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Discover the mighty Mekong River aboard the luxury Star-Ship Emerald Harmony, to uncover the region’s rich tapestry of history and culture, along with a treasure trove of traditions and customs.

In Cambodia, witness the intricacies of Angkor Ban and learn about the nation’s revival from the Khmer Rouge. Your luxury river cruise will then take you to Vietnam to meet the villagers of Gieng Island, My An Hung, and Ben Tre, ending in the cultural heartland of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City.

  • 9 night river cruise from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City aboard Emerald Waterways (or in reverse)
    • 26 meals: 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 9 dinners
      (note: reversed itinerary has 27 meals: 9 breakfast, 9 lunches and 9 dinners)
  • Complimentary international and local wine, beer & soft drinks to accompany lunch & dinner while on board Emerald Waterways
  • The services of an Emerald Cruises Cruise Director
  • Included Excursions – 9 excursions
  • Complimentary water provided on board and during excursions
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Airport transfers to and from the ship
  • Port taxes and charges
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Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City (or in reverse)


Day 1 Phnom Penh – Peam Chi Korng – Embarkation (D)
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.

Day 2 Angkor Ban – Phnom Penh (B,L,D)
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.

A traditional Buddhist Monk blessing

Cultural Performance by the Cambodian Student and Children’s Organisation

Included Excursion
Walk around the historical village of Angkor Ban

Day 3 Phnom Penh (B,L,D)
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.

Phnom Penh by night on a remork (Tuk-Tuk) tour

Included Excursion
Killing Fields at Choeung Ek and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

A silk farm tour at Koh Oknha Tei (extra expense)

Craft Beer Adventure by remork (extra expense)

Day 4 Phnom Penh – Cross Cambodia/Vietnam Border (B,L,D)
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 retuning 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.

A Lion Dance performance on board

Included Excursion
A visit to the Royal Palace and Central Market

Day 5 Tan Chau (B,L,D)
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 to then visit a Mekong fish farm before returning to Emerald Harmony and sailing to An Long.

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

Day 6 An Long – Gieng Island (B,L,D)
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 the 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.

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

Included Excursion
See the local industries in Gieng Island

Day 7 My An Hung – Sa Dec (B,L,D)
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. Stop 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.

Listen to some local folk singing in My An Hung

Included Excursion
A visit to the Chinese Congregational House and the bustling Sa Dec Markets

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

Day 8 Ben Tre (B,L,D)
This morning, 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 sweet 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

Day 9 Cho Gao canal – Ho Chi Minh City (B,L,D)
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)

Day 10 Ho Chi Minh City Disembarkation (B)
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.


Flexible Booking Plan
Our Flexible Booking Plan has been introduced for complete peace of mind. We understand you may need to adjust your plans, so we’re offering the flexibility to change your travel arrangements or re-book for a more suitable time if needed.
Our Flexible Booking Plan allows you to defer your booking to an alternative date, or cancel your journey, up to 90 days prior to departure, less third-party fees. We will provide you with a Future Travel Credit to use on an alternate tour/cruise, which is valid for 24 months.
This plan is available to purchase for a wide range of destinations* for departures in 2022 and onwards.
*Excludes Russia Cruises. 
River Cruising Yacht Cruising
$125 $200
Terms and conditions:
  • Should you choose to defer or cancel your booking, the total monies paid to us (less third-party fees) will be applied as a Future Travel Credit which is valid for 24 months for you to use on an alternate tour/cruise.
  • If you do not re-book within 24 months, your FTC it will be forfeited.
  • Non-refundable. Non commissionable.
  • Excludes Russia cruising.
  • Not available to guests using COVID Future Travel Credits
Platinum Protection Plan

The Platinum Protection Plan (“PPP”) is available for new river and ocean cruising bookings for travel after 1 January 2022 for Scenic and Emerald Cruises (“Eligible Booking”). By adding this plan, you are covered if you unable to travel due to health reasons, or your travel plans are impacted by COVID-19, up to 31 days prior to departure with a 100% refund (less airline cancellation fees and PPP cost), or a 70% refund between 15 and 30 days prior to departure (less PPP cost). The PPP must be purchased together with the Eligible Booking at time such booking is made and may not be added at a later date. The PPP is provided at a cost of $395 per person per river cruise, $495 per person per cruise on Emerald Cruises yacht cruising and $595 per person per cruise on Scenic Eclipse voyages (“PPP Fee”).

The PPP is not available on Oberammergau, Amazon and Galapagos cruises or land tours and the PPP is also not available to new bookings using a Future Travel Credit.

Terms & Conditions

All rates are per person, based on double occupancy in Canadian dollars (unless otherwise stated) New bookings only. Space and price may be limited and subject to availability at the time of booking.  Errors or omissions may occur on the above information with no guarantee of being honoured. Terms and conditions apply. Tax is not included in the above base fare. Above tax amount includes non-refundable $30 per adult Booking Management Fee. $50 per adult cancellation fee. Not included in the above rates: Xpresspost fee, recommended medical, cancellation or baggage insurance. Child rate is applicable when travelling with 2 paying adults sharing 1 hotel room, using the existing bedding. Price Match Policy: Travel Best Bets makes every effort to remain competitive by offering our ‘Match or Beat Any Price’ offer however due to certain restrictions  there will be some product we cannot match or beat. Please note the star ratings found on www.travelbestbets.com are determined by Travel Best Bets based on a number of factors and may not match the star rating found in the Tour Operator’s brochure. Please view our star ratings by clicking here. Due to an increasing volume of disputed bookings, we will only accept payment for air only travel to India, the Philippines and the continent of Africa through the following means: book and pay cash in person or by direct deposit into our business account – once the transaction is verified and a copy of the receipt emailed or faxed to our office, we will confirm the booking. Please contact us for details on how to book using this method. Please contact [email protected] for photo credit information. BPCPA #3287