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Scenic Spirit was launched in 2016 and can accommodate 68 passengers in 34 one-bedroom balcony suites. The Scenic Spirit, offers an almost 1:1 staff-to-guest ratio and is equipped with a sleek swimming pool, a steam sauna, and an open-air cinema. These brand new, custom-built 5-Star ships are the most spacious, luxurious and indulgent vessels on the Mekong and Irrawaddy rivers. Each perfectly appointed suite benefits from its own balcony, en-suite bathroom and living space, so you can be sure your stay on this mighty waterway will be as comfortable and luxurious as it is culturally stimulating. To bolster the sense of space and luxury afforded by our spacious guest cabins, Scenic Spirit also features a raft of communal areas, including a handful of decadent eateries and an expansive open-air space complete with vitality pool, café and alfresco cinema. The ship comprises five decks connected by a central atrium and elevator: Gem Deck, Jewel Deck, Sapphire Deck, Diamond Deck and, on the uppermost part of the vessel, the open-air Sun Deck, which is complete with a sleek pool, open air cinema and ample outdoor seating. No matter where you choose to stay within this palatial floating hotel, you can easily enjoy all of its luxury amenities, services and facilities.
You’ll be greeted with a welcome drink upon arrival at your hotel in Siem Reap, your stylish special stay for the next three nights. Please arrive at the hotel before 17:00.
Begin the day with a visit Preah Khan and Ta Prohm temples.Enrich: Angkor restoration talk Learn about an initiative that trains local Cambodian archaeologists who will in time take over the ongoing maintenance of the temples.
Visit Angkor Thom, the multi-faced Bayon Temple and the Elephant Terrace before stopping at Angkor Wat for those beautiful afternoon photos. Free choice Dining: Choose between local Khmer cuisine at Chanrey Tree or French Fusion at Sokkhak River.Take your VIP seat at the colourful Cambodian Circus, Phare.
Enrich: Sunrise Angkor Wat Marvel at sunrise over the magnificent Angkor Wat with a glass of champagne. Afterwards explore the temple before taking an included tethered balloon ride for incredible aerial views.Discover Banteay Srei temple and visit the Landmine Museum or explore Beng Mealea temple and the Artisan D’Angkor Handicraft Centre. Alternatively, cruise on Tonle Sap to view the floating villages.
Enrich: Apsara Temple dinner. Be wowed by a magical themed gala dinner, drinks and a show featuring Apsara dancers performing in front of floodlit temple ruins.v
Drive to Kampong Cham with stops at the ancient Khmer bridge at Kampong Kdei, Kampong Thom and a stone cutters village. Next stop is the luxurious Scenic Spirit.
Meet the young novice monks at Wat Hanchey. Sail to Kampong Cham where you visit Phnom Pros (Man Hill), explore the ecotourism village of Cheung Kok and Wat Nokor.
After arriving at Prek K’dam, board your coach to the ancient capital of Oudong to visit the mountain stupas, pagoda and monastery. Enrich: Monk blessing
Receive a blessing in the pagoda from a monk and learn how to pray in a Buddhist pagoda before giving a donation of food, contributing to the daily meal of the resident nuns and monks.Drive to Kampong Tralach to experience an ox cart ride through local villages before re-boarding Scenic Spirit. Later visit the silversmith village of Koh Chen.
Free choice: Journey to the Killing Fields and tour Tuol Sleng, or take a guided tour of the local food market before joining a Khmer cooking demonstration. Alternatively, explore by Tuk Tuk Phnom Penh’s colonial buildings and the Russian Market.After lunch at a local NGO restaurant, travel by tuk-tuk to the National Museum and Royal Palace.
Enrich: High tea and puppet show Arrive in style by cyclo and immerse yourself in the historically celebrated luxury of Raffles, Hotel Le Royal with an indulgent high tea. Enjoy a private shadow puppet and masked dance performance.
Relax during a full day of cruising as you cross the border into Vietnam. Make use of the ship’s luxury and take the time to enjoy a cocktail by the pool or appreciate some solitude on your private balcony. Tonight is your themed gala ball.
Free choice: Stay in Tan Chau and visit Evergreen Island and the local Cao Dai Temple with a ride in a cyclo. Alternatively choose from two options which cruise by speedboat to Chau Doc. Visit a family-operated fish farm before walking through a Cham village and taking a cyclo ride or visit Tra Su Bird Sanctuary, Cham Mountain and a local Khmer village.
Immerse yourself in the historic town of Sa Dec and explore the lively market, visit the Ancient house of Huynh Thuy Le who inspired Marguerite Duras’ novel L’Amant and visit the Kien An Cung Pagoda.
Free choice: Board a sampan to visit Cai Be floating market before stopping at local cottage industries and a French colonial house.Return to Scenic Spirit or continue exploring Dong Ha Hiep Island. Alternatively savor an afternoon tea at the French colonial Le Longanier House featuring local musicians and cultural demonstrations.
Depart My Tho and drive to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival enjoy a leisurely walk around Notre Dame Cathedral, Opera House and Central Post Office; take in the view from the Bietexco Building’s lookout before relaxing at your historic hotel for the next two nights.
Freechoice dinning:Enjoy a meal at Square One at the Park Hyatt, or dine in an old French colonial house. Alternatively, enjoy an international buffet at Restaurant Nineteen.
Enrich: Cu Chi Tunnels Explore the Cu Chi Tunnels with a Vietnam War Veteran.Free choice: Undertake a tour of Saigon’s art galleries, or discover the back streets of Chinatown on a vintage Vespa ride. Alternatively, visit Reunification Palace and War Remnants Museum. Tonight join your friends for a final farewell dinner.
Depart with many cherished memories.
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