Treasures of the Mekong

Discover the heart of South East Asia during this 13 day journey from Vietnam to Siem Reap in Cambodia. Discover the extraordinary Angkor Wat and more.

13 Day
From (AUD)
$ 8,130
  • 2017 Ho Chi Minh City > Siem Reap

    Inspired by temples and traditions

    Breathe in the essence of South East Asia during this enchanting journey from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam to Siem Reap in Cambodia.

    The people who reside along the banks of the Mekong River have learnt to coexist with this mighty waterway. All around are reminders of how nature and humanity can adapt and thrive, living in harmony with one another. After discovering the many riches of Ho Chi Minh City, a thriving metropolis filled with stories and adventures, you’ll spend the first night on board Scenic Spirit settling into the luxurious surrounds that will become like home. From the ancient hilltop pagoda of Wat Hanchey, where resplendent water views await, to the famous Silver Pagoda in Phnom Penh, Scenic will unveil a multitude of experiences to allow you to appreciate the beguiling nature of this landscape, letting you become one with this magnificent waterway.

  • 13 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.

      Freechoice Dining

      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 all about 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

      Drive to Siem Reap with stops at a stone cutters village and a stroll across the ancient Khmer bridge at Kampong Kdei. After lunch in Siem Reap, be greeted with a welcome drink upon arrival 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:
      Angkor Temples Exploration

      Visit to the colossal Angkor Wat, before stopping at Angkor Thom and the multi-faced Bayon Temple. Later visit the atmospheric Ta Prohm Temple as seen in the film Tomb Raider.

      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 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. A truly memorable end to your journey.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 13 - Siem Reap
      Highlights:
      Farewell

      Depart Cambodia treasuring many wonderful memories.

      Meals included: Breakfast