Jewels of the Mekong

Uncover the essential dynamism of Southeast Asia as you journey from Vietnam's vibrant Ho Chi Minh City to the historic wonders of Siem Reap in Cambodia.

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Inspired by temples and traditions

Breathe in the essence of South East Asia during this enchanting journey from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam to Siem Reap in Cambodia. From the ancient hilltop pagoda of Wat Hanchey to the famous Silver Pagoda in Phnom Penh, Scenic will unveil a multitude of experiences that will allow you to appreciate this magnificent waterway.

Package Inclusions:

Your Luxury Fly, Tour and Cruise package includes:
  • Economy class flights from Sydney to Ho Chi Minh City, returning from Siem Reap
  • 2 night luxury accommodation in Ho Chi Minh City
  • 9 night Mekong River Cruise onboard Scenic Spirit in a Deluxe Suite, Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap
  • 3 night luxury accommodation in Siem Reap
  • 38 meals - 14 breakfast, 12 lunches and 12 dinners
  • A wide range of culinary experiences onboard, from casual to fine dining
  • Complimentary beverages all day throughout your cruise
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout your cruise
  • A wide range of onboard activities & entertainment
  • Exclusive Scenic Enrich events and personalised Scenic Freechoice experiences
  • 3 Scenic Sundowners event
  • Scenic Cruise Director and Tour Director with expert local guides
  • All tipping and gratuities
Highlights: Exclusive Gala Dinner at an Angkor temple | Champagne breakfast at an Angkor temple | Vespa foodie night tour of Saigon | Included tour to the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh | Night time remork (tuk tuk) tour with distillery visit | VIP seats to Phare Circus in Siem Reap | Tethered balloon ride over Angkor Wat as Scenic Freechoice option | 
Travel: 17 September 2024 – 01 October 2024

The Scenic Difference
Every detail of your all-inclusive journey has been carefully considered to create a truly carefree experience and memories to last a lifetime.
  • 5-star Scenic ship with luxurious one-bedroom balcony suites
  • 2 exclusive Scenic Enrich experience at the Temple in Cambodia
  • Same Scenic Tour Director from start to finish
  • Up to 4 onboard dining experiences from casual to fine dining
  • Complimentary beverages all day throughout your 9 night cruise
  • Butler service for all guests throughout your 9 night cruise
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi through your 9 night cruise
  • Your choice of Scenic Freechoice activities and dining



Scenic Spirit
On board Scenic Spirit, you can expect impeccable service, world-class dining, luxurious suites and a truly all-inclusive river cruise that is personalised to meet your needs.


Deluxe Suite

Upgrade Options

Wish to elevate your cruise for a better experience?
  • Grand Deluxe Suite package from $11,499 per person * Receive a free hotel room upgrade* in Ho Chi Minh City(2n) or Siem Reap(3n)
Wish to upgrade to business class for your flight?
  • Business Class with Deluxe Suite package from $12,799 per person 
  • Business Class with Grand Deluxe Suite package from $15,499 per person 

Itinerary

Day 1 Tue, 17 Sep 2024 Ho Chi Minh City (D)
Welcome to Vietnam and step foot into a world of luxury starting with your air-conditioned airport transfer en-route to your hotel, located downtown in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City. Meet your Tour Director and fellow guests at your welcome dinner.
 
Day 2 Wed, 18 Sep 2024 Ho Chi Minh City (B,L,D)
After breakfast, travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels and spend the morning learning about the development and establishment of this hidden covered tunnel network that the Viet Cong soldiers hid in for months on end. Return to the city for lunch and the remainder of the afternoon at leisure.
Freechoice Dining: Tonight, choose your Scenic Free Choice dining option from an exhilarating Vespa ride at night as your experienced driver winds in and out the hectic traffic of the streets, stopping at all the best local spots for the
most scrumptious Vietnamese cuisines. Sample the best authentic street food and an unlimited supply of drinks and eating however much your stomach desires. Alternatively, dine at Home Saigon restaurant, a themed Vietnamese
restaurant that is a quintessentially Vietnamese house or for something totally different dine at Noir Dining in the Dark, a restaurant dedicated to helping the blind and visually impaired community. Alternatively, see and taste the
street food of Vietnam’s commercial centre by vintage Jeep or diner at Buffet NINETEEN location at Caravelle Saigon.
 
Day 3 Thu, 19 Sep 2024 Ho Chi Minh City > Mekong Cruise (B,L,D)
After breakfast and checkout, visit the War Museum and Reunification Palace. The former Presidential House of South Vietnam become famous in 1975 with images of tanks crashing through its gates leading to the South’s surrender and end of the War of Independence.
After lunch in Ho Chi Minh City, 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
 
Day 4 Fri, 20 Sep 2024  Cai Be  (B,L,D)
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.

Day 5 Sat, 21 Sep 2024 Sa Dec (B,L,D)
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 fishes, frogs and even snakes. This 2-hour exploration lets you dive deep into the local lifestyle. You
can also see the home of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le who inspired marguerite Duras novel L’Amant a story of tragic love 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.
 
Day 6 Sun, 22 Sep 2024 Tan Chau (B,L,D)
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. 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. While the ship is at anchor 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.
 
Day 7 Mon, 23 Sep 2024 Border Crossing > Phnom Penh (B,L,D)
Your morning is at leisure after clearing immigration. 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.
Sunset Drinks
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 Sunset Drinks tour and tasting behind closed doors
 
Day 8 Tue, 24 Sep 2024 Phnom Penh (B,L,D)
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.
The remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure.
 
