Dip in and out of lovely Vietnam and also explore the hidden treasures of Laos and Cambodia. The gift that is South East Asia is yours for the taking.
Itinerary also travels in reverse.
Welcome to vibrant Vietnam. Settle into a two night Special Stay at your iconic hotel 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.
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 Au Co for an awe-inspiring two night Special Stay 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 historic bunker tour at the hotel.
Freechoice Dining: Enjoy a Vespa foodie tour of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, or La Terrace at Sofitel. Alternatively, sample Ly Club.
Hanoi > Luang Prabang
Relax this morning before flying to Luang Prabang, Laos for a three night Special Stay. Bargain at the night markets.
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.
Journey to Kuang Si Waterfalls. En-route back to town stop at a small village, which is home to one of the area’s many ethnic minorities.
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
After a morning at leisure, fly to Siem Reap and your stylish home, for a three night Special Stay.
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.
Take your Premium 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.
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 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 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 downstream to Koh Dach Island dedicated to the art of silk weaving before continuing your cruise to Phnom Penh.
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.
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.
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.
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.