Your lush Mekong river cruise from exciting Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam to charmingly colonial Siem Reap in Cambodia, is a journey of Scenic wonder in ultimate, boutique 5-star luxury. Traversing this magnificent body of water reveals beautiful villages, paddy fields, canals and islands along every twist and turn. Your floating boutique hotel provides the ultimate base to appreciate and explore the magnificent scenery and canal villages of the Mekong Delta; discover the stories of Cambodia’s captivating capital Phnom Penh and French-influenced provincial towns, and the lifestyles of the floating communities who call one of the world’s most fascinating waterways home.
Day 1 | Highlights:
After arriving in Vietnam you will be greeted and taken to your meeting point (Please arrive at the hotel before 9.00am). From here board your coach to My Tho. Next stop is the luxurious Scenic Spirit for your seven night cruise along the Mekong starting with a champagne reception and welcome dinner.
Day 2 | Cai Be > Sa Dec Highlights: Freechoice; Sa Dec markets
Choose how adventurous you wish to be. Rise before sunrise and board a sampan to visit the famous Cai Be Floating wholesale market before stopping at local industries and French colonial houses along the Mekong. Then either choose to return to the ship or continue exploring Dong Ha Hiep Island in smaller long tail boats to explore the smaller tributaries and fruit farms. Alternatively relish a sleep in before savouring morning tea at the French colonial Le Longanier House with local musicians and cultural demonstrations.
Day 3 | Tan Chau Highlights: Freechoice; Gala ball
After an overnight cruise, anchor at Tan Chau.
Day 4 | Tan Chau > Phnom Penh Highlights: Discover Phnom Penh
Partake in some on board activities whilst awaiting clearance from Cambodian immigration. Spend the afternoon gently sailing towards Phnom Penh, taking the time to enjoy a cocktail by the pool or some solitude on your own private balcony as you watch the scenery pass you by. Enjoy sunset from on deck as you begin to see the lights of Phnom Penh in the distance. Tonight is yours to explore the night life of Phnom Penh.
Day 5 | Phnom Penh Highlights: Enrich: High Tea and puppet show
Journey to the Killing Fields and tour Tuol Sleng, the former school that was converted to the main prison of the Khmer Rouge, 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, the Russian Market as well as its modern architecture.
Day 6 | Oudong > Kampong Tralach > Kho Chen Highlights: Enrich: Monk blessing
After a short cruise from Phnom Penh to Prek K’dam, board your coach to the ancient capital of Oudong to visit the mountain stupas, pagoda and monastery.
Day 7 | Wat Hanchey > Kampong Cham Highlights: Wat Nokor
Awake as you approach Wat Hanchey, an ancient hilltop pagoda and monastery.
Walk to the top and soak in some of the best elevated views of the cruise. Back on board, your journey continues downstream to Kampong Cham where you will discover the legend of Phnom Pros (Man Hill) and Phnom Srei (Woman Hill), and explore the ecotourism village of Cheung Kok. Visit Wat Nokor, an 11th century temple with a modern pagoda built within. Later, return to the comfort of your ship for a champagne farewell reception and dinner.
Day 8 | Mekong Cruise > Siem Reap Highlights: Farewell
Disembark and drive to Siem Reap with stops at a stone cutters village, lunch around Kampong Thom and walk across the ancient Khmer bridge at Kampong Kdei. Upon arrival in Siem Reap you will be transferred to the airport to complete your Mekong adventure. Please book flights to depart after 7pm.