A Day on the Mekong River


With a maximum of 68 guests and an abundance of public spaces, the 5-star Scenic Spirit represents a stylish connection between South East Asian traditions and modern innovation. On board you will find a luxurious sanctuary in which to relax between explorations. You can expect impeccable service, inviting hospitality, world-class dining and a truly all-inclusive river cruise tailored to your every whim.
If you’ve ever wondered how your day would be spent during a Scenic river cruise, here’s an example of how a typical day during the seven-night or nine-night Mekong River cruise might unfold. We’ve also provided some suggestions to help you make the most of your time on board Scenic Spirit.  

Seven-Night River Cruise

From sightseeing in vibrant towns to enjoying the surrounds of the 5-star Scenic Spirit, there’s so many things to experience during your seven-night Scenic Mekong river cruise. Here’s an example of a typical day during the seven-night cruise. 

Early risers 

You may wake in a new location with refreshed views of the Mekong from your Scenic Sun Lounge. Pre-order your morning coffee, tea or juice the previous evening and your Butler will deliver it to your suite at your desired morning time. Watch the sun rise from your suite or make your way up to the Sun Deck for a guided morning yoga class. Enjoy a light breakfast at the River Café from 6:30am.

The joy of rising early on the Mekong means you will be able to see the river come to life as the fishermen head out and boats head to the morning markets.   

Morning 

From 7:00am, choose from the extensive breakfast options or dine à la carte in the Crystal Dining Room. Toast the day ahead with a glass of Champagne or freshly squeezed delights of the juice bar. If time permits, enjoy a morning workout in the gym, unwind in the steam sauna or go for a walk on the Sun Deck. It’s a good time to book any wellness or beauty treatments^ as they are very popular on the seven-night cruises. 

Morning exploration

After breakfast, it’s time to depart for your chosen Scenic Freechoice activity, which may include a sampan ride to a local market, a guided walking tour of a World Heritage-listed site or any number of immersive encounters in a small village, interacting with locals and learning more about their culture and way of life. Some Scenic Enrich experiences are also hosted in the mornings, such as the spiritually moving blessing with a monk with alms-giving. 

Late morning

Depending on the duration of your morning excursion, there may be additional time for independent exploration of the local sites or souvenir shopping. Return to Scenic Spirit and freshen up with a quick swim in the vitality pool with a cool beverage from the adjacent bar. 

Lunch

Enjoy an à la carte lunch in the Crystal Dining Room with different culinary themes throughout your cruise. Have a glass of your choice of premium international beverages with your meal. After lunch, soak up the ambiance of the cruising experience, gliding along the Mekong to your next location or take advantage of your complimentary on board self-service laundry facilities.  

Afternoon

Depending on your location on the Mekong, there will either be included touring or more immersive and interesting Scenic Freechoice activities onshore for you to partake in. Return to the ship in time to prepare for tonight’s briefing and dinner, perhaps enjoying an aperitif in your suite.  

Dinner

Have a pre-dinner drink with new friends in the Spirit Lounge. Your Cruise and Tour Directors will brief you on all the adventures that await you the next day. Dinner is hosted in the Crystal Dining Room where you can enjoy a five course à la carte banquet.
 
During the cruise, Diamond Deck guests will receive an invitation to dine at the Chef’s Table one evening.  When you feel like some privacy and a quiet night, you can always order from the room service menu and enjoy in-suite dining, presented with the help of your Butler.  

Evening

On some evenings, enjoy Scenic Enrich experiences such as a city lights tour of Phnom Penh in Cambodia, with an exclusive distillery visit. On other evenings, Scenic Spirit will be cruising late into the night following afternoon touring to arrive at the next location around midnight. Enjoy your on board entertainment.   

Nine-Night River Cruise

If you wish to enjoy an even more leisurely, meandering and slower-paced cruise, then a nine-night cruise along the Mekong is the option for you. Scenic is the only operator on the Mekong offering this longer duration cruise. While the locations you explore onshore are generally the same as the seven-night cruise, you see more of the passing landscape as Scenic Spirit moves in the afternoon, more time to absorb the essence of Vietnam and Cambodia, and importantly, additional time to relax on board. Scenic Spirit is more than a standard river vessel, it’s a custom-built luxury sanctuary, designed to offer maximum space and comfort.  

Early risers

Pre-order coffee, tea or juice the evening prior and your Butler will deliver it to your Suite at your preferred time. Watch the sun rise from your suite or the Sun Deck with morning yoga. The joy of rising early means you will witness the full cycle of river life in one location, having seen the dusk activities the evening before.

During a light breakfast at the River Café from 6:30am, watch as life on the river stirs and activities involving boats, people and wildlife come to life.  

Morning

From 7:00am you can choose from the extensive breakfast options or dine à la carte in the Crystal Dining Room. You may even like to toast the day ahead with a glass of Champagne or the freshly squeezed and nutritious juices from the fresh fruit juice bar. It’s also a good time to book in a massage, reflexology or hair treatment^ appointment for an afternoon session later in the cruise. 

Morning exploration 

After breakfast, it’s time to depart for your chosen Scenic Freechoice activity, which may include a sampan ride to a local market, a guided walking tour of an historic site or another immersive encounter in a village meeting and interacting with locals to learn more about their culture. Some Scenic Enrich experiences are also held in the morning such as the spiritually moving monk blessing and alms-giving.

Late morning

Depending on the duration of your morning excursions, there may be time for independent exploration of the local sites or souvenir shopping. Return to Scenic Spirit and freshen up with a swim in the vitality pool with a cool beverage from the adjacent bar. 

Lunch

Enjoy an à la carte lunch in the Crystal Dining Room with different themes throughout your cruise. Have a glass of wine with your meal as Scenic Spirit moves to the next location along the Mekong. After lunch, you may wish to head to the wellness area on Gem Deck for a workout in the well-equipped gym or unwind in the steam sauna. It’s also a good time to book in a massage, reflexology or hair treatment^ as these are very popular.   

^At additional cost. 

Afternoon

A lazy afternoon of cruising is a highlight of the nine-night itinerary. Enjoy afternoon tea in the River Café or head to the Spirit Lounge. This is an ideal time to observe the activity on the river, enjoy afternoon tea in the River Café, take a dip in the Vitality Pool or enjoy the included international beverages in the Spirit Lounge. Usually around dusk, Scenic Spirit will arrive in port, and you will be able observe life on the river winding down for the day – this is unique to the nine-night cruising itinerary. 

Dinner

Have a pre-dinner drink with new friends in the Spirit Lounge. Your Cruise and Tour Directors will brief you on what adventure await you the next day.  Dinner is in the Crystal Dining Room where you can enjoy a five course à la carte banquet.

During the cruise, Diamond Deck guests will receive an invitation to dine at the Chef’s Table one evening. When you feel like some privacy and a quiet night, you can always order from the room service menu and enjoy in-suite dining, presented with the help of your butler.

Evening

When at anchor, you will be able to enjoy evenings at leisure or partake in the on board entertainment. Some evenings, when in port, you will enjoy Scenic Enrich experiences such as a Phnom Penh by City Lights tour with a distillery visit for an exclusive tour and tasting behind closed doors. There is also the 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. 
Regardless of your preferred pace while travelling along the Mekong River, with either itinerary you can leave your wallet somewhere safe and relax, knowing that everything is taken care of. With Scenic, it’s more than a standard river-cruise, it’s a 5-star, truly all-inclusive experience in a class of its own.  
 
Beyond the luxury of Scenic Spirit on the Mekong, there are more unforgettable places to explore in South East Asia with Scenic. The transition from ship to shore is seamless, with stays in luxurious accommodation, accompanied by your Scenic Tour Director and expert local guides. 

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