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Itinerary & Activities

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Siem Reap

Arrive at your hotel in Siem Reap, your stylish home for a three night Special Stay. Tonight meet your Scenic Tour Director and fellow travelling companions at your welcome briefing and dinner. Please book flights to arrive prior to 4pm.

Siem Reap

Begin the day with a visit to the colossal Angkor Wat, before exploring at Angkor Thom and the multi-faced Bayon Temple. See the Elephant Terrace before enjoying your refreshing Khmer lunch. Later visit the atmospheric Ta Prohm Temple as seen in the film Tomb Raider.EnrichTake your premium seat at the colourful Cambodian Circus, Phare.

Siem Reap

EnrichMarvel at sunrise over the magnificent Angkor Wat before moving to a special location for a champagne breakfast with food prepared by a local NGO supported bakery school.Freechoice: Discover the temple of Banteay Srei and Landmine Museum or explore Beng Mealea temples and the Artisans D’Angkor Handicraft Centre. Alternatively, cruise on Tonle Sap or ride a tethered balloon before visiting a Pouk Silk Farm and Preah Khan Temple. For the more adventurous enjoy a vintage Vespa ride.EnrichTonight be wowed by a magical themed gala dinner at an Angkor temple, with included drinks and a show featuring Apsara dancers in front of candle lit temple ruins.

Siem Reap > Mekong Cruise

Drive to Kampong Cham where Scenic Spirit awaits.

Wat Hanchey > Kampong Cham

Awake as you approach Wat Hanchey, an ancient hilltop pagoda and monastery to meet the resident novice monks. Walk to the top and soak in some of the best elevated views of the cruise before sailing downstream to Kampong Cham.Freechoice: 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 plantations and a beetle nut village outside of Kampong Cham.

Kampong Tralach > Oudong > Kho Chen

Cruise up the Tonle Sap River to Kampong Tralach, experience an ox cart ride from the ship through a local village and fields to Wat Kampong Tralach. Board your coach to the ancient capital of Oudong to visit the impressive pagoda and monastery to observe the lifestyle of the resident monks and nuns.EnrichReceive a blessing in the pagoda from a monk and learn how to pray in a Buddhist pagoda before giving a donation which contributes to the daily meal of the resident nuns and monks.Drive a short distance to Prek K’dam to re-board Scenic Spirit. Later sail downstream to wander through the silversmith village of Kho Chen before continuing your cruise to Phnom Penh.

Phnom Penh

Freechoice: Journey to the Killing Fields and tour Tuol Sleng, or tour the local food market before joining a hands on Khmer cooking demonstration. Alternatively, by Tuk Tuk explore Phnom Penh’s colonial buildings, the Central Market as well as its modern architecture.EnrichArrive in style by tuk tuk and immerse yourself in the historically celebrated luxury of Raffles, Hotel Le Royal. Enjoy an indulgent high tea prepared in front of you by the hotel’s chefs, all whilst sipping on your signature cocktail named in honour of Jacqueline Kennedy. Retire to the Elephant Bar before returning to the ship.

Phnom Penh > Tan Chau

Visit the National Museum and Royal Palace before setting sail for the Cambodian and Vietnamese border. Relax during your afternoon of cruising as you cross the border into Vietnam. Celebrate arriving in Vietnam with your themed evening dinner.

Tan Chau

Freechoice: Visit Evergreen Island and enjoy a ride in a Xe Loi through the local town. Alternatively explore Chau Doc city or visit Tra Su Bird Sanctuary.

Sa Dec > Cai Be

Immerse yourself in the historic town of Sa Dec and explore the lively market. Stop for a 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 before stopping at local cottage industries and a traditional house. Alternatively savour afternoon tea at the French colonial Le Longanier House. Or choose an on board Freechoice activity.

