• Megan O'Sullivan | iTravel The Junction

The Exotic Wonders of South East Asian River Cruising

With diverse histories, vibrant cities, ancient villages, beautiful landscapes and tantalising cuisine, South East Asia will astound you with its sheer diversity, and envelop you in the warmth of its people.

Wonder at the exotic treasures of this region where ancient monuments share the landscape with beautiful buildings from the colonial era. From the sights, sounds and smells of the local markets to bright turquoise waters and stunning emerald green rice fields – you’ll find Indochina a sensual delight that will invigorate and inspire you.

2016/2017 signals the inaugural sailing season for Scenic Spirit which launched on the Mekong in January 2016 - travelling over eight days between Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) and Siem Reap, and Scenic Aura; launching in September 2016 on the Irrawaddy and travelling over 11 days between the cities of Mandalay and Pyay.

Both ships provide a boutique and intimate environment with all-balcony suites – 34 suites on Scenic Spirit and 22 suites on Scenic Aura. All suites feature a separate bedroom, living room and balcony and range in size from Scenic Aura’s 24sqm Balcony Suite complete with Scenic Sun Lounge up to Scenic Spirit’s impressive 80sqm Royal Panorama Suite, which is the largest suite on the Mekong.

Scenic Spirit and Scenic Aura also boast a choice of dining venues from a la carte to casual dining, a resort style pool deck and bar area, spacious bar and lounge, Sun Deck with open air cinema, complimentary beverages, butler service for all guests plus a guest laundry. With an almost 1:1 guest-to-staff ratio, these ships bring an unprecedented level of luxury to the region.

The program sees the launch of some new free choice activities including a Red Bridge cooking class in Hoi An; a cycle journey around Hanoi’s West Lake; art tour of Saigon; and tour of Dong Ha Hiep Island by sampan. In 2017, guests can also enjoy new Enrich events in Siem Reap including a themed gala dinner and Apsara dance performance, and a tethered balloon ride over Angor Wat at sunrise.

For full details of these beautiful ships and itineraries, please contact your Scenic Agent at itravel The Junction 4962 1116 or itravel Warners Bay 4947 1116.

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