Vietnam, Cambodia & Mekong River Cruising

Full of beautiful landscapes, welcoming people, superb food and poignant history, Southeast Asia is yours to discover

We invite you to join us on a journey to vibrant and exciting Southeast Asia, a colourful and exotic land just waiting to be explored. At Emerald Waterways, we’ve combined the very best river cruising and touring to take you through the spiritual landscapes of Vietnam and Cambodia in style and comfort.

Full of beautiful landscapes, welcoming people, superb food and poignant history, we ensure you experience the very best of Southeast Asia. Enjoy a journey of discovery as you uncover hidden wonders, and enjoy authentic local experiences.

Our Mekong river cruises combine the luxurious comfort of our Emerald Harmony Star-Ship, with the excitement and adventure associated with the many stunning, beautiful and charming destinations you will visit along the way. 

Browse our collection of itineraries to discover more about our insightful Southeast Asia river cruises and tours.  

Emerald Harmony - Our brand new Star-Ship

Emerald Harmony ship exterior
There is no finer way to experience the majesty of the Mekong than on board our spectacular Emerald Harmony Star-Ship. We have left no stone unturned when designing Asia’s most stylish river ship, which will exceed all your expectations. Cruise along this iconic waterway in the utmost comfort thanks to our spacious suites, intimate bar and lounge areas, tranquil spa and Wellness Area, and a choice of exciting culinary delights at Reflections Restaurant.

Emerald Harmony can accommodate 84 guests, and has an excellent staff-to-guest ratio, with 40 crew members on board. Unlike other similar sized ships, Emerald Harmony can sail through the centre of Ho Chi Minh City, allowing us to dock in the heart of this awe-inspiring city and placing all of its fascinating sights onto your doorstep.

Sun & Pool Decks

Emerald Harmony Pool
Admire the beauty of the Mekong from our tranquil spaces, designed with your total relaxation in mind. On warm days, enjoy a refreshing dip in the pool, before partaking in a selection of cocktails from the bar. Take in the views of the ever-changing horizon from the walking track, or simply unwind in one of the comfortable chairs or sun loungers, as the river breezes washes over you.

Wellness Area

Wellness Area

Any stresses will simply melt away when you visit our beautiful on board spa and Wellness Area. Peruse our extensive menu of rejuvenating Asian-influenced therapies, and treat yourself to a soothing massage or facial to make you feel your absolute best. Visit the hairdressers for a wash, blow dry or a completely new look, and stay active in the weights and cardio stations of our well-equipped gym.  

Flavours of Asia

Horizon Bar Lounge
Authentic dining on board...

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.

Reflections Restaurant

Reflections Restaurant
Pair spectacular views with a wonderful array of Asian-inspired dishes as you watch the world go by at our chic open plan restaurant. Perfect for socialising with fellow guests, it’s a delightful way to conclude a day of exploration, or prepare for a day of discovery on your excursions. And, of course, we will always provide a selection of home favourites for you to enjoy, perfect for when you crave something more familiar.

Horizon Bar & Lounge

Horizon Bar Lounge
No matter what you’re in the mood for, our talented bartenders are experts when it comes to creating delicious cocktails. We’ve sourced the best local and international wines and beers, while our extensive mocktail and cocktail menu combines flavours that will awaken the taste of Asia. Infusing local ingredients like lemongrass and tamarind, they will create special drinks to match the stunning views.

Lotus Lounge - NEW to Emerald Harmony

Lotus 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. 

SEA map 2019

The Mekong - Vietnam & Cambodia

At over 2,700 miles long, the mighty Mekong river is most definitely king, and it’s people have developed ingenious ways to live in harmony with this beautiful landscape. Journey with us through the wonderful maze of waterways of the Mekong Delta, where life is simple and traditional yet fascinating and captivating. Travel in complete comfort and style on board our specifically designed Emerald Harmony Star-Ship. 

