Vietnam & Cambodia with Mekong River Cruise

October 29, 2024 thru November 13, 2024

A treasure trove of natural spectacles, ritualistic cultures and warm locals, navigate Southeast Asia with Pleasurebent Tours and Emerald Cruises, as we introduce you to Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, lifting the veil on over three millennia of proud history. Sail the vibrant Mekong River on board Emerald’s custom-built boutique Star-Ship, Emerald Harmony, fusing Asian style with all the amenities of a world-class hotel, with many outstanding excursions to choose from. On this hybrid tour, you’ll get to experience these picturesque destinations from land and water!

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Transportation

Roundtrip Air Transportation

Transportation

Motorcoach

Transportation

Cruise-Ferry

Duration

16 days, 14 nights

Activity Level

3: Moderate

Meals

32 meals (13 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners)

Availability

Call for Availability

Pickup/Dropoff

Roundtrip door-to-door livery service

Documents Required

Passport


Tour Highlights

  • Mekong River cruise on the Emerald Harmony
  • Siem Reap
  • Angkor Thom
  • Temple of Ta Prohm
  • Phare, The Cambodian Circus
  • Angkor Wat
  • PrekK’dam
  • Oudong Monastery and Temples
  • Tuk-Tuk tour of Phnom Penh
  • Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
  • Long Khanh Island
  • Tràm Chim National Park
  • Mekong Delta
  • Ho Chi Minh City

Inclusions

  • Roundtrip air transportation from TUS (not including baggage & in-flight charges)
  • 7 nights on board the luxurious Emerald Harmony
  • 5 nights hotel lodging
  • Transfers & deluxe motorcoach transportation
  • Roundtrip door-to-door livery service
  • Deluxe hotels with all service charges, taxes and porterage included
  • 32 meals (13 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners)
  • Baggage handling (for 1 bag)
  • Attraction admissions
  • First-class service from an English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides
  • Your PLEASUREBENT Escort (with 15 or more travelers)
  • Taxes & gratuities for included items


Days 1 - Depart Tucson

Depart the USA on your transpacific flight to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Day 2 & 3 - Ho Chi Minh City

Xin Chao and welcome to Ho Chi Minh City! On arrival, you will be met by your Emerald Cruises representative and transferred to your hotel, situated in downtown District 1, for a two-night stay. After checking in, you will be free to explore the city before meeting your tour director for your welcome briefing and dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals included: (B, D)

Day 4 - Ho Chi Minh City

Drive away from Ho Chi Minh City to Cu Chi Tunnels, watching the city skyline fade into the distance as the road winds through rice paddies, villages and scenes typical to southern Vietnam. Spend a couple of hours walking around Cu Chi’s rugged grounds with a local guide. Upon your return to Ho Chi Minh City, enjoy a Pho lunch with remainder of the afternoon and evening yours to enjoy at leisure or venture out on one of our DiscoverMORE excursions.

Choose from these excursions* (extra expense):

  • An evening Saigon Street Food walking tour
  • One Night in Saigon

Meals included: (B, L)

Day 5 - Ho Chi Minh City - Embarkation

After checkout, enjoy a tour of the city, visiting the Notre Dame Cathedral, Opera House and Town Hall. Then, visit the Reunification Palace before transferring to the port where you will board your Emerald Cruises Star-Ship, Emerald Harmony. You’ll be welcomed on board by your captain and crew before setting sail after lunch down the Saigon River to Cho Gao canal where you will anchor for the night. This evening, enjoy your first dinner on board with your fellow travelers. Your Cruise Director will conduct a port talk to review the activities and itinerary for the days ahead.

Meals included: (B, L, D)

Day 6 - Ben Tre

This morning travel through the bustling Cho Gao. The Cho Gao canal is one of the major arterial canals of Vietnam connecting Tien Giang Province in the Mekong Delta with Ho Chi Minh City. Today is a fascinating morning watching the heavy commercial traffic navigate this important waterway which can see upwards of 1,800 vessels transit each day. This afternoon once on the Mekong River, you’ll visit the Tan My Floating community followed by a ride through the local plantations to visit a mushroom farm, a fruit farm with sampling and a honey farm with local sweet before returning to Emerald Harmony to sail onwards to Sa Ðéc, a hidden gem on the Mekong Delta.

