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Luxury Mekong and Temple Discovery Cruise

Explore along the Mekong, visiting unique ports through Cambodia and Vietnam, learning about elements of local culture along the way.

Guests enjoy a selection of unique tours and activities; visiting extravagant monasteries, touring historical architecture and partaking in a wealth of workshops and demonstrations.

For the duration of their getaway, guests spend each night in a glamorous suite aboard the Scenic Spirit, a modern floating hotel custom-designed to efficiently traverse the Mekong.

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  • Cruise Line: Scenic
  • Ship: Scenic Spirit
  • Duration: 12 Nights
  • Departure: Jul-Dec(2024) / Jan-May(2025)
£4,883pp
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Luxury Mekong and Temple Discovery Cruise Itinerary

Scenic presents two options for delightful itinerary filled with exclusive opportunities; including souvenir workshops and gala-themed dinners. Take a deep dive into local culture, visiting ports across Cambodia and Vietnam.

Day 1

Arrive to Ho Chi Minh City (EMBARK)

Welcome to Vietnam – meet with your Tour Director to run through an overview of your trip and drop off your luggage. After lunch served at a local restaurant, transfer to My Tho to board the luxurious Scenic Spirit.

Day 2

Cai Be

Start your adventure with a Freechoice excursion to ride a sampan through the floating market, local cottage industries and either a French colonial or traditional Vietnamese house.
Alternatively, ride your sampan for delicious morning tea at the Le Longanier.

Day 3

Sa Dec

This morning, once again climb aboard your sampan to the lively wet market in Sa Dec. Opt to see the home of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, who inspired a Marguerite Duras novel.

Day 4

Tan Chau

Today’s Freechoice excursions offers you the opportunity to visit the Tra Su Bird Sanctuary in Tra Su Forest, learn about the local farmers on Evergreen Island, ride an Xe Loi to the Cao Dai temple or board a speedboat to Chau Doc to visit the Tay An Temple and Vinh Te canal.

Day 5

Border Crossing / Phnom Penh

After clearing immigration, spend the morning at your leisure to attend an onboard demonstration or enjoy some much-deserved relaxation.
This evening, enjoy the ‘Phnom Penh by City Lights’ tour before stopping at a distillery for an exclusive ‘Sunset Drinks’ tour and tasting.

Day 6

Phnom Penh

After breakfast, choose between an excursion to the famous Killing Fields and tour of Tuol Sleng Prison, trip to the local market and hands-on cooking class or travelling by remork (tuk-tuk) to view the city’s French architecture and central market.

Day 7

Phnom Penh / Oudong

Board your coach for a short drive to Oudong. From here, you’ll bear witness to the lives of the monks and nuns that reside at the monastery. This afternoon, pay a visit to the Royal Palace with the famous Silver Pagoda – ending the day with Sunset Drinks up on the ship’s Sun Deck.

Day 8

Silk Island / Angkor Ban

This morning, explore the island of Oknha Tey – dedicated to the art of silk weaving. Travel by tuk tuk to a local farm to learn about the process of silk production.
After an onboard lunch, we’ll arrive at Angkor Ban – enjoy the opportunity to explore the historical architecture and local culture.

Day 9

Wat Hanchey / Kampong Cham

Day nine presents the Enrich opportunity to receive a blessing from a monk, as well as learning how to pray in a Buddhist pagoda before partaking in a ceremony.
Back in Kampong Cham, learn about local folklore (with stops at Phnom Pros temple and Wat Nokor Bachey), explore the city’s history and industry with a visit to a local rubber plantation or pay a visit to the Kho Penh Village.

Day 10

Mekong Cruise / Siem Reap (DISEMBARK)

Today, journey to Siem Reap, pausing to explore at Kampong Tom and Angkorian Bridge in Kampong Kdei. Upon arrival, check into your luxury hotel in Siem Reap before getting ready for an evening excursion to the colourful Cambodian Phare Circus (VIP premium reserved seating).

Day 11

Siem Reap

Spend your second day in Siem Reap exploring the Banteay Srei Temple and Landmine Museum, visiting the Senteurs d’Angkor workshop, sailing on the Tonle Sap Lake (available Jul-Feb) or taking a flight in a tethered balloon and visiting a Lotus Flower workshop.
Alternatively, join an independent Market Shopping Excursion or spend the afternoon exploring the extravagant Angkor Wat.

Day 12

Siem Reap

Begin the day enjoying the sunrise over Angkor Wat before enjoying a champagne breakfast at a scenic location near a temple. After breakfast, visit the Ta Prohm Temple.
This evening’s Enrich offers guests the exclusive opportunity to a private magical gala themed dinner at the Prasat Kravan temple, featuring free flow drinks and a performance by Apsara dancers.

Day 13

Depart Siem Reap

After breakfast, bid farewell to your fellow travellers and begin following your arrangements to return home.

Day 1

Arrive to Siem Reap

Welcome to Vietnam – meet with your Tour Director to run through an overview of your trip and drop off your luggage. After lunch served at a local restaurant, transfer to My Tho to board the luxurious Scenic Spirit.

