Welcome to vibrant Vietnam. Settle into a two night Special Stay in Hanoi.
Freechoice: Visit the History Museum and Hoa Lo Prison, or buy ingredients for a cooking class. Alternatively visit Ho Chi Minh Quarter and the Temple of Literature.
Later, discover the Old Quarter back streets on your cyclo ride.
After attending Hanoi’s famous water puppets show, learn the secrets behind this illusionary piece of theatre thanks to your special backstage pass.
Hanoi > Halong Bay Cruise
Board the elegant Au Co for an awe-inspiring special two night cruise through the picturesque waters of Halong Bay.
Halong Bay Cruise
This morning awake with a Tai Chi lesson. Later, visit Cat Ba Island before cruising deeper into the National Park.
Halong Bay Cruise > Hanoi
Return to your hotel in Hanoi for another Special Stay and a historical tour of the property.
Freechoice Dining: Tonight choose to dine at KOTO on Van Mieu, or La Terrace at Sofitel. Alternatively, sample Ly Club.
Hanoi > Vientiane
Relax this morning before flying to Laos. Enjoy an overnight stay in Vientiane.
Vientiane > Luang Prabang
Explore the capital of Laos including the gold covered temple, Wat Sisaket Monastery and Haw Phra Kaew, which once housed the Emerald Buddha. Fly to Luang Prabang for a three night Special Stay.
Participate in morning alms by donating food to the local monks. Visit the former Royal Palace, Wat Xieng Thong and Wat Mai before cruising to Pak Ou caves. Stop at Ban Xang Hay, a village specialising in traditional rice wine before partaking in the sport of Petanque with the locals. Tonight bargain at the night markets.
Freechoice: Journey to the serene Kuang Si Waterfalls or discover different traditional methods of weaving and dyeing textiles. Alternatively visit variations Art Galleries and Handicraft centres.
Immerse yourself in the Laos traditional Baci ceremony, where you will pay respects to ancient animist traditions.
Watch the sun set from Mount Phousi.
Luang Prabang > Siem Reap
Fly to Siem Reap and your stylish hotel, for a three night Special Stay.
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.
Take your reserved seat at the colourful Cambodian Circus, Phare.
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.
Freechoice: Discover the temple of Banteay Srei and visit the Landmine Museum or explore Beng Mealea temples and the Artisans D’Angkor Handicraft Centre. Alternatively, cruise on Tonle Sap (seasonal) to view the floating villages or take a tethered balloon ride (weather dependent) to experience the spectacular aerial view above Angkor Wat.
Be wowed by a magical themed gala dinner at an Angkor temple, with included free flow 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
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 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 beetle nut village.
Kampong Tralach > Oudong > Kho Chen
Arrive in Kampong Tralach and experience an ox cart ride through a local village and fields. 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.
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 down Tonle River and wander through the silversmith village of Kho Chen.
Freechoice: Journey to the Killing Fields and tour Tuol Sleng, or join a hands-on Khmer cooking demonstration. Alternatively, by Tuk Tuk explore 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 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. Choose to retire to the Elephant Bar for happy hour before returning to the ship viewing the floodlit Independence Monument en-route.
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.
Freechoice: Visit the farmers on Evergreen Island and enjoy a ride in a Xe Loi. Alternatively visit the Tay An temple located at the foot of Sam mountain and visit a family-operated fish farm or visit Tra Su Bird Sanctuary.
Whilst sailing to Sa Dec take the time to sip a cocktail by the pool or enjoy the solitude on your private balcony.
Sa Dec > Cai Be
Immerse yourself in the 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.
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 choose to stay on board for your special Freechoice activity.
Mekong Cruise > Ho Chi Minh City
Drive to Ho Chi Minh City for your Special Stay for the next two nights.
Freechoice Dining: Enjoy a Vespa foodie tour of Saigon by night or enjoy a meal in the surroundings of an old French colonial house. Alternatively dine at Restaurant Nineteen, Square One or Di Mai Restaurant.
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.
Ho Chi Minh City
Depart with many cherished memories.