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Scenic’s first South East Asia river brochure

River cruise shipping company Scenic, founded in Australia in 1987 by Glen Moroney, has launched its first South East Asia river cruising brochure.

The 2016/17 programme signals the inaugural season of Scenic Spirit which will launch on the Mekong in January 2016, sailing between Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap and the launch of Scenic Aura on the Irrawaddy next September which will sail between the Burmese (Myanmar) cities of Mandalay and Pyay.

Scenic Spirit will have 34 balcony suites and Scenic Aura 22. Both will have a butler service for all guests, complimentary beverages and Scenic Freechoice activities and Scenic Enrich experiences.

‘Our expansion into South East Asia has been a huge success since we launched our Mekong river cruises last November,’ Adam Burke, Scenic’s journey designer for Asia, said.

‘Our guests’ appetite for cruising this region with us has been voracious with sales surpassing expectations.’

The new 132-page ‘Exotic Wonders of South East Asia River Cruising’ brochure has a number of new Freechoice activities including a Red Bridge cooking class in Hoi An, a cycle journey around Hanoi’s West Lake, an art tour of Saigon and a sampan tour of Dong Ha Hiep Island.

New extensions in Vietnam include Beach Retreats at Danang, Nha Trang and Long Hai.

In 2017 Enrich events in Siem Reap include a tethered balloon ride over Angor Wat at sunrise.

Also in 2017 is a new ‘22 Day Indochina Explorer and Luxury Mekong’ tour from the north of Vietnam through Laos and Cambodia concluding in Ho Chi Minh City.

Earlybird offers for bookings made by January 31, 2016, include free flights for 13 days or longer in Indochina and 14 days or longer in Myanmar.