Crew: 40 (Cambodian hotel staff, Vietnamese crew)
"The Jayavarman" - a floating sanctuary of style and space
Inspired by the golden age cruise liner Normandie, "The Jayavarman" is a 20th century boutique style marvel marries avant-garde French colonial design with enchanting Indochine architecture to perfection.
"The Jayavarman" is Indochina's first of its kind boutique style river cruise liner and offers uncompromising luxury on 800 m² public space including 4 decks: Main deck, Upper deck , Terrave deck, Sun deck
The guest accommodation consists of 27 expansive and carefully designed staterooms and junior suites with floor to ceiling panoramic sliding glass doors onto a private French balcony offer privacy and matchless luxury.
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
Accommodation: Up to 65 guests with 27 cabins including: 2 Suites / 11 Deluxe Staterooms / 14 Superior Staterooms
Located on the Main Deck with a balcony, ensuring light to the cabin all day long. Each Superior Stateroom is individually decorated.
* 21 m² incl. balcony
* Bedrooms with 4 Twin beds 85 x 200 cm that can be converted to a King Size bed and 10 Double Beds
Located on the Upper Deck with a balcony. Each Deluxe Stateroom is decorated in a unique Indochine way
* 24 m² incl. balcony
* Bedroom with King Size beds (8 staterooms) or Twin beds (3 staterooms)
Third berth availability
* 2 staterooms with adjoining capabilities
"Club 1930"Funnel Lounge & Bar
Enjoy our locally brewed drinks and cocktails, while listening to original, soul soothing music.
"Club 1930": Spacious, airy, while exhibiting pure luxury and timeless decor.
Unwind and relieve yourself from worldly tensions, by getting a classic Vietnamese massage, as you gaze at the stars, while the South Eastern sun rays create warmth and comfort around you.
Located on the Main Deck, "Apsara" Beauty and Wellness Spa is all about giving you an upscale South Asian experience, entirely dedicated to your well being
Day 1: Phnom Penh - border crossing ( L,D )
Pick up you at your Hotel in Phnompenh, transfer to the pier. Board The Jayavarman at 8:00Am. The Jayavarman then casts off for a day of cruising the main Mekong Channel. This is pretty much an international shipping route. Psyche yourself up for Pre-K Touch, a lively jungle village. After that, visit well laid out fruit orchards.
Late afternoon we set off to the Vietnamese border for the usual formalities, which in this part of the world takes a bit of time. During the afternoon cruise, take the time to relax on the Sun Deck, get a massage in the Spa, or take part in Heritage Line's Vietnamese cooking class. In the evening enjoy a welcome cocktail in the Funnel Bar and Lounge.
The ship moors midstream overnight.
Day 2: Chau Doc - Cai Be "Taste of aqua cultural life" ( B, L, D)
Welcome to the circus of fish. The early birds will be treated to Thai Chi lessons on the Sun Deck. Brace yourself for a short excursion by trycicle in about 30 minutes. After that you will have a short walk to visit the local market then go by coach to visit LadyTemple. She is the most famous Lady who brings strong spirit to the local in their daily life. Go back to the quay, you will start a boat excursion to the exciting floating villages and catfish farms witnessing masses of basa fish being fed, hand in hand with a shore excursion to the village of the local Muslim Cham community.
By late-afternoon, The Jayavarman casts off, heading towards Cai Be.
Day 3: Cai Be "Vietnamese inventiveness" ( B, L,D )
Starts with the cruise among local sampans coming from all provinces of the delta full of fruits and vegetables. Proceed to Dong Hoa Hiep island located between Vinh Long and Cai Be. During a 40 minute cruise, discover beautiful landscapes along the river and observe the typical Mekong Delta rural life. These evergreen islands among the MekongRiver still remain unknown to many people. Further stops will allow you to see traditional brick and tile factories and how locals use palm leaves for houses. After touring the canals, head to the Ba Duc ancient house to have know the descendants of the former imperial residents. Then you will observe the Cai Be’s colorful floating market from Caibe Princess boat.
Back on the sampans, cruise 20 minutes further to Phu An hamlet passing by Cai Be’s beautiful cathedral. Then, group 1 can stay on boat to go straight to the restaurant while group 2 explores the edges of the canals on bicycle. Lunch will await you at Le Longanier, a superb Indochinese villa located in a lush tropical garden by the river, surrounded by fruit orchards. After lunch the cruise will continue with the visit some interesting home factories to see how rice paste, rice cookies and coconut candies, are made, along with the longan fruit drying process.
Board The Jayavarman for a relaxing evening cruise with a Farewell Dinner on the Sun Deck while heading towards My Tho.
Day 4: My Tho - Saigon ( B,D )
Your cruise with The Jayavarman comes to a close as the ship winds its way to My Tho which is located 70km South of Saigon on the upper Mekong river in Vietnam.
Disembark at around 9:00am . Our car and guide will pick up you, transfer to Saigon . This afternoon, we discover the dynamic city with the ReunificationPalace which was the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until end of April 1975, and some French colonial structures including the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Sai Gon Post Office. After seeing the Jade Emperor Pagoda, we continue our trip on to the bustling Ben Thanh Market where anything and everything is for sale, China town. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Saigon
Day 5 : Cu Chi Tunnel (B,L)
After breakfast , we drive to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels. At the height of the Vietnam war, the tunnel system stretched from the outskirts of Saigon all the way to the Cambodian border of over 250 kilometers of tunnels. The tunnel system, built over 25 years starting in the 1940s, let the Viet Minh and, later, the Viet Cong, control a huge rural area. It was an underground city with living areas, kitchens, storage, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers. In places, it was several stories deep and housed up to 10,000 people who virtually lived underground for years.... getting married, giving birth,going to school. The ground here is hard clay, which made this whole thing possible. But even so, the planning and construction was incredible. People dug all this with hand tools, filling reed baskets and dumping the dirt into bomb craters. They installed large vents so they could hear approaching helicopters, smaller vents for air and baffled vents to dissipate cooking smoke. There were also hidden trap doors and gruesomely effective bamboo-stake booby traps. Today, the trees and bushes have grown back. And since 1988, two sections of tunnels have been open for visitors. Drive back to Saigon.
Day 6 : Saigon Departure (B)
After breakfast you will be free until time to transfer to airport for departure
Cost in USD per person based on twin/double sharing, valid from 1 Jan. to 30 Mar. 2010
Cost in USD per person based on twin/double sharing, valid from 1 Apr. to 30 Sep. 2010
Cost in USD per person based on twin/double sharing, valid from 1 Oct. to 31 Dec.2010
4 days cruise on Jayavarman boat as stated above
3 nights on board, 2 nights at hotel in Saigon
English speaking guide during guided time
Transfers in private air-conditioned vehicles
Meals as indicated in the itinerary with local foods (B= breakfast; L=Lunch; D = Dinner)