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Scenic Tours

TREASURES OF THE MEKONG CRUISE

13 day cruise

Siem Reap – Kampong Chhnang – Kampong Cham – Phnom Penh – Chau Doc – Sa Dec – Cai Be – My Tho – Ho Chi Minh City

Departs: SATURDAY 3 SEPTEMBER 2016

All-inclusive luxury

This 13 day luxury river cruise showcases the beauty of the Mekong.

03/09/16 To 15/09/16

13 day cruise.

Cambodia and Vietnam

Siem Reap - Kampong Chhnang - Kampong Cham - Phnom Penh - Chau Doc - Sa Dec - Cai Be - My Tho - Ho Chi Minh City

HELLO MEKONG

13 days from $6,940*

per person twin share

TREASURES OF THE MEKONG CRUISE

13 day cruise

All-inclusive luxury

Scenic Spirit

 

Ultimate Inclusions

  • 100% one-bedroom balcony suites
  • Complimentary beverages all day, every day
  • Private butler for all guests
  • Choice of four dining options, from casual fare in River Cafe to fine dining in Crystal Dining
  • Complimentary on board guest laundry
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi internet
  • Return airport transfers

Scenic Spirit

  • Scenic Special Stays in Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap

Scenic FreeChoice

  • Scenic FreeChoice inclusions in Ho Chi Minh City, Chau Doc, Phnom Penh and Siem Reap
  • Scenic FreeChoice Dining in Ho Chi Minh City

Dining Experiences

 

31 superb meals including:

  • 12 Breakfasts
  • 9 Lunches
  • 10 Dinners

This 13 day luxury river cruise begins in ancient Siem Reap, Cambodia, finishes in the main hub of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City and showcases the beauty of the Mekong.

BONUS

FLY FREE* WHEN YOU BOOK AND DEPOSIT BY 30 SEPTEMBER 2015.

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Scenic Enrich

 

Exclusive once-in-a-lifetime experiences

  • Explore the amazing Cu Chi Tunnels, used by the communist guerrillas during the Vietnam War, with your War Veteran
  • Enjoy high tea at raffles, Hotel Le Royal, before an exclusive private shadow puppet performance accompanied by a traditional Khmer orchestra
  • Enjoy lunch at a restaurant that supports the training of former street children
  • Visit 11th century temple complex of Wat Nokor and receive a traditional monk’s blessing
  • 3 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Farewell Dinner)
  • Attend a unique performance of Phare the Cambodian Circus

Scenic Highlights

  • Enjoy lunch at KOTO, a restaurant training street children in English and hospitality
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Ho Chi Minh City
  • Visit Cai Be’s floating market and a local rice factory
  • Stroll through Sa Dec’s bustling market
  • Take a rickshaw along Phnom Phen’s riverfront and visit the Royal Palace and National Museum
  • Enjoy a wonderful performance of Apsara
  • Visit floating villages along the Tonle Sap River
  • Visit Wat Hanchey and meet with novice monks
  • Explore Kampong Cham and Cheung Kok
  • Witness sunrise over the magnificent 12th century Angkor Wat temple complex
  • Visit Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple and Ta Prohm

All tipping, gratuities and porterage.

2016 Price and Offers

BOOK NOW TO RECEIVE YOUR EARLYBIRD OFFER

Fly free including taxes when you book and deposit by 30 September 2015*.

Tour pricing from Sydney

FROM $6,940 PER PERSON/TWIN SHARE

 

Upgrade your suit (Costs are Twin Share Per Person):

 

BA – Sapphire Deck – Deluxe Suite, $500
BB – Sapphire Desck, Deluxe Suite, $600
B – Sapphire Deck, Deluxe Suite, $800
A – Diamond Deck, Deluxe Suite, $900
RD, Diamond Deck, Grand Deluxe Suite, $1,800
RS, Diamond Deck, Royal Panorama Suite, $2,300
Single Supplement upgrades, Please enquire for details.

Upgrade to Business Class from $2,995pp

 

Tour price is per person twin share. Based on C Deluxe Suites. Includes Port Charges, Government taxes and levies of approx. of $300pp. All pricing and offers are strictly limited. Please enquire for single pricing. Tour Code: VIMS030916.2.

* Earlybird Offers: Fly Free, including taxes is based on Singapore Airlines ‘Q’ class economy fare ex. SYDNEY and subject to availability at time of booking. Must book and deposit by 30 Sep 2015. If that airline and/or class is not available Scenic Tours reserves the right to use an alternative airline of their choice and a surcharge will apply. Flights must be booked by Scenic Tours. Variable air taxes of up to $600 per person are payable and included in the tour price. Airfares will be ticketed on receipt will incur amendment fees.

