You're Invited to EmeraldPLUS, South East Asia

Unique and exclusive local experiences

With Evergreen’s unique 'You’re Invited' program - known as EmeraldPLUS on our Emerald Waterways cruises - enjoy exclusive local cultural experiences where guests are welcomed into the lives of local people. These included programs offer a unique opportunity to immerse in local cultures and have been chosen to provide you with a better understanding of the areas you visit.

KOTO restaurant in Hanoi - EmeraldPLUS

Koto restaurant in Hanoi

Enjoy a lunch at KOTO, a unique restaurant that trains disadvantaged street youth and gives them hospitality skills. KOTO stands for “Know One, Teach One" and promotes that learning and knowledge are meant to be shared. The trainees often start off as unskilled, insecure individuals with low self-esteem. Through the program they become educated, confident and self-sustainable young adults.
Reaching Out - EmeraldPLUS

Reaching Out, Hoi An

Reaching Out is an organisation which provides opportunities for people with disabilities to learn new skills and gain meaningful employment, helping them to lead independent and fulfilling lives. Visit their workshop and meet local people whose lives have been improved by Reaching Out.

Image courtesy of Reaching Out Vietnam

Lion Dance - EmeraldPLUS

Lion dance performance, Mekong River

Enjoy a traditional Lion dance performance on the Sun Deck of the Emerald Harmony. This is a vibrant and enjoyable experience, popular for festivals and celebrations throughout Southeast Asia. The lion is a symbol of power, wisdom and good fortune.
Hue Cyclo - EmeraldPLUS

Cyclo ride through the Dai Noi or ‘Old City’ in Hue

Join locals and immerse yourself in the sounds and sights of the city on an authentic cyclo ride through the Old City. Discover the fascinating history and spectacular beauty of this town through the backstreets towards the Perfume River. Visit Thien Mu Pagoda and the grounds where one of the most seizing images of the Vietnam War was taken.
Silk Factory - EmeraldPLUS

Silk factory in Hong Ngu

Visit a unique, family-owned silk producing factory in Hong Ngu. The silk product is created with dyes made from the mac nua fruit, a kind of wood tree, which originally came from the Tan Chau silk village about 100 years ago. Here you will learn more about the long, complicated silk making process and have a chance to touch the real Lanh My A Silk.
Water Blessing at Kampong Tralach - EmeraldPLUS

Water Blessing, Kampong Tralach

Visit the Oudong Temples and receive a traditional Buddhist Water Blessing from the monastery’s resident monks. Water blessings are a traditional Cambodian practice that date back to ancient times. The monks will chant harmoniously as they wish you good luck, safe travel, and a long life.  
Phare Circus - EmeraldPLUS

Phare Circus in Siem Reap

In Siem Reap witness the incredible Phare Circus, a unique circus that involves theatre, story, dance, music and circus arts. These spectacular acrobatics are thematically infused with Cambodian history and culture. Phare provides opportunities to street children, orphans and struggling families by training them in the art of performance and providing them with employment.
Tuk Tuk ride, EmeraldPLUS

Phnom Penh Tuk-Tuk Drive by Night

Experience Phnom Penh at night during a tuk-tuk drive through this buzzing, vibrant city. End the tour on a rooftop terrace with great views of the city.
My An Hung Village - EmeraldPLUS

My An Hung village visit

Recognised as a cultural and historical destination, My An Hung village is a small village in rural Vietnam produces a wide variety of fruits and vegetable, specialising in red-hot chilli peppers.
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