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Treasures of the Mekong & Mystical Myanmar on Scenic Spirit 2020/2021

Treasures of the Mekong & Mystical Myanmar on Scenic Spirit 2020/2021

Operator: Scenic
Ship: Scenic Spirit
Starts: Siem Reap, Cambodia on Sat, Feb 27, 2021
Ends: Yangon, Myanmar on Sun, Mar 28, 2021

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River Cruise Itinerary

  1. Day 1
    Siem Reap
    Sat, Feb 27, 2021

    Arrive at your hotel, your stylish home for a three night Special Stay located in the heart of Siem Reap.


    Meals: Dinner
  2. Day 2
    Siem Reap
    Sun, Feb 28, 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
  3. Day 3
    Siem Reap
    Mon, Mar 01, 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
  4. Day 4
    Siem Reap > Mekong Cruise
    Tue, Mar 02, 2021

    Drive to Kampong Cham where Scenic Spirit awaits. 


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Wat Hanchey > Kampong Cham
    Wed, Mar 03, 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
  6. Day 6
    Angkor Ban > Silk Island > Phnom Penh
    Thu, Mar 04, 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
  7. Day 7
    Phnom Penh
    Fri, Mar 05, 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
  8. Day 8
    Phnom Penh > Tan Chau
    Sat, Mar 06, 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
  9. Day 9
    Tan Chau
    Sun, Mar 07, 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
  10. Day 10
    Sa Dec > Cai Be
    Mon, Mar 08, 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
  11. Day 11
    Mekong Cruise > Ho Chi Minh City
    Tue, Mar 09, 2021

    Drive to Ho Chi Minh City and visit the War Museum before an orientation tour around your hotel for the next two nights.

    Freechoice Dining: Enjoy a Vespa foodie tour of Saigon, or a meal in the surroundings of 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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  12. Day 12
    Ho Chi Minh City
    Wed, Mar 10, 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
  13. Day 13
    Ho Chi Minh City > Yangon
    Thu, Mar 11, 2021

    Say farewell to Vietnam and fly to Yangon for a two night Special Stay.


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  14. Day 14
    Yangon
    Fri, Mar 12, 2021

    Freechoice: Embark a local train for a ride around Yangon’s suburbs. Alternatively, be guided on a tour of Yangon’s thriving art scene, or ride a ferry across the Yangon River to Dhala village.

    Later this afternoon visit Chaukhtatgyi Paya, Yangon’s reclining Buddha.

    Enrich
    As the sun is setting, wander around Shwedagon Pagoda and learn about the ritual of oil lamp lighting before partaking in this tradition.

    This evening enjoy the included amenities of your Pacific Club access.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  15. Day 15
    Yangon > Bagan > Irrawaddy Cruise
    Sat, Mar 13, 2021

    Fly to Bagan. On arrival, visit Ananda Temple, then transfer to the luxurious Scenic Aura.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  16. Day 16
    Sailing > Magwe
    Sun, Mar 14, 2021

    Take advantage of a day of cruising as you sail to Magwe. Spend the day relaxing and getting to know the facilities of Scenic Aura. Arrive into Magwe later this afternoon.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  17. Day 17
    Magwe > Minhla Fort
    Mon, Mar 15, 2021

    Explore Magwe by traditional trishaw and take in the views from Mya Tha Lun Pagoda, a mesmerising architectural vision set on Naguttama Hill. Continue cruising downstream to the Italian built Minhla Fort where its capture by the British brought an end to independent Burma. Afterwards sail back upstream towards Salay.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  18. Day 18
    Sailing > Salay
    Tue, Mar 16, 2021

    Make use of the ship’s luxury and take the time to sip a cocktail by the pool or enjoy some solitude on your private balcony during your day sailing upstream along the Irrawaddy to Salay. Arrive late in the afternoon to spend the night alongside this colonial riverside town.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  19. Day 19
    Salay > Bagan
    Wed, Mar 17, 2021

    On your morning walking tour of Salay admire the colonial buildings, the Youqson Kyaung, a beautiful teak monastery now converted to a museum and look inside the largest lacquer Buddha in Myanmar.

    Enrich
    Soak up the ambience of the river and the colonial feel of the town while enjoying traditional local Burmese tea and snacks in a restored colonial villa dating from 1906.

