Journey along the Mekong

Cruise the Mekong in ultimate luxury and discover the wonders of Indochina with this 18 day adventure including an exclusive Mekong Temple Dinner.

18 Days
Ho Chi Minh City to Luang Prabang
From (NZD)
$ 11,350
$ 10,350
Dates & Pricing

2019/2020 Ho Chi Minh City > Luang Prabang

Where joy comes naturally

The wonders of Indochina are just waiting for you to discover them during this joyful journey. For those who may have previously dipped their toes into South East Asia, this is a chance to delve that little bit deeper into the intriguing Mekong River.
Cruising the Mekong is notched up several levels thanks to our all-inclusive luxury ship. From the moment you embark Scenic Spirit to the second you disembark, you’ll want for nothing. Along the way you’ll uncover floating markets, seek out ancient artefacts and visit initiatives changing the lives of street kids forever. An awe-inspiring sunrise over Angkor Wat helps to farewell Cambodia before you say Sai-bai-Dee (hello), to the hidden gem that is Laos. Three nights spent in the spiritual capital of Luang Prabang offers a perfect way to round out your time in this sublime part of the world.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
VIML
Duration:
18 days
Departure City:
Ho Chi Minh City
Return City:
Luang Prabang

18 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Ho Chi Minh City

    Welcome to Vietnam. Relax for the next two nights at the centrally located in Ho Chi Minh City.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Ho Chi Minh City

    Travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn about the underground labyrinth of war-time passageways. After lunch, try bargaining at Ben Thanh Market.

    Freechoice Dining

    Enjoy a Vespa foodie tour of Saigon by night, enjoy 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 Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Ho Chi Minh City > Mekong Cruise

    Discover all about 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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Cai Be > Sa Dec

    Freechoice

    Board a sampan to visit Cai Be before stopping at local cottage industries and a French colonial or traditional Vietnamese house. Alternatively savour morning tea at a French colonial house or choose to stay on board for your special Scenic Freechoice activity.

    Later, immerse yourself in the historic town of Sa Dec and explore and interact with the sellers in the lively market, then visit the home of Mr Huynh Thuy Le who inspired Marguerite Duras’ novel L’Amant.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Tan Chau

    Freechoice

    Visit the farmers on Evergreen Island and enjoy a ride in a Xe Loi. Alternatively, walk through Chau Doc market, visit a family-operated fish farm and cruise around Chau Doc waterfront or visit Tra Su Bird Sanctuary.

    Tonight enjoy a themed evening dinner to say farewell to Vietnam.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Tan Chau > Phnom Penh

    Arrive early this morning into the capital city of Cambodia, Phnom Penh.

    Freechoice

    Journey to the Killing Fields and tour Tuol Sleng, the former school which was converted to the Khmer Rouge’s main prison, or take a guided tour of the local food market before joining a hands-on Khmer cooking demonstration. Alternatively, explore by Tuk Tuk Phnom Penh’s colonial buildings and the Central Market before lunch at a local NGO restaurant teaching street kids hospitality skills.

    Enrich

    Arrive in style by Tuk Tuk and immerse yourself in the historically celebrated luxury of Raffles, Hotel Le Royal. Enjoy a guided history tour followed by an indulgent high tea prepared in front of you, all whilst sipping on the hotel’s signature cocktail named in honour of Jacqueline Kennedy. Choose to retire to the Elephant Bar for happy hour before returning to the ship.

    Later this evening revel in our exclusive Phnom Penh by City Lights tour, giving an insight into the capital’s nightlife.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Phnom Penh > Kho Chen

    This morning marvel at the Royal Palace, with the famous Silver Pagoda within, on your included visit to this must-see attraction. Later sail up the Tonle River to the silversmith village of Kho Chen.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Oudong > Kampong Tralach

    Cruise to Kampong Tralach and take an ox cart ride through a local village and fields to Wat Kampong Tralach.

    Enrich

    Learn how to pray in a Buddhist pagoda and partake in a ceremony to receive a blessing from a monk, all whilst donating towards the daily meal of the resident nuns and monks.

    Board your coach to the ancient capital of Oudong to visit the impressive pagoda and monastery. Drive a short distance to Prek K’dam to re-board Scenic Spirit and continuing your cruise to Kampong Cham via Phnom Penh.

    Sundowners

    Enjoy a cocktail reception on the sundeck against the backdrop of Phnom Penh’s lights as the ship sails past the capital at sunset.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - 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 about the history behind Phnom Pros (Man Hill) and Wat Nokor. Alternatively explore the ecotourism village of Cheung Kok or visit a rubber plantation factory and betel nut village.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Mekong Cruise > Siem Reap

    Discover the countryside of Cambodia on your drive to your hotel in Siem Reap, your stylish three night Special Stay located in the heart of the town.

    Enrich

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  11. Day 11 - 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 all the markets or take a tethered balloon ride above Angkor Wat (weather dependent) before visiting a Pouk Silk Farm

    Later in the afternoon visit the colossal Angkor Wat. Take advantage of your free night to visit the night markets.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  12. Day 12 - 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.

    Enrich

    Enjoy a magical themed gala dinner at an Angkor temple in front of candle lit temple ruins, with included drinks and featuring Apsara dancers.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Siem Reap > Champasak

    Fly to Pakse and travel to the small town of Champasak and your boutique hotel for the next two nights.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Champasak

    Visit Wat Phou, a spectacular World Heritage-listed Khmer temple complex.

    Freechoice

    Visit a local coffee plantation. Alternatively, explore the neighbouring villages by bicycle, or enjoy a traditional Lao or Thai massage.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Champasak > Luang Prabang

    Fly to Luang Prabang, the spiritual capital of Laos, for a three night Special Stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Luang Prabang

    Partake in morning alms by donating food to the local monks. Later, visit the former Royal Palace, Wat Xieng Thong and Wat Mai before cruising to the mysterious Pak Ou caves to see hundreds of centuries-old sacred Buddha images. When returning stop at Ban Xang Hay, a village specialising in traditional
    rice wine before partaking in the sport of Pétanque with the locals.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  17. Day 17 - Luang Prabang

    Freechoice

    Journey to the serene Kuang Si Waterfalls or discover different methods of weaving and dyeing textiles. Alternatively discover why Luang Prabang has become a haven for artists.

    Enrich

    Immerse yourself in local spirituality during a traditional Baci ceremony and pay respects to ancient traditions.

    Watch the sun set from the top of Mount Phousi or shop in the night market before heading to your delicious farewell dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Luang Prabang

    Say farewell to Laos with many wonderful memories.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

All-inclusive highlights
  • 5-star Scenic ship with luxurious one-bedroom balcony suites
  • 6 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of 29 Scenic Freechoice activities and dining
  • 1 Scenic Sundowners event
  • 2 memorable Scenic Special Stays
  • Up to four on board dining options, from casual to fine dining
  • 43 meals – 17 breakfasts (B), 12 lunches (L) and 14 dinners (D)
  • Complimentary beverages all day throughout your cruise
  • Butler service for all guests throughout your cruise
  • Scenic Cruise Director and Tour Director with expert local guides
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout your cruise
  • All tipping and gratuities

Pricing & Availability