Mekong cruise Saigon - Siemreap by Jayavarman 8 days-
Destination: Ho chi minh - Caibe - Chau doc - Phnompenh - Kampong Cham - Tonle sap - Siemreap
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Tour code: MCV28
Facts & Figures:
Decks: 4 decks: Main Deck, Upper Deck, Terrace Deck, Sun Deck
Crew: 40 (Cambodian hotel staff, Vietnamese crew)
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
4.1 Superior Cabins & balcony
4.2 "Apsara" Beauty & Wellness Spa
4.3 Crew area
Day 1: Saigon – Cai Be ( L,D )
Embarkation: 11:00 AM Departure 12:30 PM
Bid farewell to the hustle and bustle of Saigon while settling into your cabin. The ship will begin by meandering along busy ports and waterways. Soon after, the change is abrupt and you’ll find yourself in the UNESCO listed Mangrove Biosphere Reserve of Can Gio which had been destroyed during the Vietnam War by toxic chemicals. Amazingly, the 75 hectares of forest has come back to life through a reforestation. Enjoy a cocktail reception at the Funnel Bar and Lounge followed by a Welcome Dinner on the Sun Deck. Drop anchor just outside of Cai Be for the night.
Day 2: Cai Be – Chau Doc ( B, L, D )
Today’s tour starts with the visit of Cai Be’s colorful floating market. 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. Back on the sampans, we will lead to you to observe the activity of the biggest rice stock market in Cai Be. Further stops will allow you to see traditional brick and tile factories and how locals use palm leaves for houses. Cruise 20 minutes further to Phu An hamlet passing by Cai Be’s beautiful cathedral. Visit some interesting home factories to see how rice paste, rice cookies and coco candies, are made, along with the longan fruit drying process.
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, group 1 takes a stroll along the canals to experience the local environment first hand while group 2 explores the edges of the canals on bicycle. After touring the canals, head to the An Kiet ancient house to have tea with the descendants of the former imperial residents. Board The Jayavarman for a relaxing evening cruise towards Chau Doc. Moor midstream overnight.
Day 3: Chau Doc- border crossing ( 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 boat excursion to the exciting floating villages and catfish farms witnessing masses of bassa fish being fed, hand in hand with a shore excursion to the village of the local Muslim Cham community. Take a ride through this fascinating town of rich French colonial architecture and see its bustling market flooded with tropical fruits in full display by women in cone shaped palm leaf hats. Observe beautiful textiles being woven on old wooden looms; a tradition that has been passed from generation to generation. By mid-afternoon, The Jayavarman casts off for the border towards Phnom Penh.
Day 4: Phnom Penh ( B, L,D )
Off we go 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 thedazzling white and gold architecture of the RoyalPalace, outstanding displays of Khmer crafts at the NationalMuseum and the temple on 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 Apsara dance performance. Experience the brilliance and richness of the culture, the soothing sounds of traditional music, the calming scent of incense sticks and a delicious Khmer food buffet.
Day 5: Phnom Penh – Kampong Cham ( B, L,D )
Depart before the break of dawn from Phnom Penh with a stop at the little known Chong Koh silk weaving village for a leisure walk. We cruise past the Mekong’s tranquil villages and mind blowing river life with scores of fishermen on duty. 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 Médiation 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.
Day 6: Kampong Cham – Wat Hanchey ( 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.
Day 7: Kampong Cham – Kampong Chhnang – Tonle Sap ( B, L,D )
Before the sun rises, The Jayavarman sets sail to Kampong Chhnang via Prek K’dam along the meandering Tonle SapRiver, which narrows through leafy swaths of the South East Asian jungle. Take a walk through Kampong Louang, one of the last silversmith villages, to see the entire community involved in making various silver items to sell. Get back aboard The Jayavarman to eat lunch while cruising towards Kampong Chhnang.
After lunch, take a motorboat excursion from Kampong Chhnang to see the wetlands, floating houses and fish farms in the region. Make a stop at a Heritage Line sponsored floating school to interact with the children and teach them some English! This is the day to truly experience rural Khmer life. In the evening, a mouth watering Farewell
Dinner will be served on the Sun Deck.
Day 8: Tonle Sap – Siem Reap ( B, )
This great lake dominates Cambodia and is over 150 km in length. The birdlife is profuse and from the middle of the lake one cannot even see the shores. Witness stillness and 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, changes may occur for the different seasons.
High Water Program (approx. between July and December)
Cross the Tonle SapLake at dawn and 11:00 disembark at SiemReapPort for onward coach transfer to the hotel by 12:00 pm
Low Water Program (approx. between December and June)
Cruise early morning to Prek K’dam where you will disembark The Jayavarman after breakfast. Board a coach at 9:00am which will take you to see a pre-Angorian temple on your way to Siem Reap. A packed lunch and refreshments will be available along the way. Arrive in Siem Reap early afternoon.
Departure dates 2012
14 & 28
11 & 25
8 & 22
6 & 20
3 & 17
1 & 15 & 29
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 Jahan 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
Visa in Cambodia( available at border at 27 USD /person )
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