Treasures & Temples of Vietnam & Cambodia

17 Days
Hanoi to Siem Reap
From (NZD)
$ 7,295
$ 6,295
Dates & Pricing

2021/2022 Hanoi > Siem Reap

Begin your adventure in Hanoi, where centuries-old architecture is a wonderful nod to the past and the Old Quarter strikes a fine contrast with its many temples. Cruise the emerald waters of Halong Bay in a traditional junk boat, learn of Ho Chi Minh City’s fascinating war history and embark on a once-in-a-lifetime river cruise along the Mekong. Enjoy a Tuk-Tuk tour in Phnom Penh and finish your adventure in the Cambodian city of Siem Reap, where you’ll witness Angkor Wat and attend a circus performance.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
EWHA
Duration:
17 days
Departure City:
Hanoi
Return City:
Siem Reap

17 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - 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. 

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Hanoi

    Today you will enjoy a full-day city tour of Hanoi. Including the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the final resting place of the revolutionary leader, the small but iconic One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature. After your EmeraldPLUS lunch at KOTO Restaurant, continue with a visit to Hanoi’s Old Quarter also known as the ‘36 streets’. Take a walking tour through charming Hang Be Market and around Hoan Kiem Lake, stopping at Ngoc Son Temple. This bustling area of narrow streets and alleys is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. It is a great place to explore with plenty of photo opportunities. Later, attend a traditional performance from the famous water puppets, a unique Vietnamese art form depicting scenes from rural life and episodes of historical significance. 

    Included Excursion

    Full day city tour of Hanoi

    EmeraldPLUS

    Enjoy lunch at KOTO

    Included Excursion

    Water puppets performance

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  3. Day 3 - Hanoi - Halong Bay

    After breakfast, leave Hanoi and travel to the stunning emerald waters of Halong Bay to board a traditional style junk boat. Cruise through the bays and islets enjoying the breath-taking scenery of this magnificent region. Learn more about the main livelihood of the locals in the area or relax on board. Towards the end of the day the boat sets anchor for the night among the karst formations and dinner is served on board.

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    One-way Scenic Flight Over Halong Bay (extra expense)

    Included Excursion

    Halong Bay cruise

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Halong Bay

    Today, you will be transferred to your day trip boat tour with private crew and cruise to the bay’s most untouched areas. Enjoy swimming on quiet beaches, visiting water tunnels, fishing villages or kayaking. Lunch is served onboard of the boat by your private chef. Return in the evening hours after a full day of exploration to your traditional junk boat.

    Included Excursion

    Private boat tour to local beaches and activities on Halong Bay

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Halong Bay – Hanoi – Ho Chi Minh City

    Enjoy the morning in the middle of the bay while having breakfast and cruising through the magnificent rock formations, back towards port. Bid farewell as you transfer to Hanoi airport, with a stop en-route for a light lunch at a local restaurant. Fly to Ho Chi Minh City for your included two-night stay and, once you arrive, you’ll have time to stroll through the Colonial Quarter, experiencing every-day life. Admire the beautiful architecture of the Opera House, City Hall and the Old Saigon Post Office, and hear stories of French Indochina and how the era continues to influence aspects of modern Vietnamese culture.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Ho Chi Minh City

    Drive away from Ho Chi Minh City, through rice paddies and villages. Explore Cu Chi’s rugged grounds with a local guide and hear how the military constructed an intricate, underground network of tunnels during the French and American Wars. Once above ground, see other ingenious items used for defence, such as bamboo traps and camouflaged pits. Upon your return to Ho Chi Minh City, you will have an orientation drive, starting with a visit to the city’s most iconic building, Reunification Palace, formerly the Presidential Palace.

