Scenic Freechoice Mekong

It’s more than just interesting included excursions in South East Asia. It’s days exploring to your tastes and pace.

Scenic Freechoice activities allow you to pursue what interests you most, at a pace that suits you.
The handpicked, varied and fascinating shore excursion options allow you to personalise your pursuits. You could opt for a hands-on cooking experience one day, and a vibrant cultural encounter the next. With Scenic Freechoice, the options are as diverse as they are delightful. The best part is, they're included in the price you pay upfront.

To help you plan your outings, our list of Scenic Freechoice activities is divided into Active, Moderate and Relaxed, so you can choose those which best suit your requirements and interests.

Active – A longer or more demanding journey for those keen to explore further afield.
Moderate – A comfortable pace to explore a beautiful city on a walking tour.
Relaxed – A slower pace taking in a museum or sightseeing tour.

Scenic Freechoice Activities

Each day will be filled with immersive, personalised encounters with the local people and their customs. Our group sizes are limited to an average of just 20 guests per onshore excursion, for an intimate experience.

Vietnam

Hanoi

History Museum and Hoa Lu Prison
Discover the stories of the Vietnamese history in Hanoi – a city that wears its history on its streets. Relaxed Pace.
Ancient village of Bat Trang - NEW
The ancient village of Bat Trang is a traditional porcelain and pottery community. Learn the intricate steps involved in making ceramic works of art during an interactive workshop. Moderate Pace. 
Hanoi Highlights (pictured)
Explore city highlights such as Ho Chi Minh’s Quarter and Mausoleum, Presidential Palace, and Hanoi’s first university, the Temple of Literature. Moderate Pace.
Ruins of Old hindu temple at My Son Vietnam

Hoi An

Temple Ruins of My Son
Tour the World Heritage-listed Site of My Son, a set of ruins from the ancient Cham Empire. Moderate Pace.
Tra Que Village - NEW
Ride a bicycle to a local farm in Tra Que Village. Join the farmers as they prepare the land and fertilise it with seaweed. Assist with raking, sowing seeds, watering and picking greens. Active Pace.

From Farming to Fishing - NEW
Ride a bicycle to a village to learn about the lives of Hoi An’s fishermen. Climb into a small, round bamboo fishing basket and learn to cast a fishing net the traditional way. Active Pace.
Reaching Out to the Community – Lantern Making Class - NEW
Meet with the team at Reaching Out, an NGO established in 2000. Gain an insight into their efforts to provide opportunities for people with disabilities and undertake a lantern making class at their workshop. Relaxed Pace. 

Cai Be

Colonial Tea and Cultural Demonstration (pictured)
Visit the charming and restored French Colonial Le Longanier house for refreshments in an idyllic garden setting, whilst enjoying a cultural demonstration of the Mekong Delta. Relaxed Pace.
Local Industries in Cai Be
Cruise by sampan to visit a Colonial French or traditional Vietnamese house and learn about local cottage industries. Moderate Pace.
Scenic Spirit activity
Relax during your special Scenic Freechoice activity on board Scenic Spirit. Relaxed Pace.

Tan Chau

River Life (Chau Doc)
Cruise down canals to discover Tay An temple, Sam Mountain, Indian and Islamic style architecture, fish farms and life along the waterfront of Chau Doc. Moderate Pace. 
Bird Sanctuary (Chau Doc) (pictured)
Explore Tra Su Bird Sanctuary, home to a rich array of wildlife and birds. Active Pace.
Evergreen Island (Tan Chau)
Ride on a Xe Loi enroute to the unique Cao Dai Temple. Cruise to Evergreen Island, explore the farming community and meet the locals. Moderate Pace.

Cambodia

Phnom Penh

Killing Fields (pictured)
Visit the Killing Fields and tour the school used as a prison by the Khmer Rouge. Relaxed Pace.
Markets and Colonial Phnom Penh
Explore Phnom Penh’s colonial buildings as well as its modern architecture by tuk tuk, and shop at the Central Market. Relaxed Pace.
Cooking Class
Take a guided tour of the local market before joining a
hands-on cooking class. Relaxed Pace.

Kho Chen silversmith village - NEW
Visit the riverside village of Kho Chen, known for their silver and copper smithing arts, a craft which has been passed down through generations within the village. Relaxed Pace.
High Tea at Raffles Hotel Le Royal - NEW
Travel by remork to Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Phnom Penh’s oldest and premier colonial hotel. Enjoy afternoon High Tea, an institution at Le Royal since the hotel first opened in 1929. Relaxed Pace. 


