Discover the hidden gems of Southeast Asia in this ultimate Mekong river cruise of boutique 5-star luxury, from exciting Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam to charmingly colonial Siem Reap in Cambodia via Phnom Penh and the vast, pristine lake of Tonle Sap. Your journey of Scenic wonder along the magnificent Mekong reveals beautiful villages, paddy fields, canals and islands along every twist and turn.
Day 1 | Highlights: Welcome reception
Welcome to Vietnam. Relax for the next two nights at your elegant Special Stay hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. Please book flights to arrive prior to 4pm.
Day 2 | Ho Chi Minh City: Highlights: Cu Chi Tunnels, Freechoice Dining
Travel along the Saigon River 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.
Day 3 | Ho Chi Minh City > Mekong Cruise Highlights: Discover Ho Chi Minh City
Discover all about Vietnam’s modern history through a visit to the Reunification Palace and War Museum. Travel by coach to My Tho to board the luxurious Scenic Spirit
Day 4 | 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 5 | 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 6 | 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 7 | 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 8 | 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 9 | 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 10 | Mekong Cruise > Siem Reap Highlights:
Take your VIP seat at the colourful Cambodian Circus, Phare. (Please note some departures may vary).
Day 11 | Siem Reap Highlights: Angkor Temples Exploration
Visit to the colossal Angkor Wat, before stopping at Angkor Thom and the multi-faced Bayon Temple. Later visit the atmospheric Ta Prohm Temple as seen in the film Tomb Raider.
Day 12 | Siem Reap Highlights: Enrich - Sunrise Angkor Wat, Apsara Temple dinner
Marvel at sunrise over the magnificent Angkor Wat before moving to a special location for a champagne breakfast with food prepared by a local NGO supported bakery school.
Day 13 | Siem Reap Highlights: Farewell
Depart Cambodia treasuring many wonderful memories.