Essence of Cambodia, Vietnam & Luxury Mekong

Sail glorious Halong Bay, fly South to discover the history of Vietnam before disappearing back in time to World Heritage-listed Hoi An, all in 5-star luxury.

22 Days
Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City
From (USD)
$ 8,995
Dates & Pricing

2021/2022 Hanoi > Ho Chi Minh City

South East Asia comes alive

Weaving together a beautiful tapestry of the senses, the neighbouring countries of Cambodia and Vietnam will leave you spellbound.
Spend two glorious nights cruising to Cat Ba Island through extraordinary Halong Bay. Fly south to discover the royal history of Vietnam in Hue before stepping back in time in World Heritage-listed Hoi An. In Siem Reap, attend an extraordinary Temple Gala Dinner at an Angkor temple. Then join Scenic Spirit on the Mekong to explore this fascinating landscape in ultimate luxury.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
VIMC
Duration:
22 days
Departure City:
Hanoi
Return City:
Ho Chi Minh City

22 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Hanoi

    Welcome to vibrant Vietnam. Enjoy the day at leisure and settle into a two night Special Stay at your iconic hotel in Hanoi.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Hanoi

    Freechoice

    Visit the History Museum and Hoa Lo Prison, or join an authentic cooking class. Alternatively, visit Ho Chi Minh Quarter and Mausoleum, including a visit to the Temple of Literature.

    Enrich

    After attending a customary performance of Hanoi’s famous Water Puppets, learn the secrets behind this illusionary show thanks to your special backstage pass.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Hanoi > Halong Bay Cruise

    Journey to Halong Bay and board the elegant Au Co for an awe-inspiring two night Special Stay cruise through the picturesque waters of this spectacular World Heritage-listed icon.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Halong Bay Cruise

    Begin the day with a Tai Chi lesson. Cruising deeper into the National Park, try some kayaking, explore a cave and discover Cat Ba Island.

    Sundowners

    Exclusive to Scenic guests on board, enjoy a wine tasting against the backdrop of the karst islands at sunset.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Halong Bay Cruise > Hanoi

    Relax during your morning cruising before returning to Hanoi for another Special Stay and undertake a historical bunker tour at the hotel.

    Freechoice Dining

    Tonight enjoy a Vespa foodie tour of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, or dine at the La Terrace at Sofitel. Alternatively, dine in a classic French villa at Home Moc restaurant.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Hanoi > Hue

    Enjoy your morning at leisure in Hanoi before flying to Hue, the former imperial capital. Check into your hotel, your home for the night.

    Enrich

    This evening’s Royal Dinner is held in a traditional private garden house accompanied by Hue Royal Court music.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Hue > Hoi An

    Visit the Mausoleum of Emperor Tu Duc and the grandeur of Hue’s Imperial Citadel. Later, travel along the breath taking Hai Van Pass to the ancient town of Hoi An where you will enjoy a three night stay, which includes a daily spa journey as part of your stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Hoi An

    Step back in time as you take a walking tour of Hoi An’s World Heritage-listed Old Quarter including the Japanese Bridge and central market before stopping at the home of a former merchant to learn all about what life is like in Hoi An.

    Sundowners

    This evening relax at a reception in the Blue Bar with included beer and wine.

    Freechoice Dining

    Dine at the Morning Glory Restaurant. Alternatively, visit Brother’s Café or Hoi An Café, both located along the river front.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Hoi An

    Freechoice

    Visit the ancient temple ruins of My Son. Alternatively, enjoy an interactive cooking class at Red Bridge Restaurant or cycle to a farming village through the rice fields outside Hoi An.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  10. Day 10 - Hoi An > Siem Reap

    Fly to Siem Reap, Cambodia for a three night Special Stay at your historic hotel, located within walking distance of the markets.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  11. Day 11 - Siem Reap

    Freechoice

    Discover Banteay Srei, dedicated to Shiva and known as the ‘citadel of women’ and visit the Landmine Museum or admire the skills on display at Artisans D’Angkor. Alternatively, cruise on Tonle Sap (seasonal), take a remork (Tuk Tuk) ride to the markets or take a tethered balloon ride above Angkor Wat (weather dependent) before visiting a local handicraft centre.

    Later in the afternoon, a perfect time in the day for photography, visit the colossal Angkor Wat. 

    Enrich

    Take your Premium Reserved seat at the colourful Cambodian Circus, Phare. Phare transforms the lives of Cambodian youth, where its artists use theatre, music, dance and circus arts to tell uniquely Cambodian stories.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  12. Day 12 - Siem Reap

    Enrich

    Marvel at sunrise over the magnificent Angkor Wat before moving to a special location for a champagne breakfast with food prepared by an NGO supported local bakery school.

    Visit the atmospheric, jungle covered Ta Prohm Temple, before stopping at Angkor Thom and the multi-faced Bayon Temple. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure.

