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Mekong Cruise Cambodia

MCC13: Siemreap – Saigon 8 days by Jahan Cruise

Destination: Siemreap – Kampong Chnang – Kampong Cham – Phnompenh – Chau doc – Sadec – Caibe – My tho – Ho chi minh
Starts in: Siem reap
Ends in: Ho Chi Minh City
Duration: 8D-7N
Tour code: MCC13

Siemreap – Saigon 8 days by Jahan Cruise

 Jahan cruise  Jahan Suite  Jahan Deluxe
 Jahan Supeior  Jahan Signature  Jahan Spa
 Jahan Bar  Jahan Observatory  Jahan Boutique Shop

Facts & Figures

Launch:   October 2011
Class:   River vessel S1, sailing under Vietnamese flag, VIRES registered
Length:   70m length of overall
Width:   12.5m
Draft:    1.7m( maximum)
Capacity:   52 Guest
Crew:   40 Crew Cambodian / Vietnamese
DWT:   1000 tons
Speed:
 
  Cruising speed 10 knots, Maxi upstream 12 knots, Maxi downstream 16 knotsEngine / Gen set Twin diesel engine, 3 independent gen set’s
Central AC:   VRV system computer controlled
Cabins:   26 cabins, 4 categories
Decks:   4 decks
Hight:    9 meter from waterline until sundeck ceiling

Facilities:

Steam/Sauna:        Steam sauna with shower (on reservation only)
Gymnasium:   Bicycles, treadmill and Work-out center
Spa:
 
  Spa and beauty center at the observatory (Spa, beauty, massage, nails, resting area). 2 treating rooms.
Pool:
 
  Pool/jacuzzi 2.5 x 5 meter, located on terrace deck with outdoor shower and sun beds
Restaurant:
 
  170m2 Located on Pool deck (buffet/set menu). Kitchen is located below main deck, connected by a dumb waiter. Floor to ceiling windows and sliding doors.
Observatory:
 
  50m2 Library and lounge with comfortable large sofas and a view to all sides through panoramic windows
Wheelhouse deck:         Sun beds with a view - on top of the wheelhouse
Funnel bar:   Outdoor bar with comfortable sofa style seating
Reception:   Entrance area at the lobby lounge
Lounge, 160m2:    Comfy seating area for movies and lectures
Cruise concierge:         Multimedia concierge desk located at the observatory
Tour leader cabin:   1 TL cabin with single bed and en suite bathroom
Boutique shop:   Clothes, souvenir and amenities shop located in the lounge
 
Accommodation: 26 balcony cabins in 4 categories
12 Superior staterooms 30m2, main deck
8 Deluxe staterooms 30m2, uper deck
4 Signature staterooms 35m2, main deck / 32m2,upper deck
2 Suite staterooms 51m2
 
All cabins
All cabins with audio entertainment system
Bedside controls including AC, light and music
Hot water kettle (Tea) and Espresso machine (Pads)
Floor to ceiling sliding door's
4.5m2 balcony with 2 chairs and table
Mini bar, hair dryer, beauty mirror, vintage phone, desk, chairs, sofa, luggage rack, 2-door wardrobe
Suite Stateroom
 
Suite stateroom is 51m2 located on the Upper Deck with balcony.

The inclusions for Suite staterooms are (concept):
Welcome fruit basket, flower and a bottle of prosecco.
Complimentary mini bar.
Balcony breakfast.
Daily free laundry service.
Newspaper delivered to the room.
Turndown gift.
VIP turndown gifts.
1 Private candle light dinner at the exclusively reserved Observatory (only applicable for a 7night cruise).
01 private excursion (only applicable for a 7night cruise.
Private Butler service:
Polish and condition your shoes.
Prepare and pack/unpack luggage.
Replenish your in-suite bar and preferred beverages.
Suggest and serve breakfast orders for in-room breakfast.
Draw a scented whirlpool bath.
Spa treatment:
08 sessions (60 min) of spa treatment per person on a 7 night cruise (04 session during peak hours only).
05 sessions(60 min) of spa treatment per person on a 4-night journey (03 sessions during peak hours only).
04 sessions (60 min) of spa treatment per person on a 3-night journey (0 2 sessions during peak hours only).
 
Signature Stateroom is 32m2 on the Upper Deck with balcony and 35m2 on the Main Deck with balcony.

