Southeast Asia River Cruises

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Discover Southeast Asia in luxury with Scenic

Join Scenic on the dynamic waterways of Southeast Asia, and navigate a land of colour, vibrancy and culture in complete luxury and comfort. The great rivers of the Mekong and the Irrawaddy criss-cross a region of remarkable energy and beauty, where Indian and Chinese influences intermingle to create an intoxicating cultural tapestry.
The enchanting waters of Southeast Asia are yours to discover with Scenic as your expert guide. We’ve combined our experience in river cruising and touring to offer a collection of luxury itineraries on the Irrawaddy and Mekong, helping you to experience the culture and heritage of Myanmar and Indochina. And, as with all our river cruise itineraries, luxury comes as standard on the Mekong and Irrawaddy. Our elegant ships, Scenic Spirit and Scenic Aura, have been custom-built to negotiate the rivers of Southeast Asia, accommodating you in absolute luxury as you embark on the adventure of a lifetime.

Why visit Southeast Asia...

  • Cuisine
    Take to the streets on a Vespa foodie tour of Ho Chi Minh City. Travel along the Thu Bon River to the stylish Red Bridge Restaurant and enjoy a hands-on cooking class. Enjoy an exclusive moonlight Temple Dinner at Angkor. Diverse and delicious food experiences are destined to be a highlight of your Scenic Southeast Asia cruise.
  • Culture
    Wander the astounding World Heritage-listed temples of Angkor Wat. Be enchanted by the Water Puppets of Hanoi. Meet the novice monks at Wat Hanchey and uncover the floating markets of the Mekong Delta. Prepare to experience the heart of Southeast Asia’s culture.
  • History
    Learn the history of the sombre Killing Fields. Discover the rich colonial heritage of Hanoi and Phnom Penh. Unearth Vietnam’s modern history through a visit to the Reunification Palace and War Museum. Understanding Southeast Asia's poignant past is key to truly appreciating its fascinating character.
  • Nature & Wildlife
    Get up close with nature at the Tra Su Bird Park. Visit the picturesque Inle Lake. Or, admire up-close views of the majestic peaks and receive access to some of the massive stalactite filled caves at Halong Bay. An awe-inspiring natural spectacle is never far away.

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Why travel to Southeast Asia with Scenic

From the moment you step on board you'll be spoilt for choice. You'll enjoy the ultimate in all-inclusive luxury every moment of the day.
  • Scenic Owned Ships
    Scenic's 5-star ships are designed, built and operated to European safety standards. With an almost 1:1 staff-to-guest ratio, and a plethora of unique indulgent amenities, our ships can be considered some of the most luxurious on the Mekong and Irrawaddy rivers.
  • Scenic Suites
    Enjoy separate living and bedroom areas, walk-in wardrobes, our ergonomic Scenic Slumber beds ensure you wake-up refreshed ready for a day of exclusive experiences and adventure. With the rivers coming to life before your eyes, your best viewing option is from our signature Scenic Sun Lounge, designed so at the touch of a button it converts into your private window to the world.
  • Our Staff & Team
    When it's about delivering 5-star service to our guests, we like to take things into our own hands. Only Scenic has established local management teams to ensure every detail of your cruise is extraordinary. We personally handpick our staff members from the finest in the industry, employ them directly, and rigorously train them to anticipate your every need.
  • All Meals & Premium Drinks
    Thanks to our Executive Chefs who have been trained in Europe, the on board cuisine is a mix of local specialties and international flavours. We focus on using fresh, locally sourced produce, seasoned with aromatic herbs from our on board herb garden. Scenic offers the largest selection of international wines, beers and spirits, fresh fruit juices and tonics available on the rivers. You can enjoy your choice of premium beverage from around the world, including wine paired at every meal.
  • Scenic Freechoice
    Our wide range of Scenic Freechoice inclusions allow you to personalise your journey to your taste and pace. Enjoy Scenic Freechoice options in each itinerary, from local cooking lessons to bird-watching excursions.
  • Scenic Enrich
    Our Scenic Enrich events are once-in-a-lifetime moments that you will only experience with Scenic. Through handcrafted activities such as an exclusive evening at the Temple Gala Dinners in Siem Reap and Bagan and sacred alms giving ceremonies throughout Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos, Scenic will reveal to you beautiful facets of your destination you will never otherwise see.

Your peace of mind

Small Ship Experience River Cruise

Small Ship Experience

Experience the benefits of small ship river cruising and ocean discovery voyages

Flexible Booking - Peace of Mind

Flexible Booking

Defer your travel plans up to 60 days prior to departure with our Flexible Booking Policy available on river and ocean cruising.

Health & Safety

Travel with Confidence

Our commitment to each guest and crew’s health, safety and well-being remains our key priority.

