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Treasures of the Mekong & Mystical Myanmar

Uncover the beauty, charm and mystery of South East Asia on this 31 day cruise and tour. From Siem Reap to Yangon, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

31 Day
From (AUD)
$ 21,485
  • 2018/2019 Siem Reap > Yangon

    Two rivers, one lifetime

    Undertake one of the most inspiring trips of your life as you combine the vitality of the Mekong and the mysticism of the Irrawaddy to create holiday memories 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 vibrant 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.

    Tour Code:

    VIMY

    Duration:

    31 Days

    Departure City:

    Siem Reap

    Return City:

    Yangon

  • 31 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Siem Reap
      Highlights:
      Welcome dinner

      Arrive at your hotel Siem Reap, your stylish home for a three night Special Stay. Spend the day at leisure until your welcome briefing and dinner.

      Meals included: Dinner

    • Day 2 - Siem Reap
      Highlights:
      Angkor 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 Section A Reserved seat at the colourful Cambodian Circus, Phare.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 3 - 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 the temple of Banteay Srei and visit the Landmine Museum or explore Beng Mealea temples and the Artisans D’Angkor Handicraft Centre. Alternatively, cruise on Tonle Sap (seasonal) to view the floating villages or take a tethered balloon ride (weather dependent) to experience the spectacular aerial view above Angkor Wat.

      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 4 - Siem Reap > Mekong Cruise
      Highlights:
      Angkor Bridge, Welcome reception

      Discover Cambodia’s rural countryside on your drive with stops en-route to Kampong Cham where the luxurious Scenic Spirit awaits.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 5 - 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 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 visiting a rubber plantation factory and beetle nut village.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 6 - Kampong Tralach > Oudong > Kho Chen
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Monk blessing

      Arrive in Kampong Tralach and experience an ox cart ride through a local village and fields. 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 Tonle River and wander through the silversmith village of Kho Chen.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 7 - Phnom Penh
      Highlights:
      Freechoice, Enrich - Raffles Experience and High Tea
      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 and Central Market.

      Enrich

      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 8 - Phnom Penh > Tan Chau
      Highlights:
      Royal Palace, Border crossing

      Marvel at the Royal Palace, with the famous Silver Pagoda within, on your included visit to this must-see attraction. The afternoon is at your leisure to take advantage of the facilities of the most luxurious ship on the Mekong as you set sail for the border. Celebrate arriving in Vietnam with your themed evening dinner.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 9 - Tan Chau
      Highlights:
      Freechoice
      Freechoice

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

      Whilst sailing to Sa Dec take the time to sip a cocktail by the pool or enjoy the solitude on your private balcony.

      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 its lively market. Stop for tea at the home of Mr Huynh Thuy Le who inspired Marguerite Duras’ novel L’Amant.

      Freechoice

      Visit Cai Be before stopping at local cottage industries and a traditional house in the area. Alternatively savour afternoon tea at a French colonial house or choose to stay on board for your special Freechoice activity.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 11 - Mekong Cruise > Ho Chi Minh City
      Highlights:
      Freechoice Dining

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

      FreechoiceDining

      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, War Museum

      Travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn about the underground labyrinth of war-time passageways. Visit the Reunification Palace and War Museum before attending tonight’s farewell dinner.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 13 - Ho Chi Minh City
      Highlights:
      Day at leisure

      Today is a day at leisure as an independent stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 14 - 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 15 - Yangon
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Oil lamp lighting
      Freechoice

      Embark for a ride on the local train around Yangon’s suburbs. Alternatively, be guided on a tour of Yangon’s thriving art scene, or ride a ferry across the Yangon River to Dhala village.

      Visit Chaukhtatgyi Paya, Yangon’s reclining Buddha.

      Enrich

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

      This evening enjoy the included facilities of your executive club access.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 16 - 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 17 - Pyay (Prome) > Sri Ksetra
      Highlights:
      Discover Sri Ksetra

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

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 18 - 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 19 - Magwe
      Highlights:
      Trishaw ride

      In Magwe, explore the town by traditional trishaw, similar to a sidecar. Visit Mya Tha Lun Pagoda, a mesmerising architectural vision set on Naguttama Hill with superb views over the river. Enjoy the remainder of the day cruising to Salay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 20 - Salay > Bagan
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Colonial experience

      On your morning walking tour of Salay admire the 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 local Burmese tea and snacks in a restored colonial villa dating from 1906.

