Heritage Lines new flagship, The Jahan, brings river cruising on the Mekong River into a new realm. With just 26 spacious cabins - all with large private balcony - private shore excursions and on-board services including spa, pool and daily Tai Chi, the Jahan offers the ultimate Mekong River experience for couples and small groups. And in its opening year, Travel Vietnam has been given exclusive allocation rights, so availability is assured...
Phone: +84 982 661 133
Price range: $385 - $8215
Cruise Guest Rooms & Facilities
Launched in 2011 the luxury cruise ship, the Jahan, brings river cruising into a new realm. The Jahan offers the service and amenities of a deluxe boutique hotel as she cruises through Cambodia and Vietnam along the mighty Mekong. The Jahan has been designed in a distinctive British Indian colonial style and boasts a range of accommodation, amenities and activities which is unmatched in the region. The 26 carefully designed staterooms and suites feature floor-to-ceiling windows opening onto private balconies and signature activities during the Jahan’s fascinating cruises include a programme of educational lectures, transportation by ox cart, sampan, cyclo, bicycle and dinghy, Tai Chi classes, Khmer cookery classes, a pool deck barbecue and private dinners in the Observatory.
Cabins & Suites
Superior Stateroom: Superior Stateroom is 30m2 on the Upper Deck with balcony.
Deluxe Stateroom: Deluxe Stateroom is 30m2 on the Upper Deck with balcony.
Signature Stateroom: Signature Stateroom is 32m2 on the Upper Deck with balcony and 35m2 on the Main Deck with balcony.
Suite Stateroom: Suite stateroom is 51m2 located on the Upper Deck with balcony
The inclusions for Signature Stateroom & Suite staterooms are (concept):
Complimentary mini bar (daily replenished with your favorite drinks, chosen from the drinks menu)
Balcony breakfast or in-suite dining
Daily free laundry service
Daily newspaper delivered to the room
VIP turndown gift Book gift: A pictorial Journey on the Jahan (or comparable gift)
1 Private candle light dinner at the exclusively reserved observatory
Butler service including: Draw a scented whirlpool bath
Polish and condition your shoes
Prepare and pack/unpack luggage
Replenish your in-suite bar and preferred beverages
Suggest and serve breakfast orders for in-room breakfast
2 Days of free spa
Welcome fruit basket
Advanced extras for Suite staterooms: 8 sessions (60 min) per person on a 7-night journey (only 4 sessions during peak hours)
What is the difference between Upstream and Downstream?
Upstream and Downstream indicate the direction, the Ships will travel. Downstream means from Siem Reap to Saigon. Upstream is the opposite direction from Saigon to Siem Reap.
What is the difference between Low Water and High Water season?
Low water season: The water level goes down and very low in Tonle Sap, so the Ships have to dock in Kampong Cham, where the embarkation and disembarkation will take place. It takes 4.5 hours for our coaches to transfer to the meeting point in Siem Reap (Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa).
For downstream (REP-SGN) we will meet at 08:00am for the check-in formality.
For upstream (SGN-REP) the coaches will drop you off around 13:30pm at Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa.
Low water season is approximate from January to middle of September.
High water season: The Ship could cruise along in Tonle Sap and dock near Siem Reap pier. It just takes 45 minutes for our coaches to transfer to the meeting point (Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa). The embarkation and disembarkation of the Ship will take place near Siem Reap pier.
For downstream (REP-SGN) we will meet at noon (12:00pm) at the meeting point for check in formality.
For upstream (SGN-REP) the coaches will drop you off around 10:00am at Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa.
High water season is approximate from middle of September to the end of December.
High water and low water season just make itinerary timing schedule changeable in Siem Reap, there will be no changes at other destinations.
THE LOST CIVILIZATION
LOW WATER PROGRAM UPSTREAM
Saigon – Siem Reap (8 Days/7 Nights upstream)
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City – My Tho – Cai Be
"Good Morning Saigon"
Bid farewell to the hustle and bustle of Saigon as we travel 70 kilometers south by land to My Tho to embark your boutique ship. We will be served a refreshing welcome drink as the Ship steadily glides along the Mekong. We will bathe in the fading sunset on the balcony followed by a briefing at the lounge. Later, a welcome dinner awaits us.
When approaching Cai Be, the ship drops anchor to moor midstream where the river is several kilometers wide.
Including Dinner. Overnight in Cai Be.
Day 2: Cai Be – Sa Dec – Chau Doc
The day - in fact everyday - starts with an invigorating tai-chi lesson on the sundeck, just as the sun begins its gentle glow. Coffee and tea awaits the early bird.
