Scenic Freechoice

It’s more than just interesting included excursions in South East Asia. It’s days exploring to your tastes and pace.

Scenic Freechoice activities allow you to pursue what interests you most, at a pace that suits you.
The handpicked, varied and fascinating shore excursion options allow you to personalise your pursuits. You could opt for a hands-on cooking experience one day, and a vibrant cultural encounter the next. With Scenic Freechoice, the options are as diverse as they are delightful. The best part is, they're included in the price you pay upfront.

To help you plan your outings, our list of Scenic Freechoice activities is divided into Active, Moderate and Relaxed, so you can choose those which best suit your requirements and interests.

Active – A longer or more demanding journey for those keen to explore further afield.
Moderate – A comfortable pace to explore a beautiful city on a walking tour.
Relaxed – A slower pace taking in a museum or sightseeing tour.

Scenic Freechoice Activities

Each day will be filled with immersive, personalised encounters with the local people and their customs. Our group sizes are limited to an average of just 20 guests per onshore excursion, for an intimate experience.

Vietnam

Hanoi

History Museum and Hoa Lu Prison
Discover the stories of the Vietnamese history in Hanoi – a city that wears its history on its streets. Relaxed Pace.
Vietnamese Cooking Class
Visit local markets before learning the art of cooking Vietnamese cuisine. Relaxed Pace.
Hanoi Highlights (pictured)
Explore city highlights such as Ho Chi Minh’s Quarter and Mausoleum, Presidential Palace, and Hanoi’s first university, the Temple of Literature. Moderate Pace.

Hoi An

Temple Ruins of My Son
Tour the World Heritage-listed Site of My Son, a set of ruins from the ancient Cham Empire. Moderate Pace.
Red Bridge Cooking Class (pictured)
Visit a local market, then cruise along the Thu Bon River to your cooking school. Relaxed Pace.
Farm Cycle
Cycle along shady lanes to a nearby village and join the farmers in their vegetable gardens. Active Pace.

Cai Be

Colonial Tea and Cultural Demonstration (pictured)
Visit the charming and restored French colonial Le Longanier house for refreshments in an idyllic garden setting, whilst enjoying a cultural demonstration of the Mekong Delta. Relaxed Pace.
Local Industries in Cai Be
Cruise by sampan to visit a colonial French or traditional Vietnamese house and learn about local cottage industries. Moderate Pace.
Scenic Spirit activity
Relax during your special Scenic Freechoice activity on board Scenic Spirit. Relaxed Pace.

Tan Chau

River Life (Chau Doc)
Cruise down canals to discover Tay An temple, Sam Mountain, Indian and Islamic style architecture, fish farms and life along the waterfront of Chau Doc. Moderate Pace. Active Pace.
Bird Sanctuary (Chau Doc) (pictured)
Explore Tra Su Bird Sanctuary, home to a rich array of wildlife and birds.
Evergreen Island (Tan Chau)
Walk through farms and meet the locals on Evergreen Island, then ride on a xe loi to a local silk factory. Moderate Pace.

Cambodia

Phnom Penh

Killing Fields (pictured)
Visit the Killing Fields and tour the school used as a prison by the Khmer Rouge. Relaxed Pace.
Markets and Colonial Phnom Penh
Explore Phnom Penh’s colonial buildings as well as its modern architecture by tuk tuk, and shop at the Central Market. Relaxed Pace.
Cooking Class
Take a guided tour of the local market before joining a hands-on cooking class. Relaxed Pace.

Siem Reap

Temple and Mines
Explore the 12th-century Banteay Srei Temples and visit the Landmine Museum. Moderate Pace.
Artisans D’Angkor Handicrafts
Providing skills and training for disadvantaged rural people, Artisans D’Angkor showcases Cambodia’s handicrafts, including lacquerware, silk fabrics and fine sculptures. Moderate Pace.
Tonle Sap Lake Cruise (pictured)
Cruise on the UNESCO biosphere reserve, Tonle Sap Lake and discover the way of life of a floating village (green season only). Moderate Pace.
Tethered Balloon
Take a tethered balloon ride for aerial views over Angkor Wat (weather dependent), then visit a local Cambodian handicraft factory. Active Pace.
Market Shopping Tour
Take a tuk tuk ride to Phnom Pros colourful markets, offering everything from fresh produce, to handicrafts and mementos from your stay. Moderate Pace.

Kampong Cham

Local Folklore (pictured)
Learn about the history and folklore of the area with a visit to Phnom Pros (Man Hill) and Wat Nokor, an 11th-century temple with a modern pagoda built within. Moderate Pace.
Kho Pen Village NEW
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 to the harsh and simple rural lifestyle of farmers in Cambodia. Moderate Pace.
Local Industries
Visit a rubber plantation and factory and stop at a beetle nut village outside of Kampong Cham. Moderate Pace.

Scenic Freechoice Dining

The accent here is on choice. You’ll be delighted by the range of dining options available to you, from local South East Asian street food to formal dining and cuisines from around the world. 

Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City

Vespa Foodie tour of Saigon After Dark (pictured)
A foodie night out on the back of a vintage Vespa. Sample some of Saigon’s best authentic street food. Includes free flow drinks and all you can eat.
Ly Club
Home-cooked authentic Vietnamese and Asian fusion cuisine, set in a French colonial building.
Di Mai Restaurant
Combining modern design and traditional Vietnamese style, this restaurant specialises in Saigon street food and regional cuisine.
buffet NINETEEN NEW
Dine at buffet NINETEEN located at Caravelle Saigon, one of the city’s most popular seafood buffet and five star dining experiences. Included is free flow house wine, cocktails and beers.
Basilico at Intercontinental Saigon
This trattoria-style restaurant offers traditional antipasti, pizza, pasta and desserts served up in Roman-sized portions.

Hanoi

Vespa Foodie tour of Hanoi After Dark
Ride pillion on the back of a vintage Vespa as you explore Hanoi’s authentic local street food scene after dark. Sample local delicacies across several food venues.
La Terrace at Sofitel Legend Metropole (pictured)
Inspired by Parisian cafés, enjoy a taste of France right in the heart of Hanoi’s bustling street life.
Home Moc NEW
Housed in a restored classic French Villa, this restaurant specialises in the rich and varied palate of Vietnamese cuisine, with a special focus on seafood dishes.

Hoi An

Morning Glory Signature Restaurant
Dine on Vietnamese street food-style dishes made from fresh ingredients at this modern restaurant, opposite the night markets.
Hoi An Café NEW
Located on the waterfront overlooking the boardwalk and oldest part of the town, this restaurant specialising in local Vietnamese is located a short walking distance to the night market.
Brother’s Café
Located in the heart of the ancient town, this charming restaurant in a riverside setting serves Asian and Western cuisine.

Our guests' stories

"While visiting one of many beautiful temples in Siem Reap, a shy boy peeked out to watch us." 

Robert L. - Scenic Guest, United States

"A unique opportunity to experience bygone Cambodian transport, en route to Wat Tralach from the Mekong River." 

Michelle B. - Scenic Guest, United Kingdom

"Beautiful Hoi An, Vietnam" 

Kathleen D. - Scenic Guest, United States
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