Our three immersive itineraries all allow you to explore this magnificent region. From cruising through floating markets where you can shop for fruit, clothes and souvenirs from the side of your boat, to watching children riding on the backs of water buffalo, you will be immersed into this rural lifestyle and learn why this region is called the ‘rice bowl’ of Vietnam. Being one of the most important and successful agricultural regions in the world, it holds a myriad of exquisite foods to sample.

Spotlight on the river

Ho Chi Minh City

Feel the energy of this high-octane city, with its 21st century skyscrapers and ancient temples, a nod to the past. 

  • Emerald Harmony is specially designed to sail into the heart of Ho Chi Minh City. 
  • War Remnants Museum: Powerful displays on the effects of war, highlighted across various exhibits. 
  • Giac Lam Pagoda: Visit the peaceful surrounds of the oldest temple in Ho Chi Minh City. 
  • Reunification Palace: A spectacle, promising fascinating architecture. 

Phnom Penh

Cambodia's capital, sited at the junction of the Mekong and Tonlé Sap rivers.

  • Silver Pagoda: Known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the floor is covered in silver. 
  • Killing Fields: Now a place of peace, pay respects to victims of the historic horror. 
  • Royal Palace: Its Khmer roofs and ornate gilding dominates the skyline. 

Your guide to Southeast Asia

A View of Angkor Wat Temple in Siem Reap, Cambodia from Mekong River

Photographs of the Mekong

10 photographs that will make you want to explore the Mekong. 

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a bowl filled with different types of food

Five recipes of the Mekong

The timeless dishes of the Mekong River can reveal much about the countries and regions the river flows through

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The latest Star-Ship

Say hello to the future of luxury river cruising in Southeast Asia: Emerald Harmony. 

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Ho Chi Minh City Guide

caodai temple

On the surface a bustling metropolis like so many in South East Asia, Ho Chi Minh City conceals a raft of heritage and tradition, making it one of the most unique, diverse destinations on the winding course of the great Mekong River.

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Included hotels

Indochine Palace, Hue, Vietnam

More than just a place to rest your head

Our handpicked collection of included hotels bring you closer to each destination you visit, having been carefully chosen for their outstanding quality, perfect location and impeccable service.

  • Hanoi – Anatole Hotel
    Your comfortable Deluxe City View room is the perfect base from which to explore Hanoi. Located within the Old Quarter neighbourhood, the Anatole Hotel Hanoi blends modern conveniences with classic charm, and don’t forget to take advantage of the rooftop infinity pool.
  • Ho Chi Minh City - Grand Hotel Saigon
    Located in the heart of Saigon, this sensational 5-star Colonial-style 1930s hotel is situated next to the Saigon River. Boasting city or pool views, as well as a rooftop café with panoramic views of the city, it's a truly luxurious base from which to explore.
  • Hoi An- Historic Hotel
    The leafy surroundings match the relaxed nature of this remarkable hotel. Just moments from the UNESCO World Heritage ancient town, immerse yourself in the serenity of its luscious gardens and take a dip in the 20-metre outdoor pool.
  • Hue - Indochine Palace
    Wonderfully located close to the Perfume Rivers and Hue Royal Palace, this opulent 5-star hotel sets new standards in excellence. Designed with elegant Colonial interiors, no expense has been spared with its luxurious rooms and suites, pool area, spa and several intimate lounge bars.
  • Siem Reap – Shinta Mani
    This upscale boutique-style resort is centrally located within the city’s leafy French Quarter. Its Khmer-inspired design complements its close proximity to Angkor Wat and it’s just a short walk from the Old Market and the famous Pub Street. A stunning swimming pool and flourishing tropical garden make it a tranquil place in which to reside during your visit, as does the onsite spa and rooftop bar and café.

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.
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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.

Our offers are not combinable and we reserve the right to withdraw our offers at any time. Supplements apply for single travellers. Our itineraries, hotels, dates and inclusions are subject to change. E&OE.