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Temple Discovery and Luxury Mekong Cruise

Discover a range of lavish locations on this unique itinerary along the Mekong river – visiting a range of tourist attractions and cultural highlights.

Revel in an itinerary that provides ample opportunities for growth and glamour, attending gala-themed dinners, Lotus Flower workshops and much more. Deep dive into local cultures and sample local delicacies.

Acting as your guide, the majestic Scenic Spirit – a luxurious vessel custom-designed to seamlessly navigate the waters of the Mekong.

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  • Cruise Line: Scenic
  • Ship: Scenic Spirit
  • Duration: 12 Nights
  • Departure: Jul-Dec(2024) / Jan-May(2025)
£4,593pp
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Temple Discovery and Luxury Mekong Cruise Itinerary

Embark on an extravagant voyage along the sparkling Mekong River, traversing through ports at Vietnam and Cambodia. Enjoy a selection of tours, excursions and luxurious events – from champagne breakfasts to gala-themed dinners.

Day 1

Arrive to Siem Reap

Welcome to Cambodia. Travel to your lavishly appointed hotel in Siem Reap and spend the afternoon settling in.

Day 2

Siem Reap

Explore the 10th-century Banteay Srei Temple and Landmine Museum. Another option is to visit the Satcha Cambodian Handicraft Incubation Centre, sail along Tonle Sap Lake (available from Jul-Feb) or take flight in a tethered balloon before visiting a Lotus Flower Workshop. Guests may also opt into an independent market shopping excursion.
This evening, head to the colourful Cambodian Phare Circus.

Day 3

Siem Reap

Wake up early to marvel at the sunrise over Angkor Wat at a location near a temple – enjoying a scrumptious champagne breakfast. Later, visit the jungle-covered Ta Prohm Temple.
Tonight, enjoy an exclusive experience at a private gala-themed dinner at Prasat Kravan, featuring Apsara dancers.

Day 4

Siem Reap / Mekong Cruise (EMBARK)

Today, transfer by coach to Kampong Cham, viewing the stunning Khmer bridge at Kampong Kdei, Kampong Thom and a stone cutters village.
After boarding, attend a cocktail reception hosted by your Cruise Director.

Day 5

Wat Hanchey / Kampong Cham

Enjoy an opportunity to explore Wat Hanchey – an ancient hilltop pagoda and monastery. – and meet the resident novice monks.
This afternoon, sail upstream the Mekong river before returning to Kampong Cham for some free time.

Day 6

Kampong Cham / Angkor Ban

Explore local folklore, stopping at Phnom Pros (Man Hill and Wat Nokor). Alternatively, explore Kampong Cham’s history and industry at a local rubber plantation and large central market. Your third option is to visit Kho Penh Village, located on Pen Island.

Day 7

Angkor Ban / Silk Island / Phnom Penh

Today provides the unique opportunity to receive a blessing from a monk and learn how to pray in a Buddhist pagoda.
After, return to your ship as we sail to Oknha Tey, where you’ll learn about the process of silk production. Later this evening, explore Phnom Penh on the ‘City Lights Tour’.

Day 8

Phnom Penh

Journey to the Killing Fields and tour the Tuol Sleng Prison. Alternatively, enjoy a hands-on cooking class alongside a local chef or travel by remork (tuk-tuk) to view the French architecture and history of Phnom Penh.

Day 9

Phnom Penh / Border Crossing / Tan Chau

This morning, experience Phnom Penh’s Royal Palace with the famous Silver Pagoda. Return to your ship in the afternoon for crossing the Cambodian and Vietnamese border.
After clearing immigration, experience a fantastically themed dinner onboard your ship, along with a lion dance performed by locals.

Day 10

Tan Chau

Guests may wish to pay a visit to the Tra Su Bird Sanctuary to explore the magical eco reserve. Otherwise, travel to Evergreen Island for a morning discovery about the local farmers and experience an Xe Loi ride to the Cao Dai temple back in Tan Chau.
Your third option involves boarding a speedboat on the way to Chau Doc, visiting the Tay An temple, Vinh Te canal and a family-operated fish farm.

Day 11

Sa Dec

Upon arrival, board your sampan to the lively wet market to interact with live fishes, frogs and even snakes. Spend two hours exploring into the city’s local lifestyle, paying a visit to the home of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le – the inspiration for a Marguerite Duras novel.

Day 12

Cai Be

For your final full-day, choose between travelling to Cai Be to learn about the local cottage industries, taking a sampan to afternoon tea at the Le Longanier restaurant or join an onboard cocktail/mocktail making class.

