Essence of Vietnam, Cambodia & Mekong Scenic River Cruise

This 24 day journey from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh will showcase the essence of Vietnam and Cambodia including a luxury cruise on the Mekong River.

Fishing on the Mekong

Itinerary

Fly from London Heathrow or Manchester with Singapore Airlines.

Welcome to vibrant Vietnam. Settle into a two night Special Stay at your iconic hotel in Hanoi. Tonight meet your Scenic Tour Director and fellow travelling companions at your welcome briefing and dinner.

Freechoice: Visit the History Museum and Hoa Lo Prison, or partake in an authentic cooking class. Alternatively, visit Ho Chi Minh Quarter and Mausoleum, including a visit to the Temple of Literature.
On your cyclo ride this afternoon, discover the maze of back streets through the Old Quarter.
Enrich: After attending a customary performance of Hanoi’s famous water puppets, learn the secrets behind this illusionary show thanks to your special backstage pass.

Journey to Halong Bay and board the elegant Au Co for an awe-inspiring special two night cruise through the picturesque waters of this spectacular World Heritage-listed icon.

Begin the day with a Tai Chi lesson on the Sun Deck. Later, visit Cat Ba Island before cruising deeper into the National Park.
Enrich: Enjoy an exclusive wine tasting on board your cruise.

Relax during your morning cruising before returning to Hanoi and a night at your hotel for a historical tour of the property.
Freechoice Dining: Tonight choose to dine at KOTO on Van Mieu, or La Terrace at Sofitel. Alternatively, sample Ly Club.

Fly to Hue, the former imperial capital. Take a cruise along the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda before checking in for the night at your French colonial hotel in Hue.
Enrich: This evening’s Royal Dinner is in a traditional private garden house accompanied by wine and Hue Royal Court music.

Learn about Hue’s history via a visit to the Mausoleum of Emperor Minh Mang and the grandeur of Hue’s Imperial Citadel.
Enrich: During an inspiring visit to Duc Son Pagoda, talk with the nuns and learn how they are supporting their orphanage through different initiatives, including the proceeds from your lunch.
Later, travel via the breathtaking Hai Van Pass to Hoi An where you will enjoy a three night, which includes a daily 90-minute spa journey as part of your stay.

Step back in time as you take a walking tour of Hoi An’s World Heritage-listed Old Quarter before stopping at the home of a former merchant to learn all about what life is like in Hoi An.
Freechoice Dining: Dine at the Cargo Club or embark on a culinary journey at Ancient Faifo. Alternatively, visit Brother’s Café and enjoy Asian and Western fare.

Freechoice: Visit the ancient temple ruins of My Son. Alternatively, enjoy an interactive cooking class at Red Bridge Restaurant or cycle to a nearby farming village.
A free afternoon allows you to visit one of the many tailors in town.
Sundowners: This evening relax at a reception in the Blue Bar with included beer and wine.

Fly to Siem Reap, Cambodia for your three night Special Stay, located within walking distance to the markets.

Discover Banteay Srei and visit the Landmine Museum or admire the skills on display at Artisans D’Angkor. Alternatively, cruise on Tonle Sap (seasonal), take a tuk tuk ride to all the markets or take a tethered balloon ride above Angkor Wat (weather dependent) before visiting a Pouk Silk Farm and Preah Khan Temple.

Later visit the colossal Angkor Wat.

Take your VIP Reserved seat at the colourful Cambodian Circus, Phare.

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.

Visit the atmospheric, jungle covered Ta Prohm Temple, before stopping at Angkor Thom and the multi-faced Bayon Temple. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure.

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.

Discover the rural side of Cambodia on your drive to Kampong Cham where Scenic Spirit awaits, with stops at the Khmer bridge at Kampong Kdei, Kampong Thom and a stone cutters village.

Awake as you approach Wat Hanchey, an ancient hilltop pagoda and monastery to meet the resident novice monks. Walk (or drive) to the top for some of the best elevated views of the cruise before sailing downstream to Kampong Cham.

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 betel nut village.

