Mekong river cruises and tours

The mystical Mekong winds through some of the most awe-inspiring stretches of Asia, through the cultural heart of Indochina.

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 stunning Mekong River cruises in complete comfort and luxury on board our elegant Star-Ship, Emerald Harmony. In a stunning combination of authentic Asian style and the modern amenities of a luxury 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 Emerald Waterways 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 stylish Emerald Harmony Star-Ship — the perfect way to explore this charming waterway.

Life on board Emerald Harmony - Our brand new Star-Ship

Emerald Harmony ship exterior
Our spectacular Emerald Harmony Star-Ship will exceed all your expectations, as it 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 centre of Ho Chi Minh City, allowing us to dock in the heart of this fantastic city.

Sun & Pool Decks

Emerald Harmony Pool
These truly remarkable spaces 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. 

Wellness Area

Wellness Area
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. And keep active in the well-equipped gym. 

Flavours of Asia - Authentic dining on board

Horizon Bar Lounge
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. 

Lotus Lounge 

Horizon Bar Lounge
On our Emerald Harmony Star-Ship, we have introduced the Lotus Lounge, where dark wooden tones and muted colours relax you as you sail towards your next destination. Located at the front of the Vista Deck, nibbles and snacks will be available here throughout the day, as well as teas and coffees. Watch the endless horizons unfold as you sip your favourite drink and nibble something delicious. 

Reflections Restaurant

Reflections Restaurant
Open seating is perfect for relaxed dining and socialising with fellow guests, as you savour a wonderful variety of Asian-inspired dishes. A wonderful way to conclude a day of exploration, or prepare for one of your many included excursions. And, of course, we will always provide a selection of home favourites for you to enjoy, perfect for the days you crave something more familiar.

Sumptuous Suites

Owners one suite

Every one of our suites and staterooms are chic, modern sanctuaries fusing authentic Asian style with contemporary design. With all the amenities you'd expect from a world-class hotel, you'll enjoy a restful sleep in your queen or twin-size bed, as well as an en-suite bathroom, luxury toiletries and bath robes. And once back from your included excursion unwind by watching a film on your HD flat-screen television and keep up with loved ones using free Wi-Fi. 

A Spotlight on the MeKong River

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.

Check out our guide to Vietnam's historic capital

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.

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 tranquillity and spirituality, and, while a peaceful place now, The Killing Fields are a poignant reminder of the city’s past. 

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. Such is its splendour, it’s no wonder it's a recognised UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Extend your stay

Make the most of your trip to Southeast Asia and extend your adventure with either a 4-day Luang Prabang tour or a 5-day Sapa tour. You can take in even more of Asia with one of our great city stopovers in Singapore, Bangkok, Dubai or Hong Kong. 

4-days Luang Prabang Tour from £1,000 per person

Explore the ancient capital’s glistening temples and discover why it has been awarded UNESCO status. Peruse museums and hidden laneways, experience a traditional Baci ceremony and catch the sunset from Mt. Phousi. Observe Monks collecting alms, take in Kuang Si Falls and immerse yourself in life on the river.

5-days Sapa Tour from £750 per person

Gaze in awe at the breath-taking scenery and cultural diversity of this spectacular part of Vietnam. Visit the Hmong and Red Zao people of the traditional hill tribes and learn all about their fascinating lives. Pay a visit to bustling Sapa market and the nearby villages of Sa Seng and Sau Chua, surrounded by beautiful mountains where ancient ways of life remain.

Featured Cruises

Terms and Conditions: Southeast Asia -  4-days Luang Prabang Tour - Please note, this pre / post tour is only available on itineraries starting or ending in Siem Reap. 5-days Sapa Tour - Please note, this pre / post tour is only available on itineraries starting or ending in Hanoi.