+ Mekong Cruise: This tour price is based on category C Deluxe Suites on the Scenic Spirit. Cabin upgrades are subject to availability. Cabins are limited and early booking is recommended as supplements will apply once Verandah cabins are sold. Port charges and taxes are approximately $300 per person and included in tour price.

Cambodia Map

5 Star Luxury Touring

Whether it’s on land or by sea, we travel with a quality that suits your style. Luxury comes a standard with Scenic.

INCLUSIONS

  • 7 night luxury cruise on the Scenic Spirit +YES
  • 100% one-bedroom balcony suitesYES
  • Return airport transfersYES
  • Complimentary beverages all day, every dayYES
  • 31 superb mealsYES
  • Scenic FreeChoice inclusions in Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, Chau Doc and Ho Chi Minh CityYES
  • 3 night stay in Siem ReapYES
  • 2 night stay in Ho Chi Minh CityYES

Flying with Singapore Airlines

Singapore AirlinesFlights are from Sydney to Siem Reap and Ho Chi Minh City to Sydney with Singapore Airlines. Pricing is for International Economy seating.

Talk to your helloworld agent for seating upgrades and other flights.

 

Meal key:

B Full breakfast
L Lunch
D Dinner

ITINERARY

DAY 1 - ARRIVE SIEM REAP

Saturday 3 September 2016

Sous Sdei and welcome to Cambodia!

On arrival you will be personally met by your Scenic Tours Representative and transferred to your luxury hotel. Meet your Tour Director for a welcome briefing followed by dinner. D

Accommodation: Park Hyatt Siem Reap

DAY 2 - SIEM REAP

Sunday 4 September 2016

Witness sunrise over the magnificent 12th century World Heritage Angkor Wat and after touring the magnificent temple return to the hotel for breakfast.

Later visit Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple and Ta Prohm, entangled by the surrounding jungle vines.

Enjoy lunch at a restaurant that trains young Cambodians from poor families in the principles of hospitality. B, L

Accommodation: Park Hyatt Siem Reap

DAY 3 - SIEM REAP

Monday 5 September 2016

Scenic Freechoice (4 choices)

Discover the temple of Banteay Srei and visit the Landmine Museum; or

Visit a local market and take part in an authentic Khmer cooking class; or

Explore the recently accessible Beng Mealea temples in the jungles of Siem Reap; or

Appreciate Cambodia’s exquisite handicrafts.

Scenic Enrich

Attend a performance and learn about Phare the Cambodian Circus, a special show that blends contortion, juggling, acrobats with high energy music and modern dance forms to tell uniquely Cambodian stories. B

Accommodation: Park Hyatt Siem Reap

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DAY 4 - SIEM REAP > EMBARK CRUISE

Tuesday 6 September 2016

Journey to Kampong Cham and board your luxury river cruise, the Scenic Spirit.

Cruise toward Wat Hanchey, climb to the top and soak up the breathtaking views of the Mekong River.

Return to the ship and enjoy your Champagne welcome reception and dinner. B, L, D

Accommodation: Scenic Spirit

DAY 5 - KAMPONG CHAM > KAMPONG CHHNANG

Wednesday 7 September 2016

Early this morning enjoy Tai Chi on the Sun Deck before exploring Kampong Cham, a quiet provincial capital with French architecture from the colonial period.

Discover the legend of Phnom Pros (Man Hill) and Phnom Srei (Woman Hill) and stroll through the ecotourism village of Cheung Kok, supported and developed by AMICA (Assistance Mediation Internationale pour le Cambodge).

Walk among the stilt houses, watch women weave scarves called ‘krama’ a typical Khmer cloth and learn about their traditional farming techniques.

Scenic Enrich

Discover the ancient stories surrounding the 11th century temple complex of Wat Nokor and receive a traditional monk’s blessing.

Return to the ship and cruise towards the centre of Cambodia’s pottery industry, Kampong Chhnang. B, L, D

Accommodation: Scenic Spirit

DAY 6 - KAMPONG CHHNANG > TONLE SAP

Thursday 8 September 2016

Transfer to smaller boats and experience a panoramic cruise to the unique floating villages with houses, shops and schools all bobbing on the water.

Later cruise towards Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, a charming city crisscrossed by broad treelined boulevards and dotted with French villas and wonderful colonial architecture. B, L, D

Accommodation: Scenic Spirit

DAY 7 - PHNOM PENH

Friday 9 September 2016

Take a rickshaw journey along the city’s riverfront to the Royal Palace complex, with its famous Silver Pagoda and Temple of the Emerald Buddha before discovering many Angkor period artefacts at the National Museum.

