Destination: Siemreap - Tonle Sap lake - Kampong Cham - Phnompenh - Chau doc - Caibe - My tho - Saigon
Duration: 8 days 7 nights
Tour code: MCC14
Facts & Figures: Built: 2009
Decks: 4 decks: Main Deck, Upper Deck, Terrace Deck, Sun Deck
Crew: 40 (Cambodian hotel staff, Vietnamese crew)
Accommodation Up to 65 guests with 27 cabins including: 2 Signature Staterooms / 11 Deluxe Staterooms / 14 Superior Staterooms
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
14 Superior Staterooms – Main Deck
Located on the Main Deck with a balcony, ensuring light to the cabin all day long. Each Superior Stateroom is individually decorated.
* 21 m² including balcony
* Bedrooms with 4 Twin beds 85 x 200 cm that can be converted to a King Size bed and 10 Double Beds
11 Deluxe Staterooms - Upper Deck
Located on the Upper Deck with a balcony. Each Deluxe Stateroom is decorated in a unique Indochine way
• 24 m² including balcony
• Bedroom with King Size beds (8 staterooms) or Twin beds (3 staterooms)
• Third berth availability
• 2 staterooms with adjoining capabilities
2 Signature Staterooms ( Bai Dai Signature and Jayavarman Signature Stateroom )- Upper Deck
• 26 m² including balcony
• 2 differently themed suites
• Bedroom with a King Size bed 180 x 200 cm
• Interconnectable to Deluxe Stateroom
• Bathroom with double vanity, glass shower cabin "Bao Dai" Signature Stateroom
Located on the Upper Deck, with its own balcony. The Royal Junior Suite is expansively elegant and designed to perfection. Fusing traditional Vietnamese / French colonial style interior design. Jayvarman Signature Stateroom
Located as well on the Upper Deck, with its own balcony. This Royal Junior Suite has its own unique identity and character. Experience that home away from home satisfaction.
"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.
That Exquisite feeling
1.1 Sun beds
1.2 Massage parlor, shower & day bed
We will start our journey in either high water or low water.
High water program(approx. between July and middle of December)
Pick up at your hotel in Siemreap, transfer toFFC Angkor hotel – meeting point. At 11:00 AM gather at the meeting point and transfer to The Jayavarman, where the crew is looking forward to embracing our guests. Welcome cocktail and lunch on the cruise liner. The Jayavarman sets sail towards the little known stilt village of Kampong Phluk. Climb aboard small rowing boats and let the local children take you on a tour of this flooded forest.
Welcome dinner on the Sun Deck. Mooring and overnight on the lake.
Low water program(approx. between middle of December and June)
Pick up at your hotel in Siemreap, transfer toFFC Angkor hotel – meeting point . At 8 AM, gather at the meeting point and transfer by coach to Prek K'Dam on the Tonle SapRiver. Enjoy snacks and cold drinks on the way with a brief stop at Kampong Thom, one of the first settlements in the pre-Angkorian period.
Embarkation in Prek K'Dam and welcome cocktail early afternoon. The Jayavarman sets sail upstream towards Kampong Chhnang and the great Tonle SapLake. We wind our way through the jungle and as the river narrows, it makes you feel at peace with yourself and the community. Later that evening meet your fellow passengers on board for Welcome Dinner on the Sun Deck.
Day 2: Tonle Sap - Kampong Chhnang - Kampong Cham ( B, L,D )
High water program
Before the sun rises, The Jayavarman sets sail to cross the Tonle SapLake. As the ship is about to exit the lake, the marshlands exhibit spectacular scenery along the river banks of Kampong Chhnang province. We take a truly wonderful motorboat excursion from Kampong Chhnang to see the wetlands, floating houses and fish farms in the region. Join in on a humanitarian project lead by World Bank Illiteracy projects when we make a stop at a Heritage Line sponsored floating school to interact with the children and teach them some English!
The afternoon cruise will follow the meandering Tonle SapRiver, which narrows through leafy swaths of the South East Asian Jungle touching Phnom Penh. In the late afternoon we enter the upper MekongRiver bound to Kampong Cham to stop for a walk through a rural village.
