Emerald Waterways Mekong cruise.

Discover the Mekong

The Mekong Delta is quintessential South East Asia. The lifeblood of the region, it is a vast network of tributaries overflowing with vibrant life. Here the river is king and its people have developed ingenious ways to live in harmony with this beautiful landscape.

Get to know this area intimately on board the Emerald Harmony, launched August 2019. Journey throughout the maze of waterways where life is simple and traditional, yet fascinating and captivating. Here you will find life that has continued unchanged for decades, dependent on the river but thriving in the lush, fertile environment.

For Details on Mekong Cruising call Glenn at The Travellers Hut on 43 63 1699.

8 Day Mekong River Cruise Itinerary

  1. Day 1 – Arrival Ho Chi Minh City Embarkation – My ThoXin Chao and welcome to Ho Chi Minh City. Today, 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. Please arrive by 9:30am.Meals Included: Dinner
  2. Day 2 – My Tho – Sa DecThis 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.Included ExcursionVisit to a workshop in Ðat Dua and visit to Tan Long PagodaMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day 3 – Sa Dec – My An Hung – Hong NguStart 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.Included ExcursionVisit to the Chinese Congregational House and the home of Mr. Huynh Thuy LeEmeraldPLUSVisit to My An Hung villageMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day 4 – Hong Ngu – An Long – Long KhanhThis 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.DiscoverMOREVisit to Ramsar Bird Sanctuary (extra expense)Included ExcursionVisit to a local scarf-weaving workshop and Hoa Hao Buddhist Pagoda on Long Khanh Island EmeraldPLUSLion Dance performance on boardMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day 5 – Hong Ngu – Vietnam / Cambodia Border Crossing – Phnom PenhAs 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.EmeraldPLUSVisit to family-owned Lanh My A silk producing factoryIncluded ExcursionVisit to Evergreen Island Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day 6 – Phnom Penh – Prek’kdamWake 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.Included ExcursionVisit to the Killing Fields & Toul Sleng Genocide MuseumIncluded ExcursionVisit to the Royal Palace and Central MarketEmeraldPLUSPhnom Penh tuk-tuk drive by NightMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day 7 – Phnom Penh – Prek’kdamStart 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.Included ExcursionVisit to Oudong TemplesEmeraldPLUSTraditional Buddhist Monk blessingDiscoverMORESilk Farm tour at Koh Oknha Tei (extra expense) Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day 8 – Prek’kdam Disembarkation – Siem ReapBid farewell to your luxury Star-Ship in the morning and be transferred to the airport to catch your onward or homebound flight. Please depart after 6:00pm.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


  • 7 nights on board Emerald Harmony
  • Airport transfers to and from the ship
  • The services of an Emerald Waterways Cruise Director
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities


  • 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 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


  • 20 superb meals including 7 Breakfasts (B), 6 Lunches (L), 7 Dinners (D)
  • Including a Welcome and Farewell Reception & Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board

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