Grand Indochina & Luxury Mekong

Starting in Hanoi, uncover the beauty of Vietnam & Cambodia before enjoying a three night Special Stay in Luang Prabang, the spiritual capital of Laos.

27 Days
Hanoi to Luang Prabang
From (USD)
$ 11,095
Dates & Pricing

2019/2020 Hanoi > Luang Prabang

An affair to remember

Let the romance of three beautiful countries sweep you off your feet. From Vietnam’s steamy north to Cambodia’s floating villages and on to Laos’ spiritual home of Luang Prabang; this Grand Indochina adventure allows you to embrace South East Asia, in the utmost luxury on board Scenic Spirit.
Spend 27 days unveiling the most magical sights, tastes and experiences. Marvel at the sheer magnificence of Halong Bay or the town of Hoi An – forever lost in time. Spoil yourself with incredible cuisine that can be found literally everywhere. Wander the astounding World Heritage-listed temples of Angkor Wat and Wat Phou. Be enchanted by the water puppets of Hanoi, spend time in the uplifting orphanage of Duc Son Pagoda and explore the Cu Chi tunnels.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
VMCL
Duration:
27 days
Departure City:
Hanoi
Return City:
Luang Prabang

27 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. Tonight meet your Scenic Tour Director at your welcome briefing and dinner.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Hanoi

    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.

    On your cyclo ride this afternoon, discover the maze of back streets through the  Old Quarter.

    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 and genuine two night 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 on the Sun Deck. As you cruise deeper into the National Park, try some kayaking, explore a limestone cave and discover Cat Ba Island.

    Exclusive to Scenic guests, enjoy a wine tasting on board 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 enjoy a historic tour of the property.

    Tonight enjoy a Vespa foodie tour of Hanoi’s old quarter, or La Terrace at Sofitel. Alternatively, sample Ly Club.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Hanoi > Hoi An

    Fly to Danang and continue to the ancient town of Hoi An where you will enjoy a three night stay at your hotel, which includes a daily 90-minute spa journey as part of your stay.

    Dine at the Glory Restaurant or Ancient Faifo. Alternatively, visit Brother’s Café down along the river.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - 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.

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Hoi An

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  9. Day 9 - Hoi An > Hue

    Travel via the breathtaking Hai Van Pass to Hue, the former imperial capital.

    During an inspiring visit to Duc Son Pagoda, talk with the nuns and learn how they are supporting the orphanage through different initiatives, including the proceeds from your lunch.

    Wander though the grandeur of Hue’s Imperial Citadel before checking into the French colonial La Résidence Hue Hôtel & Spa or similar, your home for the night.

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Hue > Ho Chi Minh City

    Visit the Mausoleum of Emperor Tu Duc before flying to Ho Chi Minh City. After arriving at your centrally located hotel for two nights, take a guided orientation walk of sites nearby.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Ho Chi Minh City

    Travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn about the underground labyrinth of war-time passageways. After lunch, try bargaining at Ben Thanh Market.

    Enjoy a Vespa foodie tour of Saigon by night, enjoy a meal in the surroundings of an old French colonial house or a restaurant specialising in Saigon street food. Alternatively, dine at your hotel’s restaurants – Yu Chu, Basilico or Market 39.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Ho Chi Minh City > Mekong Cruise

    Discover all about Vietnam’s modern history through a visit to the Reunification Palace and War Museum. Later travel by coach to My Tho to board the luxurious Scenic Spirit.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Cai Be > Sa Dec

    Board a sampan to visit Cai Be before stopping at local cottage industries and a French colonial or traditional Vietnamese house. Alternatively savour morning tea at a French colonial house or choose to stay on board for your special Scenic Freechoice activity.

    Later, immerse yourself in the historic town of Sa Dec and explore and interact with the sellers in the lively market, then visit the home of Mr Huynh Thuy Le who inspired Marguerite Duras’ novel L’Amant.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Tan Chau

    Visit the farmers on Evergreen Island and enjoy a ride in a Xe Loi. Alternatively, walk through Chau Doc market, visit a family-operated fish farm and cruise around Chau Doc waterfront or visit Tra Su Bird Sanctuary.

    Tonight enjoy a themed evening dinner to say farewell to Vietnam.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Tan Chau > Phnom Penh

    Arrive early this morning into the capital city of Cambodia, Phnom Penh.