Low water program
Kampong Chhnang is a busy rural port town with bustling markets and lots of children to greet us on our way around. We will take a wonderful motor boat excursion into the wetlands that form the mouth of the river. Here a stunning variety of birdlife may be seen and of considerable interest are the great fish traps, some half a kilometer long, which net a huge tonnage of fish after each monsoon as the fish migrate from the falling lake into the Tonle SapRiver. Make a stop at a Heritage Line sponsored floating school to interact with the children and teach them some English!
The afternoon cruise will follow the meandering Tonle SapRiver, which narrows through leafy swaths of the South East Asian Jungle.
Day 3: Kampong Cham - Wat Hanchey "Monks and hilltops" ( B, L,D )
Wake up in the wee hours of the morning, truly energized to embark on a journey upriver to the pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey. Located at the top of a hill overlooking the river, it offers some of the best views in Cambodia. Dating from the 8th century, these ancient structures do justice to the architecture of the Chenla Empire which predated the glories of the mighty Angkor. Enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding well organized rice paddy plains, as well as a travelers blessing performed by the local monks.
After lunch and a short cruise downstream we drop anchor at the shores of Kampong Cham. Visit Wat Nokor, a wat built within the ruins of an ancient temple that holds a timeless story. Then, travel to the CheungKokEcotourismVillage, a small village developed with support from Assistance Mediation Internationale (AMICA). Travelers can visit the village and take part in activities to experience village life. Profits from tourism go towards re-investment into long-term projects. Back on board The Jayavarman sets sail towards the capital Phnom Penh.
Day 4: Phnom Penh "Pearl of the East" ( B, L,D )
Get up early in the morning to witness a truly indescribable scene while approaching Phnom Penh's river promenade. After breakfast, embark on a city tour in this dynamic, historical capital of Cambodia which has retained its French colonial charm. Sightseeing in the morning will include the dazzling white and gold architecture of the RoyalPalace and the Silver Pagoda, outstanding displays of Khmer crafts at the NationalMuseum and the temple of a hill - Wat Phnom.
After lunch in a local restaurant, examine the painful, heart wrenching reminders of Cambodia's ugly past under the Khmer Rouge regime with an excursion to the Genocide museum to learn more about the Cambodian civil war. Introduction and onsite lecture by a local history professor.
Thereafter, to ease the nerves a variety of cocktails will be at your disposal, followed by Cambodia's traditional and opulent Apsara dance performance. Experience the brilliance and richness of the culture, the soothing sounds of traditional music, the calming scent of incense stick and a delicious Khmer food buffet.
Day 5: Phnom Penh - border crossing ( B, L, D )
Wake up to the sun rising over the Mekong for Thai Chi on the Sun Deck. 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.
The ship moors midstream overnight.
Day 6: 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 7: 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 8: My Tho – Saigon ( B )
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, transfer by coach to Ho chi minh city. Drop off at Renaissance Riverside hotel. End of tour.
Departure dates 2012
1 & 15 & 29
13 & 27
10 & 24
8 & 22
Cost in USD per person based on sharing double/ twin cabin on boat
From June 2012 – 5 Oct. 2012
From 6 Oct. 2012 – 19 Oct. 2012
From 20 Oct. 2012 – 30 Dec. 2012
Single Supplement: 25 % off on regular price ( on double cabin )
Peak season surcharge: 150 USD/ person for Christmas and New Year Eve
Note: Please add 65 USD / person for the Cambodia port tax at 65 USD/pax levied by the Cambodian port authority
8 days Jayavarman cruise as stated above include group shore-excursions, entrance fees, transportation
English speaking guide on board
Transfers in Saigon and Siemreap from / to the meeting point to / from embarkation/ Desembarkation point or vice versa
Meals as indicated in the itinerary (B= breakfast; L=Lunch; D = Dinner)
Admission fees and permits where applicable
Mineral water and coffee and tea from 6:30 AM, beakfast and afternoon tea
Government taxes and Service Charge
Visa in Vietnam ( not available at the border , need to apply before cruise )
Visa in Cambodia
Cambodia port tax at 65 USD/pax levied by the Cambodian port authority
Crew gratuities ( 5 USD per passenger/ day are recommended )
Other personal expenses