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Highlights of Vietnam, Cambodia & Luxury Mekong

Travel in the footsteps of artists and kings through enlightening destinations along the Mekong River. Put your walking shoes on and explore historically-rich tourist attractions and ancient sites, or take a deep-dive into local culture during the many workshops and classes hosted on board.

Enjoy this uniquely crafted cruise-and-stay experience that affords you luxurious accommodation at historically rich hotels and state-of-the-art ships. Be sure to make good on your truly all-inclusive experience by taking advantage of the wide array of different dining opportunities offered to you throughout your travels.

If you’re looking for value-for-money, Scenic’s action-packed cruises are the option for you. Filled to the brim with on-board and off-board options for learning, touring and discovering, your adventure with us will look completely different to anything seen before.

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  • Cruise Line: Scenic
  • Ship: Scenic Spirit
  • Duration: 17 nights
  • Departure: Oct - Nov / Jan - Apr
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Highlights of Vietnam, Cambodia & Luxury Mekong Cruise Itinerary

Retrace the historical steps taken by our ancestors on this packed 18-day itinerary. Visit temples, receive blessings by a monk, kayak through cave systems, ride a sanpan, enjoy the circus and much more with Scenic on this all-inclusive luxury experience.

Day 1

Hanoi (hotel-stay)

Arrive at the vibrant Vietnam – check into your hotel to commence your two-night stay.

Day 2

Hanoi (hotel-stay)

Pay a visit to the History Museum or Hoa Lo Prison. Alternatively, enjoy a visit to Ho Chi Minh Quarter and the Mausoleum before a trip to the Temple of Literature. You could also opt to visit the ancient village of Bat Trang to dive into the ancient village’s spiritual beliefs as explained by a local elder.

Day 3

Hanoi > Halong Bay

Travel to Halong Bay on a drive through the prosperous farmlands of the Red River Delta before joining a two-night cruise aboard the Au-Co. This vessel will steer you through the picturesque waters of the UNESCO-designated site.

Day 4

Halong Bay

Enjoy a Tai Chi lesson from the Sun Deck as your ship sails deeper into the National Park. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to kayak through a limestone cave system and embark on a bike ride on Cat Ba Island. Enjoy our on-board Sunset Drinks activity for a wine-tasting and the opportunity to try your hand at some squid fishing.

Day 5

Halong Bay > Hanoi (hotel-stay)

Cruise back to Hanoi for another night at your hotel. Embark on a historical bunker tour at the hotel to learn about its place in the 1000-year-old capital city. Enjoy a choice of venues for your dining this evening; from La Terrace in-house at your hotel, the historic La Table Hanoia Restaurant or a tandem Vespa ride with your guide for a foodie tour of Hanoi’s Old Quarter.

Day 6

Hanoi > Ho Chi Minh City (hotel-stay)

Fly to Ho Chi Minh City for two nights at your centrally located hotel downtown.

Day 7

Ho Chi Minh City (hotel-stay)

Travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn about the way in which they were used by Viet Cong soldiers. Choose between dining excursions to the Home Saigon Restaurant, Noir Dining in the Dark or a Vespa ride through all the best local spots for Vietnamese Cuisine.

Day 8

Ho Chi Minh City > Mekong Cruise

Check out of your hotel and pay a visit to the War Museum and Reunification Palace. After lunch in Ho Minh City, transfer by coach to My Tho and climb aboard the awaiting luxury vessel, the Scenic Spirit.

Day 9

Cai Be > Sa Dec

Board a sampan to glide through a floating market before stopping at local cottage industries and viewing a traditional home. Alternatively, take a sampan for morning tea at Le Longanier to dive into a local experience. On board the Scenic Spirit, enjoy a cocktail/mocktail making class.

Upon arriving later in Sa Dec, re-board your sampan to view the wet market (where you’re likely to see fish, frogs and even snakes) and the home of Huynh Thuy Le (currently under restoration)

Day 10

Tan Chau (Border Crossing)

Enjoy an excursion to the Tra Su Bird Sanctuary, Evergreen Island (featuring Xe Loi ride and a deep dive into the Cao Dai religion) or travel by speedboat to Chau Doc (featuring visits to the Tay An temple, Vinh Te canal and a family-operated fish farm).

Day 11

Phnom Penh

Journey to the Killing Fields and tour Tuol Sleng Prison, or join a hands-on cooking class which takes you to the local market with a local chef to purchase your ingredients. Alternatively, travel by Remok (a local style of tuk-tuk) around the French architecture and history of Phnom Penh, concluding at the Central Market.