Scenic Enrich

Raffles, Hotel Le Royal, is the perfect place to enjoy high tea before an exclusive private shadow puppet and masked dance performance accompanied by a traditional Khmer orchestra. B, L, D

Accommodation: Scenic Spirit

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DAY 8 - PHNOM PENH > VIETNAM BORDER

Saturday 10 September 2016

Scenic Freechoice (4 choices)

Journey to the Killing Fields and tour Tuol Sleng, the former school that was converted to the main prison and torture headquarters of the Khmer Rouge; or

Take a guided tour of the local market before joining in a hands on Khmer cooking demonstration; or

Explore central Phnom Penh by cyclo, its colonial buildings as well as modern architecture; or

Visit Silk Island, learn about silk weaving and see how the families are maintaining old traditions of hand looming silk and dyeing it to bright hues.

Scenic Enrich

Enjoy lunch at a restaurant operated by an NGO that supports the education and training of former street children. Meet some of the teachers and students and see how their lives have been changed by this initiative.

Spend some time at leisure, continue exploring the city, discover wonderful shopping at the Russian Market or simply enjoy the comfort on board the ship. Later enjoy a wonderful performance of Apsara, a traditional dance before sailing towards the Vietnam border. B, L, D

Accommodation: Scenic Spirit

DAY 9 - CHAU DOC > SA DEC

Sunday 11 September 2016

Xin Chao and welcome to Vietnam!

After completing border formalities cruise towards Chau Doc. For most of its history Chau Doc was under Cambodian rule and large Khmer communities together with local Cham, Chinese and Vietnamese combine to form a wonderful melting pot of cultures.

Scenic Freechoice (3 choices)

Board a small boat and cruise down canals, visit family operated fish-farms before strolling through settlements of Cham people; or

Journey to nearby Sam Mountain, appreciate the expansive views and explore a clutch of pagodas and shrines; or

Explore Tra Su Bird sanctuary, home to a rich array of wildlife and birds (storks, egrets, cormorants, peafowls and water cocks).

Return to the ship and cruise towards the historic town of Sa Dec passing a cluster of brick kilns along the river bank.

Return to the ship and cruise towards Sa Dec. B, L, D

Accommodation: Scenic Spirit

DAY 10 - SA DEC > CAI BE

Monday 12 September 2016

Take a stroll through Sa Dec’s bustling market, stop to visit the home of Mr. Hyun Thuy Le, who inspired French novelist Marguerite Duras’ novel L’Amant (The Lover), and discover a colourful Cao Dai Temple.

Cruise further into the Mekong Delta to Cai Be, famous for its floating markets and visit a small family-operated rice factory and watch as they produce rice paper, rice wine, rice pop and candies all by hand.

Return to the ship and gather for a Champagne farewell reception and dinner. B, L, D

Accommodation: Scenic Spirit

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DAY 11 - DISEMBARK CRUISE > HO CHI MINH CITY

Tuesday 13 September 2016

This morning cruise into My Tho and after breakfast disembark the cruise and transfer to Ho Chi Minh City.

Scenic Enrich

Explore the amazing Cu Chi Tunnels, a network of underground rooms and tunnels used by the communist guerrillas during the Vietnam War with your War Veteran, who shares his personal account of life during this time.

Continue to Ho Chi Minh City for a walking tour and admire the historic landmarks including Notre Dame Cathedral, the Opera House and the Central Post Office.

Scenic Freechoice Dining (3 choices)

Take a dinner cruise along the Saigon River; or

Discover lively local streets by night and sample different street food dishes; or

Enjoy an international buffet at Restaurant Nineteen.

B, L, D

Accommodation: Caravelle Hotel

DAY 12 - HO CHI MINH CITY

Wednesday 14 September 2016

Scenic Freechoice (3 choices)

Explore local neighbourhoods on your walking tour; or

Uncover this bustling city on a vintage Vespa; or

Discover Vietnam’s history through the diverse religions and cultural influences.

Enjoy lunch at KOTO, a restaurant set up to train and educate street children.

After an afternoon at leisure, this evening indulge in a sumptuous Vietnamese farewell dinner in the unusual setting of a former opium refinery. B, L, D

Accommodation: Caravelle Hotelmekong-6

DAY 13 - DEPART HO CHI MINH CITY

Thursday 15 September 2016

Transfer to the airport for your onward or homebound flight. B

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