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Mekong Cruise Vietnam

MCV10: Saigon – Siemreap 8 days by Jayavarman Cruise

Destination: Ho chi minh - My tho - Cai be - Sedec - Chau doc - Phnompenh - Kampong Cham - Kampong Chnang - Siemreap
Starts in: Ho Chi Minh City
Ends in: Siemreap
Duration: 8D-7N
Tour code: MCV10

Saigon – Siemreap by Jayavarman Cruise


                      Jayavarman cruise                                 Jayavarman Bao Dai Signature                                 Jayavarman Deluxe

                  Jayavarman Signature                                         Jayavarman Superior                                Jayavarman Bar & Lounge

                     Jayavarman Dining                                           Jayavarman Lounge                                        Jayavarman Sundeck

Facts & Figures:
Launch November 2009
Length / Width / Height 57,8 m / 11,1 m / 10 m
Beam / Draft 11 m / 1,6 m
Gross tonnage 700 tons
Cruising speed 10 nautical knots
Electricity 220v


Safety Radio Comm., Radar, GPS, PA system, life jackets, life rafts, fire hydrants, flares and signals, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors in each cabin, CO2 engine room fire fighting system.
 
Accommodation: 27 cabins including 3 categories: Superior, Deluxe and Signature, can cover 54 passengers.
 
Superior Staterooms
Located on the main deck, the 14 Superior Staterooms (4 twin, 10 double) come with in-room bathrooms. The large floor to ceiling panoramic glass doors open to the balcony (5sqm). Measuring a total space of 21sqm (incl. balcony), the superiors are appointed with wooden, white furniture design supported by decent Asian ornaments and fine-art paintings on the walls and ceilings.
Amenities: Hot water kettle (Tea), sun hat, binocular, slippers, in-room safe, balcony with 2 chairs and table, mini bar, hair dryer, bath robe, internal phone, desk, chairs, luggage rack.
 
Deluxe Staterooms
Located on the upper deck and with a floor space of 30sqm the 11 Deluxe Staterooms (3 twin, 8 double, 1 connecting) with own balcony (5sqm) offer an in-room bathroom which is separated from the sleeping area by a mighty wooden sliding door. The very warm tone of the cabin designed with dark weighty antique furniture as well as the handmade, rustic copper sink sitting in the bathroom brings back the feeling of the 1930s Indochine lifestyle.
Amenities: Hot water kettle (Tea), sun hat, binocular, slippers, in-room safe, balcony with 2 chairs and table, mini bar, hair dryer, bath robe, internal phone, desk, chairs, luggage rack.
 
Signature Staterooms: Bao Dai Signature and Jayavarman Signature
The Signature Staterooms have its own identity. There are two Signatures available – the Bao Dai and the Jayavarman –both sitting on the upper deck.
The Bao Dai Signature Stateroom
is 27sqm in total including a private balcony of 3sqm with bow. A heavy  royal (Bao Dai was a Vietnamese king) dark wood king bed dominates the room. Walls come in a soft
Saffron tone and are decorated with Vietnamese designed artifacts.                                                      
     The Jayavarman Signature Stateroom
is a 27sqm large cabin including a 3sqm balcony. This Signature cabin is dedicated to the Khmer culture. The most stunning facility is the solidwood and king-size four-poster bed with an impressive olive coloured gypsum artwork at the bed-head displaying an Apsara dancer.
Amenities: Hot water kettle (Tea), sun hat, binocular, slippers, in-room safe, balcony with 2 chairs and table, mini bar, hair dryer, internal phone, desk, chairs, sofa, luggage rack, bath robe, screen with DVD/music player.
 
Deck Plan

  Sun Deck
1.1 Sun beds
1.2 Massage parlor, shower & day bed

Terrace Deck
2.1 "Indochine" indoor restaurant
2.2 "Club 1930" Funnel Bar & Lounge terrace
2.3 Wheelhouse & observation platform

Upper Deck
3.1 Deluxe Cabins
3.2 Signature Cabins
3.3 "Henry Mouhot" lounge, observatory & library
3.4 "L'extreme Orient" boutique shop

Main Deck
4.1 Superior Cabins & balcony
4.2 "Apsara" Beauty & Wellness Spa
4.3 Crew area

Life on board
Life on the Jayavarman is one luxurious experience after another. Allow us to paint – in your mind’s eye – the picture of romance, majesty and mystery that becomes you when you board the Jayavarman.
You step out on to your private balcony, sipping your cocktail made with fruit from the land that envelops you. The sun sets gently and the charming countryside becomes a silhouette shining on the river. You soon realize that you’ve never been in a place so peaceful and so serene, occasionally punctuated by a child’s raucous laughter ringing from a nearby village. Darkness descends, signaling the time for a traditional feast. Food from the region is served by waiters who, by now, have become your friends. They are a tad shy yet they are proud to put on display their traditional attire and share their culture with you.
After a night’s sleep, the soft rays of the sun warm your face. Thai Chi lessons await you on the upper sun deck, ready to connect you to the energy that is so plentiful in this cultured and spiritual place.
At every corner, every river bend aboard this luxurious and majestic ship, new sights and new experiences are ready and waiting to be found.
 
