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Journey along the Mekong

18 Day
Between Ho Chi Minh City and Luang Prabang
Mekong
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Cruising the Mekong is notched up several levels thanks to our all-inclusive luxury ship. From the moment you embark Scenic Spirit to the second you disembark, you’ll want for nothing. Along the way you’ll uncover floating markets, seek out ancient artefacts and visit initiatives changing the lives of street kids forever. An awe-inspiring sunrise over Angkor Wat helps to farewell Cambodia before you say Sai-bai-Dee (hello), to the hidden gem that is Laos. Three nights spent in the spiritual capital of Luang Prabang offers a perfect way to round out your time in this sublime part of the world.
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Day 1
Highlights: Welcome reception

Welcome to Vietnam. Relax for the next two nights at your elegant Special Stay in Ho Chi Minh City.

Meals included: Dinner
Day 2
Ho Chi Minh City
Highlights: Cu Chi Tunnels, Freechoice Dining

Travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn about the underground labyrinth of war-time passageways. After lunch, stop for some bargaining at Ben Thanh Market.

Enjoy a Vespa foodie tour of Saigon by night or enjoy a meal in the surroundings of an old French colonial house. Alternatively dine at Restaurant Nineteen, Square One or Di Mai Restaurant.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3
Ho Chi Minh City > Mekong Cruise
Highlights: War Museum, Welcome on board

Visit to the Reunification Palace and War Museum before travelling by coach to My Tho to board the luxurious Scenic Spirit.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4
Cai Be > Sa Dec
Highlights: Freechoice, Sa Dec markets

Later, immerse yourself in the historic town of Sa Dec and explore and interact with the sellers in the lively market, then visit the home of Mr Huynh Thuy Le who inspired Marguerite Duras’ novel L’Amant.

Freechoice

Board a sampan to visit Cai Be before stopping at local cottage industries and a French colonial or traditional Vietnamese house. Alternatively savour morning tea at a French colonial house or choose to stay on board for your special Freechoice activity.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
Tan Chau
Highlights: Freechoice

Tonight enjoy a themed evening dinner to say farewell to Vietnam.

Freechoice

Visit the farmers on Evergreen Island and enjoy a ride in a Xe Loi. Alternatively visit the Tay An temple located at the foot of Sam mountain and visit a family-operated fish farm or visit Tra Su Bird Sanctuary.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
Tan Chau > Phnom Penh
Highlights: Enrich - Raffles Experience and High Tea

Cross the border into Cambodia and sail to the capital city, Phnom Penh.

Freechoice

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

Enrich

Arrive in style by Tuk Tuk and immerse yourself in the historically celebrated luxury of Raffles, Hotel Le Royal. Enjoy a guided history tour followed by an indulgent high tea prepared in front of you by the hotel’s chefs, all whilst sipping on your signature cocktail named in honour of Jacqueline Kennedy. Choose to retire to the Elephant Bar for happy hour before returning to the ship viewing the floodlit Independence Monument en-route.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
Phnom Penh
Highlights: Royal Palace

Today marvel at the Royal Palace, with the famous Silver Pagoda within, on your included visit to this must-see attraction.

Later sail down the Tonle River and wander through the silversmith village of Kho Chen before continuing your cruise to Kampong Cham via Phnom Penh.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8
Kampong Tralach > Oudong
Highlights: Enrich - Monk blessing

In Kampong Tralach, experience an ox cart ride through a local village and fields to Wat Kampong Tralach. Board your coach to the ancient capital of Oudong to visit the impressive pagoda and monastery 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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9
Wat Hanchey > Kampong Cham
Highlights: Freechoice

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 about the history behind Phnom Pros (Man Hill) and Wat Nokor. Alternatively explore the ecotourism village of Cheung Kok or visit a rubber plantation factory and beetle nut village.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10
Mekong Cruise > Siem Reap
Highlights: Khmer bridge, Enrich - Phare Circus

Discover the rural side of Cambodia on your drive to Siem Reap. After lunch in Siem Reap, arrive at your hotel for a three night Special Stay.

Enrich

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

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 11
Siem Reap
Highlights: Angkor Temples Exploration

Visit the colossal Angkor Wat before stopping at Angkor Thom and the multi-faced Bayon Temple. Later visit the atmospheric Ta Prohm Temple. Take advantage of your free night to visit the night markets.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 12
Siem Reap
Highlights: Enrich - Sunrise Angkor Wat, Enrich - Apsara Temple dinner

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.

Freechoice: Discover Banteay Srei and visit the Landmine Museum or explore Beng Mealea temples and Artisans D’Angkor. Alternatively, cruise on Tonle Sap (seasonal) or take a tethered balloon ride (weather dependent) above Angkor Wat before visiting a Pouk Silk Farm and Handicraft Factory

Enrich
Be wowed by a magical themed gala dinner at an Angkor temple, with included free flow drinks and a show featuring Apsara dancers in front of candle lit temple ruins.

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.

Freechoice

Discover Banteay Srei and visit the Landmine Museum or explore Beng Mealea temples and Artisans D’Angkor. Alternatively, cruise on Tonle Sap (seasonal) or take a tethered balloon ride (weather dependent) above Angkor Wat before visiting a Pouk Silk Farm and Handicraft Factory

Enrich

Be wowed by a magical themed gala dinner at an Angkor temple, with included free flow drinks and a show featuring Apsara dancers in front of candle lit temple ruins.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 13
Siem Reap > Champasak
Highlights: Discover Champasak

Fly to Pakse and travel to the small town of Champasak and your boutique hotel for the next two nights.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 14
Champasak
Highlights: Freechoice, Wat Phou

After lunch drive to visit Wat Phou, a spectacular World Heritage-listed Khmer temple complex.

Freechoice

Visit a local coffee plantation. Alternatively, explore the neighbouring villages by bicycle, or enjoy a traditional Lao or Thai massage.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 15
Champasak > Luang Prabang
Highlights: Discover Luang Prabang

Fly to Luang Prabang, the spiritual capital of Laos, for a three night Special Stay.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 16
Luang Prabang
Highlights: Monk alms collection

Partake in morning alms by donating food to the local monks. Later following breakfast, visit the former Royal Palace, Wat Xieng Thong and Wat Mai before cruising to the mysterious Pak Ou caves to see hundreds of centuries-old sacred Buddha images. When returning stop at Ban Xang Hay, a village specialising in tradition rice wine before partaking in the sport of Petanque with the locals.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 17
Luang Prabang
Highlights: Freechoice, Enrich - Baci ceremony

Watch the sun set from the top of Mount Phousi or shop in the local night market below before heading to your delicious farewell dinner.

Freechoice

Journey to the serene Kuang Si Waterfalls or discover different traditional methods of weaving and dyeing textiles. Alternatively visit variations Art Galleries and Handicraft centres.

Enrich

Immerse yourself in local spirituality during a traditional Baci ceremony, where you will pay respects to ancient animist traditions.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 18
Luang Prabang
Highlights: Farewell

Say farewell to Laos with many wonderful memories of the people and places you have visited.

Meals included: Breakfast
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