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10-Day Meandering Majestic Mekong Cruise on Emerald Harmony

From Phnom Penh, Cambodia to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Length: 10 Days - Departs: Fri, Sep 06, 2024
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Departure
Sep 06, 2024
Arrival
Sep 15, 2024

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River Cruise Itinerary

  1. Day 1
    Phnom Penh - Peam Chi Korng – Embarkation
    Fri, Sep 06, 2024

    Arrive before 1400. Upon arrival you will be transferred to the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Later you will be transferred to Peam Chi Korng to embark your Emerald Cruises award-winning Star-Ship. On arrival, you’ll be welcomed by your captain and crew. Later, set sail to Angkor Ban whilst you enjoy your first dinner on board with your fellow guests.

    Please book your flight to arrive into Phnom Penh prior to 03:00 PM.


    Meals: Dinner
  2. Day 2
    Angkor Ban – Phnom Penh
    Sat, Sep 07, 2024

    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 Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh. The city, known as the “Pearl of Asia”, was almost entirely evacuated by the Khmer Rouge in 1975. 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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    Cultural Performance by the Cambodian Student and Children’s Organisation

    Included Excursion
    Walk around the historical village of Angkor Ban


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day 3
    Phnom Penh
    Sun, Sep 08, 2024

    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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day 4
    Phnom Penh - Cross Cambodia/Vietnam Border
    Mon, Sep 09, 2024

    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 returning on board and enjoying a Cambodian Street Fair lunch set sail for a relaxing afternoon of cruising as you sail to the Cambodian and Vietnam border.  After clearing immigration enter Vietnam and sail to Tan Chau. Later this evening, as part of our EmeraldPLUS programme, you’ll be delighted by a traditional Lion Dance performance on board.

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    A Lion Dance performance on board

    Included Excursion
    A visit to the Royal Palace and Central Market


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Tan Chau
    Tue, Sep 10, 2024

    In Tan Chau 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 before returning to Emerald Harmony and sailing to An Long.

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    A visit to a local Cao Dai Temple

    Included Excursion
    A visit to Evergreen Island

    Included Excursion
    Experience a Xe Loi ride, unique to the Mekong Delta


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day 6
    An Long - Gieng Island
    Wed, Sep 11, 2024

    The morning is yours to enjoy your free time on board or, if you prefer, partake in our DiscoverMORE tour of Tràm Chim National Park, home to Tam Nong Ramsar Bird Sanctuary.

    Later sail to Gieng Island where this 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. Return to Emerald Harmony and sail to My An Hung Island.

    DiscoverMORE
    A visit to Tam Nong Ramsar Bird Sanctuary in Tram Chim National Park (extra expense)

    Included Excursion
    See the local industries in Gieng Island


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day 7
    My An Hung - Sa Dec
    Thu, Sep 12, 2024

    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 excursion enjoy some local folk singing during the visit, wander through coconut farms, meet the locals and learn about life in the village. Return to Emerald Harmony and, after lunch on board, you’ll arrive in Sa Dec.

    After a short ride on a sampan up the canal to Sa Dec, enjoy a walking tour around town. Stops include 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.

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    Listen to some local folk singing in My An Hung

    Included Excursion
    A visit to the bustling Sa Dec Markets

    Included Excursion
    A visit to My An Hung village and its Monkey Bridge


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day 8
    Ben Tre
    Fri, Sep 13, 2024

    This afternoon, 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 sweets before returning to Emerald Harmony to sail onwards to My Tho.

    Included Excursion
    Visit the Thoi Binh hamlet and its farming and fishing communities, untouched by tourism


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  9. Day 9
    Cho Gao canal – Ho Chi Minh City
    Sat, Sep 14, 2024

    From My Tho enter the Cho Gao Canal.  This canal is considered one of Vietnam major arterial canals that connects 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. This is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the ever-changing vistas from the pool, to enjoy a treatment in the Wellness Area (additional expense), or to read a book and chat with new friends. Cruise past mangroves, narrow canals, fish farms, busy cargo barges and local fishing boats alike. Tonight, dock in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City with views of the city lights. (Due to customs regulations, you will not be able to go ashore this evening)


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  10. Day 10
    Ho Chi Minh City Disembarkation
    Sun, Sep 15, 2024

    After breakfast this morning, you will be transferred to Ho Chi Minh City 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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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
4.8
Accommodations
4.8
Itinerary
5
Professional Staff
4.8
Repeat with Operator
4.8
Value for Money
4.8

Ratings based off 8 reviews - currently showing 2 reviews with comments only

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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