The Jayavarman Cruise on Mekong River from Phnom Penh to Saigon
Duration: 4 Days 3 Nights
Departure Date: On Request
Depart from: Phnom Penh
Routes: Phnom Penh - Chau Doc - Cai Be - Saigon
The Jayavarman is the father of the Heritage Line Collection. A grandiose and majestic ship, but not too large that it becomes impersonal. The Jayavarman’s interior design is inspired by King Jayavarman’s legacy. Aptly named after the revered monarch of the Khmer empire, the god-king is regal but warm. “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. The guest accommodation consists of 27 expansive and carefully designed state rooms 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. RV Jayavarman Double Cabin 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.
Day 1: Phnom Penh – Border Crossing
Board The Jayavarman at 08:00. 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 our 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”
Welcome to the circus of fish. 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. Stroll through a silk waving village and observe beautiful textiles being woven on old wooden looms; a tradition that has been passed from generation to generation.
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.
By late-afternoon, The Jayavarman casts off, heading towards Cai Be. Wheel house biking class will be held in the early evening.
Day 3: Cai Be
Today’s tour starts with the visit of Cai Be’s colorful floating market on board a traditional sampan, the Cai Be Princess. Cruise among local sampans coming from all provinces of the delta full of fruits and vegetables. During a 40 minute cruise, discover beautiful landscapes along the river and observe the typical Mekong Delta rural life. 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 Bes beautiful gothic 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, hop on a bike or take a stroll along the winding canals of this peaceful village to experience it first hand. After touring the canals, head to the An Kiet ancient house to have tea with the descendants of the former imperial residents and listen to the family story. Board The Jayavarman for a relaxing evening cruise with a Farewell Dinner on the Sun Deck while heading towards Saigon.
Day 4: Saigon
“The Sea of Mangroves”
Your cruise with The Jayavarman comes to a close as the ship winds its way to Saigon through the UNESCO listed Mangrove Biosphere Reserve. During the Vietnam War, it had been destroyed, but amazingly the 75 hectares have come back to life through reforestation efforts. Disembark at 10:00 and continue your journey in the buzzing city of Saigon.
Prices quoted in US$ nett per person
01 Jan – 31 Mar
01 Jun – 04 Oct
05 Oct – 19 Oct
20 Oct – 31 Dec
1270 1910 850 1280 1020 1530 1270 1910
1510 2270 980 1470 1190 1820 1510 2270
1630 2440 1050 1580 1295 1950 1630 2440
Inclusions of the trip
- Entrance fees
- Tour guide services (English speaking)
- Taxes, fuel, pilots, port dues
- Full board
- Welcome and farewell dinner, mineral water, coffee and tea during breakfast
- Transfers in Siem Reap from or to the meeting point
Exclusions of the trip
- Phnom Penh port taxes per passenger of 65 USD levied by the Cambodian Port Authority Gratuities
- Fuel surcharges if available
- Peak season surcharge – 250 USD for the New Years Eve cruise and Christmas cruise per cabin.
- Extra bed supplement – 70% off on regular cruise price (price per cabin). Extra beds are available in Deluxe rooms only.
- Single occupancy – 25% off on regular cruise price