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.

Mekong River Cruises

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 on board our elegant Star-Ship, Emerald Harmony. In a stunning combination of authentic Asian style and the modern amenities of a deluxe 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 elegant Mekong Navigator — the perfect way to explore this charming waterway.


5-star accommodations on the waters of the Mekong

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.

A Spotlight on the MeKong River

Amongst the most biologically diverse rivers in the world, the Mekong's fertile banks have been supporting life for thousands of years. Visitors are often surprised to learn that the river's ecosystem is the second most diverse on the planet, providing a home for 20,000 plant species, 430 mammals, 1,200 birds, 800 reptiles and an estimated 250 species of fish.

Passing through six countries, the river stretches for a staggering 2,703 miles, making it the 12th biggest in the world. Each mile is buoyed by colourful history and tradition, providing a natural gateway to the cultural heart of Southeast Asia.

A river cruise on the Mekong from Emerald Waterways allows you to marvel at some of the continent’s most revered sights, from the vast Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia to the French Colonial architecture of Ho Chi Minh City. You’ll experience life from a local perspective, learning the traditional customs and ways of life which the people of the Mekong have enjoyed for over a thousand years.

A journey through the cultural tapestry of Southeast Asia

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.

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.