Call Scenic 138 128

Journey along the Mekong

Cruise the Mekong on an 18 day journey from Ho Chi Minh City to Luang Prabang on board the lavish Scenic Spirit. Visit Phnom Penh, Siem Reap & Angkor Wat.

18 Day
From (AUD)
$ 10,890
  • 2018/2019 Ho Chi Minh City > Luang Prabang

    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 in Ho Chi Minh City.

      Meals included: Dinner

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

      Travel 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.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 3 - Ho Chi Minh City > Mekong Cruise
      Highlights:
      War Museum, Welcome on board

      Visit to the Reunification Palace and War Museum before travelling 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 Cai Be before stopping at local cottage industries and a French colonial or traditional Vietnamese house. Alternatively savour morning tea at a French colonial house or choose to stay on board for your special Freechoice activity.

      Later, immerse yourself in the historic town of Sa Dec and explore and interact with the sellers in the lively market, then visit the home of Mr Huynh Thuy Le who inspired Marguerite Duras’ novel L’Amant.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 5 - Tan Chau
      Highlights:
      Freechoice
      Freechoice

      Visit the farmers on Evergreen Island and enjoy a ride in a Xe Loi. Alternatively, walk through Chau Doc market, visit a family-operated fish farm and cruise around Chau Doc waterfront or visit Tra Su Bird Sanctuary.

      Tonight enjoy a 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

      Cross the border into Cambodia and sail to the capital city, Phnom Penh.

      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. Choose to retire to the Elephant Bar for happy hour before returning to the ship viewing the floodlit Independence Monument en-route.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 7 - Phnom Penh
      Highlights:
      Freechoice, Royal Palace
      Freechoice

      Journey to the Killing Fields and tour Tuol Sleng, or join a hands-on Khmer cooking demonstration. Alternatively, by Tuk Tuk explore Phnom Penh’s colonial buildings, the Central Market and the city’s modern architecture.

      Later this afternoon marvel at the Royal Palace, with the famous Silver Pagoda within, on your included visit to this must-see attraction.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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

      In Kampong Tralach, experience an ox cart ride 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 from a monk and learn how to pray in a Buddhist pagoda before partaking in a ceremony, which contributes to the daily meal of the resident nuns and monks.

      Later sail down the Tonle River and wander through the silversmith village of Kho Chen before continuing your cruise to Kampong Cham via Phnom Penh.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 9 - Wat Hanchey > Kampong Cham
      Highlights:
      Freechoice

      Walk (or drive) to the top of Wat Hanchey, an ancient hilltop pagoda and monastery to meet the resident novice monks. Sail downstream to Kampong Cham.

      Freechoice

      Learn about the history behind Phnom Pros (Man Hill) and Wat Nokor. Alternatively explore the ecotourism village of Cheung Kok or visit a rubber plantation factory and beetle nut village.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 10 - Mekong Cruise > Siem Reap
      Highlights:
      Khmer bridge, Enrich - Phare Circus

      Discover the rural side of Cambodia on your drive to Siem Reap. After lunch in Siem Reap, arrive at your hotel for a three night Special Stay.

      Enrich

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

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 11 - Siem Reap
      Highlights:
      Angkor Temples Exploration

      Visit the colossal Angkor Wat before stopping at Angkor Thom and the multi-faced Bayon Temple. Later visit the atmospheric Ta Prohm Temple. Take advantage of your free night to visit the night markets.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 12 - Siem Reap
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Sunrise Angkor Wat, Enrich - 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 an NGO supported local 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 (seasonal) or take a tethered balloon ride (weather dependent) above Angkor Wat before visiting a Pouk Silk Farm and Preah Khan Temple.

      Enrich

      Be wowed by a magical themed gala dinner at an Angkor temple, with included free flow 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 travel to the small town of Champasak and your boutique hotel for the next two nights.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 14 - Champasak
      Highlights:
      Freechoice, Wat Phou
      Freechoice

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

      After lunch drive to visit Wat Phou, a spectacular World Heritage-listed Khmer temple complex.

      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 Special Stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 16 - Luang Prabang
      Highlights:
      Monk alms collection

      Partake in morning alms by donating food to the local monks. Later following breakfast, 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. When returning stop at Ban Xang Hay, a village specialising in tradition rice wine before partaking in the sport of Petanque with the locals.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

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

      Journey to the serene Kuang Si Waterfalls or discover different traditional methods of weaving and dyeing textiles. Alternatively set off on a bike ride to discover the backstreets of Luang Prabang.

      Enrich

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

      Watch the sun set from the top of Mount Phousi or shop in the local night market below before heading to your delicious farewell dinner.

      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.

      Meals included: Breakfast

  • Tour inclusions

    All-Inclusive highlights
    • 5-star ship with luxurious one-bedroom balcony suites
    • 6 exclusive Enrich experiences
    • Your choice of 26 Freechoice activities and dining
    • 3 memorable Special Stays
    • 43 meals – 17 breakfasts, 12 lunches and 14 dinners