The day's tour starts with a visit to Cai Be's boisterous and colorful floating market on board a traditional sampan(a flat bottomed traditional Vietnamese wooden boat). During the languid ride, discover breathtaking landscapes along the river and quaff the rustic life on the Mekong Delta.
The cruise will halt intermittenly to allow us to observe how rice paste, rice cookies and coconut candies are made, along with the Longan fruit drying process. After touring the canals, we head to an ancient house surrounded by fruit orchards before heading to the ship for lunch.
In the afternoon we cruise to Sa Dec. Upon arrival, we embark a traditional sampan* to tour Binh Thanh Island and its man-made canals. Here, every villager is involved in the process of growing and processing water hyacinths into natural fibre floor mats and rattan baskets.
We then board the Ship for a tranquil evening cruise towards Chau Doc.
Including breakfast, lunch, dinner. The ship will moor midstream overnight near Chau Doc.
Day 3: Chau Doc (Border Crossing) – Phnom Penh
"Circus of fish"
Welcome to the fish sanctuary of Vietnam. Begin your day with a hearty breakfast at the Indochine Dining Hall or in the quiet sanctuary of your balcony. Brace yourself for a short excursion in Chau Doc, a pleasant town near the Cambodian border with sizeable Chinese, Kinh and Khmer communities. We will also visit the colorful local market near an ancient temple. This is followed by a trip to the quay, where we will be feted to a boat excursion to the floating villages and rustic catfish farms.
We will certainly enjoy watching schools of basa fish being fed by hand followed by a shore excursion to the local Cham Muslim community village. Then, it is back to the ship for a mouth-watering lunch.
By mid-afternoon, the cruise liner will make its way to the border for Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia. It is an opportune time to relax on-board, sharpen your culinary skills with our hands-on cooking classes or tour the ship with our impeccable Cruise Director. Or, better yet, do all three. 'The Highway Blues' beckon as we float into a state of mild bliss caused by the hypnotic murmur of the ship's engine. After hours of cruising, we will feel the rush of entering into a new country and to embrace new adventures.
Including breakfast, lunch, dinner. Overnight midstream near Phnom Penh.
Day 4: Phnom Penh
"Pearl of the East"
Phnom Penh was once the Paris of the East. Despite its rapid development, it has retained a lot of its rustic charm and elegance. After breakfast, we will be captivated by a comprehensive lecture on Cambodia s modern history. This will be followed by a city tour of this dynamic, historical capital city of Cambodia which has managed to preserve huge slices of its French colonial allure. Sightseeing in the morning will include visiting the dazzling white and gold edifice of the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, and witnessing exceptionally beautiful Khmer craft at the National Museum.
After lunch at a local restaurant, we will visit the Genocide museum and the Killing Field in town. Be prepared to be heart wrenched by this stark reminder of the genocide that transpired during Cambodia's Khmer Rouge regime.
We go back to the ship after our museum visit. Take a rest on your cabin balcony or the lounge and get prepared for an exciting evening event. The evening starts with a variety of cocktail served on the sun deck. Take a seat and enjoy the following Apsara dance performance. Experience the brilliance and richness of this culture, the soothing sounds of traditional music, the calming scent of incense sticks and a barbeque on the sundeck. It is indeed a truly marvelous experience, dining in the open with the stars and the moon as our companions.
Including breakfast, lunch, dinner. Overnight in Phnom Penh.
Day 5: Phnom Penh – Kampong Cham
"Along the Mekong"
We will depart before the break of dawn from Phnom Penh with a stop at the little known Chong Koh silk weaving village. We will then return to the ship and will cruise past the Mekong's tranquil villages, exhilirating river life and sun-hardened fishermen on their make shift boats.
We will tour the rural Angkor Ban village where time stood still. We are transported back a hundred years into an era unsullified by modernity. The houses here are truly rustic, made by hand and without any concrete. But most of all, we feel overwhelmed by the unbridled warmth of the villagers.
Travelers can take part in the daily activities of the villagers to experience village life first hand. Then, we are back to the Ship to cruise towards Kampong Cham.
Including Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Overnight in Kampong Cham.
Day 6: Kampong Cham – Wat Hanchey
"Cambodia's quaint province and the wetlands"
We will wake up in the small hours of the morning, truly energized to embark on a land journey to the pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey. Travelers either take a motor-taxi or climb the 291 steps to the top. Located at the top of a hill overlooking the river, it offers one of the most breath-taking views in Cambodia. Built in the 8th century, this ancient structure, together with a bigger and newer addition underscores the superb architecture of the Chenla Empire which predates the mighty Angkor temple complex. We even get to engage in light banter with some of the monks in the area. We will return to the ship to witness a blessing ceremony performed by orange-clad local monks.