Book with confidence

  • Flexible Booking Policy
    With our Flexible Booking Policy‡, for new 2022 Southeast Asia River Cruise (or 2022/2023 ocean cruise) bookings, you can defer your travel plans by transferring to an alternate departure date or itinerary or cancel up to 60 days prior to your cruise commencing with no Scenic fees (third party fees may apply). For cancellations, the value of the booking will be applied as a Future Travel Voucher (FTV) which is valid for 24 months. This flexible booking and cancellation policy excludes Russia, South America, Australia and New Zealand land touring.
  • ABTA & ATOL Protected
    As members of ABTA and ATOL we are committed to delivering the highest standards for our guests and ensuring you are financially protected in the event of any unforeseen circumstances.

Scenic-Space Ships

Welcome to your luxurious boutique Scenic Ships. With up to just 68 and 44 guests on board Scenic Spirit and Scenic Aura respectively, there is space to relax, explore, indulge and dream as the Southeast Asian landscape floats by.

Discover Southeast Asia in video

The mystical waterways of Southeast Asia will capture your imagination and inspire memories for years to come
Our Journey Designers strive to give you a deeper understanding of the region, its history, culture and the must-see sights, by curating experiences that take you beyond the ordinary. From exclusive access to Angkor after dark to special backstage passes to Hanoi’s famous water puppets show, Scenic guests enjoy exclusive handcrafted local entertainment and sumptuous regional feasts all through their journey. 
 
On board our skilled Cruise and Tour Directors, will share their knowledge and passion for the region, whilst all the while anticipating your needs and delivering a remarkable experience.
 
Get a flavour for the wonders on offer with Scenic in Southeast Asia by browsing our video collection.

Where we travel in Southeast Asia

From vibrant cities to charming riverside communities, bustling markets and the peaceful chanting of monks, every day in Southeast Asia there is something to captivate and excite.
Discover the magic of these dynamic waterways, witness the daily interactions of local residents and admire the ornate temples and gold-top pagodas that dot the countryside, as you gently pass by.

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Countries

Cambodia
Famous the world over for its spectacular ancient temples, floating villages and vast forests, Cambodia has risen from its turbulent history and blossomed into a captivating tourist destination.
Laos
Landlocked Laos is one of Asia’s best-kept secrets. With a rich history stretching back thousands of years, the country offers plenty for travellers keen to see a more relaxed side of Southeast Asia.
Myanmar
Stepping into Myanmar is akin to stepping back in time. A land of timeless beauty will astound you. The beating heart of the country is its faith, and there is no better way to understand Myanmar than to spend time connecting with your spiritual side. 
Vietnam
From the bustling city of Ho Chi Minh City, to quaint riverside villages in the Mekong Delta and the world heritage listed sites of Hue and Hoi An, Vietnam’s compelling history is on display everywhere.

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Most Commonly Asked Questions
Q. When is the best time to take a Southeast Asia cruise?
A. The endless wonders of Southeast Asia can be enjoyed throughout the year. The climate can vary across the region meaning possibilities for exploring all year round. However, generally, the dry season lasts from November - April making this an ideal time to visit.
Q. How safe are Southeast Asia River Cruises?
A. Southeast Asia is generally an incredibly safe region to travel in and a river cruise is no different. Scenic is the only cruise company in Asia, that designs, builds, owns and operates to European safety standards. Our locally based and operated Scenic offices provide on the ground support to our hand selected crew, ensuring they can go above and beyond to make your experience unforgettable
Q. Do I need a visa to travel to Southeast Asia?
A. A visa is required to visit Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar.  For Vietnam and Myanmar a Visa or Visa Approval letter must be obtained prior to departure. For other destinations a visa can be purchased upon arrival. 
Q. What should I pack for an Southeast Asia River Cruise?
A.

Southeast Asia's warm, humid climate means light, breathable clothing is a must. Even during the dry season it is possible to have some rain therefore ensure you're prepared by bringing a rain jacket. Sandals and a pair of trainers or walking shoes are ideal footwear.

Many temples require guests to cover their shoulders upon entry. Therefore, a scarf or sarong can be an immensely versatile accessory. 

Insect repellent is an ideal item to have to hand particular whilst exploring more rural areas and during the evenings. Lastly, don't forget your sunscreen, sunglasses and a wide brimmed hat to protect from the sun.

Q. Where do you want to Cruise?
A. Be sure to read the summary of each country, river and city we’ve outlined here to give you an insight to what to expect from each destination and which spark your love to travel.
Q. How much do you want to spend?
A. Prices vary depending on number of days cruising, time of year, cabin type and destinations, but one thing you can expect with a Scenic river cruise is a truly all-inclusive experience so you don’t have to spend any more than the price paid.

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