Departure schedule 2014

Jul. 2014 Aug. 2014 Sep. 2014 Oct. 2014 Nov. 2014 Dec. 2014
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
Jun. 2014 – 3 Oct. 2014 3390 3835 4152
4 Oct. 2014 – 17 Oct. 2014, April 2015 4037 4725 5085
18 Oct. 2014 – Mar. 2015 4922 5776 6210
 
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
Cruise includes:
  • 8 days Jayavarman 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: Ho Chi Minh – My Tho – Cai Be ( D )
Bid farewell to the hustle and bustle of Saigon as we travel 70 kilometers south by land to My Tho to embark your boutique Ship. We will be served a refreshing welcome drink as the ship steadily glides along the Mekong. We will bathe in the fading sunset on the balcony followed by a briefing at the lounge. Later, a welcome dinner awaits us. When approaching Cai Be, the Ship drops anchor to moor midstream where the river is several kilometers wide.. Overnight in Cai Be.
 
Day 2: Cai Be – Sa Dec – Chau Doc ( 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 gentle glow. Coffee and tea awaits the early bird. The day’s tour starts with a visit to Cai Be’s boisterous and colorful floating market on board a traditional sampan (a flat bottomed traditional Vietnamese wooden boat). During the languid ride, discover breathtaking landscapes along the river and quaff the rustic life on the Mekong Delta. 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 lunch. In the afternoon, we cruise to Sa Dec.
Upon arrival, we embark a traditional sampan to tour Binh Thanh Island and its manmade canals. Here, every villager is involved in the process of growing and processing water hyacinths into natural fibre floor mats and rattan baskets. We then board the Ship for a tranquil evening cruise towards Chau Doc. The ship will moor midstream overnight near Chau Doc.
 
Day 3: Chau Doc (Border Crossing) – Phnom Penh ( B, L, D )
Welcome to the fish sanctuary of Vietnam. Begin your day with a hearty breakfast at the Dining Hall or in the quiet sanctuary of your balcony. Brace yourself 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 villages and rustic catfish farms where we will learn exciting facts about the breeding of Basa fish in the Mekong Delta. Then, it is back to the ship for a lunch.
By mid-afternoon, the cruise liner will make its way to the border for Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia. It is 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. Or, better yet, do all three. “The Highway Blues” beckons as we float into a state of mild bliss caused by the hypnotic murmur of the ship’s engine. After hours of cruising, we will feel the rush of entering into a new country and to embrace new adventures. Overnight midstream near Phnom Penh.
 
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 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. Take a rest on your cabin balcony or the lounge and get prepared for an exciting evening event. The evening starts with a variety of cocktails served on the sun deck. Take a seat and enjoy the following Apsara dance performance. 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 – Kampong Cham ( B, L, D )
We will depart before the break of dawn from Phnom Penh with a stop at the little known Chong Koh silk weaving village. We will then return to the Ship and will cruise past the Mekong’s tranquil villages, exhilirating river life and sun-hardened fishermen on their shift boats. We will tour the rural Angkor Ban village where time stood still. We are transported back a hundred years into an era unsullified by modernity. The houses here are truly rustic, made by hand and without any concrete. But most of all, we feel overwhelmed by the unbridled warmth of the villagers. Travelers can take part in the daily activities of the villagers to experience village life first hand. Then, we are back to the Ship to cruise towards Kampong Cham. Overnight in Kampong Cham.
 
Day 6: 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 cruise to Kampong Chhnang.
 
Day 7: Kampong Cham – Kampong Chhnang ( B, L, D )
Before the sun peeks over the horizon, the cruiser sets sail towards Kampong Chhnang on the Tonle River – an amazingly narrow river – which glides through leafy swaths of the Southeast Asian jungle. We are greeted by cacophonous children who waive enthusiastically early in the morning when they bring their livestock for a bath in the meandering Tonle River. Then we approach Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia’s “waterworld” where everything is on stilts balanced on water rich soil– it’s an awesome sight whilst practising Tai Chi on the deck. Here we take a motorboat excursion to the landing, followed by a short bus trip to see the Khmer-styled pottery at the Aundaung Russey village. Then, it is back to the river for an adventurous motorboat excursion to the wetlands, floating houses and fish farms in the region. We then return to the Ship for lunch whilst cruising the narrow and meandering Tonle River. Your floating sanctuary will then cruise gently, in the afternoon, along the narrow and meandering Tonle River. In the evening, a sumptuous spread will be served. And for the big surprise – bring along your dance shoes and learn to jiggle the Cambodian way with our staff doubling up as dance instructors. (If you can’t dance, do not fret. Neither can our staff). Overnight in Kampong Chhnang.
 
Day 8: Tonle Sap – Siem Reap  ( B )
This great lake dominates Cambodia and is the largest freshwater lake in Asia with abundant birdlife. This lake is so wide that one can not see its shores from the middle of the lake.
Enjoy the stillness of the water and the quiet 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, minor changes to the itinerary may occur during different seasons. Our Heritage Line cruise liner comes to an end as we reach this city of the fabled Angkor temple complex. 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 will cross the Tonle Lake at dawn and at 9.00h, we will disembark at the Siem Reap Port for onward coach transfer to the drop off point in town.
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