Call Scenic 138 128

Indochina Explorer & Luxury Mekong

Expore lovely Vietnam and also explore the hidden treasures of Laos and Cambodia over 22 days an unforgettable cruise on board the luxurious Scenic Spirit.

22 Day
From (AUD)
$ 13,480
  • 2017 Hanoi > Ho Chi Minh City

    The true spirit of South East Asia

    Dip in and out of lovely Vietnam and also explore the hidden treasures of Laos and Cambodia. The gift that is South East Asia is yours for the taking.

    Vertiginous limestone islets and karsts provide an incomparable backdrop to Halong Bay. Sink into the luxury of two nights exploring the subtleties and sensations of this incredible place. Venture into the unspoilt and verdant country of Laos, where there are few moments you’ll value more than the opportunity to take part in a traditional morning alms ceremony along the streets of Luang Prabang. The streets of Laos’ spiritual home turn saffron with the robes of hundreds of Buddhist monks participating in this sacred ceremony. Once in Cambodia you’ll marvel at the ingenuity of the great lake Tonle Sap’s floating villages one day, the incredible Khmer structures at Angkor Wat the next. Your spirit will soar.

    Tour Code:

    VIEX

    Duration:

    22 Days

    Departure City:

    Hanoi

    Return City:

    Ho Chi Minh City

  • 22 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Hanoi
      Highlights:
      Welcome reception

      Welcome to vibrant Vietnam. Settle into a two night Special Stay in Hanoi. Please book flights to arrive prior to 4pm.

      Meals included: Dinner

    • Day 2 - Hanoi
      Highlights:
      Freechoice, Enrich - Water puppets
      Freechoice

      Visit the History Museum and Hoa Lo Prison, or buy ingredients for a cooking class. Alternatively visit Ho Chi Minh Quarter and the Temple of Literature.

      Discover the Old Quarter back streets on your cyclo ride.

      Enrich

      After attending Hanoi’s famous water puppets show, learn the secrets behind this illusionary piece of theatre thanks to your special backstage pass.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 3 - Hanoi > Halong Bay Cruise
      Highlights:
      Au Co Cruise

      Board the elegant Au Co for an awe-inspiring special two night cruise through the picturesque waters of Halong Bay. Tonight enjoy a cultural demonstration of Vietnam customs.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 4 - Halong Bay Cruise
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Wine tasting

      This morning awake with a Tai Chi lesson. Later, visit Cat Ba Island before cruising deeper into the National Park.

      Enrich

      Enjoy an exclusive wine tasting on board your cruise.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 5 - Halong Bay Cruise > Hanoi
      Highlights:
      Freechoice Dining

      Return to Hanoi for an overnight stay.

      FreechoiceDining

      Tonight choose to dine at KOTO on Van Mieu, or La Terrace at Sofitel. Alternatively, sample Ly Club.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 6 - Hanoi – Vientiane

      Fly to Vientiane and enjoy your overnight stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 7 - Vientiane – Luang Prabang

      Explore the capital of Laos including the gold covered temple, Wat Sisaket Monastery and Haw Phra Kaew which once housed the Emerald Buddha.
      Fly to Luang Prabang for a three night special stay at your colonial-style hotel.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Luang Prabang

      Participate in morning alms by donating food to the local monks. Visit the former Royal Palace, Wat Xieng Thong and Wat Mai before cruising to Pak Ou caves.
      Tonight bargain at the night markets.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 9 - Luang Prabang
      Freechoice

      Journey to Kuang Si Waterfalls or discover different methods of weaving and dyeing textiles. Or set off on a ride to discover Luang Prabang.

      Enrich

      Immerse yourself in local spirituality during a traditional Baci ceremony, where you will pay respects to ancient animist traditions.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 10 - Luang Prabang – Siem Reap
      Highlights:
      Discover Siem Reap

      Fly to Siem Reap. Arrive at your hotel, your stylish home for a three night Special Stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 11 - Siem Reap
      Highlights:
      Temple Discovery, Enrich - Phare Circus

      Begin the day with a visit to the colossal Angkor Wat, before exploring at Angkor Thom and the multi-faced Bayon Temple. See the Elephant Terrace before enjoying your refreshing Khmer lunch. Later visit the atmospheric Ta Prohm Temple as seen in the film Tomb Raider.

      Enrich

      Take your premium seat at the colourful Cambodian Circus, Phare.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 12 - Siem Reap
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Sunrise Angkor Wat, Apsara Temple dinner
      Enrich

      Marvel at sunrise over the magnificent Angkor Wat before moving to a special location for a champagne breakfast with food prepared by a local NGO supported bakery school.