When the tide allows, we will enjoy a surprise sojourn in our zodiacs (inflatable boats) to the nearby beach to swim in the tea-coloured Mekong river, an experience that will, no doubt, dominate dinner conversations in the weeks to come.
We wil then cruise towards Kampong Cham to visit Wat Nokor, a wat built within the ruins of an ancient temple which holds a timeless story. On the way back to the ship, we will visit an orphanage. Along the way, we will have to maneuver a 2-kilometer rickety bamboo bridge. Our sense of balance lies in the balance!
Including Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Overnight cruise to Kampong Chnnang
Day 7: Kampong Cham – Kampong Chhnang
Before the sun peeks over the horizon, the cruiser sets sail towards Kampong Chhnang on the Tonle Sap River - an amazingly narrow river - which glides through leafy swaths of the Southeast Asian jungle. We are greeted by cacophonous children who waive enthusiastically early in the morning when they bring their livestock for a bath in the meandering Tonle Sap River.
Then we approach Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia's 'waterworld' where everything is on stilts balanced on rich water rich soil- it's an awesome sight whilst practising Tai Chi on the deck.
Here we take a motorboat excursion to the landing, followed by a short bus trip to see the Khmer-styled pottery at the Aundaung Russey village. Then, it is back to the river for an adventurous motorboat excursion to the wetlands, floating houses and fish farms in the region.
We then return to the ship for lunch whilst cruising the narrow and meandering Tonle Sap.
Your floating sanctuary will then cruise gently, in the afternoon, along the narrow and meandering Tonle Sap. In the evening, a sumptious spread will be served. And for the big surprise - bring along your dance shoes and learn to jiggle the Cambodian way with our staff doubling up as dance instructors. (If you can't dance, do not fret. Neither can our staff)
Including Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Overnight in Kampong Chnnang.
Day 8: Tonle Sap – Siem Reap
This great lake dominates Cambodia and is the largest freshwater lake in Asia with abundant birdlife. This lake is so wide that one can not see its shores from the middle of the lake.
Enjoy the stillness of the water and the quiet tranquility on the way to Siem Reap.
The water level varies a great deal according to the time of the year and the amount of rainfall recorded. Thus, minor changes to the itinerary may occur during different seasons.
Our cruise aboard our Heritage Line cruise liner comes to an end as we reach this city of the fabled Angkor temple complex. We bid farewell to the cruise as our journey comes to a close. But the memories - and the friendships made on board - linger on for a lot longer.
We will cross the Tonle Sap Lake at dawn and at 9:00 am, we will disembark at the Siem Reap Port for onward coach transfer to the drop off point in town.
Heritage Line's flagship - a real boutique style FIT river cruise liner
Distinctive British Indian colonial theme design (a Heritage Line collection)
Cruise concierge desk and private shore excursions (chose from the excursion menu or tailor made excursions) assisted by a shore butler
A floating sanctuary ideally for couples and small groups
Highest staff-passenger ratio
Steam/Sauna: Steam sauna with shower (on reservation only)
Gymnasium: Bicycles, treadmill and Work-out center
Spa: Spa and beauty center at the observatory (Spa, beauty, massage, nails, resting area). 2 treating rooms.
Pool: Pool/jacuzzi 2.5 x 5 meter, located on terrace deck with outdoor shower and sun beds
Restaurant 170m2: Located on Pool deck (buffet/set menu).
Kitchen is located below main deck, connected by a dumb waiter. Floor to ceiling windows and sliding doors.
Observatory: 50m2 Library and lounge with comfortable large sofas and a view to all sides through panoramic windows
Wheelhouse deck: Sun beds with a view - on top of the wheelhouse
Funnel bar: Outdoor bar with comfortable sofa style seating
Reception: Entrance area at the lobby lounge
Lounge, 160m2: Comfy seating area for movies and lectures
Cruise concierge: Multimedia concierge desk located at the observatory
Tour leader cabin: 1 TL cabin with single bed and en suite bathroom
Boutique shop: Clothes, souvenir and amenities shop located in the lounge
Accommodation: 26 balcony cabins in 4 categories
12 Superior staterooms 30m2, main deck
8 Deluxe staterooms 30m2, uper deck
4 Signature staterooms 35m2, main deck / 32m2,upper deck
2 Suite staterooms 51m2
All cabins with audio entertainment system
Bedside controls including AC, light and music
Hot water kettle (Tea) and Espresso machine (Pads)
Floor to ceiling sliding door's
4.5m2 balcony with 2 chairs and table
Mini bar, hair dryer, beauty mirror, vintage phone, desk, chairs, sofa, luggage rack, 2-door wardrobe
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