The Jayavarman is a 20th century boutique style cruise liner that is French colonial in design and feel, making it a perfect vessel for a Mekong Delta cruise. Spread over four decks and 800m2 of public space it offers uncompromising luxury and elegance. All rooms have private balconies and the design evokes the French colonial era, combined with Asian touches and modern luxuries such as an on-board spa, restaurant and bar and sun deck...
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Price range: $350 - $9875
Sister ship to The Jahan, The Jayavarman is a boutique cruise vessel with 27 staterooms that has been operating since 2009. One of the first of the new breed of river cruises, it offers passengers a luxurious experience. The Jayavarman is a 20th century boutique style cruise liner that is French colonial in design and feel, making it a perfect vessel for a Mekong Delta cruise.
Spread over four decks and 800m2 of public space it offers uncompromising luxury and elegance with modern amenities such as an on-board spa, restaurant, bar and sun deck. Cruising on The Jayavarman is a deluxe experience. Cabins are also spacious and bright, with attached bathrooms and floor to ceiling sliding doors that open onto a full-size balcony.
Along with floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors leading to a full-size private balcony, each of the cabins boasts modern amenities and a combination of French-colonial and traditional Khmer design flourishes. Every cabin features a king-size or twin beds and there’s a minibar, in-suite temperature controls, and phone. En-suite bathrooms feature stylish vanity and glass shower.
Journey information: The Lost Civilization. The classic Mekong river cruise, the lost civilization combines places rarely visited with opulent World Heritage Sites.
Boat size: 54 berths
Departs: Saigon & Siem Reap on selected days
Accommodation: Overnight boat (7 nts), hotels (0 - 11nts)
Includes: Breakfast & dinner daily, lunch whilst on cruise, all sightseeing as specified including entrance fees, local English-speaking guides, tour arrival & departure transfers.
Facilities: Massage & beauty oasis, restaurant, bar, observatory, sun deck, lounge, library, boutique shop.
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.
This tour also operates in reverse. 5, 4 & 3 day cruises also available. Departures are frequently sold out well in advance. A non-refundable 20% deposit is required upon confirmation. Final balances must be paid 33 days before departure or the booking may be cancelled and the deposit forfeited. Itinerary may occasionally vary due to local conditions.
THE LOST CIVILIZATION
LOW WATER PROGRAM: DOWNSTREAM
Siem Reap – Saigon (8 Days/7 Nights)
Low water season is approximate from January to middle of September. 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 we will meet at 08:00am for the check-in formality.
Day 1: Siem Reap – Kampong Chhnang
The Tonle Sap (The Great Lake) is the flowing heart of Cambodia, giving love and life to this nation. The Tonle Sap has more fish than any other lake in the world and is home to an incredible variety of birds, including rare and endangered feathered life.
At 12 pm (noon), we gather at the meeting point followed by a quick transfer to the boutique ship. The ever-smiling crew welcomes us with unbridled warmth. A refreshing welcome drink awaits us followed by a sumptuous lunch on the ship.
Then, it is a lazy afternoon as the ship glides along the water. Dinner is at Dining Hall. Enjoy a spectacular experience on the sun-deck as we bathe in the glow of the moon and the radiance of the stars.
The ship then moors overnight on The Great Lake. Including Lunch, Dinner
Day 2: Kampong Chhnang – Kampong Cham
"Cambodia's province and the wetlands"
The day in fact everyday - starts with an invigorating Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck, just as the sun begins its slow rise. Coffee and tea awaits the early bird. Before dawn, the ship sets sail across the Tonle Sap Lake. As the ship is about to exit the lake, we see spectacular marshlands floating along the river banks of Kampong Chhnang province.
The afternoon cruise continues with a languid meander along the Tonle Sap, which narrows through leafy swaths of the Southeast Asian jungle. Here, the river is very narrow and we are greeted by kids waving enthusiastically at us from the banks.
