Best River Cruise: Mekong River with Scenic

Scenic Spirit Mekong River Cruise
Scenic Spirit

The Nine Dragons River flows 2,700 miles from the snowy Tibetan Plateau through China, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam where it disappears into the South China Sea.

Scenic Spirit Mekong River
Mekong River

As one of Asia’s least developed waterways, the Mekong is abundant in wildlife, history and culture. With a biodiversity second only to the Amazon, this precious river is the lifeblood of South East Asia. It is also a place of stark contrasts; bustling cities and rural river towns, royalty and poverty, ancient sacred sites and POW camps.

Scenic River Cruise Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat

Scenic cruises the Mekong river on the luxurious Scenic Spirit. The 13-day Treasures of the Mekong uncovers the best of Cambodia and Vietnam, taking guests to the spectacular ruins of 12th century Angkor Wat, the ancient hilltop monastery of Wat Hanchey where monks offer their blessing, the Royal Palace, the Killing Fields, lively local markets and Ho Chi Min City. Ox carts, rickshaws, sampans and tuk tuks take guests from place to place.

mekong river girl
Mekong River

A Mekong river cruise is an adventure and experience to embark upon sooner rather than later. With China’s dam crisis, environmental concerns and inevitable economic development the Mekong is sure to change over time, perhaps losing some of its authenticity and charm along the way. A journey to this part of the world will likely present challenges for most visitors as local people still bear the scars of war despite their cheerful and welcoming faces. However, there are opportunities for visitors to support local communities and pay respect to their fascinating way of life.

Scenic Spirit Lounge
Spirit Lounge

The Scenic Spirit, introduced in 2016, is an ultra-luxurious ship with 34 balcony suites which, at the gentle press of a button, smoothly convert into a Scenic Sun Lounge by seamlessly sliding away the window glass.

Scenic Spirit Deluxe
Deluxe Room

Each suite has a personal butler and service follows a 1:1 guest-to-staff ratio. The ship itself is tasteful and in harmony with the Asian surroundings. Facilities include a pool, sauna, bar and open-air cinema.

Scenic Spirit Sun Deck
Sun Deck

Custom designed for the Mekong, the Scenic Spirit emulates the cruise line’s high standards in Europe, replicating the style and service they are known for. The all-inclusive fares are comprehensive with everything included – even port charges, bottled water for excursions, Wi-Fi and tips.

Photos courtesy of Scenic


Scenic River – The Facts


Scenic is the brand choice for many discerning river cruise devotees; lured year-on-year to the fleet of gorgeous ‘Space Ships’ with vitality pools and wellness centres, personal butlers, 24-hour room service, unlimited drinks and wonderful cuisine. The company’s Australian roots reach back to 1987 when Australian entrepreneur Glen Moroney founded Scenic Tours. Since then the line has grown and expanded to become a leader in river cruising. Not content to stop there, Scenic plans to launch their luxury expedition cruise ship, Eclipse, in 2018.


Of the 16 vessels in the fleet, the most desirable are the enviable ‘Space Ships’ which earn their moniker from the higher than average space-guest ratio on board. The top-level sundeck, with walking track, is the perfect spot for watching the world pass by, and newer vessels have vitality pools in this area. Staterooms are mostly designed with balconies and seating. The design is luxurious, modern and understated, which reflects the elegant and upscale atmosphere on board.



Cruises explore the classic rivers of Europe, including the Rhine, Danube, Rhone and Seine. Trips also extend to the Volga in Russia and to South East Asia.



Spacious staterooms are tastefully designed with first-class furnishings; guests can expect luxurious marble bathrooms, pillow menus, HDTV, climate control and the unique ‘Sun-Lounge’ system which transforms the balcony into conservatory-style seating area at the touch of a button. All suites have butler service, free Wi-Fi and full room service.


Food and Drink

The open-seating Crystal Dining venue is the main eatery on board, supplemented by cafés, bars and some specialty restaurants. All drinks are included in the fare and available at all times.



A serene wellness centre offers nourishment for body and soul with expert massage and treatments, alongside a vitality pool on the sun deck, well-equipped gym and walking track. E-bikes are available for shore cycling trips


Escorted shore excursions, included in the cruise fare, are thoughtfully planned and executed by English-speaking guides.


The Scenic Club loyalty scheme rewards guest after their first trip, with a range of discounts, transfers, hotel stays, onboard perks and complimentary luggage.

 Photos courtesy of Scenic River Cruises