Emerald River Cruises- Wonders of Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong

December 31, 2024 - January 14, 2025

Coffee Shop Gang - First Asian Trip!!
Emerald Cruises
Wonders of Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong
Siem Reap, Cambodia to  Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.
This trip includes 3 nights in  Cambodian hotel with extensive touring, a  7 night Mekong River Cruise on the Emerald HARMONY and 2 Nights in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Price includes:
  • Round Trip Flights ( up to $1500 a person)
  • Transfers in Asia
  • Platinum Drinks Package (Unlimited spirits, beer, wine and soft drinks throughout the cruise)
  • SEE ABOVE NEW INCLUSION JUST FOR OUR GROUP Beer, Wine and Soda - ENTIRE CRUISE, not just lunch and supper!!!
Emerald Plus - Phare Cambodian Circus performance, Siem Reap - Traditional Buddhist Monk Blessing, Angkor Ban - Phnom Penh by night on a remork (Tuk-Tuk) tour - A cultural Performance by the Cambodian Student and Children’s Organisation. - Tour the local Cao Dai Temple, Tan Chau - Lion Dance performance on board - Visit to My An Hung village
Included Excursions - 11 excursions, including visits to several UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites
DiscoverMORE - 13 optional excursions, available at an additional cost
And of course, our exceptional EmeraldVALUE inclusions come as standard
7 nights on board the luxurious Emerald Harmony
Deluxe hotels with all service charges, taxes and porterage included
36 meals: 14 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 11 dinners

A variety of on board evening entertainment

Complimentary Wi-Fi on board

First-class service from an English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides

All port charges and taxes

Gratuities on ship
Hotels in Asia - see hotels for stays in Cambodia and Vietnam below!!
Note - Exact date of Flights to Cambodia to be determined. 
Emerald Harmony
Sailors Delight Travel 2025 Duoro River Cruise
We invite you to join us on a journey to vibrant and exciting Southeast Asia, a colorful and exotic land just waiting to be explored. At Emerald Cruises, we’ve combined the very best river cruising and touring to take you through the spiritual landscapes of Vietnam and Cambodia in style and comfort.
Full of beautiful landscapes, welcoming people, superb food and poignant history, we ensure you experience the very best of Southeast Asia. Enjoy a journey of discovery as you uncover hidden wonders, and enjoy authentic local experiences.

Our Mekong river cruises combine the luxurious comfort of our Emerald Harmony Star-Ship, with the excitement and adventure associated with the many stunning, beautiful and charming destinations you will visit along the way.
Sailors Delight Travel 2025 Duoro River Cruise

13 Day Wonders of Cambodia, Vietnam & the Mekong River

Day 1    January 1, 2025

Arrive Siem Reap, Cambodia (D (( dinner))

Sous Sdei and welcome to Cambodia. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel for your included three-night stay in Siem Reap. In the evening, you’ll meet your Cambodian tour director to learn more about the days ahead, before enjoying a welcome dinner accompanied, as part of EmeraldPLUS program, by an Apsara dance performance.

EmeraldPLUS (included)
Apsara dance and dinner show

Day 2  JAN 2nd

Siem Reap (B ((breakfast)),  L(lunch))

Today, start with a visit to Angkor Thom, not a single temple such as the historic sites of its neighbors, but rather one of the most remarkable royal cities of the Angkor Period and an architectural wonder. As the last capital of the Khmer Empire, it was a fortified city, home to priests, officials of the palace, military and buildings for administering the kingdom. Afterwards, visit the sacred Temple of Ta Prohm. In an incredible standoff between human creation and nature, the jungle's root systems have reclaimed this spiritual location now enshrouded in wild vegetation. The backdrop to many Hollywood scenes, the incredible Ta Prohm is both a cinematic and contemplative location. This evening is free to visit ‘Pub Street’ or try a DiscoverMORE option.

Included Excursion
Visit to Angkor Thom

Visit to Ta Prohm Temple

Day 3 Jan 3rd

Siem Reap (B)

Rise early and witness the sunrise over Angkor Wat. Afterwards walk through this UNESCO World Heritage-listed site known for its elaborate decorations and intricate carvings throughout. This afternoon is free time to visit the town and markets or try a DiscoverMORE tour. This evening as part of your EmeraldPLUS programme, attend Phare, The Cambodian Circus, where a combination of acrobatics, music and dance tell a uniquely Cambodian story.

Phare Cambodian Circus performance

Included Excursion
Sunrise visit to Angkor Wat

Day 4  Jan 4th

Siem Reap – Koh Khsach Krao – Embarkation (B,L,D)

Today, leave Siem Reap and venture to the town of Koh Khsach Krao to embark your Emerald Cruises award-winning Star-Ship. En route, stop in Kampong Kdei and see the impressive Angkor Bridge, before having lunch at a local restaurant. 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 5  Jan 5th

Oudong – Phnom Penh (B,L,D)

Wake up in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh. The city, known as the “Pearl of Asia”, was almost entirely evacuated by the Khmer Rouge in 1975. Start your day with a visit to the Oudong Monastery and Temples. Located north of Phnom Penh, Oudong was the former royal capital of Cambodia up until it moved to Phnom Penh in 1866. 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 of the Oudong Monastery, receive a traditional Buddhist blessing from the temple’s resident monks as part of your EmeraldPLUS programme. Spend the afternoon as you please exploring our DiscoverMORE excursions or simply relaxing on board Emerald Harmony. After dinner, as part of your EmeraldPLUS programme, enjoy Phnom Penh by night on a remork (Tuk-Tuk) tour.