Upon arrival in Angkor Ban, explore its historical rural wooden houses, which survived the Khmer Rouge, and visit the local pagoda to observe the lifestyle of the resident monks and nuns.

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 downstream to Koh Dach island dedicated to the art of silk weaving before continuing your cruise to Phnom Penh.

Enjoy a cocktail reception on the Sun Deck against the backdrop of Phnom Penh’s lights as the ship sails towards the capital at sunset.

Later this evening revel in our Phnom Penh by City Lights tour, giving you an insight to the nightlife of the capital before stopping at a distillery for an exclusive tour and tasting behind closed doors.

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

This afternoon time is at your leisure for shopping or exploring on your own.

This morning 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 Cambodian and Vietnamese border. Celebrate arriving in Vietnam with your themed evening dinner.

Stay in Tan Chau to visit Evergreen Island and enjoy a ride in a Xe Loi. In Chau Doc visit a family-operated fish farm before walking through the local market or visit Tra Su Bird Sanctuary.

Whilst sailing downstream to Sa Dec take the time to enjoy a cocktail by the pool or appreciate some solitude on your private balcony as you watch the scenery pass by.

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.

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 and learn how to make cocktails.

This evening enjoy a farewell dinner on board as you sail to My Tho.

Drive to Ho Chi Minh City and the Intercontinental Saigon, your centrally located hotel for the next two nights. On arrival, take an orientation tour around the post office and cathedral next door.

Enjoy a Vespa foodie tour of Saigon by night or dine in the surrounds of an old French colonial house or a restaurant specialising in Saigon street food. Alternatively, dine at your hotel’s restaurants – Yu Chu, Basilico or Market 39.

Travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn about the underground labyrinth of war-time passageways, before visiting the Reunification Palace and War Museum.

Depart with many cherished memories, and transfer to the airport for your flight home with your chosen airline. Alternatively, extend your journey with an inbound stopover in Dubai, Bangkok or Singapore.

Price Guide

Date Price (pp)
16 September 2020 £6,695
14 October 2020 £6,895
11 November 2020 £6,795
09 December 2020 £7,490
06 January 2021 £7,790
03 February 2021 £7,490
17 February 2021 £7,490
17 March 2021 £7,095
14 April 2021 £7,290
18 August 2021 £6,295
15 September 2021 £6,695
13 October 2021 £7,290
10 November 2021 £6,795
08 December 2021 £7,095
22 December 2021 £7,095

What's Included

  • Your return Economy flights are from London Heathrow or Manchester with Singapore Airlines.
  • 7 nights on-board Scenic Tours brand new luxury river ship; Scenic Spirit
  • A personal butler service for every one of our guests, irrespective of cabin grade - and yes, it's all included
  • 52 superb meals: including 21 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 18 dinners
  • All your on-board drinks wherever, whenever
  • Enjoy an array of unforgettable experiences courtesy of ScenicEnrich, like a journey to Wat Nokor for a traditional blessing from a monk
  • ScenicFreeChoiceinclusions in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Chau Doc, Phnom Penh and Siem Reap
  • ScenicFreeChoicedining in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City
  • Special Stays at Sofitel Legend Metropole, Hanoi, M Gallery La Residence, Hue, Alma Courtyard, Hoi An, Caravelle Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City and Park Hyatt, Siem Reap
  • Small group touring with an average of 20 guests for shore excursions
  • With a dedicated and experienced Cruise Director and the best crew-to-passenger ratio, you'll notice the difference
  • Tipping, gratuities and porterage are all taken care of, as well as complimentary on-board WiFi

Visa Requirements

It is your responsibility to verify all visa and passport requirements necessary for your holiday. You are responsible for obtaining independently and paying for all visas and entry documents, for meeting all health and other requirements, and for any documents required by the laws, regulations, orders, and/or requirements of the countries you will visit. You should confirm the necessary requirements for visas via the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website which can be found here

If you are unsure regarding how to obtain a visa or would like more information then please give us a call and one of our river cruising experts will be more than happy to assist.