After seven nights on board the Scenic Spirit sailing the mighty Mekong river, I have returned to our Manchester office still revelling in the truly unforgettable experience.
Each day on our 5-star vessel combined the exotic allure of South East Asia with a luxurious river cruising experience, the likes of which fused old-time colonial charm with a very modern approach to discovery.
It all began in the Vietnamese city of My Tho. Upon arrival we were personally greeted by Captain Thu and his team before being shown to our spacious accommodation.
Every suite on the Scenic Spirit features its own personal balcony, complimentary mini-bar and flatscreen TV, not to mention a butler who is at your every beck and call.
Our comfort was of the utmost priority, and every member of the crew worked to the peak of their ability to ensure we were spoilt from the moment we stepped foot on board.
Deluxe Suite on board the Scenic Spirit
The contemporary oriental decor complemented the ship’s sleek and understated appearance.
Although designed to a totally different specification than our European Space-Ships, Scenic Spirit boasted the same iconic luxuries that our guests have become accustomed to enjoying
Lewis with his guide at Angkor Wat
As the bustle of life went on around us, we enjoyed an oasis of calm as we sailed the waterway with complimentary drinks in our hands and seasonal produce filling our plates.
Cool towels were handed out after time ashore, refreshing beverages ready and waiting for our return. The crew had thought of everything, sometimes before I’d even considered it myself - now that’s 5-star service.
Evening entertainment on board the Scenic Spirit
Days ashore were filled with visits to local landmarks and markets throughout Vietnam and Cambodia.
Cultural lectures shone a light on the area’s unique heritage, cooking classes showcased fragrant cuisine and temples stopped us in our tracks.
With expert local guides by our side throughout our time on dry land, we left no stone unturned. I was also fortunate enough to visit a local school run by a Khmer Rouge Survivor.
Then there was a spiritual encounter at the Oudong monastery where we received a touching blessing by the chief monk and helped the nuns prepare the monastery’s food for the day.
Monks at the Oudong monastery
These unique insights and experiences were just a handful of the perks I was treated to as a Scenic guest. Quite simply, this was the adventure of a lifetime.
If you’re interested in following in Lewis' footsteps, Scenic can get you there in absolute luxury and comfort. Our 5-star Scenic Spirit Space-Ship sails the Mekong waterway, providing luxurious passage to the region's best cultural attractions.
To browse our complete range of Mekong 5-star luxury river cruises, visit our Mekong cruises page or call us on 0808 252 5111.
Image credits: Lewis Nolan