Treasures of the Mekong 2022 Luxury Scenic River Cruise

Breathe in the essence of South East Asia during this enchanting journey from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam to Siem Reap in Cambodia. From the ancient hilltop pagoda of Wat Hanchey to the famous Silver Pagoda in Phnom Penh, Scenic will unveil a multitude of experiences that will allow you to appreciate this magnificent waterway.

Scenic 2022 River Cruises
Ho Chi Minh City

Itinerary

Fly from a choice of UK airports on selected airlines.

Welcome to Vietnam. Relax for the next two nights at your elegant Special Stay hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

Travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn about the underground labyrinth of war-time passageways.
Freechoice Dining: Enjoy a Vespa foodie tour of Saigon by night, 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.

Discover Vietnam’s modern history through a visit to the Reunification Palace and War Museum. Later, travel by coach to My Tho to board the luxurious Scenic Spirit.

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.
Back on board make use of the ship’s luxury and take the time to sip on included cocktails by the pool or enjoy some solitude on your private balcony. Later, immerse yourself in the historic town of Sa Dec and interact with the sellers in the lively market. Also visit the home of Mr Huynh Thuy Le who inspired Marguerite Duras’ novel L’Amant.

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.
The afternoon is at leisure to take advantage of the facilities of the most luxurious ship on the Mekong. Enjoy a themed dinner to say farewell to Vietnam.

Arrive early this morning into the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh.
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: 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 ancient capital of Oudong to visit the impressive pagoda and monastery. This afternoon marvel at the Royal Palace, featuring the famous Silver Pagoda, on your included visit to this must-see attraction.
Sundowners: Enjoy a cocktail reception on the Sun Deck against the backdrop of Phnom Penh’s lights as the ship sails from the capital at sunset.

At Koh Dach Island, learn all about the art of silk weaving. Further upstream in Angkor Ban, explore its historical rural wooden houses, which survived the Khmer Rouge and visit a local teacher who teaches English to the local school children.

Meet the novice monks at Wat Hanchey, an ancient hilltop pagoda and monastery. Walk (or drive) to the top and soak in some of the best elevated views of the cruise.
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 monks.

Return downstream to Kampong Cham, the quaint but largest city in the north and home to most of Cambodia’s Muslim population.
Freechoice: Learn 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 traditional village of Koh Pen or visit a rubber plantation factory and betel nut village.

Discover the rural side of Cambodia on your drive to Siem Reap, with stops at the Khmer bridge at Kampong Kdei, Kampong Thom and a stone cutters village along the way. Upon arrival in Siem Reap, check in to your hotel for your stylish three night Special Stay.
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.

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).

Later in the afternoon, a perfect time in the day for photography, visit the colossal Angkor Wat. Take advantage of your free night to visit the night markets, within walking distance to your hotel.

Enrich: Marvel at sunrise over 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.

Depart Cambodia treasuring many wonderful memories.

Please note all departure dates are listed in the enquiry form.

Price Guide

Date Price (pp)
April 2022 £4,795
May 2022 £5,395
October 2022 £4,549
November 2022 £4,899
December 2022 £4,599

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
  • 31 superb meals: including 12 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 10 dinners
  • All your on-board drinks wherever, whenever - cocktails at the bar, gin and tonic on your balcony. Choose from outstanding regional and international wines, boutique beers, cocktails and spirits, freshly ground coffee and speciality loose leaf teas, plus your mini-bar is replenished every day at no extra cost (except for a very small number of rare, fine and vintage wines, champagnes and spirits.)
  • Enjoy an array of unforgettable experiences courtesy of ScenicEnrich, like exploring the Cu Chi Tunnels
  • ScenicFreeChoice inclusions in Ho Chi Minh City, Chau Doc, Phnom Penh and Siem Reap
  • ScenicFreeChoice dining in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Special Stays at the Caravelle Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City, and the 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.