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Highlights of Vietnam, Cambodia and the Mekong River

From £4,245pp

From the temples of Angkor to the famous tunnels of Cu Chi, this all encompassing tour and cruise ensures that you will see the essential sights of Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Phnom Penh and Hoi An.

Immerse yourself in river life during your seven night cruise down the majestic Mekong and discover why Southeast Asia makes this such a magnetic destination.

What’s included On Board

  • 7 nights on board the Luxurious Emerald Navigator or Emerald Harmony
  • Deluxe hotels with all service charges, taxes and porterage included
  • Cruise on a luxury Junk boat around Halong Bay
  • 36 meals, 15 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches and 11 Dinners
  • Personal Service with almost 1:1 guest to staff ratio
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks to accompany Lunch and Dinner whilst on board
  • Complimentary tea, coffee and bottled water
  • Shore excursions and Emerald plus activities and experiences
  • Visits to UNESCO World Heritage listed sites
  • First class service form an English speaking crew
  • Expert local guides
  • Complimentary WIFI
  • All tipping & Gratuities on board
  • Return economy flights from London Heathrow or Manchester
  • All Port charges, airport taxes and transfers
Day 1 - Depart UK

Return economy flights from London Heathrow or Manchester are included in the price of your holiday.

Day 2 - Arrive Hanoi

Xin Chao and welcome to Hanoi! On arrival, you will be met by your Emerald Waterways representative and transferred to your hotel situated in downtown Hanoi.

Relax at the hotel, explore the city or wander Hanoi’s romantic West Lake.

This evening, meet your Tour Director for your welcome briefing.

Day 2 - Arrive Hanoi


Day 3 - Hanoi

This morning visit historic Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (view from outside), see Ho Chi Minh’s former home, then the iconic One Pillar Pagoda.

Continue to the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university, then take a walking tour through Hanoi’s historic Old Quarter.

EmeraldPLUS: Stop for lunch at KOTO restaurant, a unique restaurant that trains disadvantaged street children. EmeraldPLUS: Attend a traditional Water Puppet performance and after the show go backstage to meet the puppeteers.

Day 3 - Hanoi

Breakfast & Lunch

Day 4 - Hanoi & Halong Bay

Travel to Halong Bay and board your luxurious traditional style junk for a two night cruise. Halong Bay is known for its stunning scenery where thousands of limestone pillars rise dramatically out of the emerald water.

Cruise through the bays and islets of this magnificent region.

Visit a fishing village to discover more about the main livelihood of the locals in the area.

Discover More: Take the opportunity to view this spectacular landscape from the air with a 45 minute seaplane flight from Hanoi over Halong Bay (must be prebooked, additional cost).

Two Night Stay: Bhaya Classic Junk or similar

Day 4 - Hanoi & Halong Bay

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 - Halong Bay

After breakfast visit an islet to explore one of the many caves with their impressive stalagmite and stalactite formations.

After lunch visit Cat Ba Island, the largest island in Halong Bay which mainly consists of National Park.

Tour the town and explore the verdant isle with a Local Guide.

Day 5 - Halong Bay

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 - Halong Bay - Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh City

Cruise to an island with beautiful beaches and panoramic lookouts before sailing back to the mainland.

Transfer to Hanoi for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. More commonly known as Saigon, it is a city with a turbulent and colourful past, although today it is the country’s commercial centre

Two Night Stay: Ho Chi Minh City

Day 6 -  Halong Bay - Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh City

Breakfast & Lunch

Day 7 - Ho Chi Minh City

EmeraldPLUS: Travel to the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels. Join a Vietnamese Veteran and learn of the wars, strategies, atrocities and the resourcefulness of the Vietnamese which eventually led to the defeat of their enemies.

Your guide will relate fascinating stories from first-hand experience to allow a real insight into the Vietnam War.

Discover More: Evening street food walking tour, or Saigon old and new tour (additional cost)

Day 7 - Ho Chi Minh City


Day 8 - Ho Chi Minh City Embarkation - My Tho

This morning be guided on a city tour seeing Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Saigon Post Office, bustling Dong Khoi Street, Opera House, City Hall and the War Remnants Museum.

Transfer to My Tho in the Mekong Delta. From here we will begin our journey upstream aboard the luxurious RV Mekong Navigator.

Meet your Cruise Director and crew followed by a welcome reception. This evening enjoy a Vietnamese “Mekong Delta” Theme Dinner.

Seven Night Stay: RV Mekong Navigator

Day 8 -  Ho Chi Minh City Embarkation - My Tho

Breakfast & Dinner

Day 9 - Cai Be - Sa Dec

Following breakfast we board traditional sampans and sail through Cai Be’s floating market, a fascinating and iconic scene of the Mekong Delta. Watch as the locals trade and barter a variety of wares and exchange goods across the river.

Sail past the city’s attractive French gothic cathedral, then tour the historic Anh Kiet House with its beautiful surrounding gardens. Visit a traditional rice factory where workers produce rice paper, rice wine, popped rice, and many varieties of traditional candies.

