Call Scenic 138 128

Journey along the Mekong

Cruise the Mekong River and explore the culture and traditions of Vietnam and Cambodia over 22 days. HIghlights include Hanoi, Halong Bay and Angkor Wat.

18 Day
From (AUD)
$ 11,540
  • 2017 Ho Chi Minh City > Luang Prabang

    Where joy comes naturally

    The wonders of Indochina are just waiting for you to discover them during this joyful journey. For those who may have previously dipped their toes into South East Asia, this is a chance to delve just that little bit deeper into the intriguing Mekong River.

    Cruising the Mekong is notched up several levels thanks to our all-inclusive luxury. From the moment you embark to the second you disembark, you’ll want for nothing. Along the way you’ll uncover floating markets, seek out ancient artefacts and visit initiatives changing the lives of street kids forever. An awe-inspiring sunrise over Angkor Wat helps to farewell Cambodia before you say Sai-bai-Dee (hello), to the hidden gem that is Laos. Three nights spent in the spiritual capital of Luang Prabang offers a perfect way to round out your time in this sublime part of the world.

    Tour Code:

    VIML

    Duration:

    18 Days

    Departure City:

    Ho Chi Minh City

    Return City:

    Luang Prabang

  • 18 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Ho Chi Minh City
      Highlights:
      Welcome reception

      Welcome to Vietnam. Relax for the next two nights at your elegant Special Stay hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.  Please book flights to arrive prior to 4pm.

      Meals included: Dinner

    • Day 2 - Ho Chi Minh City:
      Highlights:
      Cu Chi Tunnels, Freechoice Dining

      Travel along the Saigon River to the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn about the underground labyrinth of war-time passageways. After lunch, stop for some bargaining at Ben Thanh Market.

      FreechoiceDining

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

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 3 - Ho Chi Minh City > Mekong Cruise
      Highlights:
      Discover Ho Chi Minh City

      Discover Vietnam’s modern history through a visit to the Reunification Palace and War Museum. Travel by coach to My Tho to board the luxurious Scenic Spirit.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 4 - Cai Be > Sa Dec
      Highlights:
      Freechoice, Sa Dec markets
      Freechoice

      Board a sampan to visit the famous Cai Be floating market before stopping at local cottage industries and French colonial or traditional Vietnamese houses. Alternatively relish a later start before savouring morning tea at the French colonial Le Longanier House featuring local musicians and cultural demonstrations. Or stay on board for your special Freechoice activity.

      Later immerse yourself in the historic town of Sa Dec. From your sampan disembark, explore and interact with the sellers in the lively market and visit the home of Mr Huynh Thuy Le who inspired Marguerite Duras’ novel L’Amant. Spend the remainder of the afternoon cruising to Tan Chau.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 5 - Tan Chau
      Highlights:
      Freechoice
      Freechoice

      Stay in Tan Chau to visit Evergreen Island. Alternatively choose from two options which cruise by speedboat to Chau Doc. Firstly visit a family-operated fish farm before walking through a Cham village or visit Tra Su Bird Sanctuary.

      Tonight is your themed evening dinner to say farewell to Vietnam.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 6 - Tan Chau > Phnom Penh
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Raffles Experience and High Tea
      Freechoice

      Journey to the Killing Fields and tour Tuol Sleng, the former school that was converted to the main prison of the Khmer Rouge, or take a guided tour of 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 before stopping for lunch at a local NGO restaurant which teaches street kids hospitality skills.

      Enrich

      Arrive in style by tuk tuk and immerse yourself in the historically celebrated luxury of Raffles, Hotel Le Royal. Enjoy a guided history tour followed by an indulgent high tea prepared in front of you by the hotel’s chefs, all whilst sipping on your signature cocktail named in honour of Jacqueline Kennedy. Retire to the Elephant Bar before returning to the ship.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 7 - Phnom Penh
      Highlights:
      Freechoice

      Today visit the National Museum and the Royal Palace with the famous Silver Pagoda within.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Oudong > Kampong Tralach > Kho Chen
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Monk blessing

      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.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 9 - 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, an 11th century temple that has a modern pagoda built within. 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 10 - Mekong Cruise > Siem Reap
      Highlights:
      Khmer bridge, Enrich - Phare Circus

      Drive to Siem Reap and check in at your hotel, your stylish three night Special Stay.

      Enrich

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

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 11 - Siem Reap
      Highlights:
      Discover Angkor Temples

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

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 12 - Siem Reap
      Highlights:
      Sunrise Angkor Wat, Aspara 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 Banteay Srei and visit the Landmine Museum or explore Beng Mealea temples and Artisans D’Angkor. Alternatively, cruise on Tonle Sap or take a tethered balloon ride over Angkor Wat 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 > Champasak
      Highlights:
      Discover Champasak

      Fly to Pakse and discover this quaint city before travelling to the small town of Champasak and your boutique hotel for the next two nights.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 14 - Champasak
      Highlights:
      Wat Phou, Freechoice

      Visit Wat Phou, a spectacular World Heritage-listed Khmer temple complex.

      Freechoice

      Visit a local coffee plantation. Alternatively, explore the neighbouring villages by bicycle, or enjoy a traditional Lao or Thai massage.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 15 - Champasak > Luang Prabang
      Highlights:
      Discover Luang Prabang

      Fly to Luang Prabang, the spiritual capital of Laos, for a three night stay at your colonial-style hotel.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 16 - Luang Prabang
      Highlights:
      Monk alms collection

      Partake in morning alms by donating food to the local monks. Later, visit the former Royal Palace, Wat Xieng Thong and Wat Mai before cruising to the mysterious Pak Ou caves to see hundreds of centuries-old sacred Buddha images.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 17 - Luang Prabang
      Highlights:
      Freechoice; Enrich - Baci ceremony
      Freechoice

      Journey to the serene Kuang Si Waterfalls or discover different methods of weaving and dyeing textiles. Alternatively set off on a bike ride to discover why Luang Prabang has become a haven for artists.

      Enrich

      Immerse yourself in local spirituality during a traditional Baci ceremony and pay respects to ancient animist traditions.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 18 - Luang Prabang
      Highlights:
      Farewell

      Say farewell to Laos with many wonderful memories of the people and places you have visited during your Indochina adventure.

      Meals included: Breakfast