The inclusions for Signature staterooms are (concept):
Welcome fruit basket, flower and a bottle of prosecco
Complimentary mini bar
Balcony breakfast
Daily free laundry service
Newspaper delivered to the room
Turndown gift
VIP turndown gifts
1 Private candle light dinner at the exclusively reserved Observatory
01 private excursion (In progress)
Private Butler service:
Polish and condition your shoes
Prepare and pack/unpack luggage
Replenish your in-suite bar and preferred beverages
Suggest and serve breakfast orders for in-room breakfast
Spa treatment:
02 sessions (60 min) of spa treatment per person on a 7night cruise (01 session during peak hours only)
01 sessions(60 min) of spa treatment per person on a 4-night journey
01 sessions (60 min) of spa treatment per person on a 3-night journey
 
Deluxe Stateroom
Deluxe Stateroom is 30m2 on the Upper Deck with balcony.
 
Superior Stateroom
Superior Stateroom is 30m2 on the Upper Deck with balcony.
 
Jahan Deck Plan

 


Departure schedule 2014

Jun. 2014 Jul. 2014 Aug. 2014 Sep. 2014 Oct. 2014 Nov. 2014 Dec. 2014
14 & 28    12 & 26 9 & 23 6 & 20 4 & 18 1 & 15 & 29 13 & 27

Cost in USD per double / twin cabin for 2 people

Period Superior Deluxe Signature Suite
Jun. 2014 – 3 Oct. 2014 3580 4162 4649 4823
4 Oct. 2014 – 17 Oct. 2014 4295 5002 5593 5808
18 Oct. 2014 – Dec. 2014 5232 6267 6778 7419
Jan. 2015 – Mar. 2015 5372 6387 6964 7600
April 2015 3912 4589 5691 5942
 
Note:
  • Single cabin: 25 % off on double cabin’s price
  • Peak season surcharge: 150 USD/ person for all cruises falling on Christmas and New Year Eve
  • Please add 65 USD / person for the Cambodia port tax at 65 USD/pax levied by the Cambodian port authority
Children Policy
  • Free of charge for children below 5 years in parents’ cabin and using existing bed. Baby cots are available.
  • Children  above 5 years must occupy a separate bed and pay full rate (single or double occupancy).
Cruise includes:
  • 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)
  • Mineral water, coffee/ tea ( from jug ) is included all day. Fresh fruit juices are included in addition during breakfast and afternoon tea
  • 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
Cruise excludes:
  • 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 ( 8 - 10 USD per passenger/ day are recommended )
  • Travel insurance
  • Other personal expenses

Itinerary;

Day 1: Siemreap – Kampong Chnang ( D )
The Tonle Sap (The Great Lake) is the flowing heart of Cambodia, giving love and life to this nation. The Tonle Sap has more fish than any other lake in the world and is home to an incredible variety of birds, including rare – and endangered – feathered life. At 12.00h (noon), we gather at the meeting point followed by a quick transfer to the boutique Ship. The ever-smiling crew welcomes us with unbridled warmth. A refreshing welcome drink awaits us followed by a sumptuous lunch on the Ship. Then, it is a lazy afternoon as the ship glides along the water. Dinner is at Dining Hall. Enjoy a spectacular experience on the sun deck as we bathe in the glow of the moon and the radiance of the stars. The ship moors overnight in the river or on the lake.
 
Day 2: Kampong Chnang ( B, L, D )
The day – in fact everyday – starts with an invigorating Tai Chi lesson on the sun deck, just as the sun begins its slow rise. Coffee and tea awaits the early bird. Before dawn, the ship sets sail across the Tonle Lake. As the ship is about to exit the lake, we see spectacular marshlands floating along the river banks of Kampong Chhnang province.
The afternoon cruise continues with a languid meander along the Tonle River, which narrows through leafy swaths of the Southeast Asian jungle. Here, the river is very narrow and we are greeted by kids waving enthusiastically at us from the banks. Follow a short bus trip to the see the Khmer-styled pottery at the Aundaung Russey village. We then embark on a truly marvellous motorboat excursion from Kampong Chhnang to see the wetlands, floating houses and fish farms in the region before reaching Kampong Cham in the evening. Further down the river we take part in an ox cart rally before being introduced to the Heritage Line pro bono “literacy project”.
Overnight in Kampong Cham.
 
Day 3: Kampong Cham – Wat Hanchey  ( B, L, D )
We will wake up in the small hours of the morning, truly energized 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. We even get to engage in light banter with some of the monks in the area. We will return to the Ship to witness a blessing ceremony performed by orange-clad local monks. When the tide allows, we will enjoy a surprise sojourn in our zodiacs (inflatable boats) to the nearby bank to swim in the teacoloured Mekong river, an experience that will, no doubt, dominate dinner conversations in the weeks to come. We will then cruise towards Kampong Cham to visit Wat Nokor, a wat built within the ruins of an ancient temple which holds a timeless story. On the way back to the Ship, we will visit an orphanage. Along the way, we will have to maneuver a 2-kilometer rickety bamboo bridge. Our sense of balance lies in the balance!
Overnight midstream near Phnom Penh.
 