Afterwards we return to the ship for a sumptuous lunch and enjoy a scenic cruise upstream. We reboard our sampans to navigate the narrow canals of the Mekong, where we can observe daily routines of the villagers en route to the historic town of Sa Dec.

Along the way, we stop at a local brick factory to view the complete process of brick-making by local men and women utilising clay from the Mekong.

Upon arrival to Sa Dec, we visit the home of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, who inspired Marguerite Duras’ novel, L’Amant (The Lover), and take a fascinating walk through the town’s market experiencing the local sights and sounds.

Day 9 - Cai Be  - Sa Dec

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10 - Tan Chau – Vietnam/Cambodia border crossing

Tan Chau is an interesting border town with a variety of ethnicities and is famous for its silk. Board a sampan and sail to a colourful temple of the Cao Dai religion. This is one of the unique amalgam religions founded in Vietnam and its unique cast of saints include Jesus Christ, Sun Yat Sen and Victor Hugo.

We then board a xe loi (traditional Vietnamese tuk-tuk) for a 15-minute ride through the town to a family-owned mat weaving workshop.

This is a fascinating look into an integral Mekong Delta industry where the products are made by hand or with the help of a manually operated loom.

Reboard our sampans and sail to a floating fish farm to learn about various types of fish in this region and the importance of this industry to Vietnam’s economy.

Day 10 - Tan Chau – Vietnam/Cambodia border crossing

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11 - Phmon Penh

Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh was once known as the “Pearl of Asia”, but it was almost entirely evacuated by the Khmer Rouge in 1975. Today it is an inspiring and buzzing centre of hope and opportunity with plenty to see and do.

EmeraldPLUS: After breakfast, we meet our cyclo drivers for an exciting morning city tour of Phnom Penh. Cyclos, a Phnom Penh institution are three wheeled bicycles built for transporting passengers. They are a traditional mode of transport throughout the Mekong and provide a unique view of the capital. Prepare for a leisurely journey as we are taken along the riverfront to the magnificent Royal Palace complex which is a highlight of any visit to Phnom Penh.

Enjoy a leisurely walk through the grounds, viewing Throne Hall and Moonlight Pavilion before visiting the famous Silver Pagoda, home of Cambodia’s Emerald Buddha and Maitreya Buddha, encrusted with more than 9,000 diamonds.

Day 11 - Phmon Penh

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 12 - Phnom Penh

This morning we learn about the darkest days of Cambodian history. A short drive will take us to the Killing Fields at Choeung Ek which is a disconcerting reminder of the recent atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge regime.

We have the opportunity to walk through the fields, visit the small museum and Memorial Stupa, and learn about this sad history. We continue to what is possibly the most powerful museum experience in Indochina, 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 and is a chilling reminder of the brutal history.

Our afternoon is again at leisure.

Day 12 - Phnom Penh

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 13 - Angkor Ban

Today we have a great opportunity to get to know traditional life in the Mekong with a visit to the charming town of Angkor Ban.

Here, you will have a glimpse into the lives of the local people starting with a visit to a family’s home to see how the locals live, along with an opportunity to meet the family and discuss their lifestyle.

Continue through the village to the local school where you will join the children in their classroom and experience what a typical school day is like.

Then walk back through the village to the ship, including a brief stop at the local monastery complex.

Day 13 - Angkor Ban

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day -14 - Wat Hanchey - Kampong Cham

Wat Hanchey is an ancient hilltop pagoda which is the home to Buddhist Monks and offers some of the best views of the Mekong River.

EmeraldPLUS: Receive a traditional Buddhist Water Blessing from the monastery’s resident monks. After enjoying a walk around the monastery and the amazing views of the Mekong River valley, we descend the enormous stairway, surrounded by the incredible view of the Mekong below.

Following lunch, we drive through the city of Kampong Cham to visit the hills of Phnom Pros (man hill) and Phnom Srei (woman hill), the incredible Stupa, the 10-metre long reclining Buddha, and the 13-metre tall preaching Buddha.

Today’s final visit is to the 12th century, Angkorian-period complex of Wat Nokor Bachey, which features several original statues of Buddha and stone inscriptions. We then return to the ship and gather for a farewell reception and Royal Cambodian Theme Dinner as we prepare for our journey to Siem Reap, home of the archaeological wonders of Angkor Wat.

Day -14 - Wat Hanchey - Kampong Cham

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 15 - Kampong Cham – Siem Reap

Disembark and bid farewell to the RV Mekong Navigator and her crew.

Transfer from Kampong Cham to Siem Reap, the gateway to the magnificent Temples of Angkor.

EmeraldPLUS: 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.

Discover More: Uncover the outer lying temples, either Banteay Srei or Beng Mealea, or take a Cambodian cooking class, or explore the Roluos temple group (additional cost).
Two Night Stay: Siem Reap

Day 15 - Kampong Cham – Siem Reap


Day 16 - Angkor Temples

Start at the famous Angkor Wat, known for its elaborate decorations and intricate carvings throughout.

Continue to the unique Ta Prohm temple which is overgrown by jungle trees. Visit the impressive Bayon Temple, and finish at the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King known for their intricate bas-reliefs.

