Luxury Mekong

12 Days
Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap
From (GBP)
£ 3,245
Dates & Pricing

2022/2023 Ho Chi Minh City > Siem Reap

Mekong magnificence

From the flavour and culture of Vietnam to the colour and history of Cambodia, your senses will be charmed along the length of the Mekong.
Meander along the Mekong and float by the lively floating markets of Cai Be, learn about Vietnam’s French-infused past, soak up the melting pot of cultures that is Phnom Penh and discover the bright communities embracing rural river life along the Tonle River.

12 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Depart UK

    Fly from a choice of UK airports on selected airlines.

  2. Day 2 - Ho Chi Minh City

    Welcome to Vietnam. Relax for the night at your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

  3. Day 3 - Ho Chi Minh City > Mekong Cruise

    Your Tour Director will run through an overview of your upcoming trip before heading to a local restaurant for lunch with your group of eager travellers ready to explore the mysteries of the Mekong River.

    A coach will transfer you to My Tho where the breathtaking Scenic Spirit awaits. Start with a cocktail reception hosted by your Cruise Director. Take a stroll around the decks to orientate yourself as to where all the amenities are. After your welcome dinner, settling into your private suite does not mean you settle for service. At any time, your dedicated personal butler is free to swing by with a nightcap and delivery of your preferred pillows. A calm 4-hour sail brings you to halt off Cai Be where the ship will anchor overnight.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Cai Be > Sa Dec

    Enjoy a full gourmet champagne breakfast before heading out on your chosen Scenic Freechoice activity.

    Freechoice

    Choose to board a sampan, gliding through a floating market and soaking in the local life on your way to visit Cai Be before stopping at local cottage industries and a French colonial or traditional Vietnamese house. Alternatively take a sampan to savour a delicious morning tea at the Le Longanier, a French colonial house restaurant, where staff will welcome you with tea, coffee and a range of local fruit and snacks for your tasting. You can dive into a local experience with a band playing music and performing traditional Vietnamese songs. Alternatively, if you are enjoying the comforts of the luxurious Scenic Spirit and not quite ready to disembark, our highly skilled bar team is ready to welcome you for our on board hands on cocktail/mocktail making class featuring fresh local ingredients, along with our delicious favourites from the Scenic Spirit menu. 

    After your morning activity, head back to the ship for lunch whilst sailing to Sa Dec. Sometimes everyone needs a break from the hustle and bustle of this exciting cruise and for those bookworms, kick back in the Scenic Spirit library to obtain some back knowledge of each port and getting the key information for the exciting activities ahead. Or head to the heart of this ship, the Scenic Spirit lounge, which is a great place to unwind with a glass of wine.

     

    Later, upon arrival in Sa Dec, re-board your sampan to explore and interact with the sellers in the lively wet market where you will see live fishes, frogs and even snakes. This 2-hour exploration lets you dive deep into the local lifestyle. You can also visit the home of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le who inspired marguerite Duras novel L’Amant a story of tragic love told by your entertaining expert. 

    After returning to the ship, you will have time to take an evening dip in the pool overlooking the Mekong as the sun sets. The ship will set sail after your arrival back on board for the 6-hour journey to Tan Chau. After dinner, retire in your cabin for a restful cruise up the Mekong River.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Tan Chau

    You may want to start with some exercise in the on board gym, try stretching at the early morning yoga class or relax in the sauna before setting off to a Scenic Freechoice of your choosing in the areas surrounding Tan Chau. 

    Freechoice

    A prime example of leaving the city life behind can be located at Tra Su Bird Sanctuary in Tra Su Forest where you travel by sampan through endless waterways flanked by mangroves and lush greenery. This eco reserve spans 850 hectares and is known as an ecological haven for fauna and flora, with more than 100 species of water birds known to reside here.

    Of course, if you are not a bird fan but want to experience the wilderness of Vietnam, look no further than Evergreen Island for a morning of discovery about the local farmers. Enjoy the stunning and tranquil views of Monkey Bridge, orchards and traditional homes.  Back in Tan Chau you will have the option to experience a ride in a Xe Loi. This is a commonly used form of transportation in rural Vietnam will lead you to a silk workshop where you will discover the unique dying process of silk which has resulted in a sort after export product, particularly in Paris.

    Your third choice is boarding a speedboat to visit Chau Doc, a major city in the Mekong Delta.  Upon arrival, continue on board a coach to visit Tay An temple, which is a mixture of Indian and Islamic style architecture located at the foot of Sam Mountain. Then board another sampan to visit Vinh Te canal and view life along the riverfront of Chau Doc, stop at a family-operated fish farm and then return to the Scenic Spirit.

    After lunch upon your arrival back on board, enjoy sailing to the Vietnamese and Cambodian border. Some down time is a great way to relax and what better way to do that than heading to the Wellness Centre or Beauty Salon for a bit of pampering. Whilst the ship clears immigration into Cambodia at the border, you will experience a fantastically themed dinner on board the Spirit along with a lion dance performed by locals on the expansive Sundeck. Settle in for an overnight sail towards Phnom Penh, bidding farewell to Vietnam

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Tan Chau > Phnom Penh

    Welcome to Cambodia, arriving into the capital of Phnom Penh early this morning. Cambodia’s rich history is one to soak in, in all components from its’s food and people, to the remarkable temples that have stood for over a thousand years. After breakfast, it will be time to head into Phnom Penh

    Freechoice

    Your Scenic Freechoice provides the option to journey to the Killing Fields and tour Tuol Sleng Prison. This attraction is a sobering reminder of the terrors unleashed by the Khmer Rouge regime. Although not a delightful tour, visiting these monuments unlocks the keys to understanding the development of this country. At the conclusion of this choice, you can head back to the Scenic Spirit for lunch.

