South East Asia River Cruises

Enriching, truly all-inclusive, luxury 5-star river cruises in South East Asia

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Discover South East Asia in luxury with Scenic

Join us on a truly all-inclusive luxury river cruise to explore the fascinating waterways of South East Asia.
When you travel with Scenic, the experience is in a class of its own. Scenic river cruises are meticulously designed, exceptionally luxurious and truly all-inclusive. Peerless from start to finish, our finely crafted holidays offer premium experiences on the exotic Mekong River combined with Scenic’s signature first-class service. 

Your river cruise on Scenic Spirit will be the heart of your journey. This seamlessly couples with luxury land journeys through the treasures of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.

Why visit South East Asia...

  • Cuisine
    Take to the streets on a Vespa foodie tour of Ho Chi Minh City. Travel along the Thu Bon River to the stylish Red Bridge Restaurant and enjoy a hands-on cooking class. Enjoy an exclusive moonlight Temple Dinner at Angkor. Diverse and delicious food experiences are destined to be a highlight of your Scenic South East Asia cruise.
  • Culture
    Wander the astounding World Heritage-listed temples of Angkor Wat. Be enchanted by the Water Puppets of Hanoi. Meet the novice monks at Wat Hanchey and uncover the floating markets of the Mekong Delta. Prepare to experience the heart of South East Asia’s culture.
  • History
    Learn the history of the sombre Killing Fields. Discover the rich colonial heritage of Hanoi and Phnom Penh. Unearth Vietnam’s modern history through a visit to the Reunification Palace and War Museum. Understanding Southeast Asia's poignant past is key to truly appreciating its fascinating character.
  • Nature & Wildlife
    Explore Laos’ mysterious Pak Ou Caves to see hundreds of centuries-old sacred Buddha images. Or, admire up-close views of the majestic peaks and receive access to some of the massive stalactite filled caves at Halong Bay. An awe-inspiring natural spectacle is never far away.

The Scenic difference

The Scenic Difference is present in every element of your journey. It’s more than just a river cruise… it’s having your travel dreams met by a team that goes to the Nth degree to bring them to life.
  • Scenic Owned Ships
    Scenic designs, builds, owns and operates to European safety standards. Scenic Spirit features an unparalleled attention to detail, including air and water purification systems.
  • Luxurious Scenic Suites
    Every luxurious suite has its own separate bedroom, living room and balcony with an exclusive Scenic Sun Lounge plus personal butler service to make sure your every need is taken care of.
  • Truly All-Inclusive Luxury
    Truly all-inclusive luxury means all details have been taken of. All on board dining, premium international beverages, shore excursions, butler service, transfers, tipping and more are included.
  • Our Expert Staff & Team
    Only Scenic has offices in the region. Your crew are the finest in the industry and employed directly by Scenic. The unmatched, almost 1:1 staff-to-guest ratio ensures a luxurious experience.
  • All Meals & Premium International Drinks
    Savor the fusion of Asian specialties and global flavors made from locally-sourced produce. Scenic has the largest selection of international wines, beers, spirits and fresh juices on the Mekong.
  • Enriching & Personalised Experiences
    All sightseeing is included. Exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences offer a deep cultural immersion. Personalize your days with included Scenic Freechoice activities, such as local cooking lessons.

Your peace of mind

Small Ship Experience River Cruise

Small Ship Experience

Experience the benefits of small ship river cruising and ocean discovery voyages

Flexible Booking - Peace of Mind

Flexible Booking

Defer your travel plans up to 60 days prior to departure with our Flexible Booking Policy available on river and ocean cruising.

Health & Safety

Travel with Confidence

Our commitment to each guest and crew’s health, safety and well-being remains our key priority.

The Small Ship experience

With a maximum of 68 guests and an abundance of public spaces, the 5-star Scenic Spirit represents a stylish connection between South East Asian traditions and modern innovation.
On board you will find a luxurious sanctuary in which to relax between explorations. 

Discover South East Asia in video

The mystical waterways of South East Asia will capture your imagination and inspire memories for years to come
Our Journey Designers strive to give you a deeper understanding of the region, its history, culture and the must-see sights, by curating experiences that take you beyond the ordinary. From exclusive access to Angkor after dark to special backstage passes to Hanoi’s famous water puppets show, Scenic guests enjoy exclusive handcrafted local entertainment and sumptuous regional feasts all through their journey. 
 
