The Mekong River – the longest in Southeast Asia and the lifeblood of the region – offers an in-depth view of the region’s centuries-old culture and supports nearly 60 million people who live, work and play in the heart of Indochina. Traveling aboard the 68-guest Mekong Navigator, guests can meet local inhabitants in remote areas, sample exotic cuisine purchased from floating markets and explore the local culture based on intensive agriculture.
In Vietnam guests will visit the former home of Ho Chi Minh, tour the city’s historic quarter and see an ancient temple. An overnight cruise in Halong Bay will highlight the hundreds of sheer limestone pillars. The ship also will call at Hue, formerly the Imperial capital, and current home to palaces and tombs of former emperors, plus elaborate pagodas and temples along the Perfume River.
In Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region, highlights include a tour of a French gothic cathedral in Cai Be and the floating markets in Chau Doc. In Cambodia guests can explore the capital, Phnom Penh, a monastery and the 500-acre ruins of Angkor Wat. Daily excursions are accompanied by local English-speaking guides.
Onboard the Mekong Navigator, each suite offers bottled water daily, flat screen TV with on demand movies, internet access, a safe and air conditioning. Many have panoramic floor to ceiling windows and either French or full balconies. Guests in the Grande and Prestige Suites have their mini-bars restocked and also receive a one-hour spa treatment, all minibar consumption, daily laundry, and in-suite evening canapés. Cruise rates are from $4,995 per person, double.
Emerald’s Extension Packages include four-night trips to Sapa and three-night trips to Luang Prabang – cultural hubs of Southeast Asia. And for those who want to explore on their own – either at their originating or final destination – Emerald will arrange overnight stays at Silk Path Hotel in Hanoi, Shinta Mani Resort in Siem Reap or Grand Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. A two-night stopover at Singapore’s Park Regis hotel is also available.
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