Treasures of the Mekong & Mystical Myanmar

32 Days
Siem Reap to Yangon
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£ 11,345
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2021 Siem Reap > Yangon

Two rivers, one lifetime

Undertake one of the most inspiring trips of your life. A captivating mix combining the vitality of the Mekong and the mysticism of the Irrawaddy that will entrance and delight for years to come.
Featuring the very best elements of Southeast Asia with the ultimate in luxury all-inclusive river cruising, you'll begin in Cambodia, taking in the wonders of Angkor Wat before moving into sparkling Vietnam, along the mighty Mekong. From vibrant Ho Chi Minh City you’ll fly to Yangon to explore mystical Myanmar and, as you journey along the spectacular Irrawaddy, jaw-dropping doesn’t even begin to cover it.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
DIMY
Duration:
32 days
Departure City:
Siem Reap
Return City:
Yangon

32 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Depart UK

    Fly from a choice of UK airports on selected airlines, including Emirates and Singapore Airlines.

  2. Day 2 - Siem Reap

    Arrive at your hotel in Siem Reap, for a three-night Special Stay

    Meals Included: Dinner

  3. Day 3 - 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 the markets, or take a tethered balloon ride above Angkor Wat (weather dependent) before visiting  Pouk Silk Farm.

    Later visit the colossal Angkor Wat.

    Enrich

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

    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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - 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 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 ecotourism village of Cheung Kok or spend your time visiting 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 which contributes to the daily meal of the resident nuns and 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.

    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

  8. Day 8 - Phnom Penh

    Freechoice

    Journey to the Killing Fields and tour Tuol Sleng, or join a hands on Khmer cooking demonstration. Alternatively, explore Phnom Penh’s colonial buildings by tuk tuk, visit the Central Market as well as the city’s modern architecture.

    This afternoon is at your leisure.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Phnom Penh > Tan Chau

    Marvel at the Royal Palace, featuring the famous Silver Pagoda, on your included visit. The afternoon take advantage of the facilities of the most luxurious ship on the Mekong as you set sail for the Cambodian and Vietnamese border.

    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. 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.

    Enjoy a free afternoon cruising to Sa Dec.

    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 market. Stop 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 learn how to make cocktails on board.

    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

    Drive to Ho Chi Minh City and your centrally located hotel for the next two nights. On arrival, take an orientation tour around the post office and cathedral next door.

    Freechoice Dining

    Enjoy a Vespa foodie tour of Saigon, or dine in the surrounds of an old French colonial house. Alternatively, dine at a restaurant specialising in Saigon street food or at your hotel’s restaurants – Yu Chu, Basilico or Market 39.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Ho Chi Minh City

    Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn about the underground labyrinth of war-time passageways. After lunch visit the Reunification Palace and War Museum. Reminisce with your fellow travellers during your farewell dinner..

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Ho Chi Minh City > Yangon

    Say farewell to Vietnam and fly to Yangon for a two night Special Stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Yangon

    Freechoice

    Embark a local train for a ride 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.

    Later this afternoon visit Chaukhtatgyi Paya, Yangon’s reclining Buddha.

    Enrich

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

    This evening enjoy the included amenities of your Pacific Club access.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  16. Day 16 - Yangon > Bagan > Irrawaddy Cruise

    Fly to Bagan and visit Ananda Temple, then transfer to the luxurious Scenic Aura.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Sailing > Magwe

    Take advantage of a day of cruising as you sail to Magwe. Spend the day relaxing and getting to know the facilities of Scenic Aura. Arrive into Magwe later this afternoon.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Magwe > Minhla Fort

    Explore Magwe by traditional trishaw and take in the views from Mya Tha Lun Pagoda, a mesmerising architectural vision set on Naguttama Hill. Continue cruising downstream to the Italian built Minhla Fort where its capture by the British brought to an end to independent Burma. Afterwards sail back upstream towards Salay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - Sailing > Salay

    Make use of the ship’s luxury and take the time to sip a cocktail by the pool or enjoy some solitude on your private balcony during your day sailing upstream along the Irrawaddy to Salay. Arrive late in the afternoon to spend the night alongside this colonial riverside town.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  20. Day 20 - Salay > Bagan

    On your morning walking tour of Salay admire the colonial buildings, the Youqson Kyaung, a beautiful teak monastery now converted to a museum and look inside the largest lacquer Buddha in Myanmar.

    Enrich

    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 from 1906.

    Continue sailing to Bagan. Relax on the Sun Deck with a cocktail in hand viewing the many temples and pagodas that line the river as you approach the ancient location.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  21. Day 21 - 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, 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.

    Enrich

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  22. Day 22 - Bagan > Pakkoku

    Optional Hot Air Balloon Flight - Take a ride in a hot air balloon over the temples of Bagan. Must be purchased prior to your cruise.

    Travel by horse and cart through Bagan plain and its temple ruins before learning all about the production of Burmese lacquerware. Depart Bagan and sail to Pakkoku for an overnight visit. Here visit a cheroot cigar workshop, the local market and longyi and blanket factory.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  23. Day 23 - Yandabo

    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. Continue sailing to Mingun.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  24. Day 24 - Mingun

    Cruise to Mingun to discover the stories behind a huge unfinished brick pagoda. Nearby, admire the un-cracked Mingun Bell and the all-white Hsinbyume Pagoda.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  25. Day 25 - Sagaing > Mandalay > Amarapura

    Enrich

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

    Also take in the views over the Irrawaddy River from Sagaing Hill before sailing to Mandalay to visit Amarapura.

    Sundowners

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

    Back on board enjoy the special farewell by Scenic Aura’s crew.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  26. Day 26 - Irrawaddy Cruise > Mandalay

    View Shwenandaw monastery, Kuthodaw Pagoda, and walk through Mandalay Palace.

    Enrich

    Learn how to produce gold leaf. At Mahamuni Pagoda, male guests will be able to place the gold leaf on the Buddha statue.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  27. Day 27 - Mandalay > Inle Lake

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  28. Day 28 - Inle Lake

    Begin with an excursion on the most comfortable long tail boats on the lake to visit Inle Lake’s main market, which moves every five days. See the holiest site in Inle Lake, the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and Royal barges.

    Enrich

    Learn about life at home on the lake with a visit to a local Intha family for your lunch.

    Later, cruise down a network of small canals to the Pa-Oh village of Indein.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  29. Day 29 - Inle Lake

    Freechoice

    Visit Pindaya Caves, or visit Taunggyi for lunch at Myanmar’s oldest winery. Alternatively, walk to
    a nearby village.

    Sundowners

    Enjoy evening drinks and share today’s tales of exploration.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  30. Day 30 - Inle Lake > Yangon

    Fly to Yangon for lunch at the historical House of Memories Restaurant. Check into your hotel in Yangon and savour your farewell dinner at the beautiful Le Planteur Restaurant.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  31. Day 31 - Yangon

    Transfer to the airport for your flight home with your airline.

  32. Day 32 - Arrive UK

    Welcome home.

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