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Treasures of the Mekong & Mystical Myanmar

Be inspired and fascinated as you unearth untold treasures along the Mekong and Irrawaddy rivers. Enjoy 30 days of inspiring landscapes and traditions.

30 Day
From (AUD)
$ 20,250
  • 2017 Siem Reap > Yangon

    Tour Code:

    VIMY

    Duration:

    30 Days

    Departure City:

    Siem Reap

    Return City:

    Yangon

    Two rivers, one lifetime

    Undertake one of the most inspiring trips of your life. A captivating mix combining the vitality of the Mekong and the mysticism of the Irrawaddy that will entrance and delight for years to come.

    Featuring the very best elements of South East Asia with the ultimate in luxury all-inclusive river cruising, you begin in Cambodia, taking in the wonders of Angkor Wat before moving into sparkling Vietnam, along the mighty Mekong. From vibrant Ho Chi Minh City you’ll fly to Yangon to explore mystical Myanmar. As you journey along the spectacular Irrawaddy, jaw-dropping doesn’t even begin to cover it.

  • 30 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Siem Reap
      Highlights:
      Welcome dinner

      Arrive at your hotel in Siem Reap, your stylish home for a three night Special Stay. Tonight meet your Scenic Tour Director and fellow travelling companions at your welcome briefing and dinner.

      Meals included: Dinner

    • Day 2 - 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 3 - 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 4 - Siem Reap > Mekong Cruise
      Highlights:
      Angkor Bridge; Welcome reception

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

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 5 - 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 6 - 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 7 - 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 8 - 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 9 - 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 10 - 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 11 - Mekong Cruise > Ho Chi Minh City
      Highlights:
      Discover Ho Chi Minh City

      Drive to Ho Chi Minh City and enjoy an orientation tour around the sights near your Special Stay hotel for the next two nights. Spend the remainder of the afternoon at leisure or visit Ben Thanh market to indulge in some shopping.

      Freechoice Dining

      Enjoy a vintage Vespa foodie tour of Saigon by night or enjoy a meal in the surroundings of an old French colonial house. Alternatively stay close to your hotel and enjoy international dishes at Restaurant Nineteen or Square One.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 12 - 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 13 - Ho Chi Minh City > Yangon
      Highlights:
      Discover Yangon

      Say farewell to Vietnam and fly to Myanmar’s largest city, Yangon for a two night Special Stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 14 - Yangon
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Lamp lighting Shwedagon Pagoda
      Freechoice

      Hunt for gifts and handicrafts at Bogyoke Aung San Market. Alternatively, embark on a guided tour of Yangon’s thriving art scene, or ride a ferry across the Yangon River to Dhala village.

      Enrich

      As the sun begins to set, wander around Shwedagon Pagoda and learn about the ritual of ‘oil lamp lighting’ before partaking in this local tradition.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 15 - Yangon > Pyay (Prome) > Irrawaddy Cruise
      Highlights:
      Htaukkyant Allied War Cemetery

      On your drive to Pyay, pay your respect at Htaukkyant Allied War Cemetery. On arrival, board the luxurious Scenic Aura and relax at a welcome cocktail reception.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 16 - Pyay (Prome) > Sri Ksetra
      Highlights:
      Discover Sri Ksetra

      Start with a visit to Shwesandaw Pagoda before heading to Sri Ksetra, the ancient Pyu Kingdom’s capital and also Myanmar’s first World Heritage-listed Site. Later commence your cruise north into the heart of Myanmar.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 17 - Thayetmyo
      Highlights:
      Colonial architecture

      A morning of exploration awaits in Thayetmyo. Try your hand at putting on the oldest golf course in Myanmar, admire the region’s old colonial buildings and explore the gems at the local market before returning to the ship to continue to Magwe.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 18 - Magwe
      Highlights:
      Trishaw ride

      In Magwe, explore the town by traditional trishaw, similar to a side car. Visit Mya Tha Lun Pagoda, a mesmerising architectural vision set on Naguttama Hill. Enjoy the remainder of the day cruising to Salay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 19 - Salay > Bagan:
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Colonial experience

      On your morning walking tour of Salay admire a beautiful teak monastery and look inside the largest lacquer Buddha in Myanmar.

      Enrich

      Soak up the ambience of the river and the colonial feel of the town whilst enjoying traditional Burmese tea and snacks in a restored colonial villa dating from 1906.

      After arriving in Bagan visit the most iconic sight of this hypnotic region, the Ananda Temple before travelling by horse cart through a local village and the surrounding temple ruins.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 20 - Bagan
      Highlights:
      Freechoice, Sundowners at Clay Pot Mountain

      Optional Hot Air Balloon Flight - Take a hot air balloon flight over the majestic temples of Bagan. Must be purchased prior to your cruise. (Plese note: available only from late-October to mid-March; all flights weather permitting).