      Freechoice

      Discover the temple of Banteay Srei and Landmine Museum or explore Beng Mealea temples and the Artisans D’Angkor Handicraft Centre. Alternatively, cruise on Tonle Sap or ride a tethered balloon before visiting a Pouk Silk Farm and Preah Khan Temple. For the more adventurous enjoy a vintage Vespa ride.

      Enrich

      Tonight be wowed by a magical themed gala dinner at an Angkor temple, with included drinks and a show featuring Apsara dancers in front of candle lit temple ruins.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 13 - Siem Reap > Mekong Cruise
      Highlights:
      Khmer bridge; welcome reception

      Drive to Kampong Cham where Scenic Spirit awaits, with stops at the Khmer bridge, Kampong Thom and a stone cutters village.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 14 - Wat Hanchey > Kampong Cham
      Highlights:
      Freechoice

      Awake as you approach Wat Hanchey, an ancient hilltop pagoda and monastery to meet the resident novice monks. Walk to the top and soak in some of the best elevated views of the cruise before sailing downstream to Kampong Cham.

      Freechoice

      Learn about the history of the area with a visit to Phnom Pros (Man Hill) and then Wat Nokor. Alternatively explore the ecotourism village of Cheung Kok or spend your time wandering through the township of Kampong Cham.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 15 - Kampong Tralach > Oudong > Kho Chen
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Monk blessing

      Cruise up the Tonle Sap River to Kampong Tralach, experience an ox cart ride from the ship through a local village and fields to Wat Kampong Tralach. Board your coach to the ancient capital of Oudong to visit the impressive pagoda and monastery to observe the lifestyle of the resident monks and nuns.

      Enrich

      Receive a blessing in the pagoda from a monk and learn how to pray in a Buddhist pagoda before giving a donation which contributes to the daily meal of the resident nuns and monks.

      Drive a short distance to Prek K’dam to re-board Scenic Spirit. Later sail downstream to wander through the silversmith village of Kho Chen before continuing your cruise to Phnom Penh.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 16 - Phnom Penh
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Raffles Experience and High Tea
      Freechoice

      Journey to the Killing Fields and tour Tuol Sleng, or tour the local food market before joining a hands on Khmer cooking demonstration. Alternatively, by Tuk Tuk explore Phnom Penh’s colonial buildings, the Central Market as well as its modern architecture.

      Enrich

      Arrive by tuk tuk and enjoy a guided tour of the historic Raffles, Hotel Le Royal, followed by an indulgent high tea prepared in front of you by the hotel’s chefs, all whilst sipping on your cocktail named in honour of Jacqueline Kennedy.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 17 - Phnom Penh > Tan Chau
      Highlights:
      Border crossing

      Visit the National Museum and Royal Palace before setting sail for the Cambodian and Vietnamese border. Relax during your afternoon of cruising as you cross the border into Vietnam. Celebrate arriving in Vietnam with your themed evening dinner.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 18 - Tan Chau
      Highlights:
      Freechoice
      Freechoice

      Visit Evergreen Island and enjoy a ride in a Xe Loi to the local Cao Dai Temple. Alternatively explore Chau Doc city or visit Tra Su Bird Sanctuary.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 19 - Sa Dec > Cai Be
      Highlights:
      Sa Dec Markets, Freechoice

      Immerse yourself in the historic town of Sa Dec and explore the lively market. Stop for a green tea at the home of Mr Huynh Thuy Le who inspired Marguerite Duras’ novel L’Amant.

      Freechoice

      Board a sampan to visit Cai Be before stopping at local cottage industries and a traditional house. Alternatively savour afternoon tea at the French colonial Le Longanier House. Or choose an on board Freechoice activity.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 20 - Mekong Cruise > Ho Chi Minh City
      Highlights:
      Freechoice Dining

      Drive to Ho Chi Minh City and enjoy an orientation tour of your hotel in Saigon, your Special Stay for the next two nights.

      FreechoiceDining

      Enjoy a Vespa foodie tour of Saigon by night or dine in the surroundings of an old French colonial house. Alternatively try Restaurant Nineteen or Square One or similar.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 21 - Ho Chi Minh City
      Highlights:
      Cu Chi Tunnels

      Travel along the Saigon River to the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn about the underground labyrinth of war-time passageways. After lunch discover all about Vietnam’s more modern history through a visit to the Reunification Palace and War Museum.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 22 - Ho Chi Minh City
      Highlights:
      Farewell

      Depart with many cherished memories.

      Meals included: Breakfast