Indochina Explorer & Luxury Mekong

Dip in and out of lovely Vietnam and also explore the hidden treasures of Laos and Cambodia. The gift that is Southeast Asia is yours for the taking.

23 Days
Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City
From (GBP)
£ 8,795
Dates & Pricing
Unmissable savings on Mekong river cruises

2019/2020 Hanoi > Ho Chi Minh City

Tour Map
Tour Code:
DIEX
Duration:
23 days
Departure City:
Hanoi
Return City:
Ho Chi Minh City

23 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Depart UK

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

  2. Day 2 - Hanoi

    Welcome to vibrant Vietnam. Settle into your iconic hotel for your two-night Special Stay.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Hanoi

    Freechoice

    Visit the History Museum and Hoa Lo Prison, or buy ingredients for a cooking class. Alternatively visit Ho Chi Minh Quarter and the Temple of Literature.

    Later, discover the Old Quarter back streets on a cyclo ride.

    Enrich

    After attending Hanoi’s famous water puppets show, learn the secrets behind this illusionary piece of theatre thanks to your special backstage pass.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Hanoi > Halong Bay Cruise

    Board the elegant Au Co for an awe-inspiring genuine two night cruise through the picturesque waters of Halong Bay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Halong Bay Cruise

    This morning awake with a Tai Chi lesson. Later, visit Cat Ba Island before cruising deeper into the National Park.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Halong Bay Cruise > Hanoi

    Return to your hotel in Hanoi for another Special Stay and a historic bunker tour at the hotel.

    Freechoice Dining

    Enjoy a Vespa foodie tour of Hanoi’s old quarter by night, or La Terrace at Sofitel. Alternatively, sample Ly Club.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Hanoi > Luang Prabang

    Relax this morning before flying to Luang Prabang, Laos for a three night Special Stay. Bargain at the night markets.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Luang Prabang

    Participate in morning alms by donating food to the local monks. Visit the former Royal Palace, Wat Xieng Thong and Wat Mai before cruising to Pak Ou caves. Stop at Ban Xang Hay, a village specialising in traditional rice wine before partaking in the sport of Petanque with the locals.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  9. Day 9 - Luang Prabang

    Freechoice

    Journey to Kuang Si Waterfalls or discover different methods of weaving and dyeing textiles. Alternatively, discover Luang Prabang’s art scene and handicraft workshops.

    Enrich

    Immerse yourself in the Laos traditional Baci ceremony, where you will pay respects to ancient animist traditions.

    Watch the sun set from Mount Phousi.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Luang Prabang > Siem Reap

    Fly to Siem Reap for your three-night Special Stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  11. Day 11 - Siem Reap

    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 ride to all the markets or take a tethered balloon ride above Angkor Wat (weather dependent) before visiting a Pouk Silk Farm and Preah Khan Temple.

    Later visit the colossal Angkor Wat.

    Enrich

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  12. Day 12 - Siem Reap

    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.

    Visit the atmospheric, jungle covered Ta Prohm Temple, before stopping at Angkor Thom and the multi-faced Bayon Temple.  The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure.

    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

  13. Day 13 - Siem Reap > Mekong Cruise

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Wat Hanchey > Kampong Cham

    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

  15. Day 15 - Angkor Ban > Silk Island > Phnom Penh

    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.

    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.

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

    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.

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Phnom Penh

    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

  17. Day 17 - Phnom Penh > Tan Chau

    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

  18. Day 18 - Tan Chau

    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.

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - Sa Dec > Cai Be

    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

  20. Day 20 - Mekong Cruise > Ho Chi Minh City

    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.

    Freechoice Dining

    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

  21. Day 21 - Ho Chi Minh City

    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

  22. Day 22 - 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

  23. Day 23 - Arrive UK

    Welcome home.

Tour inclusions

All-Inclusive highlights
  • 5-star ship with luxurious one-bedroom balcony suites
  • 7 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of 32 Scenic Freechoice activities and dining
  • 4 memorable Scenic Special Stays
  • 1 Scenic Sundowner event
  • 52 Meals: 20 breakfasts, 15 lunches and 17 dinners

Pricing & Availability