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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.
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 uncover this lively city on a popular vintage Vespa ride. Alternatively, discover the Reunification Palace and War Museum.
Free choice: Dining Enjoy a meal at Square One at the Park Hyatt, or savour a meal in the surroundings of an old French colonial house. Alternatively, enjoy an international buffet at Restaurant Nineteen.
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 boarding your coach to My Tho where the luxurious Scenic Spirit awaits.
Free choice: Board a sampan to visit the famous Cai Be floating market before stopping at local cottage industries and French colonial or traditional Vietnamese houses. Alternatively relish a later start before savoring morning tea at the French colonial Le Longanier House featuring local musicians and cultural demonstrations. Or stay on board for your special
Free choice activity.Later, after a short cruise up river, immerse yourself in today’s second shore excursion, the historic town of Sa Dec. From your sampan disembark, explore and interact with the sellers in 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.
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.
Relax during a full day of cruising as you cross the border into Cambodia. Partake in some on board activities whilst awaiting clearance from Cambodian immigration. Spend the afternoon gently sailing towards Phnom Penh, taking the time to enjoy a cocktail by the pool or some solitude on your own private balcony as you watch the scenery pass you by.
Enrich: Raffles Experience and High Tea 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 by the hotel’s chefs, all whilst sipping on your signature cocktail named in honor of Jacqueline Kennedy. Retire to the Elephant Bar before returning to the ship.
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, by Tuk Tuk explore Phnom Penh’s colonial buildings, the Central Market as well as its modern architecture before stopping for lunch at a local NGO restaurant which teaches street kids hospitality skills.Later this afternoon visit the National Museum and the Royal Palace with the famous Silver Pagoda within.
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.
Awake as you approach Wat Hanchey, an ancient hilltop pagoda and monastery to meet the resident novice monks. Walk to the top and soak in some of the best elevated views of the cruise. Back on board, your journey continues downstream to Kampong Cham.
Free choice: Learn about the history of the area with a visit to Phnom Pros (Man Hill) and then visit Wat Nokor, an 11th century temple with a modern pagoda built within. Alternatively explore the ecotourism village of Cheung Kok or spend your time wandering through the township of Kampong Cham.
Drive to Siem Reap with stops at a stone cutters village, Kampong Thom and Khmer bridge at Kampong Kdei. Be greeted with a welcome drink upon arrival at your hotel your stylish special stay for the next three nights.
Free choice Dining: Relax at the Dining Room restaurant, or choose from Italian or Khmer at local restaurants.Take your VIP seat at the colorful Cambodian Circus, Phare. (Please note some departures may vary).
Begin the day with a visit to Angkor Thom, the multi-faced Bayon Temple and the Elephant Terrace.
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 from their western colleagues.After lunch, visit the atmospheric Ta Prohm and Preah Khan temples before stopping at the World Heritage-listed Angkor Wat for those ideal late afternoon photos.
Free choice Dining: Choose between local Khmer cuisine at Chanrey Tree or Fusion French at Sokkhak River.
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.
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.
Visit Wat Phou, a spectacular World Heritage-listed Khmer temple complex.
Free choice Trek by elephant to the peak of Mount Phou Asa. Alternatively, explore the neighbouring villages by bicycle, or enjoy a traditional Lao or Thai massage.
Fly to Luang Prabang, the spiritual capital of Laos for three night special stay at your colonial-style hotel.
Enrich: Baci ceremony Immerse yourself in local spirituality during a traditional Baci ceremony, where you will pay respects to ancient animist traditions.
Partake in Tak Bat – 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.
Free choice Journey to the serene Kuang Si Waterfalls or discover different methods of weaving and dyeing textiles. Alternatively set off on a bike ride to discover why Luang Prabang has become a haven for artists.Watch the sun set from the top of Mount Phousi before heading to your delicious farewell dinner.
Say farewell to Laos with many wonderful memories of the people and places you have visited during your Indochina adventure.
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