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Essence of Vietnam, Cambodia & Luxury Mekong on Scenic Spirit 2021

Essence of Vietnam, Cambodia & Luxury Mekong on Scenic Spirit 2021

Operator: Scenic
Ship: Scenic Spirit
Starts: Hanoi, Vietnam on Thu, Aug 19, 2021
Ends: Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam on Thu, Sep 09, 2021

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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Cambodia, Vietnam

Rivers Visited

Mekong

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 (Thu, Aug 19, 2021): 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 (Fri, Aug 20, 2021): 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 (Sat, Aug 21, 2021): 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 (Sun, Aug 22, 2021): 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 (Mon, Aug 23, 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, dine in a classic French villa at Home Moc restaurant.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 (Tue, Aug 24, 2021): Hanoi > Hue

Enjoy your morning at leisure in Hanoi before flying to Hue, the former imperial capital. Check into your hotel, your home for the night.

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This evening’s Royal Dinner is held in a traditional private garden house accompanied by Hue Royal Court music.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 (Wed, Aug 25, 2021): Hue > Hoi An

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.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 (Thu, Aug 26, 2021): Hoi An

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.

Sundowners
This evening relax at a reception in the Blue Bar with included beer and wine.

Freechoice Dining: Dine at the Morning Glory Restaurant. Alternatively, visit Brother’s Café or Hoi An Café, both located along the river front.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9 (Fri, Aug 27, 2021): Hoi An

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.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10 (Sat, Aug 28, 2021): Hoi An > Siem Reap

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


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11 (Sun, Aug 29, 2021): Siem Reap

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. 

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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.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12 (Mon, Aug 30, 2021): Siem Reap

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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 13 (Tue, Aug 31, 2021): Siem Reap > Mekong Cruise

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.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 (Wed, Sep 01, 2021): Wat Hanchey > Kampong Cham

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 the history of the area with a visit to Phnom Pros (Man Hill) and then Wat Nokor. Alternatively, explore the traditional village of Koh Pen or visit a rubber plantation factory and betel nut village.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15 (Thu, Sep 02, 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 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.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16 (Fri, Sep 03, 2021): 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, 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 is at your leisure for shopping or exploring on your own.

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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 17 (Sat, Sep 04, 2021): Phnom Penh > Tan Chau

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.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18 (Sun, Sep 05, 2021): Tan Chau

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.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19 (Mon, Sep 06, 2021): Sa Dec > Cai Be

Immerse yourself in the historic town of Sa Dec and explore the lively markets. Stop for 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.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20 (Tue, Sep 07, 2021): Mekong Cruise > Ho Chi Minh City

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.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 21 (Wed, Sep 08, 2021): Ho Chi Minh City

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.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 22 (Thu, Sep 09, 2021): Ho Chi Minh City

Depart with many cherished memories.

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.


Meals Included: Breakfast

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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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