The Mekong River by Jahan Cruise - Downstream: Siem Reap - Saigon
10 Days 9 Nights
TOUR CODE : CRUISING


The elegant Jahan is one of the first modern boutique-style riverboats to sail the Mekong. Designed in the style of old colonial cruise liners, the ship features 26 luxurious cabins with floor to ceiling windows, a king-sized bed, and a private bathroom and balcony. Common areas include an observatory, a bar and lounge, a restaurant serving Western and regional cuisine, a boutique, a WiFi-equipped library; as well as a gym, pool deck, and spa.

Public Areas:
The ship is fully air conditioned. Outdoor areas include the Pool Deck, with both covered and open-air spaces, a Jacuzzi and a bar. The Lounge has a library, full service bar and facilities for films, slide shows and presentations. Guests are welcome on the “Open Bridge” to meet the Captain and Officers and learn about navigation.

Dining Options:
Served in single seatings with unassigned tables. The menu is international, with a focus on the outstanding Vietnamese and Cambodian cuisines.

Cabin Accommodations:
All face outside with glass doors and private balconies. There is a mix of twinbed and queen-size bed cabins. Each has private facilities and hair dryer, individual climate control, music entertainment system and a mini bar.

Special On-board Amenities:
Spa, with choice of massage treatments, gymnasium with exercise equipment, Boutique with selection of local artwork; morning Tai Chi classes. DVD and iPod players are available on request.

Built: 2011

No. of Cabins: 26 cabin(s)

- Superior State Room = 12 cabins (30 sqm) Main Deck

- Deluxe State Room = 8 cabins (30 sqm) Upper Deck

- Signature State Room = 4 cabins (32-35 sqm) Main Deck, Upper Deck

- Suite State Room+ 2 cabins (51 sqm) Upper Deck

 
 Tour Schedule
Day 1:
Bangkok - Siem Reap
At 05.30 am, our tour guide in purple and navy blue uniform will meet and greet at the hotel lobby. Depart hotel to International airport for Siem Reap by PG 903 (08.00 – 09.00) in Economy Class, arrive Siem Reap, our local tour guide will greetings at Siem Reap airport by displaying your name and transfer to hotel.

Then, full day tour starting to visit Stone Temples build between 9th - 12th Century at South Gate of Angkor Thom, to visit the famous of Bayon, Elephant Terrace, Leper King, Ta Keo, Banteay Kdei, Prasat Kravan and Srah Srang (Royal Bath).


Then visit the fabulous Ta Prohm Temple, atmospheric combination of trees growing out of the ruins and the jungle surroundings, the temple was used as a location in the film Tomb Raider and have made it one of Angkor's most popular temples with visitors.

Afternoon, visit Bantaey Srei Temple, the "Jewel of Khmer Art" the most beautiful temple in pink sandstone

*** Nice and Sound Sleep in Siem Reap ***

Day 2:
Siem Reap -  Jahan Cruise:  Kampong Chhnang
Sunrise at Angkor Wat before Breakfast,  then following the schedule of cruise grouping

High water program (approx. between July and middle of December)

At 11:00 am gather at the meeting point and transfer to The Jahan, where the crew is looking forward to embracing our guests. Welcome cocktail and lunch on the cruise liner. The Jahan sets sail towards the little known stilt village of Kampong Phluk. Climb aboard small rowing boats and let the local children take you on a tour of this flooded forest.


Welcome dinner on the Sun Deck. Mooring and overnight on the lake.


Low water program (approx. between middle of December and June)


At 08.00 am, gather at the meeting point and transfer by coach to Prek K'Dam on the Tonle Sap River. Enjoy snacks and cold drinks on the way with a brief stop at Kampong Thom, one of the first settlements in the pre-Angkorian period.


Embarkation in Prek K'Dam and welcome cocktail early afternoon. The Jahan sets sail upstream towards Kampong Chhnang and the great Tonle Sap Lake. We wind our way through the jungle and as the river narrows, it makes you feel at peace with yourself and the community. Later that evening meet your fellow passengers on board for Welcome Dinner on the Sun Deck. ( Lunch and Dinner)


The ship moors midstream overnight.


Day 3:
Jahan Cruise: Kampong Chhnang


High water program


Before the sun rises, The Jahan sets sail to cross the Tonle Sap Lake. As the ship is about to exit the lake, the marshlands exhibit spectacular scenery along the river banks of Kampong Chhnang province. We take a truly wonderful motorboat excursion from Kampong Chhnang to see the wetlands, floating houses and fish farms in the region. Join in on a humanitarian project lead by World Bank Illiteracy projects when we make a stop at a Heritage Line sponsored floating school to interact with the children and teach them some English!



