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 DOWNSTREAM
Siem Reap – Saigon (8 Days/7 Nights)
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.
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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