Meandering along the Mekong

10 Days
Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap
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$ 5,245
Dates & Pricing

2022 Ho Chi Minh City > Siem Reap

Be inspired by the Mekong Delta

Embark on a slower nine night cruise of contrasts as you gain a deeper understanding of life along the Mekong River in southern Vietnam through to the cities and villages of Cambodia.
Meander along the Mekong and learn about Vietnam’s French-infused past in the Delta before soaking the youthful atmosphere of Phnom Penh. Discover small Cambodian villages along the riverfront before finishing in Siem Reap.

10 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Ho Chi Minh City > Mekong Cruise

    Welcome to Vietnam and step foot into a world of luxury starting with your air-conditioned airport transfer en-route to the Caravelle Hotel Saigon, located downtown in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City. Meet your Tour Director to run through an overview of your upcoming trip and drop off your luggage and passport. Enjoy free time to explore until 12:30 when lunch will be served at a local restaurant with your group of eager Scenic guests ready to explore the mysteries of the Mekong River.

    A coach will transfer you to My Tho where the luxurious Scenic Spirit awaits. Start with a cocktail reception hosted by your Hotel and Cruise Director. Take a stroll around the decks to orientate yourself as to where all the amenities are. After your welcome dinner, settle into your private suite. At any time, your dedicated personal butler is available to assist with a nightcap and delivery of your preferred pillows. A calm 4-hour sail brings you to halt off Cai Be where the ship will anchor overnight.

    Please book your flight to arrive into Ho Chi Minh City prior to 08:00 AM.

    Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Cai Be

    Enjoy a full gourmet champagne breakfast before heading out on your chosen Scenic Freechoice excursion.

    Freechoice

    Choose to board a sampan, gliding through a floating market and soaking in the local life on your way to visit Cai Be before stopping at local cottage industries and a French colonial or traditional Vietnamese house.

    Alternatively take a sampan to savour a delicious morning tea at the Le Longanier, a French colonial house restaurant, where staff will welcome you with tea, coffee and a range of local fruit and snacks for your tasting. Enjoy a band playing music and performing traditional Vietnamese songs Alternatively, if you are enjoying the comforts of the luxurious Scenic Spirit, our highly skilled bar team is ready to welcome you for a hands-on cocktail/mocktail making class featuring fresh local ingredients. Create delicious favourites from the Scenic Spirit menu.

    After your morning activity, head back to the ship for lunch whilst sailing to Sa Dec. You may wish to unwind in the Scenic Spirit library to learn more about each port you will visit and the exciting activities ahead. Or head to the heart of this ship, the Scenic Spirit Lounge, which is a great place to unwind with a glass of wine and meet other guests.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Sa Dec

    This morning re-board your sampan to explore and interact with the sellers in the lively wet market in Sa Dec where you will see live fish, frogs and even snakes. This 2-hour exploration is a deep dive into the local lifestyle. You can also visit the home of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le who inspired Marguerite Duras novel L’Amant a story of tragic love, as told by your entertaining local expert.

    After returning to the ship, you will have time to take an evening dip in the pool overlooking the Mekong as the sun sets. The ship will set sail after your arrival back on board for the 6-hour journey to Tan Chau. After dinner, retire in your suite for a restful cruise up the Mekong River.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Tan Chau

    You may wish to start your day with some exercise in the on board gym, try stretching at the early morning yoga class or relax in the sauna before setting off to a Scenic Freechoice excursion of your choosing in the areas surrounding Tan Chau.

    Freechoice

    A prime example of leaving the city life behind will be found at Tra Su Bird Sanctuary in Tra Su Forest where you travel by sampan through endless waterways flanked by mangroves and lush greenery. This eco reserve spans 850 hectares and is known as an ecological haven for fauna and flora, with more than 100 species of water birds known to reside here.

    If you would like to experience the community side of Vietnam, look no further than Evergreen Island for a morning of discovery about the local farmers. Enjoy the stunning and tranquil views of Monkey Bridge, orchards and traditional homes.  Back in Tan Chau, experience a ride in a Xe Loi. This commonly used form of transportation in rural Vietnam will take you to the recently renovated Cao Dai temple. The religion of Cao Dai is a syncretic, monotheistic religion established in southern Vietnam in the city of Tây Ninh in 1926. Here, you will learn more about the mix of ideas that form the basis of this fascinating religion.

    Your third Scenic Freechoice excursion to choose from is boarding a speedboat to visit Chau Doc, a major city in the Mekong Delta.  Upon arrival, continue on board a coach to visit Tay An temple, which is a mixture of Indian and Islamic style architecture located at the foot of Sam Mountain. Then board another sampan to visit Vinh Te canal and view life along the riverfront of Chau Doc, stop at a family-operated fish farm and then return to the Scenic Spirit.

    After lunch upon your arrival back on board, enjoy sailing to the Vietnamese and Cambodian border. Some down time is a great way to relax and what better way to do that than heading to the Wellness Centre or Beauty Salon for a bit of pampering. Whilst the ship clears immigration into Cambodia at the border, you will experience a fantastically themed dinner on board Scenic Spirit along with a lion dance performed by locals on the expansive Sun Deck.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Tan Chau > Phnom Penh

    This morning is at your leisure. Attend an on board demonstration or enjoy some relaxation time in the library and observation lounge, by the pool or in the privacy of your spacious suite whilst sailing upstream from the Vietnamese border to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia.

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    Later this evening revel in our Phnom Penh by City Lights tour, giving you an insight to the nightlife of the capital before stopping at a distillery for an exclusive tour and tasting.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Phnom Penh

    After breakfast, it’s time to head into Phnom Penh. Soak in Cambodia’s rich history; from the food, the people, and the remarkable temples that have stood for thousands of years.

