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Majestic Mekong Discoverer Cruise on Emerald Harmony

Majestic Mekong Discoverer Cruise on Emerald Harmony

Operator: Emerald Waterways
Ship: Emerald Harmony
Starts: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on Thu, Dec 16, 2021
Ends: Siem Reap, Cambodia on Tue, Dec 28, 2021

Overview

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River Cruise Itinerary

  1. Day 1
    Arrival Ho Chi Minh City
    Thu, Dec 16, 2021

    Xin Chao and welcome to Ho Chi Minh City. Formerly known as Saigon, this is a city with a turbulent and colorful past. Today, Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam’s commercial center with over eight million inhabitants and four million motorbikes. Included is a two-night stay in Ho Chi Minh City.


    Meals: Dinner
  2. Day 2
    Ho Chi Minh City
    Fri, Dec 17, 2021

    Drive away from Ho Chi Minh City, through rice paddies and villages. Explore Cu Chi’s rugged grounds with a local guide and hear how the military constructed an intricate, underground network of tunnels during the French and American Wars. Once above ground, see other ingenious items used for defence, such as bamboo traps and camouflaged pits. Upon your return to Ho Chi Minh City, you will have an orientation drive, starting with a visit to the city’s most iconic building, Reunification Palace, formerly the Presidential Palace.

    Included Excursion
    Cu Chi Tunnels tour

    Included Excursion
    Orientation tour of Ho Chi Minh City

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    Evening Saigon street food tour (extra expense)


    Meals: Breakfast
  3. Day 3
    Ho Chi Minh City – Embarkation – My Tho
    Sat, Dec 18, 2021

    Today, transfer from your hotel to board your Emerald Waterways Star-Ship, Emerald Harmony, where you’ll be welcomed by your captain and crew. Set sail to My Tho in the Mekong Delta and, 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.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day 4
    My Tho - Sa Dec
    Sun, Dec 19, 2021

    This morning you will be taken to the village of Ðat Dua, where you will watch a coconut candy and fruit workshop. Then travel to the Tan Long Pagoda and return to Emerald Harmony to sail onwards to Sa Dec, a hidden gem on the Mekong Delta.

    Included Excursion
    Visit to a workshop in Ðat Dua and visit to Tan Long Pagoda


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Sa Dec - My An Hung - Hong Ngu
    Mon, Dec 20, 2021

    Start your day with a visit to the Chinese Congregational House in Kien An Cung. Afterwards, visit the home of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, then take a walk through the Central Market and peruse its many stalls. Return to Emerald Harmony and sail to My An Hung village. Recognised as a cultural and historical destination, this small village in rural Vietnam produces a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, specialising in red-hot chilli and peppers.

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

    EmeraldPLUS
    Visit to My An Hung village


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day 6
    Hong Ngu - An Long - Long Khanh
    Tue, Dec 21, 2021

    This morning is yours to explore on your own or, if you prefer, you can take part in a DiscoverMORE optional excursion to the Ramsar Bird Sanctuary. In the afternoon, embark on a journey to Long Khanh Island and visit a local family to learn about scarf-weaving. Then, visit the Hoa Hao Buddhist Pagoda and a grapefruit garden. Return to Emerald Harmony this evening and you’ll be delighted by a traditional Lion Dance performance on board.

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    Visit to Ramsar Bird Sanctuary (extra expense)

    Included Excursion
    Visit to a local scarf-weaving workshop and Hoa Hao Buddhist Pagoda on Long Khanh Island 

    EmeraldPLUS
    Lion Dance performance on board


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day 7
    Hong Ngu - Vietnam / Cambodia Border Crossing - Phnom Penh
    Wed, Dec 22, 2021

    As part of EmeraldPLUS, visit a unique family-owned Lanh My A silk producing factory. The silk product is created with dyes made from the mac nua fruit, a kind of wood tree, which originally came from 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. Continue the visit, 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. Re-board your luxury star-ship and cruise to the border between Vietnam and Cambodia.

    EmeraldPLUS
    Visit to family-owned Lanh My A silk producing factory

    Included Excursion
    Visit to Evergreen Island 


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day 8
    Phnom Penh - Prek’kdam
    Thu, Dec 23, 2021

    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, visit the small museum and learn about this sad chapter in history. This afternoon, 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. In the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to visit the majestic Royal Palace with its gardens and Central Market located in the heart of the city. In the evening, you will have a chance to experience an evening tuk-tuk ride through Phnom Penh ending on a rooftop terrace, where you will enjoy a beverage and take in the great views of the city as part of EmeraldPLUS.

    Included Excursion
    Visit to the Killing Fields & Toul Sleng Genocide Museum

    Included Excursion
    Visit to the Royal Palace and Central Market

    EmeraldPLUS
    Phnom Penh tuk-tuk drive by Night


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  9. Day 9
    Phnom Penh - Prek’kdam
    Fri, Dec 24, 2021

    Start your day with a visit to 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. In one of the Oudong Temple there was a known large Buddha statue which was damaged during skirmishes with the Khmer Rouge which had the hill as one of their last strongholds. Receive a traditional Buddhist Blessing from the temple resident monks as part of your EmeraldPLUS. The afternoon is yours to continue exploring or simply relax on board of your Star-Ship.

    Included Excursion
    Visit to Oudong Temples

    EmeraldPLUS
    Traditional Buddhist Monk blessing

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    Silk Farm tour at Koh Oknha Tei (extra expense) 


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  10. Day 10
    Prek’kdam Disembarkation – Siem Reap
    Sat, Dec 25, 2021

    Disembark Emerald Harmony in the morning and continue by road to Siem Reap for your included three-night stay. This evening, attend the Cambodian Circus, Phare and enjoy an evening of acrobatics, music and dance. 

    EmeraldPLUS
    Phare Circus


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  11. Day 11
    Siem Reap
    Sun, Dec 26, 2021

    Today, start with a visit to 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. After the tour, visit the sacred Temple of Ta Prohm, which is overgrown by jungle trees and has been the backdrop to Hollywood movies. 

    Included Excursion
    Visit to Angkor Thom

    Included Excursion
    Visit to Ta Prohm Temple

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    Vespa tour of Siem Reap (extra expense)


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  12. Day 12
    Siem Reap
    Mon, Dec 27, 2021

    Rise early and embark on a fascinating journey to Angkor Wat. This UNESCO World Heritage-listed site is known for its elaborate decorations and intricate carvings throughout. Later this evening enjoy your farewell dinner accompanied by Chayyom dancers. 

    Included Excursion
    Sunrise visit to Angkor Wat

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    Visit to Banteay Srei (extra expense)

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    Visit to Tonlé Sap (extra expense)

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    Culinary tour of Cambodia (extra expense)


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  13. Day 13
    Depart Siem Reap
    Tue, Dec 28, 2021

    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.


    Meals: Breakfast

Countries Visited

Cambodia, Vietnam

Rivers Visited

Mekong

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Ship Information

Emerald Harmony


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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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Emerald was awesome. It offered us cultural experience that was unusual and authentic. We felt like we got to know the countries we visited. We are looking to book with Emerald again in Europe. Local and tour Director was the best

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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