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Mekong Cruise Vietnam

MCV12: Saigon – Siemreap 8 days by Jahan 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: MCV12

Saigon – Siemreap 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
7 & 21 5 & 19 2 & 16 & 30 13 & 27 11 & 25 8 & 22 6 & 20
 
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: 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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