Mystical Irrawaddy & Treasures of the Mekong

Over 26 days, explore the best of Myanmar, Vietnam and Cambodia in 5-star luxury. Visit ancient pagodas and temples and admire the beautiful landscapes.

26 Days
Mandalay to Ho Chi Minh City
From (NZD)
$ 21,925
$ 20,925
Dates & Pricing

2019/2020 Mandalay > Ho Chi Minh City

A glorious patchwork of treasures

Breathe in the essence of South East Asia during this enchanting journey through Myanmar and then onto Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam to Siem Reap in Cambodia.
After exploring Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city, travel to Bagan to board the latest custom-built ship in Scenic’s fleet. Scenic Aura will take you on a very special voyage revealing the vast diversity and richness of the many influences that have shaped Myanmar. Discover the astounding temples of Bagan. Moving on to Ho Chi Minh City, a thriving metropolis filled with stories and adventures, you’ll spend the first night on board Scenic Spirit settling into the luxurious surrounds that will become like home. From the ancient hilltop pagoda of Wat Hanchey, where resplendent water views await, to the famous Silver Pagoda in Phnom Penh, Scenic will unveil a multitude of experiences that will allow you to appreciate the beguiling nature of this landscape, and let you become one with this magnificent waterway.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
VIMI
Duration:
26 days
Departure City:
Mandalay
Return City:
Ho Chi Minh City

26 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Mandalay

    Welcome to Mandalay and an overnight stay. Later, meet your Scenic Tour Director and fellow guests at your welcome briefing and dinner.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Mandalay > Irrawaddy Cruise

    Marvel at Shwenandaw, a beautiful wooden monastery covered internally in gold leaf. Equally as impressive are the sights at Kuthodaw Pagoda, where the ‘World’s Largest Book’ is housed. Later walk through the rebuilt Mandalay Palace, destroyed during World War II.

    Learn how to produce gold leaf at a local workshop. At Mahamuni Pagoda, male guests may place the gold leaf on the iconic Buddha statue.

    Board Scenic Aura and enjoy tonight’s welcome reception whilst cruising upstream on the mighty Irrawaddy River.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Kyauk Myaung

    After a morning cruising through the waters where the Irrawaddy dolphin is known to live, we arrive at the pottery village of Kyuak Myaung. Wander through the village to witness the artisans honing their craft and the unusual way of firing pottery.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Mingun

    This afternoon in Mingun discover the stories behind a massive unfinished brick pagoda. Nearby, admire the un-cracked Mingun Bell and the stunning all-white Hsinbyume Pagoda.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Sagaing > Amarapura

    Sagaing is dotted with hundreds of painted pagodas and monasteries.

    Interact with novice monks, nuns and orphans during a special visit to a monastic supported school. Continue to a nunnery where you will partake in the ritual and our donation to the resident nuns before their midday meal.

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Pakkoku

    Cruise through the morning to Pakkoku to visit a cheroot cigar workshop and longyi and blanket factory in the afternoon.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Salay

    Cruise downstream to Salay. On your walking tour of the town, explore Paya Thonzu, a small trio of brick shrines, admire Youqson Kyaung, a beautiful teak monastery and look inside the largest lacquer Buddha image in Myanmar.

    From the riverfront, soak up the ambience of the river and the colonial feel of the town whilst enjoying traditional local Burmese tea and snacks in a restored colonial villa dating from 1906.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Magwe

    Enjoy the morning sailing to Magwe, where you will experience a tour of the town by trishaw. Take in the views from Mya Tha Lun Pagoda, a mesmerising architectural vision set on Naguttama Hill.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Sailing

    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 full day sailing upstream along the Irrawaddy towards Bagan.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Bagan

    Arrive into Bagan this morning. After breakfast travel by horse and cart through a local village then through the surrounding plain and it’s temple ruins, before learning all about the production of Burmese lacquerware, a Bagan specialty.

    A special occasion awaits as you watch sunset over the temples, with drink in hand.

    Be wowed by a Scenic exclusive magical themed dinner, with included drinks and a cultural show in front of candle lit Bagan temple ruins.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Bagan

    Rise early to attend and partake in morning alms for the local monks or watch sunrise from atop one of the temples inside the park.