Day 6  Jan 6th

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.

Back on-board Emerald Harmony, enjoy a Cambodian Street Fair lunch, before visiting the majestic Royal Palace with its French-inspired gardens, followed by a shopping trip at the Central Market located in the heart of the city. This evening, as part of your EmeraldPLUS program, enjoy a cultural performance by the Cambodian Student and Children’s Organisation, before setting sail to the border.

Cultural Performance by the Cambodian Student and Children’s Organization

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

Included Excursion
A visit to the Royal Palace and Central Market

Day 7 Jan 7th

Jan Cross Vietnam/Cambodia Border - Tan Chau – An Long (B,L,D)
Cross the border then sail to Tan Chau. Here 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.

Relax on board this afternoon or join our DiscoverMORE tour of Tràm Chim National Park, home to Tam Nong Ramsar Bird Sanctuary. Return to Emerald Harmony where you will experience a Lion Dance performance on board.

A visit to a local Cao Dai Temple

Included Excursion
A visit to Evergreen Island and Included Excursion
Experience a Xe Loi ride, unique to the Mekong Delta

Day 8 Jan 8th

Gieng Island - My An Hung (B,L,D)
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. 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.

Listen to some local folk singing in My An Hung
Included Excursion-See the local industries in Gieng Island and a visit to My An Hung village and its Monkey Bridge

Day 9 Jan 9th

Sa Dec – Cai Be (B,L,D)
After a short ride on a sampan 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.

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 10 Jan 10

My Tho – Ho Chi Minh City (B,L,D)
After sailing from My Tho leave the Mekong Delta and 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 11 Jan 11

Ho Chi Minh City Disembarkation (B,L)
Drive away from Ho Chi Minh City port to Cu Chi Tunnels, watching the city skyline fade into the distance as the road winds through rice paddies, villages and scenes typical to southern Vietnam. Spend a couple of hours walking around Cu Chi’s rugged grounds with a local guide. Upon your return to Ho Chi Minh City, check into the Sheraton Saigon Hotel and Towers for a two-night stay with the afternoon and evening yours to enjoy at leisure or venture out on one of our DiscoverMORE excursions.

Included Excursion
Cu Chi Tunnels

Day 12 Jan 12

Ho Chi Minh City (B,D)
Enjoy a guided tour of Ho Chi Minh City, starting with a visit to the city’s most iconic building, the Reunification, or Independence Palace. Formerly the South Vietnamese Presidential Palace, images of the building were seen around the world on 30 April 1975 when tanks stormed the gates as Saigon fell to the North Vietnamese. Then, stroll through Ho Chi Minh City’s colonial quarter, walking past scenes of everyday life on the way. Admire the beautiful architecture of the Opera House, Notre Dame Cathedral, City Hall and the old Saigon Post Office and listen to the stories about the glory days of French Indochina and how that era continues to influence aspects of modern Vietnamese culture. Tonight, enjoy your farewell dinner with your fellow guests.

Included Excursion -
An orientation tour of Ho Chi Minh City

Day 13 Jan 13

Depart Ho Chi Minh City (B)
After breakfast this morning, you will be transferred to the 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.



Per Person Pricing
(Based on double occupancy)

Accommodation Category Type Per Person
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Shinta Mani

Sheraton Saigon Hotel and Tower

Shinta Mani Hotel, Cambodia
Emerald River Cruise - 2025 Mekong
Siem Reap – Shinta Mani
This upscale boutique-style resort is centrally located within the city’s leafy French Quarter. Its Khmer-inspired design complements its close proximity to Angkor Wat and it’s just a short walk from the Old Market and the famous Pub Street. A stunning swimming pool and flourishing tropical garden make it a tranquil place in which to reside during your visit, as does the onsite spa and rooftop bar and café.

Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers welcomes you to Vietnam with five-star accommodations, award-winning facilities and an enviable location. Nestled on the famous Dong Khoi Street in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, our hotel is surrounded by vibrant shopping and entertainment, and just a short walk from popular attractions like the Opera House, Ben Thanh Market, War Remnants Museum and Reunification Palace. Those traveling on business find our hotel near top restaurants and corporate offices. After exploring Dong Khoi Street, unwind and relax in one of our stylishly renovated hotel rooms or suites, boasting a Sheraton Signature Sleep Experience Bed and stunning views of either Ho Chi Minh City or the Saigon River. Dine at our on-site restaurants, make use of our 24-hour fitness center or lounge by our scenic outdoor pool.



Emerald River Cruise Harmony Pool Aread
Emerald River Cruise Panorma Balcony Suite





Not included in costs:  

Insurance - I have set up a group policy if you are interested

VISAS to enter Vietnam and Cambodia

FINAL PAYMENT DUE FOR ALL CABINS IS MARCH 1, 2024. If booked after March 1st full payment is due at time of booking. 

Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam