Seasonality Guide to a Mekong River cruise


The Mekong is more than a water-highway; it’s a unique pathway made by nature.  

A Mekong river cruise on board 5-star Scenic Spirit offers a luxurious floating window into a diverse region that is captivating year-round. Meander along the lifeblood of South East Asia that winds some 4,500km through Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, one of the longest rivers in the world. Witness ancient monuments, experience centuries’ old traditions, visit small fishing and farming villages, and devour exceptionally fresh and flavoursome local cuisine.   

With Scenic, you’ll find it’s more than seeing the iconic attractions. It’s the option to personalise your journey according to your tastes and at a pace that suits you – so that you can simply relax, knowing everything is taken care of.  


When to visit 

Each season in this region presents its own bountiful gifts. The tropical climate of Cambodia and South Vietnam means temperatures are warm year-round, which makes river cruising on Scenic Spirit comfortable and appealing. There are also many options for a cooling spot to unwind on this luxury small ship after a day of exploration onshore, including an on board pool. While Scenic Spirit makes its way down the river, you’ll also go onshore to experience the vibrancy of historic and bustling cities such as Ho Chi Minh and Phnom Penh.  

With Scenic, it’s more than discovering the cities – it's Vespa tours through the beating heart of local, night food markets.  

November to April

This is a popular time for river cruising on the Mekong. The weather is milder, the humidity is lower and temperatures cooler (however, they are still generally above 30 degrees Celsius). Water levels are usually lower, but this is generally only a concern around Tonle Sap in Cambodia meaning stilt villages may not have deep water around them. 

Scenic offers 7-night cruises on the Mekong from November to April.  

May to October 

These are the wetter and warmer months when the countryside transforms into a lush green wonderland (hence it is commonly known as the ‘green season’). The landscape is at its most vibrant and fresh from the intermittent monsoons with fields of green rice fields. 
 
 Water levels are higher and there are generally fewer travellers at this time of year. Rainfall is marked by short, intense afternoon showers that last less than an hour. In between these showers, the sun comes out allowing for regular touring opportunities. Once back on board, the blissfully cool Scenic Spirit is your sanctuary to relax and rest.  
 
Scenic offers 7 and 9-night river cruises on the Mekong from May to October.
No matter which season you choose to cruise on the Mekong River, Scenic Spirit will be your 5-star floating oasis from which to base yourself. 

Choose Your Scenic Journey 

With Scenic you’ll find it’s more than just cruising. It’s an immersive journey through the wonders of South East Asia. The heart of your journey is a truly all-inclusive luxury river cruise on Scenic Spirit which seamlessly couples with luxury land journeys through the treasures of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. 

Scenic Spirit 

Your home away from home on the Mekong River for 7 or 9 nights will be Scenic Spirit – a luxurious sanctuary and the ultimate river cruising experience in South East Asia. Catering for just 68 guests, Scenic Spirit features world-class facilities that would not be out of place in a boutique luxury hotel. From the Sun Deck, complete with resort-style pool, to the rejuvenating spa and wellness centre, gym and beauty salon, every conceivable need has been catered for. 

River Cruising & Land Journeys 

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. 

Which Scenic journey is perfect for you? 

Ho Chi Minh City > Siem Reap: 7 & 9 night River Cruises - Land Journey Combinations

 

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LUXURY LAND JOURNEYS - OVERNIGHT STAYS

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Siem Reap

Ho Chi Minh City

Hanoi

Halong Bay

Hue

Hoi An

Luang Prabang

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Siem Reap > Ho Chi Minh City: 7 & 9 night River Cruises - Land Journey Combinations


CAMBODIA

 

LUXURY LAND JOURNEYS - OVERNIGHT STAYS

VIETNAM

LAOS

ITINERARY

Siem Reap

Ho Chi Minh City

Hanoi

Halong Bay

Hue

Hoi An

Luang Prabang

3 nights

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 nights

2 nights

 

 

 

 

 

3 nights

2 nights

3 nights

2 nights

 

 

 

3 nights

2 nights

3 nights

2 nights

1 night

3 nights

 


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