The Mekong River

Discover why the Mekong is the heart and soul of Southeast Asia

Dream Escapes: Highlight on the Mekong River

During your Emerald Waterways deluxe Mekong River cruise, you’ll navigate the mighty Mekong River, which cuts a stunning course to the very heart of Southeast Asia, flowing through lands of colour, vibrancy and tradition on its route from source to sea. This great waterway has brought life to the people of China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam for thousands of years, and its influence continues to shape local customs and cultures today.

Explore Mekong River cruises in complete comfort on board our elegant Star-Ship, Emerald Harmony. In a stunning combination of authentic Asian style and the modern amenities of a deluxe world-class hotel, Emerald Harmony accommodates up to 84 guests in its 42 cabins – and with 40 crew members, it’s the perfect staff-to-guest ratio. Join us for a journey on the exotic waters of the Mekong, and immerse yourself in the wonders of Southeast Asia. You’ll travel the course of the river from Vietnam’s dazzling colonial metropolis Ho Chi Minh City to the Cambodian town of Siem Reap, visiting some of Asia’s most esteemed landmarks along the way.

Each of our immersive Mekong River itineraries includes a 7-night river cruise on-board the elegant stylish Emerald Harmony Star-Ship — the perfect way to explore this charming waterway. We're completely convinced you are in for the exotic, surreal experience of a lifetime - book now and enjoy savings of $4,000 per couple across 13 day or longer itineraries! Plus, for a limited-time until February 28, 2021, you'll save an extra 10% when you book a 2022 or 2023 13+ day Southeast Asia river cruise.

Sail the Mekong on our chic, Asia-inspired Star-Ship, Emerald Harmony

Our spectacular Emerald Harmony Star-Ship will exceed all your expectations, as she introduces you to the majesty of the Mekong. Reaching 239ft (73m) in length, 42 cabins accommodate just 84 guests, you will enjoy spacious suites and public areas, as well as an excellent staff-to-guest ratio, with 40 crew members on board. Unlike other similar sized ships, we have designed Emerald Harmony to sail through the center of Ho Chi Minh City, allowing us to dock in the heart of this metropolis city of Asia.

On board, you'll find remarkable spaces that have been designed with your total relaxation in mind. Take a refreshing dip in the pool on warm days, before enjoying a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks from the bar. Sit back and relax in one of the comfortable chairs or sun loungers in the open-air space, or take shelter from the sun, as the river breeze invigorates you.

Treat yourself to a soothing massage or facial in our beautiful on-board spa, where our experts are on-hand to make you feel great. You'll also be able to keep active in the well-equipped gym.

A journey through Southeast Asia is a sensory experience, with scents, as vibrant as the surrounding architecture, filling the streets. In Vietnam, strong influences remain from the country's former Chinese and French colonists, while Cambodian cuisine offers up its own unique characteristics. We believe food plays an important role in your travel experience, that's why we source most of our produce locally, ensuring that every dish we serve is as fresh and authentic as possible. And, of course, complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks are available with lunch and dinner.

Our Commitment to the Environment

At Emerald Waterways, we’re committed to providing a cleaner, greener, safer Mekong River. Your journey with us through Vietnam and Cambodia will be one with a difference, respecting the natural ecosystems and local communities that call this region home.

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Our commitment to the environment

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Explore the Highlights along the Mekong River

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Siem Reap

The gateway to the iconic Angkor Wat temples, Siem Reap is a constantly evolving city in the ever-changing image of modern Cambodia. Resting on the banks of the Tonlé Sap lake, the city is an exciting mix of delicious cuisine, unforgettable nightlife and temples at every turn. Feel the buzz of the Old Market, take a tuk-tuk through the bustling streets, and admire the stunning views of the Kulen Mountains.

Night View of Ho Chi Minh Skyline and Museum in Vietnam, Southeast Asia Cruises

Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnam’s answer to the city that never sleeps, Ho Chi Minh City is a high-octane expanse where you can’t help but hop along for the ride. Traditional and contemporary worlds collide as glistening skyscrapers stand alongside ancient temples, exuding a unique energy only the former Saigon could possess. Immerse yourself in the vibrancy of an energetic city that has such a fascinating story to tell.

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Royal Palace Royal residence in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Southeast Asia tours

Phnom Penh

Shaped by the Khmer Empire, the Cambodian capital sits at the junction of the Mekong and Tonlé Sap. A kaleidoscope of sights and scents, its lively markets are a treasure trove of delightful local delicacies. Its temples of Wat Phnom and Wat Botum are a haven of tranquility and spirituality, and, while a peaceful place now, The Killing Fields are a poignant reminder of the city’s past.

a man sitting in a boat on a lake

Halong Bay

Known locally as the ‘Bay of Descending Dragons’, Halong Bay is a mystical setting where limestone and forested towers emerge from the tranquil waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. Made up of thousands of islets, it’s a serene network of emerald lakes, illuminating caves and immense natural beauty, crafted by tropical downpours for over 500 million years. With such splendour, it’s no wonder it's a recognized by UNESCO.