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Treasures of the Mekong 2018 (Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City)

13-days with Scenic

Itinerary
Day 1 Siem ReapHighlights: Welcome dinner
Arrive at your hotel in Siem Reap, your stylish home for a three night Special Stay. Tonight meet your Scenic Tour Director and fellow travelling companions at your welcome briefing and dinner. (Dinner)
 
Day 2 Siem Reap
Begin the day with a visit to the colossal Angkor Wat, before exploring at Angkor Thom and the multi-faced Bayon Temple. See the Elephant Terrace before enjoying your refreshing Khmer lunch. Later visit the atmospheric Ta Prohm Temple as seen in the film Tomb Raider.
 
Take your premium seat at the colourful Cambodian Circus, Phare. (Breakfast, Lunch)
 
Day 3 Siem Reap
Marvel at sunrise over the magnificent Angkor Wat before moving to a special location for a champagne breakfast with food prepared by a local NGO supported bakery school.
 
Discover the temple of Banteay Srei and Landmine Museum or explore Beng Mealea temples and the Artisans D’Angkor Handicraft Centre. Alternatively, cruise on Tonle Sap or ride a tethered balloon before visiting a Pouk Silk Farm and Preah Khan Temple. For the more adventurous enjoy a vintage Vespa ride.
 
Tonight be wowed by a magical themed gala dinner at an Angkor temple, with included drinks and a show featuring Apsara dancers in front of candle lit temple ruins. (Breakfast, Dinner)
 
Day 4 Siem Reap > Mekong Cruise
Drive to Kampong Cham where Scenic Spirit awaits, with stops at the Khmer bridge at Kampong Kdei, Kampong Thom and a stone cutters village. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
Day 5 Wat Hanchey > Kampong Cham
Awake as you approach Wat Hanchey, an ancient hilltop pagoda and monastery to meet the resident novice monks. Walk to the top and soak in some of the best elevated views of the cruise before sailing downstream to Kampong Cham.
 
Learn about 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 wandering through the township of Kampong Cham.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
Day 6 Kampong Tralach > Oudong > Kho Chen
Cruise up the Tonle Sap River to Kampong Tralach, experience an ox cart ride from the ship through a local village and fields to Wat Kampong Tralach. Board your coach to the ancient capital of Oudong to visit the impressive pagoda and monastery to observe the lifestyle of the resident monks and nuns.
 
Receive a blessing in the pagoda from a monk and learn how to pray in a Buddhist pagoda before giving a donation which contributes to the daily meal of the resident nuns and monks.
 
Drive a short distance to Prek K’dam to re-board Scenic Spirit. Later sail downstream to wander through the silversmith village of Kho Chen before continuing your cruise to Phnom Penh. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
Day 7 Phnom Penh
Journey to the Killing Fields and tour Tuol Sleng, or tour the local food market before joining a hands on Khmer cooking demonstration. Alternatively, by Tuk Tuk explore Phnom Penh’s colonial buildings, the Central Market as well as its modern architecture.
 
Arrive by tuk tuk and enjoy a guided tour of the historic Raffles, Hotel Le Royal, followed by an indulgent high tea prepared in front of you by the hotel’s chefs, all whilst sipping on your cocktail named in honour of Jacqueline Kennedy.(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
Day 8 Phnom Penh > Tan Chau
Visit the National Museum and Royal Palace before setting sail for the Cambodian and Vietnamese border. Relax during your afternoon of cruising as you cross the border into Vietnam. Celebrate arriving in Vietnam with your themed evening dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
Day 9 Tan Chau
Visit Evergreen Island and enjoy a ride in a Xe Loi to the local Cao Dai Temple. Alternatively explore Chau Doc city or visit Tra Su Bird Sanctuary. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
Day 10 Sa Dec > Cai Be
Immerse yourself in the historic town of Sa Dec and explore the lively market. Stop for a green tea at the home of Mr Huynh Thuy Le who inspired Marguerite Duras’ novel L’Amant.
 
Board a sampan to visit Cai Be before stopping at local cottage industries and a traditional house. Alternatively savour afternoon tea at the French colonial Le Longanier House. Or choose an on board Freechoice activity. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
Day 11 Mekong Cruise > Ho Chi Minh City
Drive to Ho Chi Minh City and enjoy an orientation tour around the attractions near your Special Stay hotel for the next two nights. Spend the remainder of the afternoon at leisure.
 
Enjoy a Vespa foodie tour of Saigon by night or enjoy a meal in the surroundings of an old French colonial house. Alternatively dine at Restaurant Nineteen or Square One. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
Day 12 Ho Chi Minh City
Travel along the Saigon River to the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn about the underground labyrinth of war-time passageways. After lunch discover all about Vietnam’s more modern history through a visit to the Reunification Palace and War Museum. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
Day 13 Ho Chi Minh City
Depart with many cherished memories. (Breakfast)
Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
  • Witness sunrise over the magnificent 12th century Angkor Wat temple complex
  • Visit Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple and Ta Prohm
  • Visit Wat Hanchey and meet with novice monks
  • Explore Kampong Cham and Cheung Kok
  • Visit floating villages along the Tonle Sap River
  • Take a rickshaw along Phnom Penh’s riverfront and visit the Royal Palace and National Museum
  • Enjoy a wonderful performance of Apsara
  • Stroll through Sa Dec’s bustling market
  • Visit Cai Be’s floating market and a local rice factory
  • Enjoy lunch at KOTO, a restaurant training street children in English and hospitality
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Ho Chi Minh City
  • ALL TIPPING, GRATUITIES and PORTERAGE included

All This Included

Scenic Spirit - Ultimate Inclusions

  • 100% one-bedroom balcony suites
  • Complimentary beverages all day, every day
  • Private butler for all guests
  • Choice of four dining options, from casual fare in River Café to fine dining in Crystal Dining
  • Complimentary on board guest laundry
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi internet
  • Return airport transfers

Scenic Special Stays

  • Scenic Special Stays in Siem Reap and Ho Chi Minh City

Scenic Enrich - Exclusive once-in-a-lifetime experiences

  • Attend a unique performance of Phare the Cambodian Circus
  • Visit 11th century temple complex of Wat Nokor and receive a traditional monk’s blessing
  • Enjoy high tea at Raffles, Hotel Le Royal, before an exclusive private shadow puppet performance accompanied by a traditional Khmer orchestra
  • Enjoy lunch at a restaurant that supports the training of former street children and meet some of the teachers and students
  • Explore the amazing Cu Chi Tunnels, used by the communist guerrillas during the Vietnam War, with your War Veteran

Scenic FreeChoice

  • Scenic FreeChoice inclusions in Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, Chau Doc and Ho Chi Minh City
  • Scenic FreeChoice Dining in Ho Chi Minh City

Dining Experiences

  • 31 superb meals including 12 Breakfasts (B), 9 Lunches (L) and 10 Dinners (D)
Accommodations on this Tour
Siem Reap: to be determined
Cruising: Cabin onboard Scenic Spirit
Ho Chi Minh City: to be determined
Notes
  • Itineraries are subject to change.
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • The Mekong River and Tonle Sap Lake are subject to extreme variations in water levels throughout the year. Every effort is made to adhere to the brochured itinerary however changes including early disembarkation may be necessary due to river conditions, on advice of local authorities or for safety reasons.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.


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