Day 4: Phnom Penh ( B, L, D )
Phnom Penh was once the Paris of the East. Despite its rapid development, it has retained a lot of its rustic charm and elegance. After breakfast, we will be captivated by a comprehensive lecture on Cambodia’s modern history. This will be followed by a city tour of this dynamic, historical capital city of Cambodia which has managed to preserve huge slices of its French colonial allure. Sightseeing in the morning will include visiting 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 Field in town. Be prepared to be heart wrenched by this stark reminder of the genocide that transpired during Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge regime.
We go back to the Ship after our museum visit. A variety of cocktails will be served followed by a traditional Apsara dance performance on board. Experience the brilliance and richness of this culture, the soothing sounds of traditional music, the calming scent of incense sticks and a barbeque on the sun deck. It is indeed a truly marvellous experience, dining in the open with the stars and the moon as our companions.
Overnight in Phnom Penh.
 
Day 5: Phnom Penh – Chau Doc Border Crossing ( B, L, D )
The cruise liner then sets sail for a lazy day of cruising along the main Mekong Channel. As this is an international shipping route, you will witness large commercial ships plying this route. Later, in the afternoon, we set off to the Vietnamese border for the requisite cross border paperwork. As the process tends to take some time, we bask in the glow of the afternoon sun on the sun deck, pamper ourselves silly at the Spa, or sharpen our culinary skills with the Heritage Line’s Cambodian and Vietnamese cuisine cooking class. The ship moors midstream overnight
 
Day 6: Chau Doc – Sa Dec ( B, L, D )
Welcome to the fish sanctuary of Vietnam. We begin our day with a hearty breakfast at the Dining Hall or in the quiet sanctuary of your balcony. We will brace ourselves for a short excursion in Chau Doc, a pleasant town near the Cambodian border with sizeable Chinese, Kinh and Khmer communities. We will also visit the colorful local market near an ancient temple. This is followed by a trip to the quay, where we will be feted to a boat excursion to the floating market and rustic catfish farms. We will certainly enjoy watching schools of basa fish being fed by hand. Then, it is back to the ship for a lunch. In the mid afternoon, we will set off for My An Hung Village. Passengers walk to the family house through the vegetable garden to see the boat building yard and canals. We will cross a monkey bridge and see chili, corn and beetle nut plantations amongst other vegetable fields. Then gather at the family’s house to taste tea with honey with local delicacies and fruits before back to the ship to set off for Sa Dec in the late afternoon.
Overnight in Sa Dec.
Note: Due to high water in the Mekong Delta between July and December the following program applies:
This morning, you will start your excursion on a local boat (sampan) and discover the border town of Tan Chau. Firstly, the journey takes you to the “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. We stop to visit a fish farm located in the Tan Chau canal – this farm consists of floating houses and the villagers make their living by cultivating fish. You continue by boat to Tan Chau pier, disembark here and stroll around this colorful local market with lots of regional products. You return to the cruise ship after your market visit.
 
Day 7: Sa Dec – Cai Be – My Tho ( B, L, D )
In the morning, we embark a traditional sampan (a flat bottomed traditional Vietnamese wooden boat) 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.
After lunch on board, the Ship arrives in Cai Be. The tour starts with a visit to Cai Be’s boisterous and colorful floating market where traders gather in a cacophonous congregation. During the languid ride, we discover breathtaking landscapes along the river and quaff the rustic life on the Mekong Delta. The evergreen islands along the Mekong River remain unknown to many people. The cruise will halt intermittently to allow us to observe how rice paste, rice cookies and coconut candies are made, along with the Longan fruit drying process. After touring the canals, we head to an ancient house surrounded by fruit orchards before heading to the Ship for dinner. We then board the ship for a tranquil evening cruise towards My Tho. A wonderful farewell party awaits us on the terrace deck
Overnight in My Tho.
 
Day 8: My Tho – Ho Chi Minh City ( B )
Our magnificent cruiser winds its way to My Tho, approximately 70km south of Saigon on the upper Mekong river in Vietnam. We bid farewell to the cruise as our journey comes to a close. But the memories and the friendships made on board linger on for a lot longer. We disembark at around 8.30h and we join the transfer to the madding crowd of Saigon. Drop off will be at the meeting point in Saigon.
 
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