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Mekong Discoverer Cruise

From £2,925pp

Travelling the Mekong from the jungle landscapes of Siem Reap to the streets of Ho Chi Minh City, you’ll uncover the exotic wonders of Indochina – from the Terrace of the Leper King to the sampan-strewn floating markets of Cai Be.

The great Temples of Angkor dominate Siem Reap, former seat of the powerful Khmer Empire. Intricate carvings cover the stonework of Angkor Wat, while the ancient walls of Ta Prohm are entwined with jungle trees. See the mighty towers of Bayon and the Terrace of the Elephants, before returning to town for a performance from the Phare Cambodian Circus.

Your Mekong river cruise begins in Kampong Cham, where you’ll board the Mekong Navigator to journey downstream.

Receive a Buddhist Water Blessing in Wat Hanchey, sample local life in Angkor Ban, and enjoy an enriching cyclo tour of Phnom Penh, visiting the Royal Palace, Emerald Buddha and the National Museum, home to many pre-Angkorian artefacts.

Crossing the border into Vietnam, you’ll experience the majestic floating markets of Cai Be on-board a traditional sampan.

Ho Chi Minh City is your final stop, and here you can delve into the history of the Vietnam War with a visit to the fascinating Cu Chi Tunnels.

What’s included On Board

  • Complimentary beverages all day
  • All on board meals, with upto four dining options from A La Carte to fine dining
  • 100% one Bedroom Balcony Suite accommodation
  • Personal Service with almost 1:1 guest to staff ratio
  • Butler service for all guests
  • Authentic Local Entertainment
  • Gym and Wellness center
  • Complimentary laundry service
  • Included shore excursions
  • Visits to UNESCO World Heritage listed sites
  • First class service form an English speaking crew
  • Expert local guides
  • Complimentary WIFI
  • All on board Gratuities
  • Return economy flights from a choice of UK airports
  • Return airport transfers
Day 1 - Depart UK

Fly from London Heathrow or Manchester.

Day 2 - Siem Reap, Cambodia

Sous Sdei and welcome to Siem Reap, Cambodia! Siem Reap is the gateway to the ancient and magnificent Temples of Angkor. From the 9th to the 13th centuries Siem Reap was the capital of the powerful Khmer Empire which left the legacy of the Angkor Temples.

You will be met by an Emerald Waterways representative and transferred to your hotel.

This evening join your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a welcome dinner.

Two Night Stay: Siem Reap

Day 2 - Siem Reap, Cambodia

Dinner

Day 3 - Angkor Temples

Start the day at the magnificent and famous Angkor Wat. The temple is known for its elaborate decorations and intricate carvings throughout. It is a masterpiece to behold and will leave you breathless.

Continue to the unique Ta Prohm temple which is overgrown by jungle trees. In the afternoon, visit Angkor Thom through the ancient South Gate which is lined with carvings. Continue to the impressive Bayon Temple, containing 54 towers each with four faces.

Finish at the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King known for their intricate bas-reliefs. EmeraldPLUS: This evening witness the incredible Phare Cambodian Circus. Phare is an NGO founded by Cambodian refugees to assist disadvantaged young people by teaching them performing arts. The show is a spectacle of acrobatics, theatre and music themed around contemporary Cambodian life and society. 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).

Day 3 - Angkor Temples

Breakfast

Day 4 - Siem Reap – Kampong Cham – Embarkation

This morning is free for you to do some last minute sightseeing or shopping. You will be transferred from Siem Reap, through the scenic countryside to the quaint town of Kampong Cham on the Mekong River.

From here we will begin our journey downstream aboard the luxurious RV Mekong Navigator. Once on board you will meet your Cruise Director and receive a warm greeting from the crew, followed by a welcome reception.

This evening enjoy a delicious Royal Cambodian Theme Dinner.

Seven Night Stay: RV Mekong Navigator

Day 4 - Siem Reap – Kampong Cham – Embarkation

Breakfast & Dinner

Day 5 - Kampong Cham – Wat Hanchey

Make our way to Wat Hanchey, 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 sail to Kampong Cham and drive through the city 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.

We then visit the 12th century, Angkorian-period complex of Wat Nokor Bachey, which features several original statues of Buddha and stone inscriptions.

Day 5 - Kampong Cham – Wat Hanchey

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 - 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 6 - Angkor Ban

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 - 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.

Day 7 - Phmon Penh

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 - Phmon 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 8 - Phmon Penh

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 9 - Vietnam/Cambodia border crossing – Tan Chau

Cruise toward the border. Following clearing formalities and crossing the border, we witness a fascinating change in the architecture along the riverfront as we sail into Vietnam. Xin Chao and welcome to Vietnam!

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.

Day 9 - Vietnam/Cambodia border crossing – Tan Chau

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10 - Sa Dec - Cai Be

Upon arrival to the historic town of 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.

We board traditional sampans to navigate the narrow canals of the Mekong, where we can observe daily routines of the villagers en route to the town of Cai Be.

Along the way, we stop at a local brick factory to view the complete process of brick-making by local men and women utilizing clay from the Mekong. Afterwards we return to the ship for a sumptuous lunch and enjoy a scenic cruise downstream.

Day 10 - Sa Dec - Cai Be

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11 - My Tho disembarkation – Ho Chi Minh City

Following breakfast we disembark and bid farewell to the RV Mekong Navigator and her crew.

Transfer from the busy port town of My Tho to Ho Chi Minh City. More commonly known as Saigon, this is a city with a turbulent and colourful past, although today it is the country’s commercial centre with over eight million inhabitants and four million motorbikes.

