Essence of Vietnam, Cambodia & Luxury Mekong

Essence of Vietnam, Cambodia & Luxury Mekong

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Sail glorious Halong Bay, fly South to discover the history of Vietnam before disappearing back in time to World Heritage-listed Hoi An, all in 5-star luxury.
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Destination & Sightseeing

ITINERARY

Hanoi
Welcome to vibrant Vietnam. Enjoy the day at leisure and settle into a two night Special Stay at your iconic hotel.

Hanoi
Freechoice: Visit the History Museum and Hoa Lo Prison, or join an authentic cooking class. Alternatively, visit Ho Chi Minh Quarter and Mausoleum, including a visit to the Temple of Literature.Enrich After attending a traditional 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 and genuine two night Special Stay cruise through the picturesque waters of this spectacular World Heritage-listed icon.

Halong Bay Cruise
Begin the day with a Tai Chi lesson. Cruising into the National Park, try some kayaking, explore a limestone cave and discover Cat Ba Island.Sundowners Exclusive to Scenic guests, enjoy a wine tasting on board against the backdrop of the karst islands at sunset.

Halong Bay Cruise > Hanoi
Return to Hanoi for another Special Stay and a historic bunker tour at the hotel.Freechoice Dining: Tonight enjoy a Vespa foodie tour of Hanoi’s Old Quarter or La Terrace at Sofitel. Alternatively, sample the nearby Ly Club.

Hanoi > Hue
Enjoy your morning at leisure in Hanoi before flying to Hue, the former imperial capital. Check in for the night at the Pilgrimage Village or similar.Enrich This evening’s Royal Dinner is in a traditional private garden house accompanied by Hue Royal Court music.

Hue > Hoi An
Visit the Mausoleum of Emperor Tu Duc and the grandeur of Hue’s Imperial Citadel.Enrich During an inspiring visit to Duc Son Pagoda, talk with the nuns and learn how they are supporting the local orphanage.Later, travel along the breathtaking Hai Van Pass to Hoi An where you will enjoy a three night stay, which includes a daily spa journey as part of your stay.

Hoi An
Take a walking tour of Hoi An’s World Heritage-listed Old Quarter before stopping at the home of a former merchant to learn all about what life is like in Hoi An.Sundowners This evening relax at a reception in the Blue Bar with included beer and wine.Freechoice Dining: Dine at the Morning Glory Restaurant or embark on a culinary journey at Ancient Faifo. Alternatively, visit Brother’s Café.

Hoi An
Freechoice: Visit the temple ruins of My Son. Alternatively, enjoy an interactive cooking class at Red Bridge Restaurant or cycle to a nearby farming village.

Hoi An > Siem Reap
Fly to Siem Reap, Cambodia for your three night Special Stay, located within walking distance of the markets.

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 the markets, or take a tethered balloon ride above Angkor Wat (weather dependent) before visiting  Pouk Silk Farm.Later visit the colossal Angkor Wat.Enrich Take your Premium Reserved seat at the colourful Cambodian Circus, Phare.

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 Be wowed by a mystical themed Gala Dinner at an Angkor temple, with included free flow drinks and a show featuring Apsara dancers in front of candlelit temple ruins.

Siem Reap > Mekong Cruise
Discover the rural side of Cambodia on your drive to Kampong Cham where Scenic Spirit awaits, with stops at the Khmer bridge at Kampong Kdei, Kampong Thom and a stone cutters village.

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 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.

Angkor Ban > Silk Island > Phnom Penh
Upon arrival in Angkor Ban, explore its historical rural wooden houses, which survived the Khmer Rouge, and visit the local pagoda to observe the lifestyle of the resident monks and nunsEnrich 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 Island dedicated to the art of silk weaving before continuing your cruise to Phnom Penh.Sundowners Enjoy a cocktail reception on the Sun Deck against the backdrop of Phnom Penh’s lights as the ship sails towards the capital at sunset.Enrich Later this evening revel in our Phnom Penh by City Lights tour, giving you an insight to the nightlife of the capital before stopping at a distillery for an exclusive tour and tasting behind closed doors.

Phnom Penh
Freechoice: Journey to the Killing Fields and tour Tuol Sleng, or join a hands on Khmer cooking demonstration. Alternatively, explore Phnom Penh’s colonial buildings by tuk tuk, visit the Central Market as well as the city’s modern architecture.This afternoon is at your leisure.

Phnom Penh > Tan Chau
Marvel at the Royal Palace, featuring the famous Silver Pagoda, on your included visit. The afternoon take advantage of the facilities of the most luxurious ship on the Mekong as you set sail for the Cambodian and Vietnamese border.

Tan Chau
Freechoice: Stay in Tan Chau to visit Evergreen Island and enjoy a ride in a Xe Loi. In Chau Doc visit Vinh Te canal and a family-operated fish farm followed by Tây An Temple at Sam Mountain or visit Tra Su Bird Sanctuary.Enjoy a free afternoon cruising to Sa Dec.

Sa Dec > Cai Be
Immerse yourself in the historic town of Sa Dec and explore the lively market. Stop 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 learn how to make cocktails on board.Enjoy a farewell dinner on board as you sail to My Tho.

Mekong Cruise > Ho Chi Minh City
Drive to Ho Chi Minh City and your centrally located hotel for the next two nights. On arrival, take an orientation tour around the post office and cathedral next door.Freechoice Dining: Enjoy a Vespa foodie tour of Saigon, or dine in the surrounds of an old French colonial house. Alternatively, dine at a restaurant specialising in Saigon street food or at your hotel’s restaurants – Yu Chu, Basilico or Market 39.

Ho Chi Minh City
Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn about the underground labyrinth of war-time passageways. After lunch visit the Reunification Palace and War Museum. Reminisce with your fellow travellers during your farewell dinner..

Ho Chi Minh City
Depart with many cherished memories.