Luxury Mekong & Temple Discovery Cruise

From Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City, discover majestic Angkor Wat, receive a monk's blessing and appreciate the spectacle that is the Cambodian Circus.

14 Days
Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City
From (GBP)
£ 5,195
£ 3,695
Dates & Pricing

2021/2022 Siem Reap > Ho Chi Minh City

Captivating charm

The fascinating Mekong is many things to many people. Embark on a journey of contrasts as you gain a deeper understanding of Cambodia and Vietnam’s complex histories and be charmed by the friendly locals as they go about their daily lives along this magnificent waterway.
Marvel at the sunrise over the majestic Angkor Wat, receive a monk’s blessing and appreciate the spectacle that is Phare, the Cambodian Circus. Explore the ancient hilltop monastery of Wat Hanchey and immerse yourself in the beauty of Khmer handicrafts in Cheung Kok. Sometimes simply sitting back and watching the world glide by is the perfect way to relish the sights and sounds – especially when ensconced in luxury on board the boutique Scenic Spirit. Let the Mekong captivate and astound.

14 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Depart UK

    Fly from a choice of UK airports on selected airlines.

  2. Day 2 - Siem Reap

    Arrive at your historic hotel, your home for a three night Special Stay, located within walking distance of the markets. Enjoy the day at leisure until tonight when you meet your Scenic Tour Director and fellow travelling companions at your welcome briefing and dinner.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Siem Reap

    Freechoice

    Discover Banteay Srei, dedicated to Shiva and known as the ‘citadel of women’ and visit the Landmine Museum or admire the skills on display at Artisans D’Angkor. Alternatively, cruise on Tonle Sap (seasonal), take a remork (Tuk Tuk) ride to the markets or take a tethered balloon ride above Angkor Wat (weather dependent) before visiting a local handicraft centre.

    Later in the afternoon, a perfect time in the day for photography, visit the colossal Angkor Wat. 

    Enrich

    Take your Premium Reserved seat at the colourful Cambodian Circus, Phare. Phare transforms the lives of Cambodian youth, where its artists use theatre, music, dance and circus arts to tell uniquely Cambodian stories.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  4. Day 4 - 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 an 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 mystical themed Gala Dinner at an Angkor temple, with included free flow drinks and a show featuring Apsara dancers in front of candlelit temple ruins.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Siem Reap > Mekong Cruise

    Discover the rural side of Cambodia on your drive to Kampong Cham where Scenic Spirit awaits, with stops at the Khmer bridge at Kampong Kdei, Kampong Thom and a stone cutters village. Toast the start of your cruise with a cocktail reception.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Wat Hanchey > Kampong Cham

    Awake as you approach Wat Hanchey, an ancient hilltop pagoda and monastery to meet the resident novice monks. Walk (or drive) to the top for some of the best elevated views of the cruise before sailing downstream to Kampong Cham

    Freechoice

    Learn the history of the area with a visit to Phnom Pros (Man Hill) and then Wat Nokor. Alternatively, explore the traditional village of Koh Pen or visit a rubber plantation factory and betel nut village.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Angkor Ban > Silk Island > Phnom Penh

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

    Enrich

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

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

    Sundowners

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Phnom Penh

    Freechoice

    Journey to the Killing Fields and tour Tuol Sleng, the former school that was converted to the main prison of the Khmer Rouge, or take a guided tour of the local food market before joining a hands-on Khmer cooking demonstration. Alternatively, explore Phnom Penh’s colonial buildings by remork (tuk tuk) and visit the Central Market before stopping for lunch at a local NGO restaurant teaching street kids hospitality skills.

    This afternoon is at your leisure for shopping or exploring on your own.

    Enrich

    Later this evening revel in our Phnom Penh by City Lights tour, giving you an insight to the nightlife of the capital before stopping at a distillery for an exclusive tour and tasting behind closed doors.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Phnom Penh > Tan Chau

    This morning marvel at the Royal Palace, featuring the famous Silver Pagoda, 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 Cambodian and Vietnamese border. Celebrate arriving in Vietnam with your themed evening dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Tan Chau

    Freechoice

    Stay in Tan Chau to visit Evergreen Island and enjoy a ride in a Xe Loi to a silk dye factory. In Chau Doc visit Vinh Te Canal and a family-operated fish farm, followed by Tây An Temple at Sam Mountain or visit Tra Su Bird Sanctuary.

    While sailing downstream to Sa Dec, take the time to enjoy a cocktail by the pool or appreciate some solitude on your private balcony as you watch the scenery pass by.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Sa Dec > Cai Be

    Immerse yourself in the historic town of Sa Dec and explore the lively markets. Stop for 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, local cottage industries and a traditional Vietnamese house. Alternatively, savour morning tea at the colonial French home, Le Longanier or stay on board for a special activity.

    This evening enjoy a farewell dinner on board as you sail to My Tho.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Mekong Cruise > Ho Chi Minh City

    Transfer to Ho Chi Minh City and enjoy an overnight stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  13. Day 13 - Ho Chi Minh City

    Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  14. Day 14 - Arrive UK

    Welcome home.

    This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above.

Tour inclusions

5-star luxury inclusions
  • 5-star Scenic ship with luxurious one-bedroom balcony suites
  • 5 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of 17 Scenic Freechoice activities
  • 1 Scenic Sundowners event
  • 1 memorable Scenic Special Stay
  • Up to four on board dining options, from casual to fine dining
  • 28 meals – 11 breakfasts (B), 8 lunches (L) and 9 dinners (D)
  • Complimentary beverages all day throughout your cruise
  • Butler service for all guests throughout your cruise
  • Scenic Cruise Director and Tour Director with expert local guides
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout your cruise
  • All tipping and gratuities

Pricing & Availability