Wonders of Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong - 7 or 9 night cruise

15 Days
Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap
From (AUD)
$ 4,995
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2024 Ho Chi Minh City > 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.
Your journey begins in Ho Chi Minh City, a bustling metropolis and one of the most vibrant cities in Vietnam. From there, you’ll witness the traditional way of life found in Ben Tre and on Gieng Island, stopping to explore My An Hung village and the Cao Dai Temple in Tan Chau along the way. Crossing the border into Cambodia, you’ll arrive at Phnom Penh before venturing to Siem Reap, where the otherworldly site of Angkor Wat awaits.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
EWVS
Duration:
15 days
Departure City:
Ho Chi Minh City
Return City:
Siem Reap

15 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Ho Chi Minh City

    Xin Chao and welcome to Ho Chi Minh City! On arrival, you will be met by your Emerald Cruises representative and transferred to your hotel, situated in downtown District 1, for a two-night stay. After checking in, you will be free to explore the city before meeting your tour director for your welcome briefing and dinner at a local restaurant.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - 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

  3. Day 3 - 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 down the Saigon River to Cho Gao canal where you will anchor for the night. 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

  4. Day 4 - 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

  5. Day 5 - 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

  6. Day 6 - 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

  7. Day 7 - 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

  8. Day 8 - 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

  9. Day 9 - 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

  10. Day 10 - 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

  11. Day 11 - 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

  12. Day 12 - 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

  13. Day 13 - 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)

    DiscoverMORE

    Evening - Dinner in the Rice Field (extra expense)

    DiscoverMORE

    Evening - Cambodian Street Food Discovery Tour (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  14. Day 14 - 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)

    DiscoverMORE

    A culinary tour of Cambodia (extra expense)

    Senteurs d’Angkor Workshop (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - 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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

EmeraldDISCOVERY Highlights
  • Emerald Plus - 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 - 14 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.
  • 36 meals: 14 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 11 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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