Day 1 Ho Chi Minh City
Welcome to Vietnam. Relax for the next two nights at your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. (Dinner)
Day 2 Ho Chi Minh City
Travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn about the underground labyrinth of war-time passageways.
Freechoice Dining: Enjoy a Vespa foodie tour of Saigon by night, enjoy a meal in the surroundings of an old French colonial house or a restaurant specialising in Saigon street food. Alternatively, dine at your hotel’s restaurants – Yu Chu, Basilico or Market 39. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 3 Ho Chi Minh City > Mekong Cruise
Visit the Reunification Palace and War Museum before travelling by coach to My Tho to board Scenic Spirit. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 4 Cai Be > Sa Dec
Freechoice: Board a sampan to visit Cai Be before stopping at local cottage industries and a French colonial or traditional Vietnamese house. Alternatively, savour morning tea at a French colonial house or choose to stay on board for your special Scenic Freechoice activity.
Later, immerse yourself in the historic town of Sa Dec and interact with the sellers in the lively market, then visit the home of Mr Huynh Thuy Le who inspired Marguerite Duras’ novel L’Amant. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 5 Tan Chau
Freechoice: Visit the farmers on Evergreen Island and enjoy a ride in a Xe Loi. Alternatively, walk through Chau Doc market and visit a family-operated fish farm or visit Tra Su Bird Sanctuary.
Tonight, enjoy a themed evening dinner to say farewell to Vietnam. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6 Tan Chau > Phnom Penh
Arrive early this morning into the capital city of Cambodia, Phnom Penh.
Freechoice: Journey to the Killing Fields and tour Tuol Sleng, the former school which was converted to the Khmer Rouge’s main prison, or take a guided tour of the local food market before joining a hands-on Khmer cooking demonstration. Alternatively, explore Phnom Penh’s colonial buildings by tuk tuk and visit the Central Market.
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 behind closed doors. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 7 Phnom Penh > Kho Chen
This morning marvel at the Royal Palace, featuring the famous Silver Pagoda, on your included visit to this must-see attraction. Later, sail up the Tonle River to the silversmith village of Kho Chen. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 8 Oudong > Kampong Tralach
Cruise to Kampong Tralach and take an ox cart ride through a local village.
Learn how to pray in a Buddhist pagoda and partake in a ceremony to receive a blessing from a monk.
Board your coach to the ancient capital of Oudong to visit the impressive pagoda and monastery.Drive a short distance to Prek K’dam to re-board Scenic Spirit and continue your cruise to Kampong Cham.
Enjoy a cocktail reception on the Sun Deck against the backdrop of Phnom Penh. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 9 Wat Hanchey > Kampong Cham
Walk to the top of Wat Hanchey, an ancient hilltop pagoda and monastery to meet the resident novice monks.Sail to Kampong Cham.
Freechoice: Learn about the history behind Phnom Pros (Man Hill) and Wat Nokor. Alternatively, explore the ecotourism village of Cheung Kok or visit a rubber plantation factory and betel nut village. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 10 Mekong Cruise > Siem Reap
Discover the rural side of Cambodia on your drive to Siem Reap. After lunch, arrive at your hotel in Siem Reap for your three night Special Stay.
Take your Premium Reserved seat at the colourful Cambodian Circus, Phare. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 11 Siem Reap
Freechoice: Discover Banteay Srei and visit the Landmine Museum or admire the skills on display at Artisans D’Angkor. Alternatively, cruise on Tonle Sap (seasonal), take a tuk tuk ride to the markets or take a tethered balloon ride above Angkor Wat (weather dependent).
Later in the afternoon visit the colossal Angkor Wat. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 12 Siem Reap
Marvel at sunrise over the magnificent Angkor Wat before moving to a special location for a champagne breakfast with food prepared by an NGO supported local bakery school.
Visit the atmospheric, jungle covered Ta Prohm Temple, before stopping at Angkor Thom and the multi-faced Bayon Temple. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure.
Be wowed by a mystical themed Gala Dinner at an Angkor temple, with included free flow drinks and a show featuring Apsara dancers in front of candlelit temple ruins. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 13 Siem Reap > Champasak
Fly to Pakse and travel to the small town of Champasak and your boutique hotel for the next two nights. (Breakfast)
Day 14 Champasak
Freechoice: Visit a coffee plantation, or enjoy a Lao or Thai massage.
After lunch drive to Wat Phou, a World Heritage-listed Khmer temple complex. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 15 Champasak > Luang Prabang
Fly to Luang Prabang, the spiritual capital of Laos, for a three night Special Stay. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 16 Luang Prabang
Partake in morning alms by donating food to the local monks. Later, visit the former Royal Palace, Wat Xieng Thong and Wat Mai before cruising to the Pak Ou Caves to see the centuries-old sacred Buddha images. Stop at Ban Xang Hay, a village specialising in traditional rice wine. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 17 Luang Prabang:
Journey to Kuang Si Waterfalls and enjoy the surroundings. En-route back to town stop at a village, which is home to one of the area’s many ethnic minorities, to learn about their traditions and culture.
Immerse yourself in local spirituality during a Baci ceremony and pay respects to ancient animist traditions.
Watch the sun set from the top of Mount Phousi or shop in the local night market below before heading to your delicious farewell dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 18 Luang Prabang > Bangkok
Say farewell to Laos with wonderful memories and fly to Bangkok where your journey ends on arrival. Please ensure your flight from Bangkok departs after 3pm. (Breakfast)
The wonders of Indochina are just waiting for you to discover them during this journey. From Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok, discover the Mekong in luxury.
The wonders of Indochina are just waiting for you to discover during this joyful journey. For those who may have previously dipped their toes into South East Asia, this is a chance to delve that little bit deeper into the intriguing Mekong River.
Cruising the Mekong with Scenic is a unique experience thanks to our all-inclusive luxury ship. From the moment you embark Scenic Spirit to the second you disembark, you’ll want for nothing. Along the way you’ll uncover floating markets, seek out ancient artefacts and visit initiatives changing the lives of street kids forever. An awe-inspiring sunrise over Angkor Wat helps to farewell Cambodia before you say Sai-bai-Dee (hello), to the hidden gem that is Laos. Three nights spent in the spiritual capital of Luang Prabang offers a perfect way to round out your time in this sublime part of the world.
42 meals including 17 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches and 13 Dinners