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Wonders of Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong - Ho

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Hotel stays Included*


Cruise Overview

  • Duration 14 nights
  • Departs 27 Dec 2023
  • Sails from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Ship Emerald Harmony
  • Flights and transfersYes
  • Cruise code ‍1960812
  • Voyage code ‍DEVS

Your Itinerary

Fly overnight from London Wed 27 Dec 2023

(regional and premium class flights may be available on request)

Mekong River Cruise

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Thu 28 Dec 2023

Mekong River Cruise

Xin Chao and welcome to Ho Chi Minh City. On arrival, you will be met by your Emerald Cruises representative and transferred to your hotel for your included two-night stay.

Formerly known as Saigon, this is a city with a turbulent and colourful past. Today, Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam’s commercial centre with over eight million inhabitants and four million motorbikes. (D)

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Fri 29 Dec 2023

Mekong River Cruise

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.

Upon your return to Ho Chi Minh City, the afternoon is yours to enjoy at leisure. (B)

Included Excursion - A tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels 

Mekong River Cruise

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Sat 30 Dec 2023

Mekong River Cruise

After checkout, enjoy a tour of the city, visiting the Notre Dame Cathedral, Opera House and Town Hall. Then, visit the Reunification Palace before transferring to the port, where you will board your Emerald Cruises Star-Ship, Emerald Harmony. You’ll be welcomed on board by your captain and crew before setting sail towards My Tho in the Mekong Delta. This evening, enjoy your first dinner on board with your fellow travellers. Your Cruise Director will conduct a port talk to review the activities and itinerary for the days ahead. (B,L,D)

Included Excursion - An orientation tour of Ho Chi Minh City 

Ben Tre

Ben Tre, Vietnam Sun 31 Dec 2023

Ben Tre

This morning you will be taken to the village of Ðat Dua, where you will learn how coconut candy and other local sweets are made, along with a fruit workshop. Then travel to the Tan Long Pagoda before returning to Emerald Harmony to sail onwards to Sa Dec, a hidden gem on the Mekong Delta. (B,L,D)

Included Excursion - A visit to a workshop in Ðat Dua and a visit to Tan Long Pagoda 

Sa Dec, Vietnam

Sa Dec - My Ang Hung, Vietnam Mon 01 Jan 2024

Sa Dec, Vietnam

Visit Sa Dec on a walking tour, with stops at the Chinese Congregational House in Kien An Cung, the home of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, 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 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. Enjoy some local folk singing during the visit. (B,L,D)

EmeraldPlus - A visit to My Ang Hung village

Included Excursion - A visit to the Chinese Congregational House and the home of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le

Scarf weaving

An Long - Long Khanh Island, Vietnam Tue 02 Jan 2024

Scarf weaving

The morning is yours to enjoy your free time on board or, if you prefer, partake in a DiscoverMORE optional excursion to the Tam Nong Ramsar Bird Sanctuary. In the afternoon, embark on a journey to Long Khanh Island, visit a local family to learn about scarf-weaving and visit the Hoa Hao Buddhist Pagoda. Return to Emerald Harmony where, later this evening, you’ll be delighted by a traditional Lion Dance performance on board. (B,L,D)

EmeraldPLUS - A Lion Dance performance on board

Included Excursion - A visit to a local scarf-weaving workshop and Hoa Hao Buddhist Pagoda on Long Khanh Island

Tan Chau, Vietnam

Tan Chau - Vietnam / Cambodia Border Crossing Wed 03 Jan 2024

Tan Chau, Vietnam

In Tan Chau, as 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. After a Xe Loi ride, 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.

Back on board your luxury Star-Ship, cruise to the border between Vietnam and Cambodia.

Tonight, celebrate crossing the border with a Cambodian-style family dinner. (B,L,D)

Included Excursion - A visit to Evergreen Island

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phnom Penh, Cambodia Thu 04 Jan 2024

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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. 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 small museum 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. In the afternoon, you will visit the majestic Royal Palace with its gardens and the central market located in the heart of the city. In the evening, you will have a chance to experience an evening remork (or Tuk-Tuk) ride through Phnom Penh to enjoy the city lights. (B,L,D)

Included Excursions - A visit to the Killing Fields & Toul Sleng Genocide Museum or A visit to the Royal Palace and central market

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phnom Penh - Oudong – Prek K’dam, Cambodia Fri 05 Jan 2024

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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 sight 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 excursion. The afternoon is yours to continue exploring or to simply relax on board your Star-Ship. This evening, enjoy a cultural performance by the Cambodian Student and Children’s Organisation. (B,L,D)

Included Excursion - A visit to Oudong Monastery

Prek K’dam

Prek’Kdam - Siem Reap, Cambodia Sat 06 Jan 2024

Prek K’dam

Disembark Emerald Harmony in the morning and continue by road to Siem Reap for your included three-night stay. This evening, attend the Cambodian Circus, Phare and enjoy an evening of acrobatics, music and dance. (B,L)

Mekong River Cruise

Siem Reap, Cambodia Sun 07 Jan 2024

Mekong River Cruise

Today, start with a visit to Angkor Thom. As 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.

