Travelers wishing to explore Southeast Asia can do so aboard one of Emerald Waterways' Mekong River cruises. The 16-day itinerary explores Vietnam and Cambodia on board the purpose-built Mekong Navigator. A new brochure, available on Emerald Waterways' website, offers details on the itinerary, enhanced shore excursions, and the ship's amenities as well as opportunities to customize experiences with optional extensions and the Discover More program. If booked by May 31, early birds can take advantage of free roundtrip airfare from several major North American gateways. Fares start at $4,695 USD per person based on double occupancy.
Guests traveling aboard the Mekong Navigator can meet local inhabitants in remote areas, sample exotic cuisine purchased from floating markets and learn of a culture based on agriculture and a warm community spirit. Highlights include:
- Visit the former home of Ho Chi Minh
- Overnight cruise in Halong Bay
- Visit Hue, formerly the Imperial capital
- Tour of a French Gothic cathedral
- Floating markets in Chau Doc
- Visit Cambodia's capital Phnom Penh
- In Siem Reap, visit the ruins of the world's largest temple, Angkor Wat
Launched in 2014, the Mekong Navigator is a 230-foot vessel built to accommodate 68 guests. The ship boasts a lounge, sun deck, spa, fitness center and library as well as a collection of over-sized suites. Each suite offers included amenities: minibar, bottled water, flat screen TV with on-demand movies, internet access, a safe and air conditioning. Many suites have panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows and either French or full balconies.
In addition to the 16-day land and river journey from Hanoi to Siem Reap, Emerald Waterways offers an eight-day Magnificent Mekong cruise, 12-day Mekong Discovery cruise, and a 19-day Vietnam and Cambodia Explorer and Mekong cruise.