    Enrich

    Be wowed by a mystical themed Gala Dinner at an Angkor temple, with included free flow drinks and a show featuring Apsara dancers in front of candlelit temple ruins.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Siem Reap > Mekong Cruise

    Discover the rural side of Cambodia on your drive to Kampong Cham where Scenic Spirit awaits, with stops at the Khmer bridge at Kampong Kdei, Kampong Thom and a stone cutters village. Toast the start of your cruise with a cocktail reception.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Wat Hanchey > Kampong Cham

    Awake as you approach Wat Hanchey, an ancient hilltop pagoda and monastery to meet the resident novice monks. Walk (or drive) to the top for some of the best elevated views of the cruise before sailing downstream to Kampong Cham

    Freechoice

    Learn the history of the area with a visit to Phnom Pros (Man Hill) and then Wat Nokor. Alternatively, explore the traditional village of Koh Pen or visit a rubber plantation factory and betel nut village.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Angkor Ban > Silk Island > Phnom Penh

    Upon arrival in Angkor Ban, explore its historical rural wooden houses, which survived the Khmer Rouge, and visit the local pagoda to observe the lifestyle of the resident monks and nuns.

    Enrich

    Receive a blessing from a monk and learn how to pray in a Buddhist pagoda, before partaking in a ceremony that contributes to the daily meal of the resident monks.

    Later, sail downstream to Koh Dach Island dedicated to the art of silk weaving before continuing your cruise to Phnom Penh

    Sundowners

    Enjoy a cocktail reception on the Sun Deck against the backdrop of Phnom Penh’s lights as the ship sails towards the capital at sunset.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Phnom Penh

    Freechoice

    Journey to the Killing Fields and tour Tuol Sleng, the former school that was converted to the main prison of the Khmer Rouge, or take a guided tour of the local food market before joining a hands-on Khmer cooking demonstration. Alternatively, explore Phnom Penh’s colonial buildings by remork (tuk tuk) and visit the Central Market before stopping for lunch at a local NGO restaurant teaching street kids hospitality skills.

    This afternoon is at your leisure for shopping or exploring on your own.

    Enrich

    Later this evening revel in our Phnom Penh by City Lights tour, giving you an insight to the nightlife of the capital before stopping at a distillery for an exclusive tour and tasting behind closed doors.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Phnom Penh > Tan Chau

    This morning marvel at the Royal Palace, featuring the famous Silver Pagoda, on your included visit to this must-see attraction. The afternoon is at your leisure to take advantage of the facilities of the most luxurious ship on the Mekong as you set sail for the Cambodian and Vietnamese border. Celebrate arriving in Vietnam with your themed evening dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Tan Chau

    Freechoice

    Stay in Tan Chau to visit Evergreen Island and enjoy a ride in a Xe Loi to a silk dye factory. In Chau Doc visit Vinh Te Canal and a family-operated fish farm, followed by Tây An Temple at Sam Mountain or visit Tra Su Bird Sanctuary.

    While sailing downstream to Sa Dec, take the time to enjoy a cocktail by the pool or appreciate some solitude on your private balcony as you watch the scenery pass by.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - Sa Dec > Cai Be

    Immerse yourself in the historic town of Sa Dec and explore the lively markets. Stop for green tea at the home of Mr Huynh Thuy Le who inspired Marguerite Duras’ novel L’Amant. 

    Freechoice

    Board a sampan to visit Cai Be, local cottage industries and a traditional Vietnamese house. Alternatively, savour morning tea at the colonial French home, Le Longanier or stay on board for a special activity.

    This evening enjoy a farewell dinner on board as you sail to My Tho.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  20. Day 20 - Mekong Cruise > Ho Chi Minh City

    Drive to Ho Chi Minh City and visit the War Museum before an orientation tour around your hotel and a two night stay at the Caravelle Saigon. Spend the remainder of the afternoon at leisure.

    Freechoice

    Enjoy a Vespa foodie tour of Saigon, enjoy a meal in an old French colonial house or a restaurant specialising in Saigon street food. Alternatively, try Italian at Basilico or international fare at Nineteen Restaurant.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  21. Day 21 - Ho Chi Minh City

    Travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn about the underground labyrinth of war-time passageways before returning to explore the Reunification Palace. Enjoy tonight’s farewell dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  22. Day 22 - Ho Chi Minh City

    Depart with many cherished memories.

    This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

The Scenic Difference
  • Exclusive Gala Dinner at an Angkor temple
  • Champagne breakfast at an Angkor temple
  • Included daily 60-minute spa sessions in Hoi An
  • Vespa foodie night tour of Saigon and Hanoi
  • Royal Dinner in Hue
  • Included tour to the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh
  • Night time tuk tuk tour with distillery visit
  • VIP seats to Phare Circus in Siem Reap
  • Behind the scenes of the Water Puppets
  • Hotels within walking distance to attractions
  • Same Scenic Tour Director from start to finish

5-star luxury inclusions
  • 5-star Scenic ship with luxurious one-bedroom balcony suites
  • 8 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of 34 Scenic Freechoice activities and dining
  • 3 Scenic Sundowners events
  • 4 memorable Scenic Special Stays
  • Up to four on board dining options, from casual to fine dining
  • 56 meals – 21 breakfasts (B), 17 lunches (L) and 18 dinners (D)
  • Complimentary beverages all day throughout your
  • Mekong cruise
  • Butler service for all guests throughout your Mekong cruise
  • Scenic Cruise Director and Tour Director with expert local guides
  • 3 day / 2 night Halong Bay cruise on board Au Co
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout your cruise
  • All tipping and gratuities

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