Wonders of Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong

13 Days
Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap
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$ 4,401
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2022/2023 Ho Chi Minh City > Siem Reap

Begin your 12 Day itinerary in the bustling city of Ho Chi Minh City. Spend two nights exploring all this city has to offer, including the Cu Chi Tunnels, before joining the Emerald Harmony, the most stylish ship sailing the Mekong. Follow the river into Cambodia to Phnom Penh and conclude with three nights in Siem Reap.

13 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Arrival 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 for your included two-night stay.
     

    Formerly known as Saigon, this is a city with a turbulent and colourful past. Today, Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam’s commercial centre with over eight million inhabitants and four million motorbikes.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Ho Chi Minh City

    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, the afternoon is yours to enjoy at leisure.

    This evening choose between two DiscoverMORE options to experience the night life of HCMC.

    Included Excursion

    A tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels

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    Evening - Saigon street food tour (extra expense)

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    Evening – One night in Saigon (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  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 towards My Tho in the Mekong Delta. 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 - Ben Tre

    This morning you will be taken to the village of Ðat Dua, where you will learn how coconut candy and other local sweets are made, along with a fruit workshop. Enjoy a ride through the fruit plantations to Tan Long Pagoda on a Lambro before returning to Emerald Harmony to sail onwards to Sa Dec, a hidden gem on the Mekong Delta.

    Included Excursion

    A visit to a workshop in Ðat Dua and a visit to Tan Long Pagoda

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Sa Dec - My An Hung

    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 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.

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    A visit to My Ang Hung village

    Included Excursion

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - 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.

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    A Lion Dance performance on board

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    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

  7. Day 7 - 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.

    EmeraldPLUS

    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

  8. Day 8 - 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 four 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.

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

    Included Excursion

    A visit to the Killing Fields & Toul Sleng Genocide Museum

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

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    A visit to the silversmith village of Kho Chen (extra expense)

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

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    Savour High Tea and cocktail at Raffles Le Royal (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Phnom Penh - Oudong – Prek K’dam

    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.

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    A traditional Buddhist Monk blessing

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    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

  10. Day 10 - Prek K’dam Disembarkation – Siem Reap

    Disembark Emerald Harmony in the morning and continue by road to Siem Reap for your included three-night stay. En-route to Siem Reap, stop in the spider village of Skol, Kampong Kdei and see the impressive Angkor Bridge.

    This evening, witness the incredible Cambodian Circus, Phare, 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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  11. Day 11 - Siem Reap

    Today, start with a visit to Angkor Thom. As 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.

    Afterwards, visit the sacred Temple of Ta Prohm, still overgrown by jungle trees, it has been the backdrop for many Hollywood movies.

    This afternoon and evening is at your leisure or undertake a DiscoverMORE option.

    Included Excursion

    A visit to Angkor Thom

    Included Excursion

    A visit to Ta Prohm Temple

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    Afternoon - A Vespa tour of Siem Reap (extra expense)

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    Evening – Drinks and Canapes in the Rice Field (extra expense)

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    Evening - Champagne Sunset Gondola Boat at Angkor

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    Evening - Cambodian Street Food Discovery Tour (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  12. Day 12 - 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 for you to explore more, to go shopping or to relax at your hotel. And, in the evening, you’ll enjoy your farewell dinner accompanied by an Apsara dance 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

  13. Day 13 - Depart Siem Reap

    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.

    Please note: Preview itinerary subject to change

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

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

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS
  • 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

EmeraldPLUS
  • Lunch at KOTO Restaurant
  • Visit to My An Hung village
  • Lion Dance performance on board
  • Tour the recently renovated Cao Dai temple
  • Phnom Penh by night on a remork (Tuk-Tuk) tour
  • Traditional Buddhist Monk Blessing
  • Phare Cambodian Circus performance
  • A cultural Performance by the Cambodian Student and Children’s Organisation

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  • 11 optional excursions, available at an additional cost

DINING HIGHLIGHTS
  • 30 meals: 12 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 9 dinners
  • Including a Welcome and Farewell Reception & Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board Emerald Harmony

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