Afterwards, visit the sacred Temple of Ta Prohm, still overgrown by jungle trees, it has been the backdrop for many Hollywood movies.

This afternoon and evening is at your leisure. (B,L)

Included Excursion - A visit to Ta Prohm Temple

Mekong River Cruise

Siem Reap, Cambodia Mon 08 Jan 2024

Mekong River Cruise

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.

Later this evening, enjoy your farewell dinner with an Apsara dance performance. (B,D)

Included Excursion - A sunrise visit to Angkor Wat

Transfer to the airport for your overnight flight to London Tue 09 Jan 2024

After breakfast this morning, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your onward or homebound flight. (B)

Arrive in London Wed 10 Jan 2024

What's included *

  • Embark your river cruise on board the luxurious Emerald Harmony, including:
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • ALL meals on board included
  • Shore excursions included
  • Gratuities are included
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • Extra special included excursions with EmeraldPLUS
  • First-class service from English-speaking crew and knowledgeable guides
  • Free tea and coffee available throughout your cruise
  • All port charges, airport taxes and transfers
  • Plus, book an Ocean View or above by 8pm 25th August 2022 and receive a FREE John Lewis gift card worth up to £75

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Emerald Stateroom

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Providing excellent value for money, they are bigger than the average standard staterooms. Enjoy your time on-board in your home-away-from-home, with everything you could possibly need. Emerald Staterooms have porthole river views, perfect for seeing the picturesque landscape pass by.

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Panorama Balcony Suite

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A private balcony with drop-down window is perfect for enjoying the ever-changing views. Reaching 273ft² (25.4m²), relax and unwind in your opulent en-suite bathroom, complete with toiletries, and sleep soundly in your queen-size or twin hotel-style bed.

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Grand Balcony Suite

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Beautifully appointed with a private balcony, these luxurious suites reach 398ft² (37m²) and host a separate bedroom and lounge. Guests staying in these suites can enjoy the opulent surrounds of the en-suite bathroom, as well as breakfast, canapés and after-dinner treats.

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Owner’s One-bedroom Suite

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At 452ft² (42m²), this truly spectacular suite boasts a separate bedroom and lounge area, a luxurious en-suite bathroom and a queen-size or twin-style bed plus enjoy a private terrace, with an additional space of 323ft2 (30m2 ) complete with a Jacuzzi. Not forgetting, you’ll be invited to dine at the Captain’s Table.

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The Ship - Emerald Harmony

  • Occupancy84
  • Length293 ft (89.31 m)
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Emerald Cruises’ spectacular Emerald Harmony will exceed all your expectations as it introduces you to the majesty of the Mekong River.

What’s on board: Daytime Pool & Bar, Fitness Area, Games Area, Guest Self-Service Laundry, Hair Salon, Horizon Bar & Lounge, Lotus Lounge, Reception, Reflections Restaurant, Retractable Glass Roof, Sun Deck, Walking Track, Wellness Area and much, much more.

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  • Customer satisfaction at 98% and a Feefo score of 4.9/5.
  • Expert staff with over 1,000 years of combined travel expertise offering 5★ service
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Emerald Cruises FAQs

Do Emerald Cruises have a flexible cancellation policy?

Yes, Emerald Waterways does have a flexible cancellation policy. Guests can defer their travel plans and transfer to an alternative Emerald departure date or itinerary up to 60 days prior to departure. This policy is applicable across Emerald's 2022 European river cruises, 2022 & 2023 Southeast Asia river cruises, and their 2022 & 2023 Emerald Yacht cruises. A refund will be given in the form of a future cruise credit and will be valid for 24 months. Flexible booking and cancellation policy excludes Russia.

Please note third party cancellation fees may apply. Further Cruise line's terms & conditions will apply.


Do I need a COVID-19 vaccine to travel aboard an Emerald river cruise ship?

Yes, you will need to have both of your COVID-19 vaccinations with the last administered date at least 14 days prior to departure. Please be advised that there is no longer a requirement to have a COVID-19 test prior to embarkation on European River cruises.


What amenities are provided in my stateroom/suite?

Bathrobes and slippers are provided in all staterooms and suites as well as a mini fridge, air conditioning, toiletries, a hairdryer, a safe, double bed (or twin beds on request) with luscious linens, a phone and a wardrobe with coat hangers.

A complimentary mini-bar is provided in the Owner’s Suite, Owner’s One-Bedroom Suites and Riverview Suites, these are restocked daily with wine, beer and soft drinks.