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

    Arrive in style by Tuk Tuk and immerse yourself in the historically celebrated luxury of Raffles, Hotel Le Royal. Enjoy a guided history tour followed by an indulgent high tea prepared in front of you, all whilst sipping on the hotel’s signature cocktail named in honour of Jacqueline Kennedy. Choose to retire to the Elephant Bar for happy hour before returning to the ship.

    Later this evening revel in our exclusive Phnom Penh by City Lights tour, giving an insight into the capital’s nightlife.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Phnom Penh > Kho Chen

    This morning marvel at the Royal Palace, with the famous Silver Pagoda within, on your included visit to this must-see attraction. Later sail up the Tonle River to the silversmith village of Kho Chen.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Oudong > Kampong Tralach

    Cruise to Kampong Tralach and take an ox cart ride through a local village and fields to Wat Kampong Tralach.

    Learn how to pray in a Buddhist pagoda and partake in a ceremony to receive a blessing from a monk, all whilst donating towards the daily meal of the resident nuns and monks.

    Board your coach to the ancient capital of Oudong to visit the impressive pagoda and monastery. Drive a short distance to Prek K’dam to re-board Scenic Spirit and continuing your cruise to Kampong Cham via Phnom Penh.

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Wat Hanchey > Kampong Cham

    Walk (or drive) to the top of Wat Hanchey, an ancient hilltop pagoda and monastery to meet the resident novice monks. Sail downstream to Kampong Cham.

    Learn about the history behind Phnom Pros (Man Hill) and Wat Nokor. Alternatively explore the ecotourism village of Cheung Kok or visit a rubber plantation factory and betel nut village.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - Mekong Cruise > Siem Reap

    Discover the countryside of Cambodia on your drive to your hotel in Siem Reap, your stylish three night Special Stay located in the heart of the town.

    Take your Premium reserved seat at the colourful Cambodian Circus, Phare.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  20. Day 20 - Siem Reap

    Discover Banteay Srei and visit the Landmine Museum or admire the skills on display at Artisans D’Angkor. Alternatively, cruise on Tonle Sap (seasonal), take a tuk tuk ride to all the markets or take a tethered balloon ride above Angkor Wat (weather dependent) before visiting a Pouk Silk Farm

    Later in the afternoon visit the colossal Angkor Wat. Take advantage of your free night to visit the night markets.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  21. Day 21 - Siem Reap

    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.

    Enjoy a magical themed gala dinner at an Angkor temple in front of candle lit temple ruins, with included drinks and featuring Apsara dancers.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  22. Day 22 - Siem Reap > Champasak

    Fly to Pakse and discover this quaint city before travelling to the small town of Champasak,  and your boutique hotel for the next two nights.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  23. Day 23 - Champasak

    Visit Wat Phou, a spectacular World Heritage-listed Khmer temple complex.

    Visit a local coffee plantation. Alternatively, explore the neighbouring villages by bicycle, or enjoy a traditional Lao or Thai massage.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  24. Day 24 - Champasak > Luang Prabang

    Fly to Luang Prabang, the spiritual capital of Laos, for a three night Special Stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  25. Day 25 - Luang Prabang

    Partake in morning alms by donating food to the local monks. Later, visit the former Royal Palace, Wat Xieng Thong and Wat Mai before cruising to the mysterious Pak Ou caves to see hundreds of centuries-old sacred Buddha images. When returning stop at Ban Xang Hay, a village specialising in traditional
    rice wine before partaking in the sport of Pétanque with the locals.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  26. Day 26 - Luang Prabang

    Journey to the serene Kuang Si Waterfalls or discover different methods of weaving and dyeing textiles. Alternatively discover why Luang Prabang has become a haven for artists.

    Immerse yourself in local spirituality during a traditional Baci ceremony and pay respects to ancient traditions.

    Watch the sun set from the top of Mount Phousi or shop in the night market before heading to your delicious farewell dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  27. Day 27 - Luang Prabang

    Say farewell to Laos with many wonderful memories.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

All-inclusive highlights
  • 5-star Scenic ship featuring Scenic Sun Lounges
  • 9 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of 38 Scenic Freechoice activities and dining
  • 3 Scenic Sundowners event
  • 4 memorable Scenic Special Stays
  • Up to four on board dining options, from casual to fine dining
  • 66 meals – 26 breakfasts (B), 18 lunches (L) and 22 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

Pricing & Availability