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Majestic Mekong Discoverer Cruise on Emerald Harmony 2020/2021

Majestic Mekong Discoverer Cruise on Emerald Harmony 2020/2021

Operator: Emerald Waterways
Ship: Emerald Harmony
Starts: Siem Reap, Cambodia on Wed, Apr 28, 2021
Ends: Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam on Mon, May 10, 2021

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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Cambodia, Vietnam

Rivers Visited

Mekong

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 (Wed, Apr 28, 2021): Arrival Siem Reap

Sous Sdei and Welcome to Cambodia. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Siem Reap. In the evening, meet your Tour Director to learn more about the days ahead. Included is a three-night stay in Siem Reap.


Day 2 (Thu, Apr 29, 2021): Siem Reap

Today, start with a visit to the 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.
EmeraldPLUS: Phare Cambodian Circus performance
DiscoverMORE: Vespa tour of Siem Reap (extra expense)


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3 (Fri, Apr 30, 2021): Siem Reap

Rise early and embark on a fascinating journey to Angkor Wat. This UNESCO World-Heritage Site is known for its elaborate decorations and intricate carvings throughout. Enjoy sun rise views and take the opportunity to capture quintessential pictures of Angkor Wat. Return to the hotel and enjoy the day at leisure. This evening, enjoy a gala evening dinner together with a performance.
DiscoverMORE: Visit to Banteay Srei or Visit to Tonle Sap or Culinary Cambodia tour (all extra expense)


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 (Sat, May 01, 2021): Siem Reap - Prek’kdam Embarkation

Today, leave Siem Reap and venture to the town of Prek’kdam to embark on your Emerald Waterways award-winning river cruise Star-Ship. On route to the ship, stop in Kampong Kdei and see the impressive Angkor Bridge, continue and have lunch at a local restaurant. Arrive in Prek’kdam and be welcomed by your Captain and crew.  Later, set sail to Kampong Tralach and enjoy your first dinner on-board with your fellow travellers.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 (Sun, May 02, 2021): Kampong Tralach - Phnom Penh

Start your day with an ox cart ride before visiting Wat Kampong Tralach and the Oudong Temples. Located North of Phnom Penh, Oudong is the former royal capital of Cambodia up until it moved to Phnom Penh in the 1800s. 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 resident monks as part of EmeraldPLUS. The afternoon is yours to continue exploring or simply relax on board of your Star-Ship. Dinner this evening will be Cambodian Family Style in Reflections Restaurant. After dinner this evening, enjoy a traditional shadow puppet show.
EmeraldPLUS: Traditional Buddhist Monk blessing 
DiscoverMORE: Silk farm tour at Koh Oknha Tei (extra expense) OR Visit to Koh Chen Silversmith village (extra expense)


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 (Mon, May 03, 2021): Phnom Penh

Wake up in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh. The city was once known as the “Pearl of Asia”, but it was almost entirely evacuated by the Khmer Rouge in 1975. This morning, we learn more about the Khmer Rouge and the darkest days of Cambodian history. A short drive will take you to the Killing Fields at Choeung Ek. Where you will have the opportunity to walk through the fields and learn about this sad chapter in history. 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 onboard Emerald Harmony; enjoy a Cambodian Street Fair lunch. This afternoon, you will have the opportunity to visit the majestic Royal Palace with its French inspired gardens, followed by the central market located in the heart of the city. In the evening, experience a tuk-tuk ride through the buzzing streets of Phnom Penh.
EmeraldPLUS: Phnom Penh tuk-tuk drive by Night
DiscoverMORE: Champey Academy of Arts Visit (extra expense)


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 (Tue, May 04, 2021): Phnom Penh - Cambodia / Vietnam Border Crossing - Hong Ngu

As part of your EmeraldPLUS, visit a unique family-owned Lanh My A silk producing factory. Learn more about the long-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 for a walk through a local village to get a glimpse into the lives of the local farming community. This afternoon visit Long Khanh Island, known for its scarf weaving, grapefruit gardens and Hoa Hao Buddhist pagoda.  
EmeraldPLUS: Visit to family-owned Lanh My A silk producing factory and a Lion Dance Performance on board.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 (Wed, May 05, 2021): Hong Ngu – An Long – My An Hung

Relax on board this morning, or join our DiscoverMORE tour of the Ramsar Bird Sanctuary. This afternoon, enjoy a visit to My An Hung village, as part of our EmeraldPLUS program. Wander through coconut farms, meet the locals and learn about life in the village.
EmeraldPLUS: a visit to My An Hung Village
DiscoverMORE: Visit to Ramsar Bird Sanctuary (extra expense


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 (Thu, May 06, 2021): Sa Dec – Cai Be

This morning, we arrive in Sa Dec, for a visit to the Chinese congregational house in Kien An Cung. Afterwards, visit the home of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, who inspired Marguerite Duras’ novel, L’Amant, and take a walk through the central market in town. After lunch on board, arrive in Cai Be via sampan and visit a coconut candy workshop followed by performances of traditional music and fruit tasting.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 (Fri, May 07, 2021): My Tho – Ho Chi Minh City

Sit back, relax and take in a full day of sailing the magnificent Mekong River. Watch as life on the Mekong awakens for another day as the ship departs early this morning to begin crossing the Cho Gao canal before meeting the Mekong Delta, known as the “rice bowl” of Vietnam. This is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the ever changing vista’s from the pool, enjoy a treatment in the Wellness Area (additional expense), read a book or converse with new friends as you cruise past mangroves, narrow canals, floating markets, fish farms and pass by busy 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

Day 11 (Sat, May 08, 2021): Ho Chi Minh City Disembarkation – City Stay

Bid farewell to your luxury Star-Ship in the morning and transfer to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. You will have a guided tour of Ho Chi Minh City, starting with a visit to the city’s most iconic building: Reunification Hall. Formerly called the 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 the Ho Chi Minh City’s colonial quarter, walking past scenes of everyday life on the way. Admire the beautiful architecture of the Opera House, City Hall, the old Saigon Post Office, listen to the stories about the glory days of French Indochina and how that era continues to influence aspects of modern Vietnamese culture. Included is a two-night stay in Ho Chi Minh City.
EmeraldPLUS: Evening Saigon Street Food Tour (extra expense)


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12 (Sun, May 09, 2021): 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 in Ho Chi Minh City, your afternoon today is free at leisure to relax.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13 (Mon, May 10, 2021): Ho Chi Minh City Farewell

Today transfer from your hotel to the airport to catch your onward or homebound flight.


Meals Included: Breakfast

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Ship Information

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Questions & Answers

Question: Will the day-by-day itinerary change?

Yes, the river cruise itineraries may change due to reasons such as inclement weather or unforeseen events. Your safety is the number one concern aboard and all precautions necessary will be taken in order to ensure passenger safety, including changing itineraries. Please note that when itineraries do change, the ship staff will do their best to substitute any missed port with an alternative destination.

Question: In what language is the river cruise conducted?

The river cruise will be conducted in English only.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.7
Accommodations
4.6
Itinerary
5
Professional Staff
4.6
Repeat with Operator
4.6
Value for Money
4.6

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first emerald waterway tour was excellent ! excellent and unique excursions included plus good optional tours offered loved the Vespa ride, ox cart and rickshaw ride Hoi Ann and Halong bay are highlights emerald staff very welcoming to us


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