Indochina Explorer & Luxury Mekong

Dip in and out of lovely Vietnam and also explore the hidden treasures of Laos and Cambodia. The gift that is South East Asia is yours for the taking.

21 Days
Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City
From (USD)
$ 10,695
Dates & Pricing

2020/2021 Hanoi > Ho Chi Minh City

The true spirit of South East Asia

Dip in and out of lovely Vietnam and also explore the hidden treasures of Laos and Cambodia. The gift that is South East Asia is yours for the taking.
Vertiginous limestone islets and karsts provide an incomparable backdrop to Halong Bay. Spend two unforgettable nights exploring the subtleties and sensations of this incredible place. Venture into the unspoilt and verdant country of Laos, where there are few moments you’ll value more than the opportunity to take part in a traditional morning alms ceremony along the streets of Luang Prabang. The streets of Laos’ spiritual home turn saffron with the robes of hundreds of Buddhist monks participating in this sacred ceremony. Once in Cambodia you’ll marvel at the ingenuity of the great lake Tonle Sap’s floating villages one day, the incredible Khmer structures at Angkor Wat the next.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
VIEX
Duration:
21 days
Departure City:
Hanoi
Return City:
Ho Chi Minh City

21 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Hanoi

    Welcome to vibrant Vietnam. 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 buy ingredients for a cooking class. Alternatively, visit Ho Chi Minh Quarter and the Temple of Literature.

    Enrich

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Hanoi > Halong Bay Cruise

    Board the Au Co for an awe-inspiring two night Special Stay cruise through the picturesque waters of Halong Bay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Halong Bay Cruise

    This morning awake with a Tai Chi lesson. Later, visit Cat Ba Island before cruising deeper into the National Park.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Halong Bay Cruise > Hanoi

    Return to your hotel in Hanoi for another Special Stay and a historic bunker tour at the hotel.

    Freechoice Dining

    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 > Luang Prabang

    Relax this morning before flying to Luang Prabang, Laos for a three night Special Stay. Bargain at the night markets.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Luang Prabang

    Participate in morning alms by donating food to the local monks. Visit the former Royal Palace, Wat Xieng Thong and Wat Mai before cruising to Pak Ou Caves. Stop at Ban Xang Hay, a village specialising in traditional rice wine.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  8. Day 8 - Luang Prabang

    Journey to Kuang Si Waterfalls. En-route back to town stop at a small village, which is home to one of the area’s many ethnic minorities.

    Enrich

    Immerse yourself in the Laos traditional Baci ceremony, where you will pay respects to ancient animist traditions.

    Watch the sun set from Mount Phousi.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Luang Prabang > Siem Reap

    After a morning at leisure, fly to Siem Reap and your stylish home, for a three night Special Stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  10. Day 10 - Siem Reap

    Freechoice

    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 the markets, or take a tethered balloon ride above Angkor Wat (weather dependent) before visiting  Pouk Silk Farm.

    Later visit the colossal Angkor Wat.

    Enrich

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  11. Day 11 - 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

  12. Day 12 - 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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - 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.

    Freechoice

    Learn 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 visiting a rubber plantation factory and betel nut village.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - 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 which contributes to the daily meal of the resident nuns and 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.

    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

  15. Day 15 - Phnom Penh

    Freechoice

    Journey to the Killing Fields and tour Tuol Sleng, or join a hands on Khmer cooking demonstration. Alternatively, explore Phnom Penh’s colonial buildings by tuk tuk, visit the Central Market as well as the city’s modern architecture.

    This afternoon is at your leisure.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Phnom Penh > Tan Chau

    Marvel at the Royal Palace, featuring the famous Silver Pagoda, on your included visit. The afternoon take advantage of the facilities of the most luxurious ship on the Mekong as you set sail for the Cambodian and Vietnamese border.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Tan Chau

    Freechoice

    Stay in Tan Chau to visit Evergreen Island and enjoy a ride in a Xe Loi. 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.

    Enjoy a free afternoon cruising to Sa Dec.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Sa Dec > Cai Be

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

    Freechoice

    Visit Cai Be before stopping at local cottage industries and a traditional house in the area. Alternatively, savour afternoon tea at a French colonial house or learn how to make cocktails on board.

    Enjoy a farewell dinner on board as you sail to My Tho.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - Mekong Cruise > Ho Chi Minh City

    Drive to Ho Chi Minh City and your centrally located hotel for the next two nights. On arrival, take an orientation tour around the post office and cathedral next door.
     

    Freechoice Dining

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  20. Day 20 - Ho Chi Minh City

    Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn about the underground labyrinth of war-time passageways. After lunch visit the Reunification Palace and War Museum. Reminisce with your fellow travellers during your farewell dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  21. Day 21 - Ho Chi Minh City

    Depart with many cherished memories.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

The Scenic Difference
  • Guided small group touring in Laos
  • Exclusive Gala Dinner at an Angkor temple
  • Champagne breakfast at an Angkor temple
  • Vespa foodie night tour of Saigon and Hanoi
  • Baci Ceremony in Luang Prabang
  • Behind the scenes of the Water Puppets
  • Night time tuk tuk tour with distillery visit
  • VIP seats to Phare Circus in Siem Reap
  • Sample authentic local transport options
  • 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
  • 7 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of 29 Scenic Freechoice activities and dining
  • 1 Scenic Sundowners event
  • 5 memorable Scenic Special Stays
  • Up to four on board dining options, from casual to fine dining
  • 52 meals – 20 breakfasts (B), 15 lunches (L) and 17 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