Follow a short bus trip to the see the Khmer-styled pottery at the Aundaung Russey village. We then embark on a truly marvelous motorboat excursion from Kampong Chhnang to see the wetlands, floating houses and fish farms in the region before reaching Kampong Cham in the evening.Further down the river we take part in an ox cart rally before being introduced to the Heritage Line pro bono literacy projec. (www.cambodialiteracyproject.com)
Overnight in Kampong Cham. Including Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 3: Kampong Cham – Wat Hanchey
"Monks and hilltops"
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 bank to swim in the tea-coloured Mekong river, an experience that will, no doubt, dominate dinner conversations in the weeks to come.
We will 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!
Overnight midstream near Phnom Penh. Including Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
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. A variety of cocktails will be served followed by a traditional Apsara dance performance onboard. 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.
Overnight in Phnom Penh. Including Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 5: Phnom Penh – border crossing
The Highway Blues
The cruise liner then sets sail for a lazy day of cruising along the main Mekong Channel. As this is an international shipping route, you will witness large commercial ships plying this route. Later, in the afternoon, we set off to the Vietnamese border for the requisite cross border paperwork. As the process tends to take some time, we bask in the glow of the afternoon sun on the Sun Deck, pamper ourselves silly at the Spa, or sharpen our culinary skills with the Heritage Line's Cambodian and Vietnamese cuisine cooking class. The ship moors midstream overnight
Including Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 6: Chau Doc – Sa Dec
"Circus of fish"
Welcome to the fish sanctuary of Vietnam. We begin our day with a hearty breakfast at the Indochine Dining Hall or in the quiet sanctuary of your balcony. We will brace ourselves 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. Then, it is back to the ship for a lunch. In the mid afternoon, we will set off for My An Hung Village. Passengers walk to the family house through the vegetable garden to see the boat building yard, canals. We will cross a monkey bridge and see chili, corn and beetle nut plantations amongst other vegetable fields. Then gather at the family s house to taste tea with honey with local delicacies and fruits before back to the ship to set off for Sa Dec.
In the late afternoon we will set off for Sa Dec. Including breakfast, lunch and dinner. Overnight in Sadec.
Day 7: Sa Dec – Cai Be – My Tho
In the morning we embark a traditional sampan(a flat bottmed tranditional Vietnamese wooden boat) 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.
After lunch onboard, the ship arrives in Cai Be. The tour starts with a visit to Cai Be's boisterous and colorful floating market where traders gather in a cacophonous congregation. During the languid ride, we discover breathtaking landscapes along the river and quaff the rustic life on the Mekong Delta. The evergreen islands along the Mekong River remains unknown to many people. 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 dinner. We then board the ship for a tranquil evening cruise towards My Tho. A wonderful farewell party awaits us on the terrace deck.
Including breakfast, lunch and dinner. Overnight in My Tho.
Day 8: My Tho – Ho Chi Minh City
"Good morning Saigon"
ur cruise on the magnificent cruiser comes to an end as the ship winds its way to My Tho, approximately 70km south of Saigon on the upper Mekong river in Vietnam. 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 disembark at around 8:30 am and we join the transfer to madding crowd of Saigon. Drop off will be at the meeting point in Saigon.
Although it is our intention to operate the itinerary as detailed proposal, we will do our utmost to stick to the set itinerary, however we cannot be held responsible for any last minute changes that might occur. It may be necessary to make some changes as a result of climatic conditions, alterations to cruise schedules or other operational factors.
As the sun slowly sets...Step out on to your private balcony...sip on your drink and become part of the river life unfolding around you.
Start your day on the Mekong with Thai Chi lessons on the Sun Deck. Or bathe in the rays of dawn shining through your balcony as you lay in bed. A journey full of reverberating sights, colors and sounds awaits you.
Whether it is a refreshing sundowner drink at the lounge or a pampering time at the "Apsara" beauty salon, this is a time for reflection and relaxation.
When night falls, dancers perform and dinner is served. The ship changes hue at night and the staff emerge the following morning in their exquisite Cambodian traditional outfit.
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