Many of South-East Asia’s historic and cultural sites can be found along its rivers and tributaries, which makes a river cruise the perfect holiday for those looking to experience the magic and wonder of this vibrant region.
Scenic is the leader in Asia river cruising with two custom-designed ships, both of which are built to European safety standards. Since Scenic owns both river cruise ships, you can expect the highest standards in safety, comfort, luxury and all-inclusive experiences for which Scenic is famed.
Scenic Spirit is the exclusive domain to 68 guests and sails regularly on the beautiful Mekong River. Scenic Aura navigates the mystical Irrawaddy and is home to just 44 guests for the duration of its journey. Setting the benchmark in 5-star luxury for Asia river cruising, both ships have custom interiors that reflect the culture and beauty of the region.
Regardless of the river cruise you choose, you will experience included tailor-made shore excursions and exclusive events crafted by Scenic’s talented Journey Designer.
Scenic Enrich includes a range of unique shore experiences that are guaranteed to offer dynamic cultural highlights and events rarely seen on a cruise or tour. Usually not available to the general public, they provide a special glimpse into the history and culture of the city or region visited. Here are some samples.
ANGKOR WAT SUNRISE & GALA DINNER AT PRASAT KRAVAN
Marvel at sunrise over the magnificent Angkor Wat before moving to a special location for a champagne breakfast, with food prepared by an NGO supported local bakery school for a breakfast to remember.
In the evening, it’s time for a mystical themed gala dinner in front of the Angkor temple. You’ll enjoy complimentary drinks with dinner and a mesmerising show featuring Apsara dancers in front of the candlelit temple ruins. A truly once-in-a-lifetime event.
See it on Scenic’s Luxury Mekong Temple Discovery Cruise.
PHARE CAMBODIAN CIRCUS
More than just a circus, this performance incorporates theatre, music, dance and modern circus arts to tell the unique story of Cambodia and its history. The young circus artists will astonish you with their energy, emotion, enthusiasm and talent. All enjoyed from the comfort of your preferred seating.
See it on Scenic’s Highlights of Vietnam, Cambodia and Luxury Mekong river cruise.
U-BEIN BRIDGE CHAMPAGNE SUNSET
In Myanmar’s city of Amarapura, enjoy the sunset views of the famous U-Bein Bridge. Enjoy a glass of champagne as you relax on a local boat, and have your camera ready as the bridge’s silhouette appears before you in the stillness of the evening.
Experience this on Scenic’s Mystical Irrawaddy river cruise.
Scenic Freechoice tours and activities are always included in the price of a Scenic journey. Select from a choice of activities per day, from history to culture, gastronomy and nature. Each tour is designed to be enjoyed at a pace that suits you.
In upper Burma on the bend of the Irrawaddy, explore the lively markets at Nyaung U before visiting the archaeological sites in Old Bagan, where hundreds of temples were built by the kings of Bagan between 1057 and 1287. After passing through the Tharabar Gate of the old town, visit the Htilominlo and Thatbyinnyu Temples. Finish at the museum to explore the history of the area in your own time.
See the temples on Scenic’s Luxury Irrawaddy river cruise.
MOUNT POPA MONASTERY
The shrine of Mount Popa Monastery, also known as Taung Kalat, is located on top of a volcanic plug 1,518-metres above sea level. Along the way you will learn about nats and nat worship as you pass by several shrines. Your hard work is rewarded with a spectacular view over the Myingyan Plain from the top of the volcanic peak.
Marvel at Mount Popa on Scenic’s Mystical Myanmar.
COOKING CLASS IN HANOI
Take part in a cooking school in Vietnam’s capital of Hanoi, where you’ll learn about the unique flavours and textures found in Vietnamese cooking. You’ll cook such classic dishes as Vietnamese Pho, popular noodle dishes, spring rolls, dumplings and pancakes before enjoying the feast together.
Learn of traditional Vietnamese cooking on Scenic’s Highlights of Vietnam, Cambodia and Luxury Mekong.
About Scenic Spirit
Purpose-built in 2016 for the Mekong River, this 5-star floating hotel is designed to impress with its unrivalled amenities and cutting-edge features including a sleek pool, steam sauna, bar and open-air cinema. All cabins feature a separate lounge, bedroom, balcony and bathroom and boasts the largest lead in cabins on the river.
Introducing a new world to river cruising in Asia, the elegantly appointed Scenic Spirit combines tradition with innovation, including an elevator and self-serve laundry.
As with all Scenic river cruises, pricing is all-inclusive of meals and beverages, including top-shelf international spirits and cocktails, as well as water on shore excursions, Wi-Fi, gratuities, exclusive events and more.
About Scenic Aura
Built in 2016, Scenic Aura features luxurious one-bedroom balcony cabins throughout, with an almost 1:1 staff-to-guest ratio.
Your time on board will be one of world-class indulgence, with private views of the ever-changing scenery. With only 44-guests, you can expect a high-level of service and luxury on board.
The ship features a pool and open-air cinema, while the quiet libraries, gym and tranquil wellness centre offer a range of places to escape for a little privacy – or even an indulgent treatment (treatments incur additional cost).