Xin Chao and welcome to Vietnam! On arrival you will be met by your Scenic Tours representative and transferred* to your luxury hotel. (Please arrive by 5.00pm). Enjoy time at leisure before meeting your Tour Director for your tour briefing. This evening indulge in your sumptuous contemporary Vietnamese meal in the unusual setting of a former opium refinery.
Two Night Special Stay: Ho Chi Minh City
SCENIC FREE CHOICE (1) explore local neighbourhoods on your walking tour; or (2) uncover this bustling city on a vintage Vespa; or (3) discover Vietnam’s history through the diverse religions and cultural influences. This afternoon experience the amazing Cu Chi Tunnels, a network of underground rooms and tunnels spanning 250 kilometres, used by the communist guerrillas during the Vietnam War. SCENIC ENRICH Explore the underground labyrinth of tunnels with your War Veteran, who shares his experiences during this time. SCENIC FREE CHOICE DINING (1) take a dinner cruise along the Saigon River; or (2) discover lively local streets by night and sample different street food dishes; or (3) enjoy an international buffet at Restaurant Nineteen; or (4) indulge in Italian delights overlooking the Opera House.
After breakfast you will be transferred to My Tho to board the luxurious Mekong Navigator for your 7 night luxury Mekong River cruise. This evening enjoy your Champagne welcome reception followed by your delicious Mekong Delta Welcome Dinner.
Seven Night Special Stay: Mekong Navigator
Arrive at the charming town of Cai Be with its colourful floating market. Following your Champagne breakfast, board sampans and tour historic Anh Kiet House and visit a traditional rice factory. Later navigate the narrow canals and observe the daily routines of the villagers en route to the historic town of Sa Dec. Following a visit to a local brick factory discover the home of Mr Hyun Thuy Le who inspired Marguerite Duras’ novel L’Amant (The Lover).
Cruise Chau Doc harbour with its traditional floating market, continue to the colourful Tay An Pagoda and visit a local family’s fish farm. Continue cruising and cross the border into Cambodia. Sous Sdei and welcome to Cambodia! Spend the afternoon at leisure cruising to Phnom Penh.
Take an exciting cyclo tour along the city’s riverfront, uncover ancient artefacts inside the National Museum and visit the Royal Palace and stroll through the expansive grounds. Explore the many pavilions and the famous Silver Pagoda with its Emerald Buddha encrusted with 9000 diamonds. SCENIC ENRICH Before dinner witness a cultural performance featuring traditional Apsara, Cambodia’s national dance.
Reflect upon Cambodia’s darkest history with a visit to the infamous Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng, the former school that was converted to the main prison of the Khmer Rouge. SCENIC ENRICH This evening enjoy a shadow puppet show featuring ancient Khmer folktales accompanied by a traditional Khmer orchestra.
Enjoy a full day of sailing on the scenic Tonle Sap River. Cruise the floating villages at Kampong Chhnang and observe the friendly locals living, working and even shopping on the river.
This morning visit a local secondary school and meet with the principal and students. Walk up to Wat Hanchey and receive a traditional Buddhist Water Blessing from the resident monks. Later take a visit to the Phnom Pros and Phnom Srei (man and woman hill) and see the stupa with its immense preaching and reclining Buddha. Tonight gather for a farewell reception and Royal Cambodian Theme Dinner.
After breakfast transfer from your luxury cruise to your hotel in Siem Reap. Tonight attend a unique and special performance of ‘Phare, the Cambodian Circus’, a story about Cambodian lives and society.
Three Night Special Stay: Siem Reap
Rise early this morning for your visit to Angkor Wat and witness the sunrise over the magnificent 12th century World Heritage temple complex. A. er breakfast at the hotel 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. This a. ernoon visit the temples of the Roluos Group, an ancient centre of Khmer civilization in the countryside surrounded by paddy fields and sugar palm trees. Enjoy a relaxing journey in a unique row boat to watch the sunset over the surrounding temples.
SCENIC FREE CHOICE (1) discover the temple of Banteay Srei and visit the Landmine Museum; or (2) visit a local market and take part in an authentic Khmer cooking class; or (3) explore the recently accessible Beng Mealea in the jungles of Siem Reap; or (4) uncover the mountain site of Phnom Kulen; or (5) appreciate Cambodia’s exquisite handicrafts. As you farewell Cambodia this evening enjoy your authentic Khmer dinner.
Transfer* to the airport for your onward or homebound flight (flight not included).
*Check transfer entitlements with your travel agent. For guests who have already received documentation - refer to your booking summary