    The second choice is for the kitchen wizard, where a cooking class may be the option for you. Take a trip to the local market with a local chef to purchase your ingredients. Head back to the kitchen to cook your own lunch, testing out the styles and flavours of the Cambodian cuisine.

    The third option is to travel by Remok, a local style of Tuk Tuk to visit the French architecture and history of Phnom Penh.  Finish this tour with a stop at the unique designed Central Market for some shopping. Before returning to the Scenic Spirit stop for lunch at a local Non Government Office (NGO) sponsored restaurant supporting street kids get a start in the hospitality industry.

    The remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure. 

    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

  7. Day 7 - Phnom Penh > Oudong

    Board your bus for the short drive to the former capital of Cambodia, Oudong.  Here witness the life of the monks and nuns who reside here at the monastery and if you are lucky, you maybe able to partake in one of the many festivals and customs often held here.

    Even the most developing countries have a standard of luxury and opulence.  You can experience this this afternoon back in Phnom Penh at the Royal Palace with the famous Silver Pagoda within, on your included visit to this must-see attraction. If you are running out of clean clothes, be sure to utilise the complimentary laundry facilities and get an outfit ready for an evening of style with a Sundowners reception.

    Sundowners

    Cocktail reception on the sundeck against the backdrop of Phnom Penh’s lights and stunning scenery as the ships sets sail towards Oknha Tey, commonly known as Silk Island.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Silk Island > Angkor Ban

    This morning we explore the island of Oknha Tey, dedicated to the art of silk weaving. Travel by tuk tuk to the farm and learn about the process of silk production. Return to Scenic Spirit for lunch and some free time. With travelling throughout South-East Asia comes the heat and what better way to cool down than socialising with a fresh cocktail and dipping your toes in the pool.

    Next port after lunch is Angkor Ban.  Explore its historical rural wooden houses, which survived the Khmer rouge and visit a school that teaches English to the local students after their regular school lessons. Back on board, continue sailing to Kampong Cham. The option to immerse yourself in local culture with our team is available by learning how to make and wear the Cambodian scarf. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Wat Hanchey > Kampong Cham

    Meet the novice monks at Wat Hanchey, an ancient hilltop pagoda and monastery. Walk (or drive) to the top and soak in some of the best elevated views of the cruise.

    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 monks.

    Freechoice

    Back in Kampong Cham, your Scenic Freechoices this afternoon provide the chance to learn about the history and industries of the area.  First option is to learn about the local folklore with stops at Phnom Pros (Man Hill and Wat Nokor). Phnom Pros was part of a traditional local legend but more recently was used as a Killing Field during the Khmer Rouge era. The temple now features a Buddha garden and is home to a local troop of monkeys. Wat Nokor Bachey is a unique architectural experiment blending an Angkorian era temple with a new temple built inside it. This a truly enriching experience can be completed in under 2 hours leaving the rest of the day to unwind either exploring or enjoying the luxurious facilities located on the Scenic Spirit.

    Alternatively explore Kampong Cham’s history and industry with a drive through past shop houses, remnants of the French colonial era and the large Central market. Visit a local rubber plantation established by the French, followed by a tour to view the processing of the raw rubber at a rubber factory before stopping at a village known for growing betel nut, a popular item in Cambodian Culture.

    Cambodia is known for its villages so your third option is to visit a local village where the locals are being educated through a French NGO to be self-sustaining and live in a clean environment through rubbish collection and recycling.

    Back on board you will have time to relax and overlook the gorgeous sunset of the Cambodian skyline before your engaging farewell dinner with the crew.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Mekong Cruise > Siem Reap

    Today we journey to Siem Reap via stops at Kampong Tom and the Angkorian bridge in Kampong Kdei. Enjoy an overnight stay in Siem Reap.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  11. Day 11 - Siem Reap > UK

    Depart Cambodia, treasuring many wonderful memories.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  12. Day 12 - Arrive UK

    Welcome home.

    This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. Disruptions to cruising and alteration to itinerary arrangements may occur.

Tour inclusions

The Scenic Difference
  • Included tour to the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh
  • Night time remork (tuk tutour with distillery visit
  • Same Scenic Tour Director from start to finish

5-star luxury inclusions
  • 5-star Scenic ship with luxurious one-bedroom balcony suites
  • 5 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of 12 Scenic Freechoice activities and dining
  • 1 Scenic Sundowners event
  • Up to four on board dining options, from casual to fine dining
  • 21 meals – 7 breakfasts (B), 7 lunches (L) and 7 dinners (D)
  • Complimentary beverages all day throughout your 7 night cruise
  • Butler service for all guests throughout your 7 night cruise
  • Scenic Cruise Director and Tour Director with expert local guides
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout your 7 night cruise
  • All tipping and gratuities

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