The afternoon cruise will follow the meandering Tonle Sap River, which narrows through leafy swaths of the South East Asian Jungle touching Phnom Penh. In the late afternoon we enter the upper Mekong River bound to Kampong Cham to stop for a walk through a rural village.

Low water program


Kampong Chhnang is a busy rural port town with bustling markets and lots of children to greet us on our way around. We will take a wonderful motor boat excursion into the wetlands that form the mouth of the river. Here a stunning variety of birdlife may be seen and of considerable interest are the great fish traps, some half a kilometer long, which net a huge tonnage of fish after each monsoon as the fish migrate from the falling lake into the Tonle Sap River. Make a stop at a Heritage Line sponsored floating school to interact with the children and teach them some English!


The afternoon cruise will follow the meandering Tonle Sap River, which narrows through leafy swaths of the South East Asian Jungle. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


Day 4:
Jahan Cruise: Kampong Cham - Wat Hanchey

Wake up in the wee hours of the morning, truly energized to embark on a journey upriver to the pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey. Located at the top of a hill overlooking the river, it offers some of the best views in Cambodia. Dating from the 8th century, these ancient structures do justice to the architecture of the Chenla Empire which predated the glories of the mighty Angkor. Enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding well organized rice paddy plains, as well as a travelers blessing performed by the local monks.


After lunch and a short cruise downstream we drop anchor at the shores of Kampong Cham. Visit Wat Nokor, a wat built within the ruins of an ancient temple that holds a timeless story. Then, travel to the Cheung Kok Ecotourism Village, a small village developed with support from Assistance Mediation Internationale (AMICA). Travelers can visit the village and take part in activities to experience village life. Profits from tourism go towards re-investment into long-term projects. Back on board The Jahan sets sail towards the capital Phnom Penh. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5:
Jahan Cruise: Phnom Penh
Get up early in the morning to witness a truly indescribable scene while approaching Phnom Penh's river promenade. After breakfast, embark on a city tour in this dynamic, historical capital of Cambodia which has retained its French colonial charm. Sightseeing in the morning will include the dazzling white and gold architecture of the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, outstanding displays of Khmer crafts at the National Museum and the temple of a hill - Wat Phnom.


After lunch in a local restaurant, examine the painful, heart wrenching reminders of Cambodia's ugly past under the Khmer Rouge regime with an excursion to the Genocide museum to learn more about the Cambodian civil war. Introduction and onsite lecture by a local history professor.

Thereafter, to ease the nerves a variety of cocktails will be at your disposal, followed by Cambodia's traditional and opulent Apsara dance performance. Experience the brilliance and richness of the culture, the soothing sounds of traditional music, the calming scent of incense stick and a delicious Khmer food buffet. 
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6:
Jahan Cruise: Phnom Penh - Chau Doc (Border Crossing)
Wake up to the sun rising over the Mekong for Tai Chi on the Sun Deck. The Jahan then casts off for a day of cruising the main Mekong Channel. This is pretty much an international shipping route. Psyche yourself up for Pre-K Touch, a lively jungle village. After that, visit well laid out fruit orchards.


Late afternoon we set off to the Vietnamese border for the usual formalities, which in this part of the world takes a bit of time. During the afternoon cruise, take the time to relax on the Sun Deck, get a massage in the Spa, or take part in Heritage Line's Vietnamese cooking class. 
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

The ship moors midstream overnight.


Day 7:
Jahan Cruise: Chau Doc - Sa Dec

Welcome to the circus of fish. Brace yourself for a boat excursion to the exciting floating villages and catfish farms witnessing masses of Bassa fish being fed, hand in hand with a shore excursion to the village of the local Muslim Cham community. Stroll through a silk waving village and observe beautiful textiles being woven on old wooden looms; a tradition that has been passed from generation to generation.


Take a ride through this fascinating town of rich French colonial architecture and see its bustling market flooded with tropical fruits in full display by women in cone shaped palm leaf hats.  (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

By late-afternoon, The Jahan casts off, heading towards Cai Be.