    Freechoice

    Your Scenic Freechoice excursions provide the option to journey to the Killing Fields and tour Tuol Sleng Prison. These locations are a sobering reminder of the terrors unleashed by the Khmer Rouge regime. Although not a delightful tour, visiting these monuments unlocks the keys to understanding the development of this country. You will then return to Scenic Spirit for lunch.

    The second Scenic Freechoice excursion today is a hands-on cooking class. Take a trip to the local market with a local chef to purchase your ingredients. Head back to the kitchen to cook your own lunch, testing out the styles and flavours of the Cambodian cuisine.

    The third option is to travel by remork, a local style of tuk tuk, to view the French architecture and history of Phnom Penh.  Finish this tour with a stop at the uniquely designed Central Market for some shopping. Before returning to Scenic Spirit, stop for lunch at a local Non Government Office (NGO) sponsored restaurant supporting street kids get a start in the hospitality industry.

    The remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure or you may wish to join an afternoon Scenic Freechoice excursion.

    Freechoice

    The first is travelling by remork to enjoy High Tea at Raffles Hotel Le Royal with an included Femme Fatale (the signature cocktail created for Jacqueline Kennedy during her visit). Afternoon Tea has been an institution at Le Royal since the hotel first opened in 1929. Relive the celebrated traditions of one of Asia’s greatest heritage hotels, with a fine selection of finger sandwiches, pastries and scones. Alternatively travel to the silversmith village of Kho Chen. The village is known for their silver and copper smithing arts, a craft which has been passed on for generations within the village.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Phnom Penh > Oudong

    Board your coach for the short drive to the former capital of Cambodia, Oudong. Witness the life of the monks and nuns who reside at the monastery and if you are lucky, you may be able to join in one of the many festivals and customs often held here.

    Experience the opulent side of Phnom Penh this afternoon at the Royal Palace with the famous Silver Pagoda, during your included visit to this must-see attraction.

    This evening, you may wish to dress up for the Scenic Sunset Drinks cocktail reception on the Sun Deck against the backdrop of Phnom Penh’s lights. Enjoy the passing scenery and panoramic views as the ships sets sail towards Oknha Tey, commonly known as Silk Island.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Silk Island > Angkor Ban

    This morning we explore the island of Oknha Tey, dedicated to the art of silk weaving. Travel by tuk tuk to the farm and learn about the process of silk production. Return to Scenic Spirit for lunch and some free time. You may wish to socialise by the pool with a refreshing cocktail and swim.

    Next port after lunch is Angkor Ban. Explore its historical rural wooden houses, which survived the Khmer Rouge and visit a school that teaches English to the local students after their regular school lessons. Back on board, continue sailing to Kampong Cham. Immerse yourself in local culture with our team by learning how to make and wear the Cambodian scarf.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Wat Hanchey > Kampong Cham

    Meet the novice monks at Wat Hanchey, an ancient hilltop pagoda and monastery. Walk (or drive) to the top and soak in some of the best elevated views of the cruise.

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    Receive a blessing from a monk and learn how to pray in a Buddhist pagoda before partaking in a ceremony, which contributes to the daily meal of the resident monks.

    Back in Kampong Cham, your Scenic Freechoices this afternoon provide the chance to learn about the history and industries of the area. 

    Freechoice

    Back in Kampong Cham, your Scenic Freechoice excursions this afternoon provides the chance to learn about the history and industries of the area.  First option is to learn about the local folklore with stops at Phnom Pros (Man Hill and Wat Nokor). Phnom Pros was part of a traditional local legend but more recently was used as a Killing Field during the Khmer Rouge era. The temple now features a Buddha garden and is home to a local troop of monkeys. Wat Nokor Bachey is a unique architectural experiment blending an Angkorian era temple with a new temple built inside it. This enriching experience can be completed in under 2 hours leaving the rest of the day to either explore independently or enjoy the luxurious facilities located on Scenic Spirit.

    Alternatively explore Kampong Cham’s history and industry with a drive through past shop houses, remnants of the French colonial era and the large Central Market. Visit a local rubber plantation established by the French, followed by a tour to view the processing of the raw rubber at a rubber factory before stopping at a village known for growing betel nut, a popular item in Cambodian culture.

    Cambodia is known for its rural villages so your third option is to visit one such village where a French NGO is assisting the residents with education programs around sustainability, sanitation and recycling.

    Back on board Scenic Spirit, enjoy some time to relax and overlook the gorgeous sunset of the Cambodian skyline before your engaging farewell dinner with the crew.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Mekong Cruise > Siem Reap

    Today we journey to Siem Reap via stops at Kampong Tom and the Angkorian bridge in Kampong Kdei. It is time to bid farewell to your fellow guests and Scenic team as you prepare to depart Cambodia for your homeland or extended travels. Transfer to the airport and leave with a full camera and stunning memories to treasure.

    Please book your flight to depart out of Siem Reap after 06:00 PM.

    This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. Disruptions to cruising and alteration to itinerary arrangements may occur.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

The Scenic Difference
  • Included tour to the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh
  • Night time remork (tuk tutour with distillery visit
  • Same Scenic Tour Director from start to finish

5-star luxury inclusions
  • 5-star Scenic ship with luxurious one-bedroom balcony suites
  • 2 exclusive Scenic Enrich experience
  • Your choice of 12 Scenic Freechoice activities
  • 1 Scenic Sundowners event
  • Up to four on board dining options, from casual to fine dining
  • 21 meals – 7 breakfasts (B), 7 lunches (L) and 7 dinners (D)
  • Complimentary beverages all day throughout your 9 night cruise
  • Butler service for all guests throughout your 9 night cruise
  • Scenic Cruise Director and Tour Director with expert local guides
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout your 9 night cruise
  • All tipping and gratuities

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