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Treasures of the Mekong

15 Day
Between Siem Reap and Ho Chi Minh City
Mekong
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Departing 01 September 2017
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The Mekong River is the lifeblood of Southeast Asia, and millions rely on its life-giving waters every day. At Scenic, our expert journey designers took inspiration from this enchanting waterway to create our Treasures of the Mekong cruise, a 15 day itinerary transporting you from the historic city of Siem Reap to the endearing bustle of Ho Chi Minh City. You’ll spend three days in Siem Reap, so there’s plenty of time to explore all of its historic treasures, including the majestic Angkor Wat temple. On your final day in the city, you’ll be taken on an unforgettable aerial balloon ride over the ancient temple complex — the perfect way to say goodbye to this extraordinary destination. Then, it’s time to board the luxurious Scenic Spirit for an unforgettable luxury cruise on the Mekong, where you’ll stop at a number of distinct destinations, including the incredible Wat Hanchey temple. After several days cruising the waters of the Mekong, you’ll reach Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s vibrant second city, whose colonial architecture and Vietnam War-era attractions provides a dose more culture before your return to the UK.

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Day 1
UK > Siem Reap
Fly from Birmingham, Glasgow, London Heathrow, Manchester or Newcastle with Emirates. Alternatively, you can choose to fly with Singapore Airlines from London Heathrow or Manchester via Singapore at no additional supplement.
Day 2
Siem Reap
Highlights: Welcome dinner

Arrive at your hotel in Siem Reap, your stylish home for a three night Special Stay. Tonight meet your Scenic Tour Director and fellow travelling companions at your welcome briefing and dinner.

Meals included: Dinner
Day 3
Siem Reap
Highlights: Temple Discovery, Enrich - Phare Circus

Begin the day with a visit to the colossal Angkor Wat, before exploring at Angkor Thom and the multi-faced Bayon Temple. See the Elephant Terrace before enjoying your refreshing Khmer lunch. Later visit the atmospheric Ta Prohm Temple as seen in the film Tomb Raider.

Enrich

Take your premium seat at the colourful Cambodian Circus, Phare.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4
Siem Reap
Highlights: Enrich - Sunrise Angkor Wat, Apsara 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 local NGO supported bakery school.

Freechoice: Discover the temple of Banteay Srei and Landmine Museum or explore Beng Mealea temples and the Artisans D’Angkor Handicraft Centre. Alternatively, cruise on Tonle Sap or ride a tethered balloon before visiting a Pouk Silk Farm and Preah Khan Temple. For the more adventurous enjoy a vintage Vespa ride.

Enrich
Tonight be wowed by a magical themed 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 local NGO supported bakery school.

Freechoice

Discover the temple of Banteay Srei and Landmine Museum or explore Beng Mealea temples and the Artisans D’Angkor Handicraft Centre. Alternatively, cruise on Tonle Sap or ride a tethered balloon before visiting a Pouk Silk Farm and Preah Khan Temple. For the more adventurous enjoy a vintage Vespa ride.

Enrich

Tonight be wowed by a magical themed 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 5
Siem Reap > Mekong Cruise

Drive to Kampong Cham where Scenic Spirit awaits, with stops at the Khmer bridge at Kampong Kdei, Kampong Thom and a stone cutters village.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
Wat Hanchey > Kampong Cham
Highlights: Freechoice

Awake as you approach Wat Hanchey, an ancient hilltop pagoda and monastery to meet the resident novice monks. Walk to the top and soak in some of the best elevated views of the cruise before sailing downstream 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 wandering through the township of Kampong Cham.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
Kampong Tralach > Oudong > Kho Chen
Highlights: Enrich - Monk blessing

Cruise up the Tonle Sap River to Kampong Tralach, experience an ox cart ride from the ship through a local village and fields to Wat Kampong Tralach. Board your coach to the ancient capital of Oudong to visit the impressive pagoda and monastery to observe the lifestyle of the resident monks and nuns.

Drive a short distance to Prek K’dam to re-board Scenic Spirit. Later sail downstream to wander through the silversmith village of Kho Chen before continuing your cruise to Phnom Penh.

Enrich

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

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8
Phnom Penh
Highlights: Enrich - Raffles Experience and High Tea

Freechoice: Journey to the Killing Fields and tour Tuol Sleng, or tour the local food market before joining a hands on Khmer cooking demonstration. Alternatively, by Tuk Tuk explore Phnom Penh’s colonial buildings, the Central Market as well as its modern architecture.

Enrich
Arrive by tuk tuk and enjoy a guided tour of the historic Raffles, Hotel Le Royal, followed by an indulgent high tea prepared in front of you by the hotel’s chefs, all whilst sipping on your cocktail named in honour of Jacqueline Kennedy.

Freechoice

Journey to the Killing Fields and tour Tuol Sleng, or tour the local food market before joining a hands on Khmer cooking demonstration. Alternatively, by Tuk Tuk explore Phnom Penh’s colonial buildings, the Central Market as well as its modern architecture.

Enrich

Arrive by tuk tuk and enjoy a guided tour of the historic Raffles, Hotel Le Royal, followed by an indulgent high tea prepared in front of you by the hotel’s chefs, all whilst sipping on your cocktail named in honour of Jacqueline Kennedy.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9
Phnom Penh > Tan Chau
Highlights: Border crossing

Visit the National Museum and Royal Palace before setting sail for the Cambodian and Vietnamese border. Relax during your afternoon of cruising as you cross the border into Vietnam. Celebrate arriving in Vietnam with your themed evening dinner.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10
Tan Chau
Highlights: Freechoice

Freechoice: Visit Evergreen Island and enjoy a ride in a Xe Loi to the local Cao Dai Temple. Alternatively explore Chau Doc city or visit Tra Su Bird Sanctuary.

Freechoice

Visit Evergreen Island and enjoy a ride in a Xe Loi to the local Cao Dai Temple. Alternatively explore Chau Doc city or visit Tra Su Bird Sanctuary.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11
Sa Dec > Cai Be
Highlights: Sa Dec Markets, Freechoice

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

Freechoice

Board a sampan to visit Cai Be before stopping at local cottage industries and a traditional house. Alternatively savour afternoon tea at the French colonial Le Longanier House. Or choose an on board Freechoice activity.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12
Mekong Cruise > Ho Chi Minh City

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

Enjoy a Vespa foodie tour of Saigon by night or enjoy a meal in the surroundings of an old French colonial house. Alternatively dine at Restaurant Nineteen or Square One or similar.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13
Ho Chi Minh City
Highlights: Cu Chi Tunnels

Travel along the Saigon River to the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn about the underground labyrinth of war-time passageways. After lunch discover all about Vietnam’s more modern history through a visit to the Reunification Palace and War Museum.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 14
Ho Chi Minh City > UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight home. Alternatively, why not arrange a stopover in Singapore or Sentosa Island to break up your journey home?

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 15
Arrive UK
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