Day 1 Siem Reap
Arrive at your hotel in Siem Reap, your stylish home for a three night Special Stay. Tonight meet your Scenic Tour Director and fellow travelling companions at your welcome briefing and dinner. Please book flights to arrive prior to 4pm. (Dinner)
Day 2 Siem Reap
Begin the day with a visit to the colossal Angkor Wat, before exploring at Angkor Thom and the multi-faced Bayon Temple. See the Elephant Terrace before enjoying your refreshing Khmer lunch. Later visit the atmospheric Ta Prohm Temple as seen in the film Tomb Raider.
Take your premium seat at the colourful Cambodian Circus, Phare. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 3 Siem Reap
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.
Freechoice: Discover the temple of Banteay Srei and Landmine Museum or explore Beng Mealea temples and the Artisans D’Angkor Handicraft Centre. Alternatively, cruise on Tonle Sap or ride a tethered balloon before visiting a Pouk Silk Farm and Preah Khan Temple. For the more adventurous enjoy a vintage Vespa ride.
Tonight be wowed by a magical themed gala dinner at an Angkor temple, with included drinks and a show featuring Apsara dancers in front of candle lit temple ruins. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 4 Siem Reap > Mekong Cruise
Drive to Kampong Cham where Scenic Spirit awaits, with stops at the Khmer bridge at Kampong Kdei, Kampong Thom and a stone cutters village. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 5 Wat Hanchey > Kampong Cham
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.
Freechoice: Learn about the history of the area with a visit to Phnom Pros (Man Hill) and then Wat Nokor. Alternatively explore the ecotourism village of Cheung Kok or spend your time wandering through the township of Kampong Cham. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6 Kampong Tralach > Oudong > Kho Chen
Cruise up the Tonle Sap River 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.
Receive a blessing in the pagoda from a monk and learn how to pray in a Buddhist pagoda before giving a donation which contributes to the daily meal of the resident nuns and monks.
Drive a short distance to Prek K’dam to re-board Scenic Spirit. Later sail downstream to wander through the silversmith village of Kho Chen before continuing your cruise to Phnom Penh. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 7 Phnom Penh
Freechoice: Journey to the Killing Fields and tour Tuol Sleng, or tour 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.
Arrive by tuk tuk and enjoy a guided tour of the historic Raffles, Hotel Le Royal, followed by an indulgent high tea prepared in front of you by the hotel’s chefs, all whilst sipping on your cocktail named in honour of Jacqueline Kennedy. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 8 Phnom Penh > Tan Chau
Visit the National Museum and Royal Palace before setting sail for the Cambodian and Vietnamese border. Relax during your afternoon of cruising as you cross the border into Vietnam. Celebrate arriving in Vietnam with your themed evening dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 9 Tan Chau
Freechoice: Visit Evergreen Island and enjoy a ride in a Xe Loi to the local Cao Dai Temple. Alternatively explore Chau Doc city or visit Tra Su Bird Sanctuary. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 10 Sa Dec > Cai Be
Immerse yourself in the historic town of Sa Dec and explore the lively market. Stop for a green tea at the home of Mr Huynh Thuy Le who inspired Marguerite Duras’ novel L’Amant.
Freechoice: Board a sampan to visit Cai Be before stopping at local cottage industries and a traditional house. Alternatively savour afternoon tea at the French colonial Le Longanier House. Or choose an on board Freechoice activity. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 11 Mekong Cruise > Ho Chi Minh City
Drive to Ho Chi Minh City and enjoy an orientation tour around the attractions near your Special Stay hotel for the next two nights. Spend the remainder of the afternoon at leisure.
Freechoice Dining: Enjoy a Vespa foodie tour of Saigon by night or enjoy a meal in the surroundings of an old French colonial house. Alternatively dine at Restaurant Nineteen or Square One. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 12 Ho Chi Minh City
Travel along the Saigon River to the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn about the underground labyrinth of war-time passageways. After lunch discover all about Vietnam’s more modern history through a visit to the Reunification Palace and War Museum. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 13 Ho Chi Minh City
Depart with many cherished memories. (Breakfast)
Discover the essence of South East Asia on a 13 day journey from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap on board Scenic Spirit. Explore Wat Hanchey and Phnom Penh.
The essential dynamism of South East Asia is unveiled as you travel from Siem Reap in Cambodia to Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City. The way of life on this extraordinarily diverse waterway will wrap itself around your heart, leaving you with a greater understanding of the marvellous Mekong.
Search out the abode of the ‘god kings’, the 12th century masterpiece that is Angkor Wat before embarking on your cruise towards Vietnam. Along the way take in the wonders of the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, explore its jumble of streets, local markets and traditional handicrafts. Zoom along the waterfront in a tuk tuk, visit the National Museum, Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda before returning to the all-inclusive luxury of your ship as you glide over the border into Vietnam. Travel on local sampans, discover the historic town of Tan Chau and spend time at the Cao Dai temple before wending your way to lively Ho Chi Minh City.
Temple Discovery, Enrich - Phare Circus
Enrich - Sunrise Angkor Wat, Apsara Temple dinner
Enrich - Monk blessing
Enrich - Raffles Experience and High Tea
Sa Dec Markets, Freechoice
Cu Chi Tunnels
33 meals including 12 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches and 11 Dinners
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