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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 to the colossal Angkor Wat, before exploring at Angkor Thom and the multi-faced Bayon Temple. See the Elephant Terrace before enjoying your refreshing Khmer lunch. Later visit the atmospheric Ta Prohm Temple as seen in the film Tomb Raider.Enrich: Phare Circus Take your premium seat at the colourful Cambodian Circus, Phare.
Enrich: Sunrise Angkor Wat Marvel at sunrise over the magnificent Artisans D’Angkor Handicraft Centre. Alternatively, cruise on Tonle Sap Lake or ride a tethered balloon before visiting a Pouk Silk Farm and Preah Khan Temple. For the more adventurous enjoy a vintage Vespa ride.
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Free choice: Discover the temple of Banteay Srei and Cambodia Landmine Museum or explore Beng Mealea temples and the Artisans D’Angkor Handicraft Centre. Alternatively, cruise on Tonle Sap Lake or ride a tethered balloon before visiting a Pouk Silk Farm and Preah Khan Temple. For the more adventurous enjoy a vintage Vespa ride.
Enrich: Apsara Temple dinner. Tonight be wowed by a magical themed gala dinner at an Angkor temple, with included drinks and a show featuring Apsara dancers in front of candle lit temple ruins.
Drive to Kampong Cham where Scenic Spirit awaits.
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 before sailing downstream to Kampong Cham.
Free choice: Learn about 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 wandering through the township of Kampong Cham.
Cruise up the Tonle Sap River to Kampong Tralach, experience an ox cart ride from the ship through a local village and fields to Wat Kampong Tralach. Board your coach to the ancient capital of Oudong to visit the impressive pagoda and monastery to observe the lifestyle of the resident monks and nuns.
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 which contributes to the daily meal of the resident nuns and monks.Drive a short distance to Prek K’dam to re-board Scenic Spirit. Later sail downstream to wander through the silversmith village of Koh Chen before continuing your cruise to Phnom Penh.
Free choice: Journey to the Killing Fields and tour Tuol Sleng, or tour 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.
Enrich: Raffles Experience and High Tea Arrive by tuk tuk and enjoy a guided tour of the historic Raffles, Hotel Le Royal, followed by an indulgent high tea prepared in front of you by the hotel’s chefs, all whilst sipping on your cocktail named in honour of Jacqueline Kennedy.
Visit the National Museum and Royal Palace before setting sail for the Cambodian and Vietnamese border. Relax during your afternoon of cruising as you cross the border into Vietnam. Celebrate arriving in Vietnam with your themed evening dinner.
Free choice: Visit Evergreen Island and enjoy a ride in a Xe Loi to the local Cao Dai Temple. Alternatively explore Chau Doc city or visit Tra Su Bird Sanctuary.
Immerse yourself in the historic town of Sa Dec and explore the lively market. Stop for a green tea at the Ancient House of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le who inspired Marguerite Duras’ novel L’Amant.
Free choice: Board a sampan to visit Cai Be before stopping at local cottage industries and a traditional house. Alternatively savour afternoon tea at the French colonial Le Longanier House. Or choose an on board Free choice activity.
Drive to Ho Chi Minh City and enjoy an orientation tour around the attractions near your Special Stay hotel for the next two nights. Spend the remainder of the afternoon at leisure or visit Ben Thanh market to indulge in some shopping. Enjoy a vintage Vespa foodie tour of Saigon by night or enjoy a meal in the surroundings of an old French colonial house. Alternatively stay close to your hotel and enjoy international dishes at Restaurant Nineteen or Square One.
Today learn all about Vietnam’s more modern history. For a different view of the city, travel along the Saigon River to the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn about the underground labyrinth of war-time passageways. After lunch wander through the Reunification Palace and sombre War Remnants Museum.
Fly to Da Nang and transfer to Hoi An. Enjoy a three night stay at your hotel, including a daily 90-minute spa during stay.
Free choice Dining: Dine at the Cargo Club or embark on a culinary journey at Ancient Faifo. Alternatively, visit Brother’s Café and enjoy Asian and Western fare.
Take a walking tour of Hoi An ancient town before stopping at the home of a former merchant.
Sundowners: This evening relax at a reception in the Blue Bar with included beer and wine.
Free choice: Visit the ancient temple ruins of My Son Sanctuary. Alternatively, enjoy an interactive cooking class at Red Bridge Restaurant or cycle to a nearby farming village.
Travel via the breathtaking Hai Van Pass to Hue.
Enrich: Duc Son Pagoda During an inspiring visit to Duc Son Pagoda, talk with the nuns and learn how they are supporting their orphanage through different initiatives, including the proceeds from your lunch.Cruise the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda before checking into your hotel in Hue, your home for the night.
Enrich: Royal Court Dinner This evening’s Royal Dinner is in a traditional private garden house accompanied by wine and Hue Royal Court music.
Learn about the history of Hue through a visit to the Mausoleum of Emperor Minh Mang and the grandeur of Hue’s Imperial Citadel. Afterwards fly to Hanoi. Settle into your two night Special Stay.Free choice Dining: Choose to dine at KOTO on Van Mieu, or La Terrace at Sofitel. Alternatively, sample Ly Club.
Free choice: Visit the History Museum and Hoa Lo Prison, or partake in an authentic cooking class. Alternatively, visit Ho Chi Minh Complex 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.
Enrich: Water puppet show After attending a customary performance of Hanoi’s famous water puppets, learn the secrets behind this illusionary show thanks to your special backstage pass.
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.
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 Hanoi. After checking in to your hotel, undertake the heritage tour of the hotel before savoring your farewell dinner.
Au revoir Vietnam.
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