This evening enjoy a farewell banquet.

Day 16 - Angkor Temples

Breakfast & Dinner

Day 17 - Depart Siem Reap

Transfer to Siem Reap airport for your homebound flight.


Day 18 - Arrive Uk

Welcome Home

With a design reminiscent of the French Colonial–era manor homes that once lined the streets of Old Saigon, the all-suite Mekong Navigator features a sophisticated and comfortable ambience.

This beautiful ship—a new addition to our fleet in 2017—carries no more than 68 guests, assuring gracious and attentive service from our impeccably- trained staff. Every suite is a beautiful and tranquil retreat, a blend of timeless elegance and modern conveniences and luxuries.

Public areas include the inviting Le Salon Lounge with full-service bar on the Sun Deck, La Bibliothèque Library & Internet Lounge, the Observation Lounge, Le Marché Restaurant, and the La Vie Spa and Fitness Centre.

  • 34 lavishly decorated outside staterooms many with Private Balconies or French Balconies
  • 2 individually decorated Grand Suites suites with Private Balcony and Veranda/li>
  • Sun deck with panoramic views
  • Lounge with full-service bar and dance floor
  • Salon Sky Lounge
  • Elegant Le Marche Restaurant
  • Free Internet and Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary 24-hour specialty coffee and tea bar
  • 24-hour reception service
  • Elevator
  • La Vie Spa
  • Fitness center
  • Boutique*

World Class Staterooms

Enjoy amazing stays on the all suite cabin on RV Mekong Navigator with luxurious boutique grace and style of French Colonial era, incorporating modern comforts as top finest hotels on water.

All Staterooms Feature

  • Handcrafted Savoir® of England beds
  • 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets
  • Individual climate control
  • Telephone, safe, hair dryer & bottled water replenished daily
  • Infotainment center with flat-screen TV and complimentary movie and entertainment options
  • Generous built-in closets
  • Plush Christy towels
  • Backlit magnifying mirror
  • Cosy waffle bathrobes & slippers

Grand Suite

581 ft² –  Orchid Deck (Upper Deck)

  • Private Balcony and Veranda with Patio Furniture
  • Built-in closets,
  • Hair dryer, safe, direct-dial telephone, individual climate-controlled thermostat,
  • Flat-screen TV with infotainment centre
  • Plush towels,cosy bathrobes and slippers
  • Daily fruit & cookie plate, and an evening amuse-bouche
  • DVD & iPod® docking station
  • Nespresso coffee machine
  • Bottle of wine upon arrival
  • Morning coffee, tea & continental breakfast
  • In-suite butler service; packing and unpacking assistance; in-room breakfast; daily fruit and cookie plate, and an elegant evening snack
  • Fully stocked mini bar; bottle of wine upon arrival; shoe shine; free laundry service
Prestige Suite

387 ft² – Prestige Suite, Orchid Deck (Upper Deck)

  • Private Balcony
  • Built-in closets,
  • Hair dryer, safe, direct-dial telephone, individual climate-controlled thermostat,
  • Flat-screen TV with infotainment centre
  • Plush towels, cosy bathrobes and slippers

Signature Suite

290 ft² – Signature Suite, (upper Deck)

  • Private Balcony
  • Built-in closets
  • Hair dryer, safe, direct-dial telephone, individual climate-controlled thermostat,
  • Flat-screen TV with infotainment centre
  • \plush towels, cosy bathrobes and slippers

Vista Suite

 280ft² – Lotus Deck (middle Deck)

  • French Balcony
  • Built-in closets,
  • Hair dryer, safe, direct-dial telephone, individual climate-controlled thermostat,
  • Flat-screen TV with infotainment centre
  • Plush towels, cosy bathrobes and slippers

Superior Suite

Superior Suite

 258 ft² – Jasmine Deck (Lower Deck)

  • Window (not opening)
  • Built-in closets,
  • Hair dryer, safe, direct-dial telephone, individual climate-controlled thermostat,
  • Flat-screen TV with infotainment centre
  • Plush towels, cosy bathrobes and slippers

Why Choose This Cruise?

Emerald Waterways are a new entrant to the river cruise market and sit as Scenic’s premium river cruise sister company.  Ships are brand new and very contemporary in style and the river cruising is very relaxed.  A very welcome inclusion to the premium, luxury market.  A holiday to enjoy.

Emerald River Cruise Sale
Book your 2019 European river cruise now and save up to £1,000 per person PLUS book any of our chic balcony suites and save an extra £200 per person

Apr 14Emerald Mekong NavigatorHanoi - Siem Reap£4245Cabin Upgrades
Lotus DeckSuperior Suite256 ft², Porthole Window£4245  
Lotus DeckVista Suite276 ft², French BalconySold  
Orchid DeckSignature Suite291 ft², BalconySold  
Orchid DeckPrestigue Suite387 ft², BalconySold  
Orchid DeckGrand Suite584 ft², Panoramic BalconySold  

Enquire now about this cruise & speak to one of our friendly river cruising team on 0800 471 4754.

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