Mystical Myanmar and the Treasures of the Mekong

Undertake one of the most inspiring trips of your life as you combine the vitality of the Mekong and the mysticism of the Irrawaddy to create memories that will entrance and delight for years to come.

32 Days
Yangon to Siem Reap
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£ 11,345
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2019/2020 Yangon > Siem Reap

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Tour Code:
DIMY
Duration:
32 days
Departure City:
Yangon
Return City:
Siem Reap

32 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Depart UK

    Fly from London Heathrow or Manchester with Singapore Airlines. Regional airports available on request at an additional supplement. Please call for details.

  2. Day 2 - Yangon

    Welcome to Myanmar, where you will check into your hotel in Yangon for your overnight stay. Enjoy your welcome dinner at the beautiful Le Planteur Restaurant.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Yangon > Inle Lake

    Fly to Heho and drive to Nyaung Shwe. After lunch, glide across Inle Lake in private long tail boats towards your resort for a three night Special Stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Inle Lake

    Take an excursion by long tail boats to visit Inle Lake’s floating market, which moves every five days. See the holiest site in Inle Lake, the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and Royal barges.

    Enrich

    Learn all about traditional Intha cooking with a visit to an Intha family home for lunch.
    Later, cruise down a network of small canals to the Pa-Oh village of Indein.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Inle Lake

    Freechoice

    Visit Pindaya Caves or travel to Taunggyi and lunch at a local winery. Alternatively, take a local village trek close by.

    Sundowners

    Enjoy evening drinks while overlooking the stunning lake.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Inle Lake > Mandalay

    Fly to Mandalay. Later, head to Mandalay Hill for magnificent sunset views before your overnight stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  7. Day 7 - Mandalay > Irrawaddy Cruise

    Marvel at Shwenandaw, a beautiful wooden monastery covered internally in gold leaf. Equally as impressive are the sights at Kuthodaw Pagoda, where the ‘World’s Largest Book’ is housed. Later, walk through the rebuilt Mandalay Palace, destroyed during World War II.

    Enrich

    Learn how to produce gold leaf at a local workshop. At Mahamuni Pagoda, male guests may place the gold leaf on the iconic Buddha statue.

    Board Scenic Aura and enjoy tonight’s welcome reception whilst cruising upstream on the mighty Irrawaddy River.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Mingun > Amarapura

    This morning in Mingun discover the stories behind a massive unfinished brick pagoda. Nearby, admire the un-cracked Mingun Bell and the stunning all-white Hsinbyume Pagoda, Myanmar’s Taj Mahal. Sail to Mandalay to visit Amarapura.

    Sundowners

    In Amarapura, relax with evening drinks in boats under U-Bein Bridge, the world’s longest teak bridge, to capture that memorable photo of the bridge’s silhouette at sunset.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Sagaing

    Sagaing, regarded as the country’s spiritual capital, is dotted with hundreds of painted pagodas and monasteries.

    Enrich

    In the ancient capital of Sagaing interact with novice monks, nuns and orphans during a special visit to a monastic supported school before continuing to a nunnery where you will partake in the ritual and our donation to the resident nuns before their midday meal.

    Set sail to the pottery village of Yandabo.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Yandabo > Pakkoku

    Arrive in Yandabo where in 1826, the peace treaty ending the First Anglo-Burmese War was signed. Now famous for its pottery, stroll through the village and witness the artisans honing their craft and observe their unusual way of firing the pottery. Later, cruise to Pakkoku for the night to visit a cheroot cigar workshop, local market and a longyi and blanket factory.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Bagan

    Arrive into Bagan this morning. After breakfast travel by horse and cart through a local village then through the surrounding plain and its temple ruins before learning all about the production of Burmese lacquerware, a Bagan specialty.

    Enrich

    Be wowed by a Scenic exclusive mystical themed dinner, with included free flow drinks and cultural show in front of floodlit Bagan temple ruins.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Bagan > Salay

    Optional Hot Air Balloon Flight - Take a hot air balloon flight over the majestic temples of Bagan. Flights last approximately 45 minutes and must be purchased prior to your cruise to guarantee availability.

    This morning visit the most iconic sight of this hypnotic region, the impressive Ananda Temple before cruising downstream to Salay. On your walking tour of the town, explore Paya Thonzu, a small trio of brick shrines, admire Youqson Kyaung, a beautiful teak monastery and look inside the largest lacquer Buddha image in Myanmar.

    Enrich

    From the riverfront, soak up the ambience of the river and the colonial feel of the town while enjoying traditional local Burmese tea and snacks in a restored colonial villa dating back to 1906.

    Remain alongside Salay overnight.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Minhla Fort

    Continue cruising downstream through the morning, relaxing by the pool or enjoying some solitude on your private balcony. Later this afternoon visit the Italian built Minhla Fort where its capture by the British during the Third Anglo-Burmese War brought an end to independent Burma.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Magwe

    This morning discover the town of Magwe as you are peddled around in a local trishaw bike. Take in the views from Mya Tha Lun Pagoda, a mesmerising architectural vision set on Naguttama Hill. This afternoon relax on board and watch the changing scenery as you sail towards Bagan.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Sailing > Bagan

    Make use of the ship’s luxury during your day of sailing upstream along the Irrawaddy towards Bagan. Relax on the Sun Deck with a cocktail in hand viewing the many temples and pagodas that line the river as you approach this ancient location.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Bagan

    Rise early to attend and partake in morning alms for the local monks.

    Freechoice

    Venture to Mount Popa, home to Myanmar’s nats or nature spirits, before heading to a Toddy Farm where a traditional lunch awaits or cross the river to Tant Kyi Tuang to take in the expansive elevated views of Bagan. Alternatively, wander through the markets at Nyaung U before either exploring the Temple Circuit, or enjoying a visit to Old Bagan.

    Relax on board for the remainder of the day before your farewell dinner tonight.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Irrawaddy Cruise > Yangon

    Disembark and fly to Yangon and take lunch at the historical House of Memories Restaurant, once the office of General Aung San. Then settle into your hotel in Yangon for your two-night Special Stay. This evening, enjoy the included facilities of your Pacific Club access.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  18. Day 18 - Yangon

    Freechoice

    Ride a local train around Yangon’s suburbs. Alternatively, be guided on a tour of Yangon’s thriving art scene, or ride a ferry across the Yangon River to Dhala village.

    Visit Chaukhtatgyi Paya, Yangon’s reclining Buddha.

    Enrich

    As the sun sets, wander around Shwedagon Pagoda and learn about the ritual of oil lamp lighting before partaking in this tradition.

    Enjoy tonight’s farewell dinner at the iconic colonial Strand Hotel.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - Yangon > Siem Reap

    Say 'Thaw Dau Mal' to Myanmar and fly to Siem Reap via Bangkok. Arrive at your hotel in Siem Reap, your stylish three-night Special Stay located in the heart of the town.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  20. Day 20 - 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

  21. Day 21 - 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

  22. Day 22 - Siem Reap > Mekong Cruise

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  23. Day 23 - 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

  24. Day 24 - 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

  25. Day 25 - 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

  26. Day 26 - 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

  27. Day 27 - 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

  28. Day 28 - 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

  29. Day 29 - 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

  30. Day 30 - 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

  31. Day 31 - 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

  32. Day 32 - Arrive UK

    Welcome Home.

Tour inclusions

All-Inclusive highlights
  • 5-star ship with luxurious one-bedroom balcony suites
  • 11 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of 35 Scenic Freechoice activities
  • 4 Scenic Sundowners events
  • 3 memorable Scenic Special Stays
  • 81 meals: 29 breakfasts, 26 lunches and 26 dinners

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