Day 2

Siem Reap

Begin the day enjoying the sunrise over Angkor Wat before enjoying a champagne breakfast at a scenic location near a temple. After breakfast, visit the Ta Prohm Temple.
This evening’s Enrich offers guests the exclusive opportunity to a private magical gala themed dinner at the Prasat Kravan temple, featuring free flow drinks and a performance by Apsara dancers.

Day 3

Siem Reap

Spend your second day in Siem Reap exploring the Banteay Srei Temple and Landmine Museum, visiting the Senteurs d’Angkor workshop, sailing on the Tonle Sap Lake (available Jul-Feb) or taking a flight in a tethered balloon and visiting a Lotus Flower workshop.
Alternatively, join an independent Market Shopping Excursion or spend the afternoon exploring the extravagant Angkor Wat.

Day 4

Mekong Cruise / Siem Reap

Today, journey to Siem Reap, pausing to explore at Kampong Tom and Angkorian Bridge in Kampong Kdei. Upon arrival, check into your luxury hotel in Siem Reap before getting ready for an evening excursion to the colourful Cambodian Phare Circus (VIP premium reserved seating).

Day 5

Wat Hanchey / Kampong Cham

Day nine presents the Enrich opportunity to receive a blessing from a monk, as well as learning how to pray in a Buddhist pagoda before partaking in a ceremony.
Back in Kampong Cham, learn about local folklore (with stops at Phnom Pros temple and Wat Nokor Bachey), explore the city’s history and industry with a visit to a local rubber plantation or pay a visit to the Kho Penh Village.

Day 6

Silk Island / Angkor Ban

This morning, explore the island of Oknha Tey – dedicated to the art of silk weaving. Travel by tuk tuk to a local farm to learn about the process of silk production.
After an onboard lunch, we’ll arrive at Angkor Ban – enjoy the opportunity to explore the historical architecture and local culture.

Day 7

Phnom Penh / Oudong

Board your coach for a short drive to Oudong. From here, you’ll bear witness to the lives of the monks and nuns that reside at the monastery. This afternoon, pay a visit to the Royal Palace with the famous Silver Pagoda – ending the day with Sunset Drinks up on the ship’s Sun Deck.

Day 8

Phnom Penh

After breakfast, choose between an excursion to the famous Killing Fields and tour of Tuol Sleng Prison, trip to the local market and hands-on cooking class or travelling by remork (tuk-tuk) to view the city’s French architecture and central market.

Day 9

Border Crossing / Phnom Penh

After clearing immigration, spend the morning at your leisure to attend an onboard demonstration or enjoy some much-deserved relaxation.
This evening, enjoy the ‘Phnom Penh by City Lights’ tour before stopping at a distillery for an exclusive ‘Sunset Drinks’ tour and tasting.

Day 10

Tan Chau

Today’s Freechoice excursions offers you the opportunity to visit the Tra Su Bird Sanctuary in Tra Su Forest, learn about the local farmers on Evergreen Island, ride an Xe Loi to the Cao Dai temple or board a speedboat to Chau Doc to visit the Tay An Temple and Vinh Te canal.

Day 11

Sa Dec

This morning, once again climb aboard your sampan to the lively wet market in Sa Dec. Opt to see the home of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, who inspired a Marguerite Duras novel.

Day 12

Cai Be

Start your adventure with a Freechoice excursion to ride a sampan through the floating market, local cottage industries and either a French colonial or traditional Vietnamese house.
Alternatively, ride your sampan for delicious morning tea at the Le Longanier.

Day 13

Depart From Ho Chi Minh City

After breakfast, bid farewell to your fellow travellers and begin following your arrangements to return home.

Luxury Mekong and Temple Discovery 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.

Open-air Cinema
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34 Suites

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Luxury Mekong and Temple Discovery Cruise Deals

Explore historical architecture and extravagant temples along the Mekong

12 Nights
Jul - Dec (2024)
Jan - May (2025)

Luxury Mekong and Temple Discovery Cruise

  • Ho Chi Minh City
  • Cai Be
  • Sa Dec
  • Tan Chau
  • Border Crossing / Phnom Penh
  • Phnom Penh
  • Phnom Penh / Oudong
  • Silk Island / Angkor Ban
  • Wat Hanchey / Kampong Cham
  • Mekong Cruise / Siem Reap
  • Siem Reap
£4,883pp Est. Price per person
  • Scenic Spirit

Luxury Mekong and Temple Discovery Cruise Review

“When booking, I really liked the opportunity to choose between two itinerary options; it let me choose between the excursions that I wanted. My Tour Director played a huge role in making this holiday stress-free and custom to me – she helped me choose between all the awesome excursions on often.”

Abbey Lane, Durham

Luxury Mekong and Temple Discovery Cruise FAQ

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

What is the environment aboard the Scenic Mekong?

The stunning Scenic Mekong has a maximum capacity of 68 guests – a number that allows staff to provide sensational service as well as cultivate an intimate environment for guests to enjoy.

How many days of the itinerary are spent at a hotel?

Across both the seven and nine night itinerary options, three nights at the end of the itinerary will be spent at a luxurious hotel in Siem Reap.

Are there reverse itineraries available?

Yes, for this cruise there are options to book a reverse tour for both the seven and nine nights itinerary.

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