Day 8:
Jahan Cruise: Sa Dec - Cai Be - My Tho

Today's tour starts with the visit of Cai Be's colorful floating market on board a traditional sampan, the Cai Be Princess. Cruise among local sampans coming from all provinces of the delta full of fruits and vegetables. During a 40 minute cruise, discover beautiful landscapes along the river and observe the typical Mekong Delta rural life. Further stops will allow you to see traditional brick and tile factories and how locals use palm leaves for houses. Cruise 20 minutes further to Phu An hamlet passing by Cai Be's beautiful gothic cathedral. Visit some interesting home factories to see how rice paste, rice cookies and coco candies, are made, along with the longan fruit drying process.


Lunch will await you at Le Longanier, a superb Indochinese villa located in a lush tropical garden by the river, surrounded by fruit orchards. After lunch, hop on a bike or take a stroll along the winding canals of this peaceful village to experience it first hand. After touring the canals, head to the An Kiet ancient house to have tea with the descendants of the former imperial residents and listen to the family story. Board The Jahan for a relaxing evening cruise with a Farewell Dinner on the Sun Deck while heading towards My Tho. 
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
Day 9:
Jahan Cruise: My Tho - Ho Chi Minh City

Your cruise with The Jahan comes to a close as the ship winds its way to My Tho which is located 70km South of Saigon on the upper Mekong river in Vietnam.

Disembark at around 08.30 am and continue your journey in the buzzing city of Saigon by private car. (Breakfast)


Then, transfer to Cu Chi passing paddy fields. Here you will have the opportunity to witness how rice paper is made and to explore the amazing labyrinth of tunnels used by the guerrillas during the war.

*** Nice and Sound Sleep in Ho Chi Minh City ***

Day 10:

Ho Chi Minh City - Bangkok
After breakfast, at leisure until time to transfer to smooth flight to Bangkok

Arrive Bangkok, airport staff will meet you at the gate of the plane with the sign board of your name displaying. Then, escort you to immigration counter to facilitates the paper work and then to the luggage claim area taking care of your belonging, accompany you through arrival hall to meet our tour guide who is in purple and navy blue uniform and transfer to your hotel.

*** Thank You Very Much And See Your Smiles Again Soon ***

Tour Includes:
Hotel to Bangkok International Airport,
- Welcome Garland
- Private Car
- Reliable First Class Services.
- Round Trip Tickets 
- Professional Transfer Tour Guide
- Arrival and Departure Transfer (Bangkok) or Assist to Transit the Flight
- Visa Arrangement and Fee

In Cambodia and Vietnam,
- Travel Insurance Certificate
- Exclusive Professional Tour Guide and Admission Fee
- Accommodation (Sharing Room) with Breakfast
- Transportation
- Meals on Board as mentioned

Tour Excludes:
- Exit Fee US$ 14
- Alcoholic Drinks & Extra Meals (Lunch and Dinner)
- Your Extra Charges

Accommodation:
Siem Reap: Victoria Hotel and Resort
A King Size Bed in Deluxe Room including Daily Breakfast

Ho Chi Minh City: Park Hyatt Saigon Hotel
A King Size Bed in Park Deluxe Room including Daily Breakfast

Jahan Cruise:  The Signature State Room

Number of Cabins : 4 cabins

Bed Type : Double or Twin Beds

Area : 32-35 M2

Locate : Main Deck, Upper Deck

Features : Flower & fruit basket, Jacuzzi, TV & DVD Player, Champagne, Common Facilities

Facilities : Hot water, Hair-dryer, Individual controller, air-conditioning, Shower, Toilet, In-house Telephone, Complimentary Drinking Water, Mini bar, Slippers, Wardrobe, Safety Equipment and Life Vests, Safety box, Bathrobe, En-suite Bathroom, Beauty mirror

Jahan Cruise:  Suite Room

Number of Cabins : 2 cabins

Bed Type : Double bed

Area : 51 M2

Locate : Upper Deck

Features : Complimentary mini bar (daily replenished with your favorite drinks, chosen from the drinks menu)

Facilities : Hot water, Hair-dryer, Individual controller, air-conditioning, Shower, Toilet, In-house Telephone, Complimentary Drinking Water, Mini bar, Slippers, Wardrobe, Safety Equipment and Life Vests, Safety box, Bathrobe, En-suite Bathroom, Beauty mirror


Visa:
No visa upon arrival, we can arrange the visa for you within 1 working day. 

Passport:
Important Notice:

1. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months before entering the country, please check.
2. The visa may require 2 pages, so please be sure there are minimum of 2 pages available in your passport