Day 12

Phnom Penh > Oudong

Travel by coach to Oudong to witness the life of the monks and nuns who reside at the monastery. Enjoy a visit to the Royal Palace with the famous Silver Pagoda and spend your evening relaxing on-board at the cocktail reception held on Sun Deck.

Day 13

Silk Island > Angkor Ban

Explore the island of Oknha Tey, travel by tuk tuk to a farm and learn about the process of silk production.

At Angkor Ban, explore historical rural wooden houses, visit a school that teaches English to local students after their regular school lessons and enjoy our on-board activity where you get to learn how to make and wear the Cambodian scarf.

Day 14

Wat Hanchey > Kampong Cham

Meet novice monks at Wat Hanchey, an ancient hilltop pagoda and monastery. Receive a blessing from a monk and learn how to pray in a buddhist pagoda and partake in a ceremony.

Back in Kampong Cham, learn about folklore with stops at Phnom Pros (featuring a Buddha garden, a local troop of monkeys and the opportunity to learn about the unique architecture of Wat Nokor Bachey). Alternatively, drive past shop houses on the way to view a rubber factory and a village known for growing the betel nut or visit the remote Kno Penh Village.

Day 15

Mekong Cruise > Siem Reap (hotel-stay)

Journey to Siem reap via stops at Kampong Tom and the Angkorian bridge in Kampong Kdei. Check into your hotel before heading off to spend your evening at the Cambodian Phare Circus, where your VIP premium reserved seating awaits you.

Day 16

Siem Reap (hotel-stay)

Explore the Banteay Srei Temple, visit the Landmine museum or go to the Senteurs d’Angkor workshop to produce your own souvenir.

Day 17

Siem Reap (hotel-stay)

Visit a special location near a temple for a champagne breakfast before heading to the jungle-covered Ta Prohm Temple, stopping at Angkor Thom and the multi-faced Bayon Temple.

Join our exclusive Enrich excursion to a magical gala-themed dinner at Prasat Kravan (a small 10th-century temple) – enjoy free-flow drinks and a show featuring Apsara dancers in front of the candle-lit temple ruins.

Day 18

Siem Reap (hotel-stay)

Bid farewell to your fellow travellers and depart from Cambodia to begin your journey home.

Highlights of Vietnam, Cambodia & Luxury Mekong Cruise Ships

Scenic Spirit

Designed to sail the mighty Mekong River, Scenic Spirit accommodates just 68 guests for a unique and personal voyage through Vietnam and Cambodia. Enjoy indoor and outdoor lounge areas and gourmet European and Asian cuisine.

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Highlights of Vietnam, Cambodia & Luxury Mekong

  • Hanoi (hotel-stay)
  • Hanoi > Halong Bay
  • Halong Bay
  • Halong Bay > Hanoi (hotel-stay)
  • Hanoi > Ho Chi Minh City (hotel-stay)
  • Ho Chi Minh City (hotel-stay)
  • Ho Chi Minh City > Mekong Cruise
  • Cai Be > Sa Dec
  • Tan Chau (Border Crossing)
  • Phnom Penh
  • Phnom Penh > Oudong
  • Silk Island > Angkor Ban
  • Wat Hanchey > Kampong Cham
  • Mekong Cruise > Siem Reap (hotel-stay)
  • Siem Reap (hotel-stay)
£7,105pp Est. Price per person
  • Scenic Spirit  

Highlights of Vietnam, Cambodia & Luxury Mekong Cruise Review

“This cruise was jam-packed with lots of unique activities – I loved that. You can tell the itinerary was created with love and attention to detail, and that really reflects on the guest experience. There’s so many options both on-board and off-board, it feels like each person gets their own custom adventure.”

Hannah Matthews, Portsmouth

Highlights of Vietnam, Cambodia & Luxury Mekong FAQ

Find answers to some of the most common questions about river cruising with us:

Will I be staying on two separate ships?

Yes, you’ll spend two days aboard the Au Co, and then another 7 aboard the Scenic Spirit.

Will there be on-board activities?

Our team aboard conducts a variety of workshops and activities for you to take part in. Including, but not limited to; cocktail receptions, mixing classes and squid fishing.

What is ‘Silk Island’?

‘Silk Island’ refers to the island of Oknha Tey, dedicated to the art of silk weaving. You’ll have the chance to visit this island and learn about the process of silk production on day 13 of your getaway.

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