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Highlights of Vietnam, Cambodia & Luxury Mekong on Scenic Spirit 2020/2021

Highlights of Vietnam, Cambodia & Luxury Mekong on Scenic Spirit 2020/2021

Operator: Scenic
Ship: Scenic Spirit
Starts: Hanoi, Vietnam on Mon, Dec 28, 2020
Ends: Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam on Thu, Jan 14, 2021

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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Cambodia, Vietnam

Rivers Visited

Mekong

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 (Mon, Dec 28, 2020): Hanoi

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


Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2 (Tue, Dec 29, 2020): Hanoi

Freechoice: Visit the History Museum and Hoa Lo Prison, or join an authentic cooking class. Alternatively, visit Ho Chi Minh Quarter and Mausoleum, including a visit to the Temple of Literature.

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After attending a customary performance of Hanoi’s famous Water Puppets, learn the secrets behind this illusionary show thanks to your special backstage pass.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 (Wed, Dec 30, 2020): Hanoi > Halong Bay Cruise

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


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 (Thu, Dec 31, 2020): Halong Bay Cruise

Begin the day with a Tai Chi lesson. Cruising deeper into the National Park, try some kayaking, explore a cave and discover Cat Ba Island.

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


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 (Fri, Jan 01, 2021): Halong Bay Cruise > Hanoi

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, sample Ly Club.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 (Sat, Jan 02, 2021): Hanoi > Siem Reap

After a morning at leisure, fly to Siem Reap for your three night Special Stay, located in the heart of Siem Reap.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 (Sun, Jan 03, 2021): Siem Reap

Freechoice: 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 the markets, or take a tethered balloon ride above Angkor Wat (weather dependent) before visiting Pouk Silk Farm.

Later visit the colossal Angkor Wat.

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


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8 (Mon, Jan 04, 2021): Siem Reap

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.

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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.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9 (Tue, Jan 05, 2021): Siem Reap > Mekong Cruise

Discover rural Cambodia on your drive to Kampong Cham where the luxurious Scenic Spirit awaits.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 (Wed, Jan 06, 2021): Wat Hanchey > Kampong Cham

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 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 betel nut village.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 (Thu, Jan 07, 2021): Angkor Ban > Silk Island > Phnom Penh

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

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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.

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.

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.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 (Fri, Jan 08, 2021): Phnom Penh

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

This afternoon is at your leisure.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 (Sat, Jan 09, 2021): Phnom Penh > Tan Chau

Marvel at the Royal Palace, featuring the famous Silver Pagoda, on your included visit. The afternoon take advantage of the facilities of the most luxurious ship on the Mekong as you set sail for the Cambodian and Vietnamese border.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 (Sun, Jan 10, 2021): Tan Chau

Freechoice: Stay in Tan Chau to visit Evergreen Island and enjoy a ride in a Xe Loi. 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.

Enjoy a free afternoon cruising to Sa Dec.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15 (Mon, Jan 11, 2021): Sa Dec > Cai Be

Immerse yourself in the historic town of Sa Dec and explore the lively market. Stop 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 learn how to make cocktails on board.

Enjoy a farewell dinner on board as you sail to My Tho.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16 (Tue, Jan 12, 2021): Mekong Cruise > Ho Chi Minh City

Drive to Ho Chi Minh City and enjoy an orientation tour of the surrounds of your hotel for two nights.

Freechoice Dining: Enjoy a Vespa foodie tour of Saigon by night or dine in 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.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17 (Wed, Jan 13, 2021): Ho Chi Minh City

Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn about the underground labyrinth of war-time passageways. After lunch visit the Reunification Palace and War Museum. Reminisce with your fellow travellers during your farewell dinner.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18 (Thu, Jan 14, 2021): Ho Chi Minh City

Depart with many cherished memories.


Meals Included: Breakfast

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Ship Information

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Questions & Answers

Question: Will the day-by-day itinerary change?

Yes, the river cruise itineraries may change due to reasons such as inclement weather or unforeseen events. Your safety is the number one concern aboard and all precautions necessary will be taken in order to ensure passenger safety, including changing itineraries. Please note that when itineraries do change, the ship staff will do their best to substitute any missed port with an alternative destination.

Question: In what language is the river cruise conducted?

The river cruise will be conducted in English only.


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