Meals included: (B, L, D)

Day 7 - My An Hung

After a short ride on a sampan to Sa Dec enjoy a walking tour around town with stops at the Chinese Congregational House in Kien An Cung, the home of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le (currently under renovation), who inspired Marguerite Duras’ novel L’Amant, and enjoy a walk through the central market to peruse its varied produce. Return to Emerald Harmony by sampan and sail to My An Hung Island. Recognised as a cultural and historical destination, this small village in rural Vietnam specialises in red-hot chilli and peppers. As part of our EmeraldPLUS programme, enjoy some local folk singing during the visit.

Meals included: (B, L, D)

Day 8 - Gieng Island - An Long

On Gieng Island you can travel through the island’s villages to visit families who work in a variety of local industries including boat building of different types and creating incense sticks for temples. Also visit Vietnam’s oldest church. The afternoon is yours to enjoy your free time on board or, if you prefer, partake in a DiscoverMORE optional excursion to the Tam Nong Ramsar Bird Sanctuary in An Long.

Choose from these excursions* (extra expense):

  • A visit to Tam Nong Ramsar Bird Sanctuary in Tram Chim National Park

Meals included: (B, L, D)

Day 9 - Tan Chau

Embark on a sampan to Evergreen Island for a walk through a traditional village, glimpsing into the lives of the local farming community. Travel back to Tan Chau, and as part of our EmeraldPLUS excursion, visit the recently renovated Cao Dai temple. The religion of Cao Dai is a syncretic montheistic religion established in 1926 in the city of Tay Ninh, southern Vietnam, Here, you wll learn more about the mix of ideas that forms the basis of this fascinating religion. Afterwards, ride in a Xe Loi (local form of cyclo) from the temple back to your sampan to visit a Mekong fish farm. Back on board your luxury Star-Ship, you’ll cruise to the border between Vietnam and Cambodia, celebrating the crossing with a Cambodian-style.

Meals included: (B, L, D)

Day 10 - Phnom Penh

Wake up in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh. The city, known as the “Pearl of Asia”, was almost entirely evacuated by the Khmer Rouge in 1975. This morning, you will learn more about the Khmer Rouge and the darkest days of the country’s history. A short drive will take you to the Killing Fields at Choeung Ek. Here you will have the opportunity to walk through the fields, visit the memorial and learn about this sad historic chapter. Afterwards visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (also known as S-21). This is a former school that was converted to the main prison and torture headquarters of the Khmer Rouge. Spend the afternoon Vietnam & Cambodia with Mekong River Cruise. Receive a traditional Buddhist blessing at the Oudong Monastery Golden paths guide you in Phnom Penh, Cambodia as you please exploring our DiscoverMORE excursions or simply relaxing on board Emerald Harmony. In the evening, as part of your EmeraldPLUS programme you will have a chance to experience an evening remork (local Tuk-Tuk) ride through Phnom Penh to enjoy the city lights.

Choose from these excursions* (extra expense):

  • A silk farm tour at Koh Oknha
  • Craft Beer Adventure by remork

Meals included: (B, L, D)

Day 11 - Phnom Penh

Located north of Phnom Penh, Oudong was the former royal capital of Cambodia up until it moved to Phnom Penh in 1866. Important remnants on the temple site include the burial sites of Khmer kings as well as religious artifacts dating back more than a hundred years. In the main temple of the Oudong Monastery, receive a traditional Buddhist blessing from the temple’s resident monks as part of your EmeraldPLUS programme. In the afternoon, you will visit the majestic Royal Palace with its gardens, followed by the Central Market located in the heart of the city. Back on board, as part of your EmeraldPLUS programme, enjoy a cultural performance by the Cambodian Student and Children’s Organisation. Afterwards set sail, gliding past the illuminated Phnom Penh at night for a short sail to Koh Khsach Krao.

