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Indochina Explorer & Luxury Mekong on Scenic Spirit 2020/2021

Indochina Explorer & Luxury Mekong on Scenic Spirit 2020/2021

Operator: Scenic
Ship: Scenic Spirit
Starts: Hanoi, Vietnam on Fri, Feb 05, 2021
Ends: Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam on Thu, Feb 25, 2021

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River Cruise Itinerary

  1. Day 1
    Hanoi
    Fri, Feb 05, 2021

    Welcome to vibrant Vietnam. Settle into a two night Special Stay at your iconic hotel in Hanoi.


    Meals: Dinner
  2. Day 2
    Hanoi
    Sat, Feb 06, 2021

    Freechoice: Visit the History Museum and Hoa Lo Prison, or buy ingredients for a cooking class. Alternatively, visit Ho Chi Minh Quarter and the Temple of Literature.

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


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  3. Day 3
    Hanoi > Halong Bay Cruise
    Sun, Feb 07, 2021

    Board the Au Co for an awe-inspiring two night Special Stay cruise through the picturesque waters of Halong Bay.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day 4
    Halong Bay Cruise
    Mon, Feb 08, 2021

    This morning awake with a Tai Chi lesson. Later, visit Cat Ba Island before cruising deeper into the National Park.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Halong Bay Cruise > Hanoi
    Tue, Feb 09, 2021

    Return to your hotel in Hanoi for another Special Stay and a historic bunker tour at the hotel.

    Freechoice Dining: Enjoy a Vespa foodie tour of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, or La Terrace at Sofitel. Alternatively, sample Ly Club.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day 6
    Hanoi > Luang Prabang
    Wed, Feb 10, 2021

    Relax this morning before flying to Luang Prabang, Laos for a three night Special Stay. Bargain at the night markets.


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  7. Day 7
    Luang Prabang
    Thu, Feb 11, 2021

    Participate in morning alms by donating food to the local monks. Visit the former Royal Palace, Wat Xieng Thong and Wat Mai before cruising to Pak Ou Caves. Stop at Ban Xang Hay, a village specialising in traditional rice wine.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  8. Day 8
    Luang Prabang
    Fri, Feb 12, 2021

    Journey to Kuang Si Waterfalls. En-route back to town stop at a small village, which is home to one of the area’s many ethnic minorities.

    Enrich
    Immerse yourself in the Laos traditional Baci ceremony, where you will pay respects to ancient animist traditions.

    Watch the sun set from Mount Phousi.


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  9. Day 9
    Luang Prabang > Siem Reap
    Sat, Feb 13, 2021

    After a morning at leisure, fly to Siem Reap and your stylish home, for a three night Special Stay.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  10. Day 10
    Siem Reap
    Sun, Feb 14, 2021

    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: Breakfast, Lunch
  11. Day 11
    Siem Reap
    Mon, Feb 15, 2021

    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.


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  12. Day 12
    Siem Reap > Mekong Cruise
    Tue, Feb 16, 2021

    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.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  13. Day 13
    Wat Hanchey > Kampong Cham
    Wed, Feb 17, 2021

    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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  14. Day 14
    Angkor Ban > Silk Island > Phnom Penh
    Thu, Feb 18, 2021

    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 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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  15. Day 15
    Phnom Penh
    Fri, Feb 19, 2021

    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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  16. Day 16
    Phnom Penh > Tan Chau
    Sat, Feb 20, 2021

    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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  17. Day 17
    Tan Chau
    Sun, Feb 21, 2021

    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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  18. Day 18
    Sa Dec > Cai Be
    Mon, Feb 22, 2021

    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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  19. Day 19
    Mekong Cruise > Ho Chi Minh City
    Tue, Feb 23, 2021

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

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


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  20. Day 20
    Ho Chi Minh City
    Wed, Feb 24, 2021

    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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  21. Day 21
    Ho Chi Minh City
    Thu, Feb 25, 2021

    Depart with many cherished memories.


    Meals: Breakfast

Countries Visited

Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam

Rivers Visited

Mekong

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Ship Information

Scenic Spirit


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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.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.7
Accommodations
5
Itinerary
5
Professional Staff
5
Repeat with Operator
5
Value for Money
3.7

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Ratings based off 3 reviews - currently showing 1 reviews with comments only

Scenic were exceptional.They have to be the best operators of river cruises.Every aspect of the trip with them was of a very high standard.The cabins (suites) were large and very comfortable (we had the lowest level,so I can imagine what the higher levels would have been like!). All the meals served were excellent with plenty of variety and imagination.Every member of staff we encountered was helpful and smiley.The excursions were excellent with high level guiding .Overall a very good experience.and I would highly recommend them.


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