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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: Welcome reception
Begin your Mekong River adventure in Ho Chi Minh City. If you have arrived in Ho Chi Minh City meet your Scenic Tour Director in the foyer of the Park Hyatt Hotel at 9:00am to hand over your luggage and passport to be sent to the ship. You then have time to spare until 12:30 when you again meet your Tour Director in the foyer and leave for lunch. After lunch, travel by coach to My Tho to board the luxurious Scenic Spirit. Toast the start of your cruise with a cocktail reception and welcome dinner.
Day 2 | Cai Be > Sa Dec Highlights: Freechoice, Sa Dec markets
Board a sampan to visit the famous Cai Be floating market before stopping at local cottage industries and French colonial or traditional Vietnamese houses. Alternatively relish a later start before savouring morning tea at the French colonial Le Longanier House featuring local musicians and cultural demonstrations. Or stay on board for your special Freechoice activity.
Day 3 | Tan Chau Highlights: Freechoice
Stay in Tan Chau to visit Evergreen Island and enjoy a ride in a Xe Loi to the local Cao Dai Temple. Alternatively choose from two options which cruise by speedboat to Chau Doc. Firstly visit a family-operated fish farm before walking through a Cham village or visit Tra Su Bird Sanctuary.
Day 4 | Tan Chau > Phnom Penh Highlights: Enrich - Raffles Experience and High Tea
Relax during a full day of cruising as you cross the border into Cambodia. Make use of the ship’s luxury and take the time to enjoy a cocktail by the pool or appreciate some solitude on your private balcony as you watch the scenery pass you by before berthing in Phnom Penh.
Day 5 | Phnom Penh Highlights: Freechoice
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, by Tuk Tuk explore Phnom Penh’s colonial buildings, the Central Market as well as its modern architecture before stopping for lunch at a local NGO restaurant which teaches street kids hospitality skills.
Day 6 | Oudong > Kampong Tralach > Kho Chen Highlights: Enrich - Monk blessing
After a short cruise from Phnom Penh to Kampong Tralach, experience an ox cart ride from the ship 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.
Day 7 | Wat Hanchey > Kampong Cham Highlights: Freechoice
Awake as you approach Wat Hanchey, an ancient hilltop pagoda and monastery to meet the resident novice monks. Walk to the top and soak in some of the best elevated views of the cruise before sailing downstream to Kampong Cham.
Day 8 | Mekong Cruise > Siem Reap Highlights: Farewell
Disembark and drive to Siem Reap with stops at a stone cutters village and walk across the ancient Khmer bridge at Kampong Kdei. Upon arrival in Siem Reap, enjoy lunch before being transferred to the airport or your hotel of choice to complete your Mekong adventure. Expect to arrive in Siem Reap around 1:30-2:00pm.