Meals included: (B, L, D)

Day 12 - Koh Khsach Krao Disembarkation

Disembark Emerald Harmony in the morning and continue by road to Siem Reap for your included three-night stay. Stay at the beautiful Shinta Mani, a deluxe boutique property of world-class design that takes great care in honouring the environment and paying homage to the traditional and local aesthetics. This evening as part of your EmeraldPLUS programme, attend Phare, The Cambodian Circus, where a combination of acrobatics, music and dance tell a uniquely Cambodian story.

Meals included: (B, L)

Day 13 - Siem Reap

Today, start with a visit to Angkor Thom, not a single temple such as the historic sites it neighbours, but rather one of the most remarkable royal cities of the Angkor Period and an architectural wonder. As the last capital of the Khmer Empire, it was a fortified city, home to priests, officials of the palace, military and buildings for administering the kingdom. Afterwards, visit the sacred Temple of Ta Prohm. In an incredible
standoff between human creation and nature, the jungle’s root systems have reclaimed this spiritual location now enshrouded in wild vegetation. The backdrop to many Hollywood scenes, the incredible Ta Prohm is both a cinematic and contemplative location. This evening is free to visit ‘Pub Street’ or try a DiscoverMORE option this evening.

Choose from these excursions* (extra expense):

  • Sunset Drinks Gondola Boat at Bayon
  • Dinner in the Rice Field
  • Cambodian Street Food Discovery

Meals included: (B, L)

Day 14 - Siem Reap

Rise early and witness the sunrise over Angkor Wat. Afterwards walk through this UNESCO World Heritage-listed site known for its elaborate decorations and intricate carvings throughout. This afternoon is free time to visit the town and markets or try a DiscoverMORE tour. Later this evening, enjoy your farewell dinner as part of your EmeraldPLUS programme, accompanied by an Apsara dance performance.

Choose from these excursions* (extra expense):Vespa tour of Siem Reap

  • A visit to Banteay Srei
  • A visit to Tonlé Sap
  • Aculinary tour of Cambodia
  • Senteurs d’Angkor Workshop

Meals included: (B, D)

Day 15 & 16 - Depart Siem Reap / USA

Transfer from your hotel to the airport and return home with memories of life enriching experiences of your amazing adventure through Cambodia and Vietnam.

Meals included: (B)

Itinerary subject to change. *Excursions are an extra expense not included in the price noted.


Package Pricing

Category D - Emerald Stateroom Riviera Deck DOUBLE per person

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Deposit: 20%

Category B - Panorama Balcony Suite Vista Deck DOUBLE per person

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Deposit: 20%

Category A - Panorama Balcony Suite Horizon Deck DOUBLE per person

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Deposit: 20%

Category AP - Panorama Balcony Suite Pool Deck DOUBLE per person

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Deposit: 20%

Category S - Grand Balcony Suite Pool Deck DOUBLE per person

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Deposit: 20%

Category SA - Owner’s One-Bedroom Suite Pool Deck DOUBLE per person

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Deposit: 20%

Final Payment Due:

July 24, 2024

Deposit: N/A

Price Includes

Roundtrip air transportation from TUS (not including baggage & in-flight charges)
7 nights on board the luxurious Emerald Harmony
5 nights hotel lodging
Transfers & deluxe motorcoach transportation
Roundtrip door-to-door livery service
Deluxe hotels with all service charges, taxes and porterage included
32 meals (13 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners)
Baggage handling (for 1 bag)
Attraction admissions
First-class service from an English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides
Your PLEASUREBENT Escort (with 15 or more travelers)
Taxes & gratuities for included items


Booking Policy

***PASSPORT REQUIRED***

FINAL PAYMENT DUE: July 24, 2024

CANCELLATION FEES:

  • $1,250 through July 24, 2024

  • 100% – After July 24, 2024

We pride ourselves on great service and an enjoyable experience for all and are happy to go over our booking policies with you. If you’d like to learn more about our booking policies before your trip, give us a call at 520.325.8839, or visit our Booking Policies page.