Mekong Cruise > Ho Chi Minh City

Drive to Ho Chi Minh City and enjoy an orientation tour around the attractions near your Special Stay hotel for the next two nights. Spend the remainder of the afternoon at leisure or visit Ben Thanh market to indulge in some shopping.Freechoice Dining: Enjoy a vintage Vespa foodie tour of Saigon by night or enjoy a meal in the surroundings of an old French colonial house. Alternatively stay close to your hotel and enjoy international dishes at Restaurant Nineteen or Square One or similar.

Ho Chi Minh City

Today learn all about Vietnam’s more modern history. For a different view of the city, travel along the Saigon River to the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn about the underground labyrinth of war-time passageways. After lunch wander through the Reunification Palace and sombre War Museum.

Ho Chi Minh City > Hoi An

Fly to Danang and transfer to Hoi An. Enjoy a three night stay at your hotel, including a daily 90-minute spa journey.Freechoice Dining: Dine at the Cargo Club or embark on a culinary journey at Little Faifo (formerly known as Ancient Faifo). Alternatively, visit Brother’s Café and enjoy Asian and Western fare.

Hoi An

Take a walking tour of Hoi An’s World Heritage-listed Old Quarter before stopping at the home of a former merchant.SundownersThis evening relax at a reception in the Blue Bar with included beer and wine.

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 nearby farming village.

Hoi An > Hue

Travel via the breathtaking Hai Van Pass to Hue.EnrichDuring an inspiring visit to Duc Son Pagoda, talk with the nuns and learn how they are supporting their orphanage through different initiatives, including the proceeds from your lunch.Cruise the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda before checking into your hotel in Hue, your home for the night.EnrichThis evening’s Royal Dinner is in a traditional private garden house accompanied by wine and Hue Royal Court music.

Hue > Hanoi

Learn about the history of Hue through a visit to the Mausoleum of Emperor Tu Duc and the grandeur of Hue’s Imperial Citadel. Afterwards fly to Hanoi. Settle into your two night Special Stay.Freechoice Dining: Choose to dine at KOTO on Van Mieu, or La Terrace at Sofitel. Alternatively, sample Ly Club.

Hanoi

Freechoice: Visit the History Museum and Hoa Lo Prison, or partake in an authentic cooking class. Alternatively, visit Ho Chi Minh Quarter and Mausoleum, including a visit to the Temple of Literature.On your cyclo ride this afternoon, discover the maze of back streets through the Old Quarter.EnrichAfter attending a customary performance of Hanoi’s famous water puppets, learn the secrets behind this illusionary show thanks to your special backstage pass.

Hanoi > Halong Bay Cruise

Journey to Halong Bay and board the elegant Au Co for an awe-inspiring special two night cruise through the picturesque waters of this spectacular World Heritage-listed icon. Tonight enjoy a cultural demonstration of Vietnam customs.

Halong Bay Cruise

Begin the day with a Tai Chi lesson on the Sun Deck. Later, visit Cat Ba Island before cruising deeper into the National Park.EnrichEnjoy an exclusive wine tasting on board your cruise.

Halong Bay Cruise > Hanoi

Relax during your morning cruising before returning to Hanoi.  After checking in to your hotel, undertake the heritage tour of the hotel before savouring your farewell dinner.

Hanoi

Au revoir Vietnam.


Things to Know

Preparing For Your Trip
  • Make Sure to Bring All of Your Important Documents: Passport, Foreign visa (if applicable), Itinerary, Trip confirmation, Airline ticket, Drivers license, Credit cards, Travel documents.

  • Vaccinations Are Required for Entry to Some Countries. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) can provide you their recommendations for vaccinations and other travel health precautions for your trip abroad.

  • Are You Taking Any Prescriptions or Other Medications? Pack enough to last your entire trip, including some extra in case you are unexpectedly delayed.

  • Insurance: Purchase travel insurance to cover yourself against unexpected situations. You never know when something might happen, so always be prepared.
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  • Always have local cash. Not every place takes credit cards.
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