The Terrace, Yacht Suite and Grand Balcony Suites also benefit from a mini-bar available at a supplement.


What plug sockets are in my cabin?

Provided in all European Emerald Cruises cabins are European plug sockets with a voltage of 220V, you will need to bring a European plug adaptor with you.

In Southeast Asia sailings the cabins are equipped with Universal plug sockets at a voltage of 220V.

Emerald Cruises do not provide adaptors.


Is smoking permitted onboard Emerald Cruises Star-Ship?

Smoking is permitted in designated external areas. It is prohibited in inside areas including your stateroom.


What language is spoken on board?

English is spoken on board all Emerald Cruises Star-Ships.


What is the currency on board?

The currency on board all Emerald Cruises Star-Ships is the Euro.


What currency do I need to take with me?

The currency varies depending on location, the Star-Ships reception will have a small amount of each currency on board, but they do advise bringing some with you.

The Euro is used in the following destinations: Belgium, Austria, France, Germany, Netherlands, Portugal and Slovakia.

Other destinations will have specific currencies:

Bulgaria: Bulgarian Lev | Cambodia: Cambodian Riel | Croatia: Croatian Kuna | Hungary: Hungarian Forint | Romania: Romanian Leu | Serbia: Serbian Dinar | Vietnam: Vietnamese Dong


What do I need to pack?

On board the dress code is a relaxed and comfortable country club style, smart shoes, shirts, dresses etc. Feel free to dress up for dinner but its not compulsory.

When going ashore it is recommended that you take comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather in comfortable clothing.


Can I bring alcohol on board?

Yes, you may take alcohol on board, however it must be consumed in your stateroom, you will not be permitted to consume it in communal areas on board the ship.


What drinks are included in my Emerald River cruise?

A complimentary selection of wines, beers and soft drinks are served during lunch and dinner.

A selection of complimentary hot drinks, speciality teas and coffees are available in the Horizon Bar and Lounge throughout the day.


Are drinks packages available on board?

Yes, there are several drinks packages available at a supplement.

The Non-Alcoholic Package offers unlimited access to a range of soft drinks, juices and mocktails.

Extended Package offers a daily selection of wine by the glass, soft drinks and beers throughout the day.

Premium Package allows you to drink anything from the beverage menu, international beers, cocktails, wine and prosecco are available all day.


Are Emerald Cruises able to cater to specific dietary needs/intolerances?

Yes, they offer vegetarian options and can cater to most dietary needs if given advanced notice. Please inform your ROL Cruise Specialist of any dietary needs.


What are the dining times on board?

In the Reflections Restaurant the dining times are as follows: Breakfast 7am – 9am | Lunch 12pm – 2pm | Dinner 7pm – 9pm. (Dining times may vary).


What shore excursions are included in my Emerald River cruise?

Included excursions are EmeraldPLUS and EmeraldACTIVE experiences and activities. A selection of DicvoerMORE excursions are available to book on board at a supplement.


Do the excursions require a certain level of mobility?

Some excursions are conducted from coaches, guests must be able to walk up and down the steps.

Walking tours of towns and cities may not be suitable for guests with mobility issues.

Guests with limited mobility will need to be travelling with a companion to assist them as there is limited amount of crew members during shore excursions.


Are Emerald Cruises Star-Ships accessible?

There are lifts providing access to three out of four decks on Emerald Cruises Star-Ships, the Sun Deck is reached via stairs.

Under appropriate circumstances guests are permitted to use a collapsible wheelchair on-board, please advise your ROL Cruise Specialist of any mobility issues in advance.


Is there a shop on my Emerald Cruises Star-Ship?

No, there are no shops on board, but reception will have a small supply of toiletries, gifts and souvenirs available at a supplement.


Is Wi-Fi included on my Emerald River cruise?

Yes, complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the ship, public spaces, staterooms and suites, however it cannot be guaranteed.


What is the baggage allowance on board?

Each guest is permitted one piece of checked (hold) baggage with the width and height not exceeding 62” Inches/160cm and the weight not exceeding 20kg/44lbs.

Additional baggage may be permitted at a supplement.


Is there an Emerald Cruises loyalty club?

Yes, as soon as you return you will be enrolled into the EmeraldEXPLORER loyalty club. This includes exclusive benefits, savings, advance notice of new itineraries and more. You will earn point every time you travel with Emerald Cruises and the more points you have the higher the tier, and more benefits.


Is there a pool on board my Emerald Cruises Star-Ship?

Yes, the pool is open from 6am until 6pm every day and on selected evenings it will be transformed into a cinema.

The Emerald Radiance sailing on the Douro River has a serenity pool on the sun deck, it does not have a cinema or Riverview Lounge.


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