Travel Insurance

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ACTIVITY LEVEL RATING

Level 3: Moderate

Expectations: Expect a moderate amount of walking. There will be time to rest on the coach and between attractions. To enjoy this tour, you should be prepared to walk slightly longer distances, climb stairs and tolerate periods of standing, for example on city walks, sightseeing stops or ship excursions. The daily pace and timing can fluctuate significantly between longer and shorter travel days, with additional activities possibly occurring in the early morning or evening. There may be some changes in altitude or temperatures.

Appropriate for: Most travelers beginning with those who are moderately fit, lead semi-active lives, are comfortable participating in long days of activities and expect some physical exertion.

Visit our Activity Level Ratings page under Plan Your Tour for full information on the ratings system.

ITINERARY

For your reference, we send to you a detailed itinerary approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled tour departure. This has day-by-day times and events, hotel information where you can be reached in case of an emergency, and airline information.

The times listed on the itinerary are all approximate. We cannot be held responsible for schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances with weather, transportation agents, highway conditions, hotels or contracting agents.

AIRLINE TICKETS

You will be issued your boarding pass the morning of our departure, after your arrival at the Tucson International Airport. If you have a frequent flyer number, or a TSA number, please call our office at least 3 days prior to the tour to ensure we can note these in your reservation.

AIRPORT SECURITY

Do not forget to bring your government issued picture ID to show at the airport. A Driver’s License or Passport is preferred. If you do not have the proper ID, the airline will turn you away.

BAGGAGE

We have arranged for handling for one piece of luggage per person regarding the skycaps (where available) and hotels. If you check through luggage note that the maximum weight for the checked piece of luggage is 50 pounds and maximum size is 62 inches (length + width + height). If your bag weighs over 50 pounds the airlines will levy an extra fee that you will be responsible to pay. If you feel the need to lock your checked through luggage and your bag is searched, your lock could be damaged in the process. You can purchase a TSA (Transportation Security Administration) accepted and recognized lock at any luggage store. Make sure you ask for a TSA approved lock. These locks are the kind that TSA screeners can open by using a special tool without breaking. Passengers can carry-on 1 bag (dimensions are limited to 10x16x24 inches), plus a personal type bag, like a purse. We advise that you pack your carry-on lightly. There are restrictions regarding your carryon baggage and contents due to enhanced security

EMERGENCY CONTACT

It is always a good idea to carry on your person a list of medications that you are taking and an emergency contact phone number while you are traveling. And we suggest making a copy of the itinerary and provide it to a friend or family member.

GRATUITIES/ITEMS INCLUDED IN PRICE

The traditional end-of-tour gratuity is included on this tour. All hotel porterage and airport skycap (when available) fees are included. We also include the gratuities for the coach/livery drivers. Hotel housekeeping tips are not included. Tips for guides/services on optional excursions or individual on-ship services are not included.

LIVERY

For your convenience we have a (round-tour) door-to-door pickup service with each multi-day tour. (This service is not available to all clients depending on your location.) Approximately 2 to 3 days prior to the departure date you will receive a call from our office and we will tell you your assigned pickup time. (These times can vary up to 15 minutes depending on traffic.)

TRAVEL REQUESTS

At time of booking or as soon as possible please notify us of mobility limitations or food allergies. We will forward these to restaurants and attractions as needed. Please also let us know if you have dietary preferences. We usually can accommodate vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free diets.

LODGING REQUESTS

We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed. If you would like to request special accommodations at the hotel(s) where we are lodging, please let us know at booking or as soon as possible and we will forward these requests for you. The phone numbers of the hotel(s) where we are staying will be listed on the itinerary sent to you before the tour.

Many hotels around the country have instituted a "reconditioning fee" of $300 or more that is levied upon a guest that smokes in a non-smoking room. If this occurs during our tour you will be responsible for paying this fee to the hotel prior to check-out.

RESPONSIBILITY

Pleasurebent Tours acts solely as agent in arranging hotels, transportation, sightseeing, baggage-handling and other services and does not assume any liability for injury, damage, loss or delay due to any act or default of any company or person. We, along with our subcontractors, reserve the right to make changes to an itinerary if it is necessary for the proper handling of a tour.

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