The Jayavarman Cruise on Mekong River from Saigon to Phnom Penh
Duration: 4 Days 3 Nights
Departure Date: On Request
Depart from: Sai Gon
Routes: Saigon - Cai Be - Chau Doc - Phnom Penh
Jayavarman – Palace of the King.
Our ship was designed by Jayavarman’s legacy will gives the feeling like living in a gorgeous & luxurious palace for customers. Stay here to enjoy an exciting experience & discovering the lost civilization along the Mekong River from Vietnam to Cambodia.
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.
Day 1: Saigon – Cai Be
“The Sea of Mangroves”
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
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 Mekong River 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 decendants 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
“Taste of aqua cultural life”
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
“Pearl of the East”
Off we go early in the morning to witness a truly indescribable scene while approaching Phnom Penh’s river promenade. Sadly, after breakfast, it is time to disembark the cruise and transfer to the hotel at 10:00.
***** Please note you will leave RV The Jayavarman for good at the time you embark for the last visit.
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