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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 the centrally located in Ho Chi Minh City.

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

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

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 Saigon street food. Alternatively, dine at your hotel’s restaurants – Yu Chu, Basilico or Market 39.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3
Ho Chi Minh City > Mekong Cruise
Highlights: On board welcome reception

Discover all about Vietnam’s modern history through a visit to the Reunification Palace and War Museum. Later travel by coach to My Tho to board the luxurious Scenic Spirit.

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

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
Tan Chau
Highlights: Scenic 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, walk through Chau Doc market, visit a family-operated fish farm and cruise around Chau Doc waterfront or visit Tra Su Bird Sanctuary.

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

Arrive early this morning into the capital city of Cambodia, Phnom Penh.

Later this evening revel in our exclusive Phnom Penh by City Lights tour, giving an insight into the capital’s nightlife.

Freechoice

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

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, all whilst sipping on the hotel’s signature cocktail named in honour of Jacqueline Kennedy. Choose to retire to the Elephant Bar for happy hour before returning to the ship.

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

This morning marvel at the Royal Palace, with the famous Silver Pagoda within, on your included visit to this must-see attraction. Later sail up the Tonle River to the silversmith village of Kho Chen.

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

Cruise to Kampong Tralach and take 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.

Drive a short distance to Prek K’dam to re-board Scenic Spirit and continue your cruise to Kampong Cham via Phnom Penh.

Enrich

Learn how to pray in a Buddhist pagoda and partake in a ceremony to receive a blessing from a monk, all whilst donating towards the daily meal of the resident nuns and monks.

Sundowners

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

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9
Wat Hanchey > Kampong Cham
Highlights: Scenic 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 betel nut village.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10
Mekong Cruise > Siem Reap
Highlights: Scenic Enrich – Phare Circus

Discover the countryside of Cambodia on your drive to your hotel in Siem Reap, your stylish three night Special Stay located in the heart of the town.

Enrich

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

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

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

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 12
Siem Reap
Highlights: Scenic Enrich – Sunrise Angkor Wat, Scenic Enrich – 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 admire the skills on display at Artisans D’Angkor. Alternatively, cruise on Tonle Sap (seasonal), take a tuk tuk ride to the markets, or a tethered balloon ride above Angkor Wat (weather dependent) before visiting a Pouk Silk Farm and Preah Khan Temple.

Enrich
Enjoy a magical themed gala dinner at an Angkor temple in front of candle lit temple ruins, with included drinks and featuring Apsara dancers.

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 admire the skills on display at Artisans D’Angkor. Alternatively, cruise on Tonle Sap (seasonal), take a tuk tuk ride to the markets, or a tethered balloon ride above Angkor Wat (weather dependent) before visiting a Pouk Silk Farm and Preah Khan Temple.

Enrich

Enjoy a magical themed gala dinner at an Angkor temple in front of candle lit temple ruins, with included drinks and featuring Apsara dancers.

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: Wat Phou, Scenic Freechoice

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, Petanque with the locals

Partake in morning alms by donating food to the local monks. Later, 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 traditional
rice wine before partaking in the sport of Pétanque with the locals.

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

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

Freechoice

Journey to the serene Kuang Si Waterfalls or discover different methods of weaving and dyeing textiles. Alternatively discover why Luang Prabang has become a haven for artists.

Enrich

Immerse yourself in local spirituality during a traditional Baci ceremony and pay respects to ancient traditions.

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

Say farewell to Laos with many wonderful memories.

Meals included: Breakfast
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