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Treasures of the Mekong

15 Day
Between Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap
Mekong
From * £4,995
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Departing 30 June 2018
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The people who reside along the banks of the Mekong River have learnt to coexist with this mighty waterway. All around are reminders of how nature and humanity can adapt and thrive, living in harmony with one another. After discovering the many riches of Ho Chi Minh City, a thriving metropolis filled with stories and adventures, you will spend the first night on board Scenic Spirit settling into the luxurious surrounds that will become like home. From the ancient hilltop pagoda of Wat Hanchey, where resplendent water views await, to the famous Silver Pagoda in Phnom Penh, Scenic will unveil a multitude of experiences to allow you to appreciate the beguiling nature of this landscape, letting you become one with this magnificent waterway.

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Day 1
Highlights: Your holiday begins

Fly from a choice of UK airports on selected airlines, including Emirates via Dubai, from London Heathrow, Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester or Newcastle.  Alternatively, Singapore Airlines via Singapore from London Heathrow or Manchester.

Day 2
Ho Chi Minh City
Highlights: Welcome to Vietnam

Welcome to vibrant Vietnam. Relax for the next two nights at your elegant Special Stay in Ho Chi Minh City.

Meals included: Dinner
Day 3
Ho Chi Minh City
Highlights: Cu Chi Tunnels, Freechoice Dining

Travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn about the underground labyrinth of war-time passageways. After lunch, stop for some bargaining at Ben Thanh Market.

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4
Ho Chi Minh City > Mekong Cruise
Highlights: Welcome Reception

Discover all about Vietnam’s modern history through a visit to the Reunification Palace and War Museum. Later travel by coach to My Tho to board the luxurious Scenic Spirit.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
Cai Be > Sa Dec
Highlights: Freechoice, Sa Dec markets

Later, immerse yourself in the historic town of Sa Dec and explore and interact with the sellers in the lively market, then visit 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 French colonial or traditional Vietnamese house. Alternatively savour morning tea at a French colonial house or choose to stay on board for your special Freechoice activity.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
Tan Chau
Highlights: Freechoice

Tonight enjoy a themed evening dinner to say farewell to Vietnam.

Freechoice

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

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
Tan Chau > Phnom Penh
Highlights: Enrich - Raffles Experience and High Tea

Cross the border into Cambodia and sail to the capital city, Phnom Penh.

Enrich

Arrive in style by Tuk Tuk and immerse yourself in the historically celebrated luxury of Raffles, Hotel Le Royal. Enjoy a guided history tour followed by an indulgent high tea prepared in front of you by the hotel’s chefs, all whilst sipping on your signature cocktail named in honour of Jacqueline Kennedy. Choose to retire to the Elephant Bar for happy hour before returning to the ship viewing the floodlit Independence Monument en-route.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8
Phnom Penh
Highlights: Freechoice, Royal Palace

Later this afternoon marvel at the Royal Palace, with the famous Silver Pagoda within, on your included visit to this must-see attraction.

Freechoice

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

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9
Kampong Tralach > Oudong > Kho Chen
Highlights: Enrich - Monk blessing

In Kampong Tralach, experience an ox cart ride 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.

Later sail down the Tonle River and wander through the silversmith village of Kho Chen before continuing your cruise to Kampong Cham via Phnom Penh.

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10
Wat Hanchey > Kampong Cham
Highlights: Freechoice

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

Freechoice

Learn about the history behind Phnom Pros (Man Hill) and Wat Nokor. Alternatively explore the ecotourism village of Cheung Kok or visit a rubber plantation factory and beetle nut village.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11
Mekong Cruise > Siem Reap
Highlights: Enrich – Cambodian Circus, Phare

Discover the countryside of Cambodia on your drive to your hotel in Siem Reap, your stylish three night Special Stay located in the heart of the town.

Enrich

Take your Section A Reserved seat at the colourful Cambodian Circus, Phare.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 12
Siem Reap
Highlights: Angkor Temples Exploration

Visit the colossal Angkor Wat before stopping at Angkor Thom and the multi-faced Bayon Temple. Later visit the atmospheric Ta Prohm Temple. Take advantage of your free night to visit the night markets.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 13
Siem Reap
Highlights: Enrich - Sunrise Angkor Wat, Enrich - 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 an NGO supported local bakery school.

Freechoice: Discover Banteay Srei and visit the Landmine Museum or explore Beng Mealea temples and Artisans D’Angkor. Alternatively, cruise on Tonle Sap (seasonal) or take a tethered balloon ride (weather dependent) above Angkor Wat before visiting a Pouk Silk Farm and Preah Khan Temple.

Enrich
Be wowed by a magical themed gala dinner at an Angkor temple, with included free flow 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 an NGO supported local bakery school.

Freechoice

Discover Banteay Srei and visit the Landmine Museum or explore Beng Mealea temples and Artisans D’Angkor. Alternatively, cruise on Tonle Sap (seasonal) or take a tethered balloon ride (weather dependent) above Angkor Wat before visiting a Pouk Silk Farm and Preah Khan Temple.

Enrich

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

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 14
Siem Reap
Highlights: Farewell

Depart Cambodia treasuring many wonderful memories and transfer to the airport for your flight home with your chosen airline.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 15
Arrive UK
Highlights: Arrive home

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