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Southeast Asia is an exotic land with diversity and colour known for bringing your senses to life. With rich sights, sounds, tastes and smells it will ensure that you have an unforgettable journey. Welcome to the magnificent Mekong!  Cruise in style on the luxurious Mekong Navigator. Built to compliment the rich culture and beauty of the region, the Mekong Navigator blends Colonial style modern comforts with traditional furnishings to reflect a timeless elegance.

Package Includes:
  • Airfare to Ho Chi Minh City and return from Siem Reap
  • 2 nights Ho Chi Minh City
  • 7 nights on-board Luxury Star-Ship Emerald Harmony
  • 3 nights in Siem Reap
  • Sightseeing excursions
  • 30 meals including: 12 Breakfasts (B), 9 Lunches (L), 9 Dinners (D)
  • Captain’s Welcome & Farewell Reception and Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on-board
  • Airport transfers to and from hotels
  • The services of Emerald Waterways Tour Directors
  • The services of a local tour guide
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities

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Included Excursion
  • Cu Chi Tunnel tour
  • Guided Tour of Ho Chi Minh City
  • Visit to fruit workshop in Ðat Dua
  • Visit to Tan Long Pagoda
  • Visit to Chinese congregational house in Kien An Cung
  • Home of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le
  • Visit to local scarf weaving workshop
  • Hoa Hao Buddhist Pagoda in the Long Khanh Island
  • Visit to Evergreen Island
  • Visit to the Killing Fields & Toul Sleng Genocide Museum
  • Visit to Royal Palace and Central Market
  • Visit to Oudong Temples
  • Visit to Angkor Thom
  • Ta Prohm Temple
  • Sunrise visit to Angkor Wat

Tour Itinerary: (available in reverse as well)

Day 1: Arrival Ho Chi Minh City (D)

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.

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City (B)

Drive away from Ho Chi Minh City, watching the city skyline fade into the distance as the road winds through rice paddies, villages and other scenes typical to southern Vietnam. Spend a couple of hours walking around Cu Chi’s rugged grounds with a local guide. Hear how the residents constructed an intricate, underground network of tunnels during the French and American Wars. Hear incredible tales about the unusual foods the residents ate to survive and much more. Once above ground, see other ingenious items used by the residents to defend themselves such as bamboo traps and camouflaged pits. Your afternoon is at leisure.

DiscoverMORE: Evening Saigon street food tour (extra expense)

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City Embarkation – My Tho (B,L,D)

Today, transfer from your hotel and embark on your Emerald Waterways award-winning river cruise Star-Ship and 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 Tour Director will also conduct a port talk to review the activities and itinerary for the days ahead.

Day 4: My Tho – Sa Dec (B,L,D)

This morning you will be taken to the village of Ðat Dua, where you will watch a coconut candy and other fruits workshop. Then, visit the Tan Long Pagoda. Return to the star-ship and sail to Sa Dec.

Day 5: Sa Dec – My An Hung – Hong Ngu (B/L/D)

Start your day with a visit to the Chinese congregational house in Kien An Cung. Afterwards, visit the home of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, who inspired Marguerite Duras’ novel, L’Amant, and take a walk through the central market in town. Return to the star-ship and sail to My An Hung village. In the afternoon, Visit to My An Hung village,  visit this lovely and unspoiled place.

Day 6: Hong Ngu – An Long – Long Khanh (B,L,D)

This morning is at leisure for you to relax onboard the ship or if you prefer, to take part on the optional tour (at additional expense) of the Ramsar Bird Sanctuary. In the afternoon, embark on a visit to the Long Khanh Island. There, you will visit a local family and learn about scarf weaving. Then, visit the Hoa Hao Buddhist pagoda and a grapefruit garden. Return to the star-ship and this evening be delighted by a Lion Dance performance on-board.

Day 7: Hong Ngu – Vietnam / Cambodia Border Crossing – Phnom Penh (B,L,D)

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.

Day 8: Phnom Penh (B,L,D)

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. Then, 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

Day 9: Phnom Penh – Prek’kdam (B,L,D)

Start your day with an ox cart ride before visiting the 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. The afternoon is yours to continue exploring or simply relax on board of your Star-Ship.

Day 10: Prek’kdam Disembarkation – Siem Reap (B,L)

Bid farewell to your luxury Star-Ship in the morning and continue by road to Siem Reap. On route to the city, you will have a chance to view and walk over the impressive Angkor Bridge in Kampong Kdei. Continue to Siem Reap, where you will enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. Siem Reap is known as the gateway to the magnificent temples of Angkor, and this vibrant city has a lot to offer. This evening, witness the incredible Phare Cambodian Circus, a spectacle of acrobatics, theatre and music. Phare is an NGO founded by Cambodian refugees to assist disadvantaged young people by teaching them performing arts. Included is a three-night stay in Siem Reap.

Day 11: Siem Reap (B,L)

Today, start with a visit to the 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. The city was established in the late twelfth century by King Jayavarman VII and covers an area of 9 square kilometres. After the tour, visit the sacred Temple of Ta Prohm, overgrown by jungle trees.
DiscoverMORE: Vespa Tour of Siem Reap (extra expense)

Day 12: Siem Reap (B/D)

Rise early and embark on a fascinating journey to Angkor Wat. This UNESCO World-Heritage Site is known for its elaborate decorations and intricate carvings throughout. Enjoy a sun rise views and take the opportunity to capture quintessential pictures of Angkor Wat. Return to the hotel and enjoy the day at leisure. This evening, enjoy a farewell evening dinner together with a performance.
DiscoverMORE: Visit to Banteay Srei or Artisans d’Angkor workshop or Visit to Tonle Sap or Culinary Cambodia tour (all extra expense)

Day 13: Siem Reap Farewell (B)

Today you will be transferred to the airport to catch your onward or homebound flight.

Cambodia:
Regular Canadian passport – Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of entry into Cambodia.
Visas: Tourist visa: Required
E-visa
You can request a single-entry tourist visa online through Cambodia’s e-Visa service.
Apply for an e-visa – Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

Vietnam:
Regular Canadian passport – Your passport must be valid for at least 1 month beyond the expiry date of their visa.
Visas – Tourist visa: Required

Canadians must be in possession of a visa to enter Vietnam. You should obtain your visa prior to arrival. You can request an extension from:

  • the Vietnam Immigration Department in Hanoi, Danang or Ho Chi Minh City
  • certain local travel agencies and tour companies (for a fee)

Vietnamese visas in expired Canadian passports are not valid. The visa needs to be transferred to the new passport.

 

Requirements can change at any time, please check with the Canadian governmet at www.travel.gc.ca to see the latest details.

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