Siem Reap

Temple and Mines
Explore the 12th-century Banteay Srei Temples and visit the Landmine Museum. Moderate Pace.
Tonle Sap Lake Cruise (pictured)
Cruise on the UNESCO biosphere reserve, Tonle Sap Lake and discover the way of life of a floating village (green season only). Moderate Pace.
Tethered Balloon
Take a tethered balloon ride for aerial views over Angkor Wat (weather dependent), then visit a local Cambodian handicraft factory. Active Pace.
Market Shopping Tour
Take a tuk tuk ride to Phnom Pros colourful markets, offering everything from fresh produce, to handicrafts and mementos from your stay. Moderate Pace.

Senteurs d’Angkor workshop - NEW
Visit Senteurs d’Angkor workshop to try your hand at producing your own local souvenir. Discover how the artisans make soap by hand in traditional ways. Relaxed Pace. 


Kampong Cham

Local Folklore (pictured)
Learn about the history and folklore of the area with a visit to Phnom Pros (Man Hill) and Wat Nokor, an 11th-century temple with a modern pagoda built within. Moderate Pace.
Kho Pen Village - NEW
Accessible by local remork and located on Pen (Bamboo) Island, across the bamboo bridge/ferry from Kampong Cham, this remote village gives a good insight to the harsh and simple rural lifestyle of farmers in Cambodia. Moderate Pace.
Local Industries
Visit a rubber plantation and factory and stop at a Betel nut village outside of Kampong Cham. Moderate Pace.

Scenic Freechoice Dining

The accent here is on choice. You’ll be delighted by the range of dining options available to you, from local South East Asian street food to formal dining and cuisines from around the world. 

Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City

Vespa Foodie tour of Saigon After Dark (pictured)
A foodie night out on the back of a vintage Vespa. Sample some of Saigon’s best authentic street food. Includes free flow drinks and all you can eat.
buffet NINETEEN - NEW
Dine at buffet NINETEEN located at Caravelle Saigon, one of the city’s most popular seafood buffet and 5-star dining experiences. Included is free flow house wine, cocktails and beers.

SHRI Restaurant and Lounge - NEW
SHRI Restaurant and Lounge offers unparalleled panoramic views from nearly every table. The menu offers a broad range of dishes to suit most tastes with modern European-style starters, mains and desserts as well as a wide selection of grills and salads.
Secret Garden Restaurant - NEW
This themed Vietnamese restaurant is located on the rooftop of an old building that is a quintessentially Vietnamese house. Filled with rustic plants creating a homely atmosphere, you can enjoy the taste of traditional home cooked Vietnamese food.



Hanoi

Vespa Foodie tour of Hanoi After Dark
Ride pillion on the back of a vintage Vespa as you explore Hanoi’s authentic local street food scene after dark. Sample local delicacies across several food venues.
La Terrace at Sofitel Legend Metropole (pictured)
Inspired by Parisian cafés, enjoy a taste of France right in the heart of Hanoi’s bustling street life.
Press Club - NEW
Situated in the splendid surroundings of Hanoi’s French Quarter, near Hoan Kiem Lake and Hanoi Opera House, Press Club gives you the chance to experience a unique Michelin-star menu of traditional French dishes from the famous French Chef Alain Dutournier.

Hoi An

Morning Glory Signature Restaurant
Dine on Vietnamese street food-style dishes made from fresh ingredients at this modern restaurant, opposite the night markets.
Quang’s Kitchen Restaurant - NEW
Located in the old town, this restaurant is styled on an ancient Hoi An house creating a nostalgic feel. It is run by a well-known chef who was a top five contestant in Masterchef Vietnam.
The Field Hoi An Restaurant and Bar - NEW
A short distance from the centre of Hoi An, amongst surrounding farmland, guests will dine in the middle of rice paddies in a cosy and romantic setting whilst enjoying traditional Vietnamese and fusion cuisine.

Our guests' stories

"While visiting one of many beautiful temples in Siem Reap, a shy boy peeked out to watch us." 

Robert L. - Scenic Guest, United States

"A unique opportunity to experience bygone Cambodian transport, en route to Wat Tralach from the Mekong River." 

Michelle B. - Scenic Guest, United Kingdom

"Beautiful Hoi An, Vietnam" 

Kathleen D. - Scenic Guest, United States
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