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Mystical Myanmar and the Treasures of the Mekong

32 Day
Between Yangon and Siem Reap
Irrawaddy, Mekong
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Myanmar’s exquisite temples might hold pride of place in the heart of this mesmerising country, however Mother Nature’s awe-inspiring power has carved out a few spectacles of her own.

Yangon is the perfect introduction to this incredible country. Navigate the vibrant streets seeking out keepsakes to take home or watch the golden sunset bounce off the Shwedagon Pagoda, there’s always plenty to appreciate in this hidden gem of a city.

Take to the waters of the Irrawaddy in unprecedented luxury, as you journey from Magwe to Mandalay. Encounter traditional villages, visit the temples of Bagan and marvel at the untold number of pagodas, temples and monasteries. The majestic Inle Lake reveals the ancient practice of one-legged rowing, perfected over centuries this is one of the many unique Myanmar traditions you’ll come across during your time in this striking land.

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* From price is for a 08 October 2019 departure. For a full list of pricing and availability, please see below. All prices are per person, twin share in GBP, based on two guests sharing. Terms and conditions apply and we reserve the right to withdraw our offers at any time. Please note, the ship operating a particular cruise is subject to change.
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Day 1

Fly from London Heathrow or Manchester with Singapore Airlines. Regional airports available on request at an additional supplement. Please call for details.

Day 2
Yangon

Welcome to Myanmar, where you will check into your hotel in Yangon for your overnight stay. Enjoy your welcome dinner at the beautiful Le Planteur Restaurant.

Meals included: Dinner
Day 3
Yangon > Inle Lake
Highlights: Nyaung Shwe

Fly to Heho and drive to Nyaung Shwe. After lunch, glide across Inle Lake in private long tail boats towards your resort for a three night Special Stay.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4
Inle Lake
Highlights: Scenic Enrich – Intha meal

Take an excursion by long tail boats to visit Inle Lake’s floating market, which moves every five days. See the holiest site in Inle Lake, the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and Royal barges.

Enrich

Learn all about traditional Intha cooking with a visit to an Intha family home for lunch.
Later, cruise down a network of small canals to the Pa-Oh village of Indein.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
Inle Lake
Highlights: Scenic Freechoice, Scenic Sundowners Inle Lake

Freechoice: Visit Pindaya Caves or travel to Taunggyi and lunch at a local winery. Alternatively, take a local village trek close by.

Sundowners
Enjoy evening drinks while overlooking the stunning lake.

Freechoice

Visit Pindaya Caves or travel to Taunggyi and lunch at a local winery. Alternatively, take a local village trek close by.

Sundowners

Enjoy evening drinks while overlooking the stunning lake.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
Inle Lake > Mandalay
Highlights: Mandalay Hill

Fly to Mandalay. Later, head to Mandalay Hill for magnificent sunset views before your overnight stay.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7
Mandalay > Irrawaddy Cruise

Marvel at Shwenandaw, a beautiful wooden monastery covered internally in gold leaf. Equally as impressive are the sights at Kuthodaw Pagoda, where the ‘World’s Largest Book’ is housed. Later, walk through the rebuilt Mandalay Palace, destroyed during World War II.

Board Scenic Aura and enjoy tonight’s welcome reception whilst cruising upstream on the mighty Irrawaddy River.

Enrich

Learn how to produce gold leaf at a local workshop. At Mahamuni Pagoda, male guests may place the gold leaf on the iconic Buddha statue.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8
Kyauk Myaung
Highlights: Pottery Village

After a morning cruising through the waters where the Irrawaddy dolphin is known to live, we arrive at the pottery village of Kyuak Myaung. Wander through the village to witness the artisans honing their craft and the unusual way of firing pottery.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9
Mingun
Highlights: Hsinbyume Pagoda

This afternoon in Mingun discover the stories behind a massive unfinished brick pagoda. Nearby, admire the un-cracked Mingun Bell and the stunning all-white Hsinbyume Pagoda.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10
Sagaing > Amarapura
Highlights: Scenic Enrich – Monastic school, Scenic Sundowners U-Bein Bridge

Sagaing is dotted with hundreds of painted pagodas and monasteries.

Enrich

Interact with novice monks, nuns and orphans during a special visit to a monastic supported school. Continue to a nunnery where you will partake in the ritual and our donation to the resident nuns before their midday meal.

Sundowners

In Amarapura, relax with evening drinks in boats under U-Bein Bridge, the world’s longest teak bridge, to capture that memorable photo of the bridge’s silhouette at sunset.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11
Pakkoku
Highlights: Cheroot and longyi factory

Cruise through the morning to Pakkoku to visit a cheroot cigar workshop and longyi and blanket factory in the afternoon.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12
Salay
Highlights: Scenic Enrich – Colonial experience

Cruise downstream to Salay. On your walking tour of the town, explore Paya Thonzu, a small trio of brick shrines, admire Youqson Kyaung, a beautiful teak monastery and look inside the largest lacquer Buddha image in Myanmar.

