Emerald Cruises Mekong River

Emerald Cruises | Majestic Mekong Cruise - 8 Days

Immerse yourself in Vietnamese and Cambodian culture and tradition on this 8-day cruise of the Mekong River. Set sail from the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, and as you cross the border into Vietnam, you’ll meet local villagers and gain an insight into their daily lives before enjoying an eventful stay in Ho Chi Minh City.

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Cruise Itinerary: Majestic Mekong Cruise - Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City

Cruise Day Cruise Port Description
Day 1 Phnom Penh Upon arrival you will be transferred to the Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh. Later you will be transferred to Koh Khsach Krao to embark on your Emerald Cruises award-winning Star-Ship. On arrival, you’ll be welcomed by your captain and crew. Later, set sail to Phnom Penh whilst you enjoy your first dinner on board with your fellow guests.
Day 2 Oudong - Phnom Penh Wake up in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, aka the “Pearl of Asia.” Visit the Oudong Monastery and Temples. Important remnants on the temple site include the burial sites of Khmer kings as well as religious artefacts dating back more than a hundred years. In the main temple, receive a traditional Buddhist blessing from the temple’s resident monks. After dinner, enjoy Phnom Penh by night on a Tuk-Tuk tour.
Day 3 Phnom Penh 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.
Day 4 Cross Vietnam/Cambodia Border Cross the border then sail to Tan Chau, where you will 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 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. Afterwards ride in a Xe Loi from the temple back to your sampan to then visit a Mekong fish farm.
Day 5 Gieng Island – My An Hung On Gieng Island 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 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, wander through coconut farms, meet the locals and learn about life in the village.
Day 6 Sa Dec – Cai Be After a short ride on a sampan to Sa Dec, enjoy a walking tour around town. Stops include the Chinese Congregational House in Kien An Cung, the home of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le (currently under renovation), 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, after lunch on board, you’ll arrive in Cai Be. Travelling via sampan, visit a coconut candy workshop to learn how coconut candy and other local sweets are made, then visit a local French colonial heritage villa.
Day 7 My Tho – Ho Chi Minh City After sailing from My Tho leave the Mekong Delta and enter the Cho Gao Canal. Cruise past mangroves, narrow canals, fish farms, busy cargo barges and local fishing boats alike. 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.)
Day 8 Ho Chi Minh City Disembarkation After breakfast this morning, you will be transferred to Ho Chi Minh City airport to catch your onward or homebound flight.
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