    Continue sailing to Bagan. Relax on the Sun Deck with a cocktail in hand viewing the many temples and pagodas that line the river as you approach the ancient location.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  20. Day 20
    Bagan
    Thu, Mar 18, 2021

    Rise early to attend and partake in morning alms for the local monks.

    Freechoice: Venture to Mount Popa, home to Myanmar’s nats or nature spirits, or cross the river to Tant Kyi Tuang to take in the expansive elevated views of Bagan.

    Alternatively, wander through the markets at Nyaung U before either exploring the Temple Circuit, or enjoying a visit to Old Bagan.

    Enrich
    Be wowed by a Scenic exclusive mystical themed dinner, with included free flow drinks and cultural show in front of candlelit Bagan temple ruins.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  21. Day 21
    Bagan > Pakkoku
    Fri, Mar 19, 2021

    Optional Hot Air Balloon Flight - Take a ride in a hot air balloon over the temples of Bagan. Must be purchased prior to your cruise.

    Travel by horse and cart through Bagan plain and its temple ruins before learning all about the production of Burmese lacquerware. Depart Bagan and sail to Pakkoku for an overnight visit. Here visit a cheroot cigar workshop, the local market and longyi and blanket factory.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  22. Day 22
    Yandabo
    Sat, Mar 20, 2021

    Arrive in Yandabo where in 1826, the peace treaty ending the First Anglo-Burmese War was signed. Now famous for its pottery, stroll through the village and witness the artisans honing their craft. Continue sailing to Mingun.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  23. Day 23
    Mingun
    Sun, Mar 21, 2021

    Cruise to Mingun to discover the stories behind a huge unfinished brick pagoda. Nearby, admire the un-cracked Mingun Bell and the all-white Hsinbyume Pagoda.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  24. Day 24
    Sagaing > Mandalay > Amarapura
    Mon, Mar 22, 2021

    Enrich
    In Sagaing interact with novice monks, nuns and orphans during a visit to a monastic supported school before continuing to a quiet nunnery where you will partake in the ritual and our donation to the resident nuns before their midday meal.

    Also take in the views over the Irrawaddy River from Sagaing Hill before sailing to Mandalay to visit Amarapura.

    Sundowners
    In Amarapura, relax with evening drinks in boats under U-Bein Bridge, to capture that memorable photo of the bridge’s silhouette at sunset.

    Back on board enjoy the special farewell by Scenic Aura’s crew.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  25. Day 25
    Irrawaddy Cruise > Mandalay
    Tue, Mar 23, 2021

    Admire Shwenandaw monastery, Kuthodaw Pagoda, home to the ‘World’s Largest Book’ and walk through the rebuilt Mandalay Palace.

    Enrich
    Learn how to produce gold leaf. At Mahamuni Pagoda, male guests will be able to place the gold leaf on the iconic Buddha statue.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  26. Day 26
    Mandalay > Inle Lake
    Wed, Mar 24, 2021

    Fly to Heho and drive to Nyaung Shwe. After lunch, glide across Inle Lake in private long tail boats towards your award-winning resort for a three night Special Stay.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  27. Day 27
    Inle Lake
    Thu, Mar 25, 2021

    Begin with an excursion on the most comfortable long tail boats on the lake to visit Inle Lake’s main market, which moves every five days. See the holiest site in Inle Lake, the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and Royal barges.

    Enrich
    Learn about life at home on the lake with a visit to a local Intha family for your lunch.

    Later, cruise down a network of small canals to the Pa-Oh village of Indein. 


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  28. Day 28
    Inle Lake
    Fri, Mar 26, 2021

    Freechoice: Visit Pindaya Caves, or visit Taunggyi for lunch at Myanmar’s oldest winery. Alternatively, walk to
    a nearby village.

    Sundowners
    Enjoy evening drinks and share today’s tales of exploration.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  29. Day 29
    Inle Lake > Yangon
    Sat, Mar 27, 2021

    Fly to Yangon for lunch at the historical House of Memories Restaurant. Check into your hotel in Yangon and savour your farewell dinner at the beautiful Le Planteur Restaurant.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  30. Day 30
    Yangon
    Sun, Mar 28, 2021

    Say farewell to Myanmar.


    Meals: Breakfast

Countries Visited

Burma, Cambodia, Vietnam

Rivers Visited

Irrawaddy, Mekong

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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.

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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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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