25 September 2016
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. 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.
Meet your Travel Indochina local guide to escort you to the starting point of your journey (The Renaissance hotel) where you shall depart Saigon as you travel seventy kilometres south by vehicle to My Tho to board your boat. You shall be served a refreshing welcome drink as the ship departs port and glides along the Mekong. Enjoy the sunset on the balcony followed by a briefing at the lounge about your upcoming river journey. Later, a welcome dinner awaits you to meet your fellow travellers. When approaching Cai Be, the ship drops anchor and moors midstream where the river is several kilometres wide. Lunch and dinner included.
You may wish to take part in the daily Tai Chi session as the sun rises (held each morning of the cruise) before enjoying a morning coffee and breakfast. From here you shall visit Cai Be's boisterous and colourful floating market on board a traditional sampan to get right amongst the action. From here you shall continue cruising the Mekong viewing breathtaking landscapes and the simple, yet busy life on the Mekong Delta. A brief stop shall be made to allow you to observe how rice paste, rice cookies and coconut candies are made, along with the Longan fruit drying process. After touring the canals, you'll head to an ancient house surrounded by fruit orchards before heading back to the boat for lunch. In the afternoon you shall cruise to Sa Dec. Upon arrival, embark a traditional sampan to tour Binh Thanh Island and its man-made canals. Here, every villager is involved in the process of growing and processing water hyacinths into natural fibre floor mats and rattan baskets. You then board the Ship for a tranquil evening cruise towards Chau Doc, near the Cambodian border. The Ship will moor midstream overnight. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
After breakfast you shall embark on a short excursion in the town of Chau Doc. This is a pleasant town near the Cambodian border with sizeable Chinese, Kinh and Khmer population making for a fascinating mix of local cultures. You shall visit a colourful local market near an ancient temple followed by a trip to the quay, where you will take a boat excursion to the floating villages, home to numerous catfish farms. The hand feeding of this fish in the floating farms is quite an experience you will no doubt enjoy before heading to shore to visit the local Cham Muslim community village. From here it is back to the ship for lunch. Continue cruising through beautiful scenery in Vietnam and into Cambodia. (Border formalities are handled by the crew but can take some time) This makes an opportune time to relax on-board, sharpen your culinary skills with our hands on cooking classes, or tour the ship with our impeccable cruise director. The cruise goes on before reaching Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia where the boat shall moor for the evening. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. High Water Program (approx. between July and December) Note: Due to high water in the Mekong Delta between July and December the following program applies: Start your excursion on a local boat (sampan) and discover the border town of Tan Chau and enjoy “evergreen” islands where you will be thrilled to learn the life of the locals. The inhabitants of these islands live on houses poised on high stilts - a centuries-old tradition in this part of the Mekong Delta. Visit a fish farm located in the Tan Chau canal where villagers make their living by cultivating fish, and stroll around the colorful local market
Phnom Penh was once known as the Paris of the East. Despite its rapid development, it has retained a lot of its old world charm and elegance. After breakfast, you shall enjoy a fascinating talk on Cambodia's modern history before embarking on a tour of one of Indochina's most fascinating cities. Sights in the morning will include the dazzling white and gold edifice of the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, and witnessing exceptionally beautiful Khmer craft at the National Museum. After lunch at a local restaurant, we will visit the Genocide museum and the Killing Fields a sobering reminder of the torment and suffering this nation endured at the hands of the Khmer Rouge in what can only be considered recent times. From here you shall transfer back to the ship. A variety of cocktails will be served followed by a traditional Apsara dance performance onboard, which highlights the more beautiful side of Khmer history, art and tradition. Following this you shall enjoy a barbeque on the sundeck whilst the sun sets over this city of contrast. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
You shall depart Phnom Penh before the break of dawn with a stop at the little known Chong Koh silk weaving village. Following this village you shall return to the ship and cruise past the Mekong's tranquil villages, soaking up the images of river life and sun-hardened fishermen on their make shift boats. Your next stop will be a tour of the rural Angkor Ban village. You will feel like you are transported back a hundred years into an era untouched by modernity. The houses here are truly rustic, made by hand and without any concrete. Most of all, you shall feel overwhelmed by the unbridled warmth of the villagers. Travellers can take part in the daily activities of the villagers to experience village life first hand. From her you'll transport back to the Ship to cruise towards the town of Kampong Cham. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Please note, the itinerary on days 5 to 8 may be changed during the high water season, July to December.
This morning depart before the break of dawn towards Kampong Cham. Stop at the little known Chong Koh silk weaving village before returning to the ship and continuing to cruise past the Mekong’s tranquil villages, exhilirating river life and sun-hardened fishermen on their wooden boats. Tour the rural Angkor Ban village where time has seemingly stood still. You will feel as though you have been transported back in time to an era untouched by modern civilisation. Be amazed at the truly rustic architecture all made by hand and enjoy the unbridled warmth of the villagers. Experience village and take part in activities with the locals before heading back to the ship to cruise towards Kampong Cham.
Before the sun peeks over the horizon, wake early to embark on a land journey to the pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey. Travelers either take a motor-taxi or climb 291 steps to the top. Located at the top of a hill overlooking the river, it offers one of the most breath-taking views in Cambodia. Built in the 8th century, this ancient structure, together with a bigger and newer addition underscores the superb architecture of the Chenla Empire which predates the mighty Angkor temple complex. There is a chance to engage in light banter with some of the monks in the area, before returning to the boat to witness a blessing ceremony performed by local monks. After lunch, and if the tide allows, enjoy a boat visit to the nearby beach to swim in the tea colored Mekong river before cruising towards Kampong Cham. Along the way visit Wat Nokor, a wat built within the ruins of an ancient temple, visit an orphanage, and maneuver along a rickety bamboo bridge.
After breakfast disembark the ship and board a coach for your transfer from Kampong Cham to Siem Reap. Snacks and cold drinks are served along the 4 to 5 hour journey to Siem Reap. On arrival you will be dropped at Raffles Grand Hotel D'angkor to transfer to the airport for your onward journey. Breakfast and lunch box included.
Superior Cabin fr £2229pp
Deluxe Cabin fr £2631pp
Signature Cabin fr £2818pp
Rates based on twinshare
International flights not included unless otherwise stated