      Relax on the sundeck with a cocktail in hand viewing the many temples and pagodas that line the river as you approach Bagan.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 21 - Bagan
      Highlights:
      Freechoice, Enrich – Traditional activity

      Optional Hot Air Balloon Flight - Between 01 October and 31 March, take a chance to ride in a hot air balloon flight over the majestic temples of Bagan. Must be purchased prior to your cruise.

      Freechoice

      Venture to Mount Popa, home to Myanmar’s nats or nature spirits. Alternatively, explore the markets at Nyaung U before discovering the Temple Circuit, or enjoying a visit to Old Bagan.

      Afterwards, visit the most iconic sight of this hypnotic region, the Ananda Temple.

      Enrich

      This evening, be treated to a special occasion arranged especially for Scenic guests where you will be able to partake in a magical tradition of the Burmese people.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 22 - Bagan > Pakkoku
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Morning alms
      Enrich

      Rise early to attend morning alms for the local monks. Back on board try mohinga, a traditional breakfast of the local people.

      Travel by horse and cart through a local village then through the surrounding plain and it’s temple ruins before learning all about the production of Burmese lacquerware. Depart Bagan and stop off at the Pakkoku to visit a cheroot cigar workshop and longyi and blanket factory before continuing to Yandabo.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 23 - Yandabo
      Highlights:
      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 artisans honing their craft.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 24 - Sagaing > Inwa (Ava)
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Monastic school and nunnery

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

      Enrich

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

      Across the river, explore by horse and cart the sites within the ruins of Inwa’s palace, for more than 400 years the capital of the Ava Kingdom.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 25 - Mingun > Mandalay > Amarapura
      Highlights:
      Sundowners at U-Bein Bridge

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

      Sundowners

      In Amarapura, relax with evening drinks in boats under U-Bein Bridge, the world’s longest teak bridge, to capture that memorable photo of the bridge’s silhouette at sunset.

      Back on board enjoy Scenic Aura’s crew special farewell.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 26 - Irrawaddy Cruise > Mandalay
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Gold leaf

      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 27 - Mandalay > Inle Lake
      Highlights:
      Nyaung Shwe

      Fly to Heho and drive to Nyaung Shwe. After lunch in town, glide across the waters of Inle Lake in private long tail boats towards your resort for a three night Special Stay. This afternoon relax at your hotel and take in your serene surroundings.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 28 - Inle Lake
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Home cooked Intha meal

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

      Enrich

      Learn about life at home on the lake with a visit to a local Intha family where your host will cook and demonstrate to you on how to prepare your traditional lunch.

      In the afternoon, traverse a small canal leading to the Pa-Oh village of Indein.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 29 - Inle Lake
      Highlights:
      Freechoice, Sundowners
      Freechoice

      Visit Pindaya Caves and try cooking local cuisine, or visit Tauggyi for lunch at Myanmar’s oldest winery. Alternatively take a local village trek close by to your hotel.

      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 30 - Inle Lake > Yangon
      Highlights:
      Historic Yangon

      Fly to Yangon for lunch at the historical House of Memories Restaurant, once the office of General Aung San. Later check into your hotel for your last night. Savour your farewell dinner at the Le Planteur Restaurant on Inya Lake.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 31 - Yangon
      Highlights:
      Farewell

      Say farewell to Myanmar and your South East Asian adventure.

      Meals included: Breakfast

  • Tour inclusions

    All-Inclusive highlights
    • 5-star ship with luxurious one-bedroom balcony suites
    • 12 exclusive Enrich experiences
    • Your choice of 29 Freechoice activities and dining
    • 2 Sundowners events
    • 4 memorable Special Stays
    • 83 meals – 30 breakfasts,
    • 26 lunches and 27 dinners