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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.
Welcome to Vietnam. Relax at your historic hotel for the next two nights. Please arrive at the hotel before 17:00. Meet Scenic’s Representative for a welcome briefing, followed by a Vietnamese dinner in the unusual setting of a former opium refinery.
Free choice Visit the History Museum and Hoa Lo Prison, or stroll through the bustling local markets to buy ingredients for an authentic cooking class. Alternatively, cycle along the Red River or visit Ho Chi Minh Complex and Mausoleum, including a visit to the Temple of Literature. On your cyclo ride, discover the maze of back streets throughout the Old Quarter.
Enrich: Water puppet show After attending Hanoi’s famous water puppets show, learn the secrets behind this illusionary piece of theater thanks to your special backstage pass.
Free choice Dining Tonight choose to dine at KOTO on Van Mieu, or La Terrace at Sofitel. Alternatively, Ly Club menu, or Le Beaulieu, which promises a multi-award winning cuisine.
Journey to Halong Bay and board the elegant Au Co for an awe-inspiring special two night cruise through the picturesque waters of this spectacular World Heritage-listed icon.
Stop for exploring the Dark Cave & Light Cave by bamboo boat or kayak before partaking in a Vietnamese cooking demonstration. After Happy Hour and a signature 5 star gourmet dinner, try your hand at some squid fishing.
Begin the day with a Tai Chi lesson on the Sun Deck. Later, arrive at Cat Ba Island. Cycle in national park with guide from crew members. Explore Ho Ba Ham area by kayaking. Then back to the boat for relaxation on board. Make the most of an extended Happy Hour (buy 1 get 1 free) for drinks.
Enjoy the barbecue buffet in the restaurant (or sundeck depends on weather) while the boat is at anchor. Free time in the evening to watch movies in the restaurant, squid fishing at the reception or join our kitchen staff for the fruit carving session.
Morning with a Tai Chi lesson on sundeck or enjoy the breath-taking views of the bay while The Au Co cruises leisurely in Halong Bay. After breakfast, explore Sung Sot Cave, the most beautiful cave with a photo opportunity that makes it worth climbing the 715 steps into the cave itself.
Return to Tuan Chau Harbor, disembark and commence your drive to airport in Hanoi for your flight to Siem Reap. Be greeted with a welcome drink upon arrival at your hotel, your special stay for the next three nights.
Begin the day with visit to Ta Prohm and Preah Khan 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 walk through the temple before taking an included tethered balloon ride for spectacular aerial views.
Free choice: Visit Banteay Srei and the Landmine Museum or explore Beng Mealea temple and the Artisan D’Angkor Handicraft Centre. Alternatively, cruise on Tonle Sap Lake.
Enrich: Apsara Temple dinner Tonight be wowed by a magical themed gala dinner, drinks and show surrounded by Apsara dancers performing in front of floodlit and candle-lit temple ruins.
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 a short cruise from Phnom Penh to 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 a short distance north to visit Wat Kampong Tralach to learn of its complex history before experiencing an ox cart ride through local villages back to Scenic Spirit which has sailed north to meet you. After lunch on board, disembark for a visit to the silversmith village of Koh Chen.
Free choice: 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 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 the Royal Palace with the famous Silver Pagoda within.
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.
After an overnight cruise, anchor at Tan Chau.
Free choice: Stay in Tan Chau to 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. Firstly visit a family-operated fish farm, walk through a local Cham village and take a cyclo ride around Chau Doc. Alternatively visit Tra Su Bird Sanctuary, Cham Mountain and a local Khmer village. Tonight is your themed gala ball with musicians and dancing.
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 the Fuijian style Kien An Cung Pagoda.
Free choice: Board a sampan to visit Cai Be market before stopping at local cottage industries and a French colonial house.Return to Scenic Spirit or continue exploring Dong Ha Hiep Island. Alternatively savour 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 lookout before relaxing at your historic hotel for the next two nights.
Free choice Dining: Enjoy a meal at Square One at the Park Hyatt, or savor a meal in the surroundings of 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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