Essence of Vietnam, Cambodia & Mekong 2022 Scenic River Cruise

Weaving together a beautiful tapestry of the senses, the neighbouring countries of Cambodia and Vietnam will leave you spellbound. Spend two glorious nights cruising to Cat Ba Island through extraordinary Halong Bay. Fly south to discover the royal history of Vietnam in Hue before stepping back in time in World Heritage-listed Hoi An. In Siem Reap, attend an extraordinary Temple Gala Dinner at an Angkor temple. Then join Scenic Spirit on the Mekong to explore this fascinating landscape in ultimate luxury.

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Itinerary

Fly from a choice of UK airports on selected airlines.

Welcome to vibrant Vietnam. Enjoy the day at leisure and settle into a two night Special Stay at your iconic hotel in Hanoi.

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.
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.
Sundowners: Exclusive to Scenic guests on board, enjoy a wine tasting against the backdrop of the karst islands at sunset.

Relax during your morning cruising before returning to Hanoi for another Special Stay and undertake a historical bunker tour at the hotel.
Freechoice Dining: Tonight enjoy a Vespa foodie tour of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, or dine at the La Terrace at Sofitel. Alternatively, dine in a classic French villa at Home Moc restaurant.

Enjoy your morning at leisure in Hanoi before flying to Hue, the former imperial capital. Check into your hotel, your home for the night.
Enrich: This evening’s Royal Dinner is held in a traditional private garden house accompanied by Hue Royal Court music.

Visit the Mausoleum of Emperor Tu Duc and the grandeur of Hue’s Imperial Citadel. Later, travel along the breath taking Hai Van Pass to the ancient town of Hoi An where you will enjoy a three night stay, which includes a daily 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 including the Japanese Bridge and central market 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 Morning Glory Restaurant. Alternatively, visit Brother’s Café or Hoi An Café, both located along the river front.
Sundowners: This evening relax at a reception in the Blue Bar with included beer and wine.

Freechoice: Visit the ancient temple ruins of My Son. Alternatively, enjoy an interactive cooking class at Red Bridge Restaurant or cycle to a farming village through the rice fields outside Hoi An.

Fly to Siem Reap, Cambodia for a three night Special Stay at your historic hotel, located within walking distance of the markets.

Freechoice: Discover Banteay Srei, dedicated to Shiva and known as the ‘citadel of women’ and visit the Landmine Museum or admire the skills on display at Artisans D’Angkor. Alternatively, cruise on Tonle Sap (seasonal), take a remork (Tuk Tuk) ride to the markets or take a tethered balloon ride above Angkor Wat (weather dependent) before visiting a local handicraft centre.

Later in the afternoon, a perfect time in the day for photography, visit the colossal Angkor Wat.

Enrich: Take your Premium Reserved seat at the colourful Cambodian Circus, Phare. Phare transforms the lives of Cambodian youth, where its artists use theatre, music, dance and circus arts to tell uniquely Cambodian stories.

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.

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.

Enrich: Be wowed by a mystical themed Gala Dinner at an Angkor temple, with included free flow drinks and a show featuring Apsara dancers in front of candlelit 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. Toast the start of your cruise with a cocktail reception.

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

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 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.

Enrich: Receive a blessing from a monk and learn how to pray in a Buddhist pagoda, before partaking in a ceremony that contributes to the daily meal of the resident monks.

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

Sundowners: 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.

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, explore Phnom Penh’s colonial buildings by remork (tuk tuk) and visit the Central Market before stopping for lunch at a local NGO restaurant teaching street kids hospitality skills.

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

Enrich: 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.

This morning marvel at the Royal Palace, featuring the famous Silver Pagoda, 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.

Freechoice: Stay in Tan Chau to visit Evergreen Island and enjoy a ride in a Xe Loi to a silk dye factory. In Chau Doc visit Vinh Te Canal and a family-operated fish farm, followed by Tây An Temple at Sam Mountain or visit Tra Su Bird Sanctuary.

While 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.

Freechoice: Board a sampan to visit Cai Be, local cottage industries and a traditional Vietnamese house. Alternatively, savour morning tea at the colonial French home, Le Longanier or stay on board for a special activity.

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

Drive to Ho Chi Minh City and visit the War Museum before an orientation tour around your hotel and a two night stay at the Caravelle Saigon. Spend the remainder of the afternoon at leisure.

Freechoice: Enjoy a Vespa foodie tour of Saigon, enjoy a meal in an old French colonial house or a restaurant specialising in Saigon street food. Alternatively, try Italian at Basilico or international fare at Nineteen Restaurant.

Travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn about the underground labyrinth of war-time passageways before returning to explore the Reunification Palace. Enjoy tonight’s farewell dinner.

Depart with many cherished memories.

Welcome home.

Please note: This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above.

Price Guide

Date Price (pp)
13 April 2022 £7,445
12 October 2022 £7,199
26 October 2022 £7,199
21 December 2022 £7,259

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.