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Meandering along the Mekong

Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap - Example 10 Day Cruise aboard Scenic Spirit
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Be inspired by the Mekong Delta Embark on a slower nine-night cruise of contrasts as you gain a deeper understanding of life along the Mekong River in southern Vietnam through to the cities and villages of Cambodia. Meander along the Mekong and learn about Vietnam’s French-infused past in the Delta before soaking the youthful atmosphere of Phnom Penh. Discover small Cambodian villages along the riverfront before finishing in Siem Reap.
Everyday life in VietnamSunset over the Mekong RiverPhnom PenhSiem ReapKampong ChhnangPhnom Penh skylineRoyal Palace and Silver PagodaOudong, the old capital city of Cambodia
Highlights
  • Visit the French architecture and history of Phnom Penh
  • Experience tour at the Royal Palace with the famous Silver Pagoda
  • Sail through Oknha Tey, commonly known as Silk Island
  • Be treated to a Buddhist Blessing Ceremony at a monastery in Oudong
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Welcome to Vietnam and step foot into a world of luxury starting with your air-conditioned airport transfer en-route to the Caravelle Saigon, located downtown in the heart of HCMC. Please arrive by 1200pm. Here your Tour Director will run through an overview of your upcoming trip before heading to a local restaurant for lunch with your group of eager travelers ready to explore the mysteries of the Mekong River.

A coach will transfer you to My Tho where the breathtaking Scenic Spirit awaits. Start with a cocktail reception hosted by your Hotel and Cruise Director. Take a stroll around the decks to orientate yourself as to where all the amenities are. After your welcome dinner, settling into your private suite does not mean you settle for service. At any time, your dedicated personal butler is free to swing by with a nightcap and delivery of your preferred pillows. A calm 4-hour sail brings you to halt off Cai Be where the ship will anchor overnight.

Day 2: Cai Be

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a full gourmet champagne breakfast before heading out on your chosen Scenic Freechoice activity. After your morning activity, head back to the ship for lunch whilst sailing to Sa Dec. Sometimes everyone needs a break from the hustle and bustle of this exciting cruise and for those bookworms, kick back in the Scenic Spirit library to obtain some back knowledge of each port and getting the key information for the exciting activities ahead. Or head to the heart of this ship, the Scenic Spirit lounge, which is a great place to unwind with a glass of wine.

Day 3: Sa Dec

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning re-board your sampan to explore and interact with the sellers in the lively wet market in Sa Dec where you will see live fishes, frogs and even snakes. This 2-hour exploration lets you dive deep into the local lifestyle. You can also visit the home of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le who inspired Marguerite Duras's novel L’Amant a story of tragic love told by your entertaining expert.

After returning to the ship, you will have time to take an evening dip in the pool overlooking the Mekong as the sunsets. The ship will set sail after your arrival back on board for the 6-hour journey to Tan Chau.

Day 4: Tan Chau

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
You may want to start with some exercise in the onboard gym, try stretching at the early morning yoga class or relax in the sauna before setting off to a Scenic Freechoice of your choosing in the areas surrounding Tan Chau. After lunch upon your arrival back on board, enjoy sailing to the Vietnamese and Cambodian border. Some downtime is a great way to relax and what better way to do that than heading to the Wellness Centre or Beauty Salon for a bit of pampering. At the border, you will experience a fantastically themed dinner onboard the Spirit along with a lion dance performed by locals.

Day 5: Tan Chau | Phnom Penh

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning is at your leisure. Attend an onboard demonstration or enjoy some solitude in the library and observation lounge or on your private balcony whilst sailing upstream from the Vietnamese border to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia.

Day 6: Phnom Penh

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, it will be time to head into Phnom Penh. The remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure.

Day 7: Phnom Penh | Oudong

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Board your bus for the short drive to the former capital of Cambodia, Oudong.  Here witness the life of the monks and nuns who reside here at the monastery and if you are lucky, you may be able to partake in one of the many festivals and customs often held here.

Even the most developing countries have a standard of luxury and opulence.  You can experience this afternoon back in Phnom Penh at the Royal Palace with the famous Silver Pagoda within, on your included visit to this must-see attraction. If you are running out of clean clothes, be sure to utilize the complimentary laundry facilities and get an outfit ready for an evening of style with a cocktail reception on the sundeck against the backdrop of Phnom Penh’s lights and stunning scenery as the ships sets sail towards Oknha Tey, commonly known as Silk Island.

Day 8: Silk Island | Angkor Ban

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning we explore the island of Oknha Tey, dedicated to the art of silk weaving. Travel by tuk-tuk to the farm and learn about the process of silk production. Return to Scenic Spirit for lunch and some free time. With traveling throughout South-East Asia comes the heat and what better way to cool down than socializing with a fresh cocktail and dipping your toes in the pool.
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The next port after lunch is Angkor Ban.  Explore its historical rural wooden houses, which survived the Khmer Rouge and visit a school that teaches English to the local students after their regular school lessons. Back on board, continue sailing to Kampong Cham. The option to immerse yourself in local culture with our team is available by learning how to make and wear the Cambodian scarf.

Day 9: Wat Hanchey | Kampong Cham

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Meet the novice monks at Wat Hanchey, an ancient hilltop pagoda and monastery. Walk (or drive) to the top and soak in some of the best-elevated views of the cruise. Back in Kampong Cham, your Scenic Freechoices this afternoon provide the chance to learn about the history and industries of the area. Back on board, you will have time to relax and overlook the gorgeous sunset of the Cambodian skyline before your engaging farewell dinner with the crew.

Day 10: Mekong Cruise | Siem Reap | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Today we journey to Siem Reap via stops at Kampong Tom and the Angkorian bridge in Kampong Kdei. It is time to bid farewell to your fellow travelers and the Scenic team as you get ready to depart Cambodia for your homeland or extended travels. Transfer to the airport and leave with a full camera and stunning memories to treasure.

This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. Disruptions to cruising and alteration to itinerary arrangements may occur.

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80m2/861ft2 - This is the largest suite on the Mekong river. Being up forward on the Diamond Deck, enjoy fantastic views of the passing scenery from your private terrace with an outdoor Jacuzzi and day bed. Both Suites have a separate lounge and dining area, walk-in dressing room, and a luxurious oversized bathroom offering a separate bathtub, toilet, and shower.

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5-star luxury inclusions
  • 5-star Scenic ship with luxurious one-bedroom balcony suites
  • 1 exclusive Scenic Enrich experience
  • Your choice of 12 Scenic Freechoice activities
  • 1 Scenic Sundowners event
  • Up to four onboard dining options, from casual to fine dining
  • 21 meals – 7 breakfasts (B), 7 lunches (L) and 7 dinners (D)
  • Complimentary beverages all day throughout your 9-night cruise
  • Butler service for all guests throughout your 9-night cruise
  • Scenic Cruise Director and Tour Director with expert local guides
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout your 9-night cruise
  • All tipping and gratuities

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