The Lost Civilisation
This classic Mekong River cruise combines places rarely visited with fantastic historical heritage sites. It offers a complete fluvial discovery of Vietnam and Cambodia along the Mekong with a combination of experiences one never will forget. As you cruise through Vietnam's rural heartland, you'll observe places rarely visited as well as opulent World Heritage sites as you journey to Cambodia's temple-strewn capital Phnom Penh. Enjoy excursions such as a bicycle ride through rice fields, sip homemade fruit liqueur in a pomello orchard and see quiet riverside temples. With so much to see, learn and ways to relax, you will feel pampered and invigorated!
The Mekong Delta is at the heart of Vietnamese life, as the people depend on it to irrigate their glistening rice paddies, fruit orchards and floating fish farms. Criss-crossed by a myriad of waterways, the best way to observe river life is by a boat. The Jayavarman, a boutique river cruiser, marries the art deco charm of 1930s France with the romance of Indochina, all with modern comforts. The Jahan is also on offer - the most romantic cruise liner as well as the newest.
Highlights include: Cai Be, a charming market town famous for its Catholic French church; a visit to a floating fish farm in Tan Chau to get a look into the world's largest inland aquaculture industry; Phnom Penh's amazing town with centuries of incredible, history and culture; Kampong Chhnang's "water world", where everything is balanced on sticks in water-rich soil; and a visit to the tranquil monastery of Wat Nokor.
Your ship: The Jayavarman is a ship resembling a floating art gallery, with fine objects d'art exhibited all over the public decks. A charming French-Colonial design theme along with stylish Art Deco accents are found throughout the ship's rooms and public areas. The warm and embracing atmosphere invites you to feel at home from the first step aboard.
The fourteen Superior Staterooms (four twins, ten doubles) are located on the main deck and all feature a separate bathroom. Large floor-to-ceiling panoramic glass doors open out onto a balcony (4 sq m) offering sweeping views of passing landscapes. Measuring a total floor space of 20 sq m, the Superior Staterooms are appointed with white wooden furniture and accented with thoughtfully selected Southeast Asian ornaments and paintings.
The eleven Deluxe Staterooms (three twins, eight doubles) are located on the upper deck with a total floor space of 23 sq m including a private balcony (4 sq m) for unforgettable views of landscapes and sunsets. They also offer a spacious separate bathroom. Warm tones, dark wood antique furniture, and handmade, rustic copper sinks in the bathrooms bring back the sensation of an awe-inspiring colonial era.
Day 1: Saigon > My Tho > Cai Be Travel 70 km south by land to My Tho to board your ship and begin your cruise to Cai Be.
Day 2: Cai Be > Sa Dec > Chau Doc Visit the colourful Cai Be floating market aboard a traditional sampan. Sail through the canals to an ancient house surrounded by fruit orchards. Cruise to Sa Dec and tour Binh Thanh Island and the man-made canals. Evening cruise to Chau Doc.
Day 3: Chau Doc > Phnom Penh Visit the bustling local market, then journey to the quay for a boat excursion to floating villages, rustic catfish farms and the local Cham Muslim community village.
Day 4: Phnom Penh Tour this dynamic city including its Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and National Museum. Visit the Genocide Museum and Killing Fields.
Day 5: Phnom Penh > Kampong Cham Tour the rural Angkor Ban village and learn about the variety of traditional Khmer fashion. Visit a local school, then travel to the pre-Angkorian 8th century temple of Wat Hanchey and see one of the most breathtaking views in Cambodia.
Day 6: Kampong Cham > Kampong Chhnang Explore the silk weaving island of Koh Oknha Tey by tuk tuk and witness the full process of the manufacture of high class Cambodian silk. Cruise through the jungle-like landscape to Kampong Tralach and observe local life from an ox cart.
Day 7: Kampong Chhnang > Tonle Sap Enjoy a motorboat excursion to see a Khmer-styled pottery village, and continue towards the Great Tonle Lake past wetlands, floating houses and fish farms.
Day 8: Tonle Sap > Siem Reap Disembark after breakfast and transfer to Siem Reap.
• 7 nights' accommodation aboard the Jayavarman • All meals whilst on board • All shore excursions with English-speaking guide • Entrance fees and transport • Drinking water all day • Coffee and tea with breakfast • Taxes and fuel • Transfers in Saigon and Siem Reap
Pricing (per person) $NZD
Departs Alternate Sundays 1 Jan to 17 Dec.
Alternate Sundays 1 Jan to 17 Dec.
Booking conditions • Peak season surcharge applicable for all cruises falling over Christmas or New Years Eve
• Prices for suites are available on request
• Ship in dry dock 1 May - 20 Aug
• Last minute itinerary changes may be necessary as a result of climatic conditions, alterations to cruise schedules or other operational factors
• This journey also operates on The Jahan (supplements apply) - please enquire for more information
• Peak season surcharge applicable for all cruises falling over Christmas or New Years Eve • Prices for suites are available on request • Ship in dry dock 1 May - 20 Aug • Last minute itinerary changes may be necessary as a result of climatic conditions, alterations to cruise schedules or other operational factors • This journey also operates on The Jahan (supplements apply) - please enquire for more information
Gratuity Gratuities are not included. Suggested amount is US$5 per person per day
Gratuities are not included. Suggested amount is US$5 per person per day
Guides were superb!
Our trip was amazing. We had the very best experiences with the hotel accommodation and the travel guides were superb. Everywhere we went the guides were punctual, very informative and extremely keen to fit in with whatever we wanted. The Jahan so exceeded our expectations. Our suite that you managed to secure for us - one of only two, was out of this world and the envy of the other passengers who weren't so lucky although all accommodation was very nice. We would highly recommend every aspect of our trip to anyone and would certainly recommend you.The Ovolo Hotel in Hong Kong worked out perfectly as an excellent value for money stay where one wanted to be in the centre of everything and wasn't planning of spending heaps of time in ones room. Thank you so much again for everything.