

    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. 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.

    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 stop at 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 to the border. Celebrate crossing the border with a Cambodian-style family dinner.

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

    Included Excursion

    A visit to the Killing Fields & Toul Sleng Genocide Museum

    Included Excursion

    Visit to the Royal Palace and Central Market

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Tan Chau – Long Khanh Island

    In Tan Chau, EmeraldPLUS invites you to visit a unique family-owned Lanh My A silk producing factory. Learn more about the long and complicated silk-making process and have a chance to touch the real Lanh My A silk, created with dyes made from the mac nua fruit, originating from Tan Chau silk village around 100 years ago. Board a sampan to Evergreen Island and walk through a local village for a glimpse into the lives of the local farming community.

    This afternoon, visit Long Khanh Island, known for its scarf weaving and Hoa Hao Buddhist pagoda. After anchoring for the night near An long, you’ll be delighted by a traditional Lion Dance performance on board.

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    Visit to family-owned Lanh My A silk producing factory

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    Lion Dance performance on board

    Included Excursion

    Visit to Evergreen Island 

    Included Excursion

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - An Long - My An Hung

    Relax on board this morning or join our DiscoverMORE tour of Tràm Chim National Park, home to Tam Nong Ramsar Bird Sanctuary.

    This afternoon, enjoy a visit to My An Hung village as part of our EmeraldPLUS programme. 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, wander through coconut farms, meet the locals and learn about life in the village.

    Tonight, enjoy a Vietnamese family-style dinner.

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    Tràm Chim National Park with Tam Nong Ramsar Bird Sanctuary (extra expense)

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    Visit to My An Hung village

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Sa Dec - Cai Be

    Visit Sa Dec on a walking tour, with stops at the Chinese Congregational House in Kien An Cung, 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, after lunch on board, you’ll arrive in Cai Be. Travelling via sampan, visit a coconut candy workshop and learn how coconut candy and other local sweets are made, then visit a local French colonial heritage villa.

    Included Excursion

    A visit to the Chinese Congregational House and the home of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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

    Sit back, relax and take in a full day of sailing the magnificent Mekong River and canals. Watch as life in the Mekong Delta, known as the “rice bowl” of Vietnam awakens for another day as the ship departs early this morning to begin transiting the Cho Gao canal. This is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the ever-changing vista’s 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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Ho Chi Minh City Disembarkation – City Stay

    Bid farewell to your luxury Star-Ship in the morning and 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 to Ho Chi Minh City, check into your hotel for your included two-night stay, and enjoy a free afternoon.

    Included Excursion

    A tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels

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    An evening Saigon street food tour (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.

    Included Excursion

    An orientation tour of Ho Chi Minh City

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Depart Ho Chi Minh City Farewell

    After breakfast this morning, you will be transferred to the 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 refer to our terms and conditions.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

YOUR TOUR INCLUDES
  • 7 nights in centrally located hotels
  • 2 nights on board of the Bhaya classic junk (or similar)
  • 7 nights on board Emerald Harmony
  • Airport transfers to and from the hotel
  • The services of an Emerald Cruises Cruise & Tour Director
  • The services of local tour guides
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS
  • Full day city tour of Hanoi and water puppets performance
  • Halong Bay cruise with various tours
  • Visit to Angkor Thom
  • Visit to Ta Prohm Temple
  • Sunrise visit to Angkor Wat
  • Visit to Oudong Temples
  • Visit to the Killing Fields & Toul Sleng Genocide Museum and Visit to the Royal Palace and Central Market
  • Visit to Evergreen Island
  • Visit to a local scarf-weaving workshop and Hoa Hao Buddhist Pagoda on Long Khanh Island
  • Visit to the Chinese Congregational House and the home of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le
  • Cu Chi Tunnels tour and orientation drive of Ho Chi Minh City

EmeraldPLUS
  • Enjoy lunch at KOTO
  • Phare Circus
  • Traditional Buddhist Monk Blessing
  • Experience Phnom Penh at night during a Tuk-Tuk drive
  • Visit to family-owned Lanh My A silk producing factory
  • Lion Dance performance on board
  • Visit My An Hung village

DINING HIGHLIGHTS
  • 41 superb meals including 16 Breakfasts (B), 13 Lunches (L), 12 Dinners (D)
  • Including a Welcome and Farewell Reception & Dinner on board Emerald Harmony
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board Emerald Harmony

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