Day 9 Wed, 25 Sep 2024 Phnom Penh > Oudong (B,L,D)
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 he passing scenery and panoramic views as the ships sets sail towards Oknha Tey, commonly known as Silk Island.

Day 10 Thu, 26 Sep 2024 Silk Island > Angkor Ban (B,L,D)
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.
 
Day 11 Fri, 27 Sep 2024 Wat Hanchey > Kampong Cham (B,L,D)
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.
Enrich
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 villages so your third option is to visit Kho Penh Village. Only 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 into the simple rural lifestyle of farmers in Cambodia.
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
 
Day 12 Sat, 28 Sep 2024 Mekong Cruise > Siem Reap (B,L)
Today we journey to Siem Reap via stops at Kampong Tom and the Angkorian bridge in Kampong Kdei. Siem Reap is a split in time with ancient and traditional architecture weaved between the modern developments. Your hotel, is a step back in time in the definition of luxury and your historical home for the next three nights in Siem Reap. This brilliantly appointed accommodation is styled with a mix of French inspired architecture, local interior furnishings, the attentive staff provide a service beyond expectations, and brilliant amenities fit for royalty. This evening head to the colourful Cambodian Phare Circus where your VIP premium reserved seating awaits you. Beautifully dressed performers style a stunning show that is more than just a circus. The performers use theatre, music, dance and modern circus arts to tell uniquely Cambodian stories; historical, folk and modern.
 
Day 13 Sun, 29 Sep 2024 Siem Reap (B,L)
The second day of your Siem Reap exploration starts with a delicious champagne buffet breakfast at the hotel.
Freechoice: As part of Scenic’s Freechoice you have multiple options to choose from.
Explore the 10th-century Banteay Srei Temple; a temple commonly referred to as the Ladies Temple because of its pinkish sandstone and dedication to the Hindu god Shiva. Afterwards visit the Landmine Museum, founded in 1997
with the aim to make the country safe through the removal of mines.
Visit Senteurs d'Angkor workshop: try your hand at producing your own local souvenir. Through different hands-on workstations, discover how the artisans make by hand soap with coconut oil, natural cosmetics, subtly scented
balms, aromatic candles and local spices in traditional ways.
Alternatively, if you have enjoyed being on the water, sail on Tonle Sap Lake (July to February), a picturesque UNESCO biosphere reserve and dive deep into discovery when visiting and experiencing the life of a floating village.
Or take flight in a tethered balloon to discover the aerial beauties of the combination between traditional and modern Siem Reap. Enjoy the fresh air and take some remarkable photographs of the skyline as you lift into the skies of
Siem Reap overlooking Angkor Wat below before visiting a Lotus Flower workshop.
Alternatively choose the Market Shopping Excursion, transfer to the central market by tuk tuk and shop independently.
Later this afternoon explore Angkor Wat itself, the largest religious monument in the world. Originally constructed as a Hindu temple dedicated to the god Vishnu for the Khmer Empire, it was gradually transformed into a Buddhist
temple towards the end of the 12th century. An afternoon visit provides the perfect light for those idealic pictures of this colossal structure.
After the day of adventure, tonight is free to shop away at the night markets of Siem Reap or venture to Pub Street,
both in walking distance or a short tuk tuk ride from your hotel.

Day 14 Mon, 30 Sep 2024 Siem Reap (B,D)
Enrich
Begin the day with an early morning Scenic Enrich, marvel at the sunrise over the magnificent Angkor Wat before moving to a special location near a temple for a scrumptious champagne breakfast with food prepared by an NGO
supported local bakery school which also Scenic sponsors After breakfast, visit the atmospheric, jungle covered Ta Prohm Temple, before stopping at Angkor Thom and the multi-faced Bayon Temple. Fortunately, you have the remainder of the afternoon to discover more of the Siem Reap markets or relax at your luxury hotel after your early morning start.
Enrich
The final Scenic Enrich is truly a special and exclusive one, one that is best experienced first hand to fully appreciate it’s scale. Your tour directors and Scenic team will leave you in awe as you enter a private magical gala themed
dinner at Prasat Kravan, a small 10th-century temple consisting of five reddish brick towers on a common terrace. Including free flow drinks and a show featuring Apsara dancers in front of the candle lit temple ruins, this evening
brings a most incredible end to what is a remarkable trip.

Day 15 Tue, 01 Oct 2024 Siem Reap (B)
It is time to bid farewell to your fellow travellers and Scenic team as you get ready to depart Cambodia for your homeland or extended travels. Transfer to the airport and leave with a full camera and stunning memories to treasure. 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. Hotels are indicative and are subject to change.

Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions apply: All prices are quoted in Australian dollars, based on per person double occupancy unless stated otherwise, and inclusive of all taxes and discounts. All prices & itineraries are current as at 08 July 2024 & subject to change without notice. Prices are subject to change due to availability, currency fluctuations, fuel price, and tax increases. Price includes any stated bonus nights, upgrades & package savings, if applicable. All passports, visas, travel permits, and vaccinations are the responsibility of the travelling passenger to secure prior to travel. Airfares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice, based in economy class from SYD and are subject to the carriers' flight schedules and conditions. Please call us for prices from other airports. Travel packages advertised may include multiple products provided by several suppliers to provide a travel itinerary. Each component of the package will be treated independent of each other, and the specific terms & conditions of each product supplier will apply. Hotels may charge resort fees, or a security bond not included or mentioned in this package, payable direct upon check-in.Cruise stateroom based on C category Deluxe Suite. Package included all port charges and taxes. *Free hotel room upgrade when book Grand Deluxe Suite in Ho Chi Minh City or Siem Reap are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time by Scenic.

Jewels of the Mekong

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