Day 13

Mekong Cruise / Ho Chi Minh City (DISEMBARK)

Bid farewell to the Scenic Spirit after breakfast this morning and begin your return journey homewards.

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

For your final full-day, choose between travelling to Cai Be to learn about the local cottage industries, taking a sampan to afternoon tea at the Le Longanier restaurant or join an onboard cocktail/mocktail making class.

Day 3

Sa Dec

Upon arrival, board your sampan to the lively wet market to interact with live fishes, frogs and even snakes. Spend two hours exploring into the city’s local lifestyle, paying a visit to the home of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le – the inspiration for a Marguerite Duras novel.

Day 4

Tan Chau

Guests may wish to pay a visit to the Tra Su Bird Sanctuary to explore the magical eco reserve. Otherwise, travel to Evergreen Island for a morning discovery about the local farmers and experience an Xe Loi ride to the Cao Dai temple back in Tan Chau.
Your third option involves boarding a speedboat on the way to Chau Doc, visiting the Tay An temple, Vinh Te canal and a family-operated fish farm.

Day 5

Phnom Penh / Border Crossing / Tan Chau

This morning, experience Phnom Penh’s Royal Palace with the famous Silver Pagoda. Return to your ship in the afternoon for crossing the Cambodian and Vietnamese border.
After clearing immigration, experience a fantastically themed dinner onboard your ship, along with a lion dance performed by locals.

Day 6

Phnom Penh

Journey to the Killing Fields and tour the Tuol Sleng Prison. Alternatively, enjoy a hands-on cooking class alongside a local chef or travel by remork (tuk-tuk) to view the French architecture and history of Phnom Penh.

Day 7

Angkor Ban / Silk Island / Phnom Penh

Today provides the unique opportunity to receive a blessing from a monk and learn how to pray in a Buddhist pagoda.
After, return to your ship as we sail to Oknha Tey, where you’ll learn about the process of silk production. Later this evening, explore Phnom Penh on the ‘City Lights Tour’.

Day 8

Kampong Cham / Angkor Ban

Explore local folklore, stopping at Phnom Pros (Man Hill and Wat Nokor). Alternatively, explore Kampong Cham’s history and industry at a local rubber plantation and large central market. Your third option is to visit Kho Penh Village, located on Pen Island.

Day 9

Wat Hanchey / Kampong Cham

Enjoy an opportunity to explore Wat Hanchey – an ancient hilltop pagoda and monastery. – and meet the resident novice monks.
This afternoon, sail upstream the Mekong river before returning to Kampong Cham for some free time.

Day 10

Mekong Cruise / Siem Reap (DISEMBARK)

Today, transfer by coach to Kampong Cham, viewing the stunning Khmer bridge at Kampong Kdei, Kampong Thom and a stone cutters village.

Day 11

Siem Reap

Wake up early to marvel at the sunrise over Angkor Wat at a location near a temple – enjoying a scrumptious champagne breakfast. Later, visit the jungle-covered Ta Prohm Temple.
Tonight, enjoy an exclusive experience at a private gala-themed dinner at Prasat Kravan, featuring Apsara dancers.

Day 12

Siem Reap

Explore the 10th-century Banteay Srei Temple and Landmine Museum. Another option is to visit the Satcha Cambodian Handicraft Incubation Centre, sail along Tonle Sap Lake (available from Jul-Feb) or take flight in a tethered balloon before visiting a Lotus Flower Workshop. Guests may also opt into an independent market shopping excursion.
This evening, head to the colourful Cambodian Phare Circus.

Day 13

Depart Siem Reap

Bid farewell to the Scenic Spirit after breakfast this morning and begin your return journey homewards.

Temple Discovery and 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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Temple Discovery and Luxury Mekong Cruise Deals

Explore luxuries scattered across the Mekong

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

Temple Discovery and Luxury Mekong Cruise

  • Siem Reap
  • Siem Reap / Mekong Cruise
  • Wat Hanchey / Kampong Cham
  • Kampong Cham / Angkor Ban
  • Angkor Ban / Silk Island / Phnom Penh
  • Phnom Penh
  • Phnom Penh / Border Crossing / Tan Chau
  • Tan Chau
  • Sa Dec
  • Cai Be
  • Ho Chi Minh City
£4,593pp Est. Price per person
  • Scenic Spirit

Temple Discovery and Luxury Mekong Cruise Review

“I had a lot of good fun on this trip! The ship was lovely, my room was lovely and I made a lot of friends on the tours that I intend to maintain contact with.”

Kath Smith, Worcester

Temple Discovery and Luxury Mekong Cruise FAQ

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

What is the environment aboard the Scenic Spirit?

The stunning Scenic Spirit 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 beginning 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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