This afternoon be guided on a city tour of Saigon, visit Reunification Palace where Saigon fell, then stroll to the major sights such as the Old Saigon Post Office, bustling Dong Khoi Street, Opera House and City Hall. Finish at the War Remnants Museum which provides a graphic insight into both the wars in Vietnam.

Discover More: Evening street food walking tour (additional cost)
Two Night Stay: Ho Chi Minh City

Day 11 - My Tho disembarkation – Ho Chi Minh City

Breakfast

Day 12 - Cu Chi Tunnels

EmeraldPLUS: Travel to the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels. An ingenious network of over 200km of underground tunnels, they were built by the Viet Cong guerrillas as a means of protection, communication and deception. 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.

Hear fascinating stories from first-hand experience to allow a real insight into one of the most famous wars of our time. Return to Saigon and spend the afternoon exploring the city.

This evening enjoy a sumptuous farewell banquet.

Discover More: Saigon old and new tour (additional cost)

Day 12 - Cu Chi Tunnels

Breakfast & Dinner

Day 13 - Depart Ho Chi Ming City

Transfer to Ho Chi Minh City airport for your onward flight.

Breakfast

Day -14 - Arrive UK

Welcome home

Please note: The Mekong River is subject to extreme variations in water levels throughout the year. Every effort is made to provide the routing and inclusions stated however depending on water levels prevalent at the time of sailing, this itinerary may be amended or modified.

Day 1 -

Fly from London Heathrow or Manchester

Day 2 - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Xin Chao and welcome to Ho Chi Minh City! More commonly known as Saigon, this is a city with a turbulent and colourful past, although today it is the country’s commercial centre with over eight million inhabitants and four million motorbikes.

You will be met by an Emerald Waterways representative and transferred to your hotel.

This evening join your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a welcome dinner.

Two Night Stay: Ho Chi Minh City

Day 2 - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Dinner

Day 2 - Cu Chi Tunnels

EmeraldPLUS: Travel to the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels. An ingenious network of over 200km of underground tunnels, they were built by the Viet Cong guerrillas as a means of protection, communication and deception. 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. Hear fascinating stories from first-hand experience to allow a real insight into one of the most famous wars of our time.

Return to Saigon and spend the afternoon exploring the city.

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

Day 2 - Cu Chi Tunnels

Breakfast

Day 4 - Ho Chi Minh City – My Tho – Embarkation

Be guided on a city tour of Saigon, visit Reunification Palace where Saigon fell, then stroll to the major sights such as Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Saigon Post Office, bustling Dong Khoi Street, Opera House and City Hall.

Finish at the War Remnants Museum which provides a graphic insight into both the wars in Vietnam. Transfer to the gateway of the Mekong Delta, My Tho; a busy port town dependent on the river for its livelihood.

From here we will begin our journey upstream aboard the luxurious RV Mekong Navigator. Once on board you will meet your Cruise Director and crew, followed by a welcome reception.

This evening enjoy a delicious Vietnamese “Mekong Delta” Theme Dinner while sailing to Cai Be.

Seven Night Stay: RV Mekong Navigator

Day 4 - Ho Chi Minh City – My Tho – Embarkation

Breakfast & Dinner

Day 5 - 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 5 - Cai Be - Sa Dec

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 - 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.

Day 6 - Tan Chau - Vietnam/Cambodia border crossing

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 - Phnom 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.

Day 7 - Phnom Penh

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 - 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 8 - Phnom Penh

Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

Day 9 - 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 9 - Angkor Ban

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10 - 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 10 - Wat Hanchey – Kampong Cham

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11 - 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 ancient and magnificent Temples of Angkor. From the 9th to the 13th centuries Siem Reap was the capital of the powerful Khmer Empire which left the legacy of the Angkor Temples.

EmeraldPLUS: This evening witness the incredible Phare Cambodian Circus. Phare is an NGO founded by Cambodian refugees to assist disadvantaged young people by teaching them performing arts. The show is a spectacle of acrobatics, theatre and music themed around contemporary Cambodian life and society.

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 11 - Kampong Cham - Siem Reap

Breakfast

Day 12 - 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 12 - Angkor Temples

Breakfast & Dinner

Day 13- Depart Siem Reap

After saying your goodbyes, transfer to Siem Reap airport for your homeward flight.

Breakfast

Day 14- Arrive Uk

Welcome home.

Please note: The Mekong River is subject to extreme variations in water levels throughout the year. Every effort is made to provide the routing and inclusions stated however depending on water levels prevalent at the time of sailing, this itinerary may be amended or modified.

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.

DepartShipEmbarkFrom  
Apr 11Emerald Mekong NavigatorSiem Reap - Ho Chi Minh City£3275SAVE £500Cabin Upgrades
Lotus DeckSuperior Suite256 ft², Porthole WindowSold  
Lotus DeckVista Suite276 ft², French Balcony£3275  
Orchid DeckSignature Suite291 ft², Balcony£3475  
Orchid DeckPrestigue Suite387 ft², BalconySold  
Orchid DeckGrand Suite584 ft², Panoramic BalconySold  
Apr 18Emerald Mekong NavigatorHo Chi Minh City - Siem Reap£2925SAVE £500Cabin Upgrades
Lotus DeckSuperior Suite256 ft², Porthole Window£2925  
Lotus DeckVista Suite276 ft², French BalconySold  
Orchid DeckSignature Suite291 ft², BalconySold  
Orchid DeckPrestigue Suite387 ft², BalconySold  
Orchid DeckGrand Suite584 ft², Panoramic BalconySold  


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