On board our skilled Cruise and Tour Directors, will share their knowledge and passion for the region, whilst all the while anticipating your needs and delivering a remarkable experience.
 
Get a flavour for the wonders on offer with Scenic in South East Asia by browsing our video collection.

Where we travel in South East Asia

From vibrant cities to charming riverside communities, bustling markets and the peaceful chanting of monks, every day in South East Asia there is something to captivate and excite.
Discover the magic of these dynamic waterways, witness the daily interactions of local residents and admire the ornate temples and gold-top pagodas that dot the countryside, as you gently pass by.
Siem Reap
Siem Reap is a small city encircled by ancient ruins, including Angkor Wat of the once prosperous Khmer empire.
Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City has a fascinating culture  with ornate temples and pagodas, nestled  by sparkling skyscrapers. There is a vibrant food scene with cafés, rooftop bars, fine dining and traditional street food. 
Hoi An
A living museum, Hoi An is home to Chinese temples, a Japanese-covered
bridge, colourful shophouses, French-colonial houses and ancient canals. By night, the riverside is lit by lanterns.
Hue
Hue, in central Vietnam, is the former imperial capital. It still resonates the glories of dynastic Vietnam at the Imperial Citadel and royal tombs.
Hanoi
The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi is one of the world’s most ancient capitals. The French Quarter and Old Quarter are popular locations to explore. 
Halong Bay
Some 1,600 islets make up the spectacular panorama of limestone karst pillars rising from emerald waters. Explore during two peaceful nights
on board the luxurious Au Co cruise. 
Luang Prabang
Peaceful Luang Prabang is more town than city. A charming community and UNESCO World Heritage city of tradition and vivid colours, you’ll find a rich Buddhist heritage with vestiges of French influence. 

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Most Commonly Asked Questions
Q. When is the best time to take a Southeast Asia cruise?
A.

. A river cruise on the Mekong River can be enjoyed throughout the year. Each season in this region presents its own gifts and the tropical climate means temperatures are warm year-round, which makes river cruising on Scenic Spirit comfortable and appealing. Along with your  spacious suite, the variety of dining, wellness, outdoor and relaxation areas make it easy to find your own space to refresh in after a busy morning or afternoon exploring onshore. Move between the Sun Deck, outdoor lounge area and library, outdoor cinema#, resort-style pool, serene spa*, steam sauna, state-of-the-art gym, or beauty salon*. Scenic offers 7-night cruises on the Mekong from mid-October to May and is the only river cruise operator with 9-night river cruises from July to mid-October.

Q. How safe are Southeast Asia River Cruises?
A. Southeast Asia is generally an incredibly safe region to travel in and a river cruise is no different. Scenic is the only cruise company in Asia, that designs, builds, owns and operates to European safety standards. Our locally based and operated Scenic offices provide on the ground support to our hand selected crew, ensuring they can go above and beyond to make your experience unforgettable
Q. Do I need a visa to travel to Southeast Asia?
A. A visa is required to visit Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar.  For Vietnam and Myanmar a Visa or Visa Approval letter must be obtained prior to departure. For other destinations a visa can be purchased upon arrival. 
Q. What should I pack for an Southeast Asia River Cruise?
A.

Southeast Asia's warm, humid climate means light, breathable clothing is a must. Even during the dry season it is possible to have some rain therefore ensure you're prepared by bringing a rain jacket. Sandals and a pair of sneakers or walking shoes are ideal footwear.

Many temples require guests to cover their shoulders upon entry. Therefore, a scarf or sarong can be an immensely versatile accessory. 

Insect repellent is an ideal item to have to hand particular whilst exploring more rural areas and during the evenings. Lastly, don't forget your sunscreen, sunglasses and a wide brimmed hat to protect from the sun.

Q. Where do you want to Cruise?
A. Be sure to read the summary of each country, river and city we’ve outlined here to give you an insight to what to expect from each destination and which spark your love to travel.
Q. How much do you want to spend?
A. Prices vary depending on number of days cruising, time of year, cabin type and destinations, but one thing you can expect with a Scenic river cruise is a truly all-inclusive experience so you don’t have to spend any more than the price paid.

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