    Included Excursion

    Cu Chi Tunnels tour

    Included Excursion

    Orientation tour of Ho Chi Minh City

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    Evening Saigon street food tour (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  7. Day 7 - Ho Chi Minh City - Embarkation - My Tho

    Today, transfer from your hotel to your Emerald Waterways Star-Ship, Emerald Harmony, where you will be welcomed on board by your captain and crew. Set sail to My Tho, the gateway to the Mekong Delta, with its floating markets and homes. 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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - My Tho - Sa Dec

    This 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 Excursion

    Visit to a workshop in Ðat Dua and visit to Tan Long Pagoda

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Sa Dec - My An Hung - Hong Ngu

    Start 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 Excursion

    Visit to the Chinese Congregational House and the home of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le

    EmeraldPLUS

    Visit to My An Hung village

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Hong Ngu - An Long - Long Khanh

    This 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.

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    Visit to Ramsar Bird Sanctuary (extra expense)

    Included Excursion

    Visit to a local scarf-weaving workshop and Hoa Hao Buddhist Pagoda on Long Khanh Island 

    EmeraldPLUS

    Lion Dance performance on board

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Hong Ngu - Vietnam / Cambodia Border Crossing - Phnom Penh

    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. 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.

    EmeraldPLUS

    Visit to family-owned Lanh My A silk producing factory

    Included Excursion

    Visit to Evergreen Island 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Phnom Penh - Prek’kdam

    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, 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 Excursion

    Visit to the Killing Fields & Toul Sleng Genocide Museum

    Included Excursion

    Visit to the Royal Palace and Central Market

    EmeraldPLUS

    Phnom Penh tuk-tuk drive by Night

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Phnom Penh - Prek’kdam

    Start 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 Excursion

    Visit to Oudong Temples

    EmeraldPLUS

    Traditional Buddhist Monk blessing

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    Silk Farm tour at Koh Oknha Tei (extra expense) 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Prek’kdam Disembarkation – Siem Reap

    Bid farewell to your Emerald Harmony Star-Ship in the morning and continue by road to Siem Reap for your included three night hotel stay. This evening, witness the Cambodian Circus, Phare, a spectacle of acrobatics, theatre, dance and music.

    EmeraldPLUS

    Phare Circus

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  15. Day 15 - Siem Reap

    Today, start with a visit to Angkor Thom. 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. After the tour, visit the sacred Temple of Ta Prohm, which is overgrown by jungle trees and has been the backdrop to Hollywood movies. 

    Included Excursion

    Visit to Angkor Thom

    Included Excursion

    Visit to Ta Prohm Temple

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    Vespa tour of Siem Reap (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  16. Day 16 - Siem Reap

    Rise early and embark on a fascinating journey to Angkor Wat. This UNESCO World Heritage-listed site is known for its elaborate decorations and intricate carvings throughout. Later this evening enjoy your farewell dinner accompanied by Chayyom dancers. 

    Included Excursion

    Sunrise visit to Angkor Wat

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    Visit to Banteay Srei (extra expense)

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    Visit to Tonlé Sap (extra expense)

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    Culinary tour of Cambodia (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Depart Siem Reap

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

    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

YOUR TOUR INCLUDES
  • 7 nights in centrally located hotels
  • 2 nights on board of the Bhaya classic junk (or similar)
  • 7 nights on board Emerald Harmony
  • Airport transfers to and from the hotel
  • The services of an Emerald Waterways Cruise & Tour Director
  • The services of local tour guides
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS
  • Full day city tour of Hanoi and water puppets performance
  • Halong Bay cruise with various tours
  • Cu Chi Tunnels tour and orientation drive of Ho Chi Minh City
  • 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 to Angkor Thom
  • Visit to Ta Prohm Temple
  • Sunrise visit to Angkor Wat

EmeraldPLUS
  • Enjoy lunch at KOTO
  • 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
  • Phare Circus

DINING HIGHLIGHTS
  • 41 superb meals including 16 Breakfasts (B), 13 Lunches (L), 12 Dinners (D)
  • Including a Welcome and Farewell Reception & Dinner on board Emerald Harmony
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board Emerald Harmony

Pricing & Availability