      Freechoice

      Venture to Mount Popa, home to Myanmar’s nats or nature spirits, before heading to a Toddy Farm where a traditional lunch awaits. Alternatively, explore the markets at Nyaung U before discovering the Temple Circuit, or enjoy a visit to Old Bagan.

      Afterwards, learn all about the production of Burmese lacquerware.

      Sundowners

      Travel to Clay Pot ‘mountain’ and indulge in a relaxing drink while soaking up magical views at sunset over the Bagan plain.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 21 - Bagan > Schwe Pyi Thar
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Morning alms and traditional breakfast
      Enrich

      Rise early to attend morning alms for the local monks before being invited to eat mohinga, a traditional breakfast with the local people.

      Leaving Bagan, stop off at the traditional riverside village of Schwe Pyi Thar.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 22 - Yandabo
      Highlights:
      Pottery village

      Sail to Yandabo where in 1826, the peace treaty ending the First Anglo-Burmese war was signed. Now famous for its pottery, stroll through the village and witness the craftsmen honing their craft and observe their unusual way of firing the pottery.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 23 - Sagaing > Inwa (Ava)
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Monastic school and nunnery visit

      In the ancient capitals of Sagaing and Inwa, spiritual enlightenment awaits.

      Enrich

      In Sagaing interact with novice monks and nuns during a special visit to a monastic supported school before continuing to a quiet nunnery where you will partake in our donation to the resident nuns before their midday meal.

      Later by horse and cart, explore Inwa, for more than 400 years the capital of the Ava Kingdom. Visit a 200-year-old teak monastery, the leaning Inwa Tower and remains of Inwa Fort.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 24 - Mingun > Mandalay > Amarapura
      Highlights:
      Sundowners at U-Bein Bridge

      Cruise to Mingun to discover the stories behind a massive unfinished brick pagoda. Admire the famous un-cracked Mingun Bell and the all-white Hsinbyume Pagoda. Sail to Mandalay to visit Amarapura.

      Sundowners

      Enjoy an evening drink in boats under U-Bein Bridge, the world’s longest teak bridge, to capture that memorable photo of the bridge at sunset.

      Later, enjoy your last dinner on board.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 25 - Irrawaddy Cruise > Mandalay
      Highlights:
      Enrich: Gold leaf workshop

      After disembarkation, marvel at Shwenandaw, a beautiful wooden monastery covered internally in gold leaf. Equally as impressive are the sights at Kuthodaw Pagoda, where the ‘World’s Largest Book’ is housed. Later walk through the rebuilt Mandalay Palace, destroyed during World War II.

      Enrich

      A specialist industry to the area, learn how to produce gold leaf at a local workshop. At Mahamuni Pagoda, male guests will be able to place the gold leaf on the iconic Buddha statue.

      Later as the sun sets, head to Mandalay Hill to enjoy the magnificent views before a night at Mandalay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 26 - Mandalay > Inle Lake
      Highlights:
      Red Mountain Estate Vineyard

      Fly to Heho and stop at Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery, before continuing to Nyaung Shwe. Glide across the waters of Inle Lake in private long tail boats towards your three night Special Stay. This afternoon relax at Red Mountain Estate Vineyards for some local wine tasting.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 27 - Inle Lake:
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Home cooked Intha meal

      Cruise to Inle Lake’s floating market, which moves location every five days. Then, visit Phuang Daw Oo Pagoda, one of the region’s holiest sites.

      Enrich

      Learn about traditional cooking with a visit to a local Intha family home for lunch and a hands-on cooking demonstration.

      Later visit the Pa-Oh village of Indein.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 28 - Inle Lake
      Highlights:
      Freechoice, Sundowners overlooking Inle Lake
      Freechoice

      Visit Pindaya Caves and try cooking local cuisine, or travel deep into the Shan Hills to the hidden ‘forest of temples’ at Kakku. Alternatively, take a local village trek close by.

      Sundowners

      Enjoy some evening drinks, the perfect opportunity to share today’s tales of exploration whilst overlooking the stunning lake.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 29 - Inle Lake > Yangon
      Highlights:
      Yangon city tour

      Fly to Yangon for one last Special Stay. Undertake a walking tour through Yangon's cobbled streets. Later, view the enchanting Kandawgyi Lake and visit Chaukhtatgyi Paya, Yangon’s reclining Buddha. Tonight savour your farewell dinner.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 30 - Yangon
      Highlights:
      Farewell

      Say farewell to Myanmar.

      Meals included: Breakfast