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Majestic Mekong River Cruise

Ho Chi Minh City - Phnom Penh - Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Emerald Harmony
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Join Emerald Harmony on this 8-day Majestic Mekong river cruise exploration that will take you to Vietnam and Cambodia. Your journey will start in Ho Chi Minh City, then you will set sail to Sa Dec and enjoy a walking tour around the city through the central market. The next stop will be May An Hungv, where you will learn about its fascinating cultural and historical destination. Of course, don't forget Phnom Penh, Cambodia's capital known as the “Pearl of Asia, it is where your journey will end.
Ben Thanh Market, Ho Chi Minh CityCity Museum, Ho Chi MinhRoyal Palace in Phnom PenhRoyal Palace and Silver PagodaBike ride by Angkor Wat TempleRoyal Palace in Phnom Penh
Highlights
  • Take a walking tour around Sa Dec
  • Explore Cambodia's "Pearl of Asia", Phnom Penh
  • Discover the historical and cultural destination in My An Hung Island
  • Visit a scarf-weaving workshop and Hoa Hao Buddhist Pagoda on Long Khan
Activity Level: Variable
Activity options vary depending on destination and operator. Activity level is determined by the range and intensity of activities you choose to participate in. Discuss with your Trip Planner which options are best for you.
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Day 1: Ho Chi Minh CIty | Embark

Xin Chao and welcome to Ho Chi Minh City. Please arrive by 9.30 am at the Grand Hotel Saigon.
Today, embark on your Emerald Waterways 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 travelers. 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 in Ho Chi Minh City prior to 08:30 AM

Day 2: 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

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, 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. Recognized as a cultural and historical destination, this small village in rural Vietnam specializes in red-hot chili and peppers. Enjoy some local folk singing during the visit.

EmeraldPLUS
A visit to My Ang Hung village

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

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.

EmeraldPLUS
A Lion Dance performance on board

DiscoverMORE
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

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 on 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 en route 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

Day 6-7: 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. Afterward, visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (also known as S-21). This is a former school that was converted into the main prison and torture headquarters of the Khmer Rouge. The afternoon is yours to continue exploring, experience one of four DiscoverMORE options or 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.

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

Included Excursion
A visit to the Killing Fields & Toul Sleng Genocide Museum

DiscoverMORE
A silk farm tour at Koh Oknha Tei (extra expense)
A visit to the silversmith village of Kho Chen (extra expense)
Enjoy a craft beer adventure by remork in Phnom Penh (extra expense)
Savor High Tea and cocktail at Raffles Le Royal (extra expense)

Day 8: Prek K'dam | Phnom Penh | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark Emerald Harmony in the morning after breakfast and transfer to the airport to catch your onward or homebound flight. Please book your departure flight for after 2:00 pm.
Please book your flight to depart out of Phnom Penh after 02:00 PM.
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.

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Emerald Stateroom
Emerald Panorama
Grand Balcony

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$7,490 2-3 travelers

Please confirm embark/disembark locations before reserving flights, as this itinerary operates in reverse on alternating departures.
Emerald Stateroom
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Emerald Stateroom (D)
Bigger than the average standard staterooms on European rivers, an Emerald Stateroom provides excellent value for money. All Emerald Staterooms feature port-hole windows and the same high-quality facilities as all other cabins.
Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite
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Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite (B)
These spectacular suites showcase our revolutionary indoor balcony design. With the touch of a button, the upper part of the suite’s floor-to-ceiling window drops down to unveil uninterrupted views of the stunning scenery. You’ll also find a mini-bar, complimentary Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV and infotainment system, a safe for your valuables, and plenty of storage.
Emerald Panorama
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Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite (A)
These spectacular suites showcase our revolutionary indoor balcony design. With the touch of a button, the upper part of the suite’s floor-to-ceiling window drops down to unveil uninterrupted views of the stunning scenery. You’ll also find a mini-bar, complimentary Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV and infotainment system, a safe for your valuables, and plenty of storage.
Emerald Panorama
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Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite (AP)
These spectacular suites showcase our revolutionary indoor balcony design. With the touch of a button, the upper part of the suite’s floor-to-ceiling window drops down to unveil uninterrupted views of the stunning scenery. You’ll also find a mini-bar, complimentary Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV and infotainment system, a safe for your valuables, and plenty of storage.
Grand Balcony
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Grand Balcony Suite (S)
At 398ft² (37m²), these beautifully appointed suites host a private balcony with drop-down window, as well as a separate bedroom and lounge area. Enjoy two laundered items per day, as well as canapés and after-dinner sweets in your suite.
Owner's one bedroom
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Owner's One-Bedroom Suite
Reaching a colossal 425ft²(42m²) suites,there are just two of these spectacular suites on-board Emerald Harmony, boasting a separate bedroom and lounge area. In addition you'll enjoy a private 323ft² (30m²) terrace with Jacuzzi. You'll also be entitled to four laundered items per day, pre-dinner canapés in your suite, and an invite to dine at the Captain's Table.

Notes

TECHNICAL DATA
  • Built 2019
  • Length  239ft (73m)
  • Guests 84
  • Cabins 42
  • Crew 40
Included
  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Choice between Emerald Plus and Emerald Active Excursions
  • Wifi
  • Complimentary Wine, Beer and Soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board
  • The services of an Emerald Cruises Tour Manager
  • Airport transfers to and from the ship
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Including a Welcome and Farewell Reception & Dinner
  • 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
Excluded
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Travelers are urged to arrange comprehensive travel insurance to cover any unforeseen circumstances that may occur during the tour

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