Arrival Siem Reap - Prek’kdam - Kampong Tralach
Sous Sdei and Welcome to Cambodia. Today, transfer from Siem Reap to Prek’kdam to embark your Emerald Waterways award-winning river cruise Star-Ship and be welcomed by your Captain and crew. Set sail to Kampong Tralach and 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 6.00am.
Kampong Tralach - Phnom Penh
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 Oudong temple sight include the burial sites of Khmer kings as well as religious artefacts dating back more than a hundred years. Receive a traditional Buddhist Blessing from the temple resident monks as part of EmeraldPLUS. The afternoon is yours to continue exploring or simply relax on board of your Star-Ship. Dinner this evening will be Cambodian Family Style in Reflections Restaurant. After dinner this evening, enjoy a cultural show.
EmeraldPLUS: Traditional Buddhist Monk blessing
DiscoverMORE: Silk farm tour at Koh Oknha Tei (extra expense) OR Visit to Koh Chen Silversmith village (extra expense)
Wake 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 and learn about this sad chapter in history. Then, 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. Back onboard Emerald Harmony; enjoy a Cambodian Street Fair lunch. This afternoon, you will have the opportunity to visit the majestic Royal Palace with its French inspired gardens, followed by the central market located in the heart of the city. In the evening, experience a tuk-tuk ride through the buzzing streets of Phnom Penh.
EmeraldPLUS: Phnom Penh tuk-tuk drive by Night
DiscoverMORE: Champey Academy of Arts Visit (extra expense)
Phnom Penh - Cambodia / Vietnam Border Crossing - Hong Ngu
As part of your EmeraldPLUS, visit a unique family-owned Lanh My A silk producing factory. Learn more about the long-complicated silk making process and have a chance to touch the real Lanh My A silk, created with dyes made from the mac nua fruit, originating from Tan Chau silk village around 100 years ago. Board a sampan to Evergreen island for a walk through a local village to get a glimpse into the lives of the local farming community. This afternoon visit Long Khanh Island, known for its scarf weaving, fruit gardens and Hoa Hao Buddhist pagoda.
EmeraldPLUS: Visit to family-owned Lanh My A silk producing factory and a Lion Dance Performance on board.
Hong Ngu – An Long – My An Hung
Relax on board this morning, or join our DiscoverMORE tour of the Ramsar Bird Sanctuary. This afternoon, enjoy a visit to My An Hung village, as part of our EmeraldPLUS program. Wander through coconut farms, meet the locals and learn about life in the village.
EmeraldPLUS: a visit to My An Hung Village
DiscoverMORE: Visit to Ramsar Bird Sanctuary (extra expense
Sa Dec – Cai Be
This morning, we arrive in Sa Dec, for a visit to the Chinese congregational house in Kien An Cung. Afterwards, visit the home of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, who inspired Marguerite Duras’ novel, L’Amant, and take a walk through the central market in town. After lunch on board, arrive in Cai Be via sampan and visit a coconut candy workshop followed by performances of traditional music and fruit tasting.
My Tho – Ho Chi Minh City
Sit back, relax and take in a full day of sailing the magnificent Mekong River. Watch as life on the Mekong awakens for another day as the ship departs early this morning to begin crossing the Cho Gao canal before meeting the Mekong Delta, known as the “rice bowl” of Vietnam. This is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the ever changing vista’s from the pool, enjoy a treatment in the Wellness Area (additional expense), read a book or converse with new friends as you cruise past mangroves, narrow canals, floating markets, fish farms and pass by busy barges and local fishing boats alike. Tonight, dock in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City with views of the city lights.
Ho Chi Minh City Disembarkation
Bid Farewell to your luxury star-ship in the morning and be transferred to the airport to catch your onward or homebound flight.