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Wonders of Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong  2021/2022

Wonders Of Vietnam, Cambodia & The Mekong 2021/2022


2021/2022 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

Day 1 - Arrival Ho Chi Minh City
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 Included: Dinner

Day 2 - Ho Chi Minh City
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.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3 - Ho Chi Minh City – Embarkation – My Tho
Today, transfer from your hotel to board your Emerald Cruises 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 Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 - My Tho - Sa Dec
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.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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

Day 6 - Hong Ngu - An Long - Long Khanh
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.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 - Hong Ngu - Vietnam / Cambodia Border Crossing - Phnom Penh
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.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 - Phnom Penh - Prek’kdam
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.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 - Phnom Penh - Prek’kdam
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.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 - Prek’kdam Disembarkation – Siem Reap
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. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11 - Siem Reap
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.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12 - Siem Reap
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.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

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.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

Your Cruise Includes
  • 2 nights Ho Chi Minh City
  • 7 nights on board Emerald Harmony
  • 3 nights in Siem Reap
  • Airport transfers to and from the hotel
  • The services of an Emerald Cruises Cruise Director
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities
Included Excursions
  • Cu Chi Tunnels tour and orientation drive of Ho Chi Minh City
  • Visit to a workshop in Ðat Dua and visit to Tan Long Pagoda
  • Visit to the Chinese Congregational House and the home of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le
  • Visit to a local scarf-weaving workshop and Hoa Hao Buddhist Pagoda on Long Khanh Island
  • Visit to Evergreen Island
  • Visit to the Killing Fields & Toul Sleng Genocide Museum and Visit to the Royal Palace and Central Market
  • Visit to Oudong Temples
  • Visit to Angkor Thom
  • Visit to Ta Prohm Temple
  • Sunrise visit to Angkor Wat
  • Visit My An Hung village
  • Lion Dance performance on board
  • Visit to family-owned Lanh My A silk producing factory
  • Experience Phnom Penh at night during a Tuk-Tuk drive
  • Traditional Buddhist Monk Blessing
  • Phare Circus
Dining Highlights
  • 30 superb meals including 12 Breakfasts (B), 9 Lunches (L), 9 Dinners (D)
  • Including a Welcome and Farewell Reception & Dinner on board Emerald Harmony
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board Emerald Harmony

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