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Mekong Cruise Vietnam

MCV9: Saigon – Phnompenh 4 days by Jayavarman Cruise

Destination: Ho chi minh - My tho - Cai be - Sedec - Chau doc - Phnompenh
Starts in: Ho Chi Minh City
Ends in: Phnompenh
Duration: 4D-3N
Tour code: MCV9

Saigon – Phnompenh 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

July 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 1576 1780 1894
4 Oct. 2014 – 17 Oct. 2014, April 2015 1873 2180 2330
18 Oct. 2014 – Mar. 2015 2279 2659 2850
 
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:
  • 4 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 )
Wake up and sip your latte on the sun deck as we arrive in Chau Doc. 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 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 )
Your journey with the your floating sanctuary has come to an end, but will not be forgotten. Disembark after breakfast and head into the city of Phnom Penh to further discover its culture and history.
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