    Optional Hot Air Balloon Flight -  Between 1 October and 31 March, take a hot air balloon flight over the majestic temples of Bagan. (Flights last approximately 45 minutes and must be purchased prior to your cruise to guarantee availability).

    Venture to Mount Popa, home to Myanmar’s nats or nature spirits, before heading to a Toddy Farm where a traditional lunch awaits, or cross the river to Tant Kyi Tuang to take in the expansive elevated views of Bagan. Alternatively, explore the markets at Nyaung U before either exploring the Temple Circuit, or enjoying a visit to Old Bagan.

    Later this afternoon visit the most iconic sight of this intriguing region, the impressive Ananda Temple before returning on board for your farewell dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Irrawaddy Cruise > Yangon

    Disembark and fly to Yangon for lunch at the House of Memories Restaurant, former office of General Aung San. Later, settle into your hotel in Yangon for a two night Special Stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  13. Day 13 - Yangon

    Ride a local train 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.

    Visit Chaukhtatgyi Paya, Yangon’s reclining Buddha.

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

    Enjoy tonight’s farewell dinner at the iconic colonial Strand Hotel.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Yangon > Siem Reap

    Bid farewell to Myanmar and fly to Siem Reap via Bangkok. Upon arrival, check into your hotel for a three night Special Stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Siem Reap

    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 and Preah Khan Temple.

    Later visit the colossal Angkor Wat.

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  16. Day 16 - Siem Reap

    Marvel at sunrise over the magnificent Angkor Wat before moving to a special location for a champagne breakfast with food prepared by a 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.

    Be wowed by a Scenic exclusive magical gala dinner at an Angkor temple, with included drinks and a show featuring Apsara dancers in front of candle lit temple ruins.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Siem Reap > Mekong Cruise

    Discover Cambodia’s rural countryside on your drive to Kampong Cham where Scenic Spirit awaits.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - 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 to Kampong Cham.

    Learn about 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

  19. Day 19 - Angkor Ban > Silk Island > Phnom Penh

    On arrival in Angkor Ban, explore its historical wooden houses, which survived the Khmer Rouge, and visit the local pagoda to observe the lifestyle of resident monks.

    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, an island dedicated to the art of silk weaving before continuing your cruise to Phnom Penh.

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

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  20. Day 20 - Phnom Penh

    Journey to the Killing Fields and tour Tuol Sleng, or join a hands-on Khmer cooking demonstration. Alternatively, explore by Tuk Tuk Phnom Penh’s colonial buildings and Central Market.

    Immerse yourself in the historically celebrated luxury of Raffles, Hotel Le Royal. Enjoy a guided history tour followed by a high tea prepared in front of you, all whilst sipping on the hotel’s signature cocktail. Choose to retire to the Elephant Bar for happy hour before returning to the ship.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  21. Day 21 - Phnom Penh > Tan Chau

    Marvel at the Royal Palace, with the famous Silver Pagoda within, 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 border. Celebrate arriving in Vietnam with your themed evening dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  22. Day 22 - Tan Chau

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

    Whilst sailing to Sa Dec take the time to sip a cocktail by the pool or enjoy your private balcony.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  23. Day 23 - Sa Dec > Cai Be

    Visit historic town of Sa Dec and explore its lively market. Stop for tea at the home of Mr Huynh Thuy Le who inspired Marguerite Duras’ novel L’Amant.

    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 choose to stay on board and learn to make cocktails.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  24. Day 24 - Mekong Cruise > Ho Chi Minh City

    Drive to Ho Chi Minh City and enjoy an orientation tour around your hotel for the next two nights. Spend the remainder of the afternoon at leisure.

    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 street food. Alternatively, dine at your hotel’s restaurants – Yu Chu, Basilico or Market 39.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  25. Day 25 - Ho Chi Minh City

    Travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn about the underground labyrinth of war-time passageways. Visit the Reunification Palace and War Museum before attending tonight’s farewell dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  26. Day 26 - Ho Chi Minh City

    Depart with many cherished memories.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

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