Enrich

From the riverfront, soak up the ambience of the river and the colonial feel of the town whilst enjoying traditional local Burmese tea and snacks in a restored colonial villa dating from 1906.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13
Magwe
Highlights: Trishaw ride

Enjoy the morning sailing to Magwe, where you will experience a tour of the town by trishaw. Take in the views from Mya Tha Lun Pagoda, a mesmerising architectural vision set on Naguttama Hill.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 14
Sailing
Highlights: Full day sailing

Make use of the ship’s luxury and take the time to sip a cocktail by the pool or enjoy some solitude on your private balcony during your full day sailing upstream along the Irrawaddy towards Bagan.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 15
Bagan
Highlights: Horse cart ride, Scenic Enrich – Temple Dinner

Arrive into Bagan this morning. After breakfast travel by horse and cart through a local village then through the surrounding plain and it’s temple ruins, before learning all about the production of Burmese lacquerware, a Bagan specialty.

Sundowners

A special occasion awaits as you watch sunset over the temples, with drink in hand.

Enrich

Be wowed by a Scenic exclusive magical themed dinner, with included drinks and a cultural show in front of candle lit Bagan temple ruins.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 16
Bagan
Highlights: Scenic Freechoice, Ananda Temple

Optional Hot Air Balloon Flight -  Between 1 October and 31 March, take a hot air balloon flight over the majestic temples of Bagan. (Flights last approximately 45 minutes and must be purchased prior to your cruise to guarantee availability).

Later this afternoon visit the most iconic sight of this intriguing region, the impressive Ananda Temple before returning on board for your farewell dinner.

Freechoice

Rise early to attend and partake in morning alms for the local monks or watch sunrise from atop one of the temples inside the park.

Freechoice

Venture to Mount Popa, home to Myanmar’s nats or nature spirits, before heading to a Toddy Farm where a traditional lunch awaits, or cross the river to Tant Kyi Tuang to take in the expansive elevated views of Bagan. Alternatively, explore the markets at Nyaung U before either exploring the Temple Circuit, or enjoying a visit to Old Bagan.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 17
Irrawaddy Cruise > Yangon

Disembark and fly to Yangon and take lunch at the historical House of Memories Restaurant, once the office of General Aung San. Then settle into your hotel in Yangon for your two-night Special Stay. This evening, enjoy the included facilities of your Pacific Club access.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 18
Yangon
Highlights: Scenic Freechoice, Scenic Enrich – Lamp lighting, Shwedagon Pagoda

Visit Chaukhtatgyi Paya, Yangon’s reclining Buddha.

Enjoy tonight’s farewell dinner at the iconic colonial Strand Hotel.

Freechoice

Ride a local train around Yangon’s suburbs. Alternatively, be guided on a tour of Yangon’s thriving art scene, or ride a ferry across the Yangon River to Dhala village.

Enrich

As the sun sets, wander around Shwedagon Pagoda and learn about the ritual of oil lamp lighting before partaking in this tradition.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 19
Yangon > Siem Reap

Say 'Thaw Dau Mal' to Myanmar and fly to Siem Reap via Bangkok. Arrive at your hotel in Siem Reap, your stylish three-night Special Stay located in the heart of the town.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 20
Siem Reap
Highlights: Angkor Temple Discovery , Scenic Enrich – Phare Circus

Visit Ta Prohm temple before exploring at Angkor Thom and the multi-faced Bayon Temple. Later in the afternoon visit the colossal Angkor Wat.

Enrich

Take your Premium reserved seat at the colourful Cambodian Circus, Phare.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 21
Siem Reap
Highlights: Scenic Enrich – Sunrise Angkor Wat, Scenic Enrich – Temple dinner

Enrich
Marvel at sunrise over the magnificent Angkor Wat before moving to a special location for a champagne breakfast with food prepared by a NGO supported local bakery school.

Freechoice: Discover Banteay Srei and visit the Landmine Museum or admire the skills on display at Artisans D’Angkor. Alternatively, cruise on Tonle Sap (seasonal), take a tuk tuk to the markets, or a tethered balloon ride (weather dependent) above Angkor Wat before visiting a Pouk Silk Farm and Preah Khan Temple.

Enrich
Be wowed by a Scenic exclusive magical gala dinner at an Angkor temple, with included drinks and a show featuring Apsara dancers in front of candle lit temple ruins.

Enrich

Marvel at sunrise over the magnificent Angkor Wat before moving to a special location for a champagne breakfast with food prepared by a NGO supported local bakery school.

Freechoice

Discover Banteay Srei and visit the Landmine Museum or admire the skills on display at Artisans D’Angkor. Alternatively, cruise on Tonle Sap (seasonal), take a tuk tuk to the markets, or a tethered balloon ride (weather dependent) above Angkor Wat before visiting a Pouk Silk Farm and Preah Khan Temple.

Enrich

Be wowed by a Scenic exclusive magical gala dinner at an Angkor temple, with included drinks and a show featuring Apsara dancers in front of candle lit temple ruins.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 22
Siem Reap > Mekong Cruise
Highlights: Welcome on board

Discover Cambodia’s rural countryside on your drive to Kampong Cham where Scenic Spirit awaits.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 23
Wat Hanchey > Kampong Cham
Highlights: Scenic Freechoice

Walk (or drive) to the top of Wat Hanchey, an ancient hilltop pagoda and monastery to meet the resident novice monks. Sail to Kampong Cham.

Freechoice

Learn about the history of the area with a visit to Phnom Pros (Man Hill) and then Wat Nokor. Alternatively explore the ecotourism village of Cheung Kok or spend your time visiting a rubber plantation factory and betel nut village.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 24
Angkor Ban > Silk Island > Phnom Penh
Highlights: Scenic Enrich – Monk blessing

On arrival in Angkor Ban, explore its historical wooden houses, which survived the Khmer Rouge, and visit the local pagoda to observe the lifestyle of resident monks.

Later sail downstream to Koh Dach, an island dedicated to the art of silk weaving before continuing your cruise to Phnom Penh.

Upon arrival revel in our exclusive Phnom Penh by City Lights tour, giving an insight into the capital’s nightlife.

Enrich

Receive a blessing from a monk and learn how to pray in a Buddhist pagoda before partaking in a ceremony, which contributes to the daily meal of the resident nuns and monks.

Sundowners

Enjoy a cocktail reception on the sundeck against the backdrop of Phnom Penh’s lights as the ship sails towards the capital at sunset.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 25
Phnom Penh
Highlights: Scenic Enrich – Raffles High Tea

Freechoice: Journey to the Killing Fields and tour Tuol Sleng, or join a hands-on Khmer cooking demonstration. Alternatively, explore by Tuk Tuk Phnom Penh’s colonial buildings and Central Market.

Enrich
Immerse yourself in the historically celebrated luxury of Raffles, Hotel Le Royal. Enjoy a guided history tour followed by a high tea prepared in front of you, all whilst sipping on the hotel’s signature cocktail. Choose to retire to the Elephant Bar for happy hour before returning to the ship.

Freechoice

Journey to the Killing Fields and tour Tuol Sleng, or join a hands-on Khmer cooking demonstration. Alternatively, explore by Tuk Tuk Phnom Penh’s colonial buildings and Central Market.

Enrich

Immerse yourself in the historically celebrated luxury of Raffles, Hotel Le Royal. Enjoy a guided history tour followed by a high tea prepared in front of you, all whilst sipping on the hotel’s signature cocktail. Choose to retire to the Elephant Bar for happy hour before returning to the ship.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 26
Phnom Penh > Tan Chau
Highlights: Royal Palace, Border crossing

Marvel at the Royal Palace, with the famous Silver Pagoda within, on your included visit to this must-see attraction. The afternoon is at your leisure to take advantage of the facilities of the most luxurious ship on the Mekong as you set sail for the border. Celebrate arriving in Vietnam with your themed evening dinner.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 27
Tan Chau
Highlights: Scenic Freechoice

Whilst sailing to Sa Dec take the time to sip a cocktail by the pool or enjoy your private balcony.

Freechoice

Visit the farmers on Evergreen Island and enjoy a ride in a Xe Loi or cruise by speedboat to Chau Doc and walk through the market, visit a family-operated fish farm and cruise around Chau Doc waterfront. Alternatively visit Tra Su Bird Sanctuary.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 28
Sa Dec > Cai Be
Highlights: Sa Dec markets, Scenic Freechoice

Visit historic town of Sa Dec and explore its lively market. Stop for tea at the home of Mr Huynh Thuy Le who inspired Marguerite Duras’ novel L’Amant.

Freechoice

Visit Cai Be before stopping at local cottage industries and a traditional house in the area. Alternatively savour afternoon tea at a French colonial house or choose to stay on board and learn to make cocktails.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 29
Mekong Cruise > Ho Chi Minh City
Highlights: Scenic Freechoice Dining

Drive to Ho Chi Minh City and enjoy an orientation tour around your hotel for the next two nights. Spend the remainder of the afternoon at leisure.

Enjoy a Vespa foodie tour of Saigon by night, enjoy a meal in the surroundings of an old French colonial house or a restaurant specialising in street food. Alternatively, dine at your hotel’s restaurants – Yu Chu, Basilico or Market 39.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 30
Ho Chi Minh City
Highlights: Cu Chi Tunnels, War Museum

Travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn about the underground labyrinth of war-time passageways. Visit the Reunification Palace and War Museum before attending tonight’s farewell dinner.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 31
Ho Chi Minh City

Depart and transfer to the airport for your flight home with your chosen airline. Alternatively, extend your journey with an inbound stopover in Dubai, Bangkok or Singapore.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 32
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