Jayavarman

The Jayavarman is a 20th century boutique style cruise liner that is French colonial in design and feel, making it a perfect vessel for a Mekong Delta cruise. Spread over four decks and 800m2 of public space it offers uncompromising luxury and elegance. All rooms have private balconies and the design evokes the French colonial era, combined with Asian touches and modern luxuries such as an on-board spa, restaurant and bar and sun dec

The Jayavarman

 Jayavarman – 8 days – THE LOST CIVILIZATION
Saigon – Mekong Delta – My Tho – Cai Be – Chau Doc – Phnom Penh –  Kampong Cham – Tonle Sap Lake – Siem Reap

  • OVERVIEW
  • ITINERARY
  • PRICE & DATE
  • DECK PLAN
  • LIFE ON BOARD
  • Sister ship to The Jahan, The Jayavarman is a boutique cruise vessel with 27 staterooms that has been operating since 2009. One of the first of the new breed of river cruises, it offers passengers a luxurious experience. The Jayavarman is a 20th century boutique style cruise liner that is French colonial in design and feel, making it a perfect vessel for a Mekong Delta cruise.
    Spread over four decks and 800m2 of public space it offers uncompromising luxury and elegance with modern amenities such as an on-board spa, restaurant, bar and sun deck. Cruising on The Jayavarman is a deluxe experience. Cabins are also spacious and bright, with attached bathrooms and floor to ceiling sliding doors that open onto a full-size balcony.
    Cabins
    Along with floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors leading to a full-size private balcony, each of the cabins boasts modern amenities and a combination of French-colonial and traditional Khmer design flourishes. Every cabin features a king-size or twin beds and there’s a minibar, in-suite temperature controls, and phone. En-suite bathrooms feature stylish vanity and glass shower.
    Journey information
    Boat size: 54 berth
    Grading: Easy
    Departs: Saigon & Siem Reap on selected days
    Accommodation: Overnight boat (7 nts), hotels (0 – 11nts)
    Includes: Breakfast & dinner daily, lunch whilst on cruise, all sightseeing as specified including entrance fees, local English-speaking guides, tour arrival & departure transfers.
    Facilities: Massage & beauty oasis, restaurant, bar, observatory, sun deck, lounge, library, boutique shop.
    Important notes:
    This tour also operates in reverse. 5, 4 & 3 day cruises also available. Departures are frequently sold out well in advance. A non-refundable 20% deposit is required upon confirmation. Final balances must be paid 33 days before departure or the booking may be cancelled and the deposit forfeited. Itinerary may occasionally vary due to local conditions.
    During low water season (approximately mid-December to late August) passengers will travel overland between Siem Reap and Prek K’dam (or vice versa).

  • THE LOST CIVILIZATION
    HIGH WATER PROGRAM UPSTREAM
    Saigon – Siem Reap (8 Days/7 Nights upstream)
    Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City – My Tho – Cai Be
    “Good Morning Saigon”
    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.
    Including Dinner. Overnight in Cai Be.
    Day 2: Cai Be – Sa Dec – Chau Doc
    “Vietnamese inventiveness”
    The day – in fact everyday – starts with an invigorating tai-chi lesson on the sundeck, 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 intermittenly 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 man-made 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.
    Including breakfast, lunch, dinner. The ship will moor midstream overnight near Chau Doc.
    Day 3: Chau Doc(BORDER CROSSING) – PHNOM PENH
    “Circus of fish”
    Welcome to the fish sanctuary of Vietnam. Begin your day with a hearty breakfast at the Indochine 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.
    We will certainly enjoy watching schools of basa fish being fed by hand followed by a shore excursion to the local Cham Muslim community village. Then, it is back to the ship for a mouth-watering 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’ beckon 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.
    Including breakfast, lunch, dinner. Overnight midstream near Phnom Penh.
    Day 4: Phnom Penh
    “Pearl of the East”
    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 cocktail 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 sundeck. It is indeed a truly marvelous experience, dining in the open with the stars and the moon as our companions.
    Including breakfast, lunch, dinner. Overnight in Phnom Penh.
    Day 5: Phnom Penh – Kampong Cham
    “Along the Mekong”
    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 make 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.
    Including Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Overnight in Kampong Cham.
    Day 6: Kampong Cham – Wat Hanchey
    “Cambodia’s quaint province and the wetlands”
    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 the 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 beach to swim in the tea-coloured Mekong river, an experience that will, no doubt, dominate dinner conversations in the weeks to come.
    We wil 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!
    Including Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Overnight cruise to Kampong Chnnang
    Day 7: Kampong Cham – Kampong Chhnang
    “Waterworld”
    Before the sun peeks over the horizon, the cruiser sets sail towards Kampong Chhnang on the Tonle Sap 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 Sap River.
    Then we approach Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia’s ‘waterworld’ where everything is on stilts balanced on rich 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 Sap.
    Your floating sanctuary will then cruise gently, in the afternoon, along the narrow and meandering Tonle Sap. In the evening, a sumptious 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)
    Including Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Overnight in Kampong Chnnang.
    Day 8: Tonle Sap – Siem Reap
    “Angkor Awaits”
    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 cruise aboard 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 Sap Lake at dawn and at 9:00 am, we will disembark at the Siem Reap Port for onward coach transfer to the drop off point in town.
    Including Breakfast.
    THE LOST CIVILIZATION
    HIGH WATER PROGRAM DOWNSTREAM
    Siem Reap – Saigon (8 Days/7 Nights)
    Day 1: Siem Reap – Kampong Chhnang
    “Waterworld”
    The Tonle Sap (The Great Lake) is the flowing heart of Cambodia, giving love and life to this nation. The Tonle Sap has more fish than any other lake in the world and is home to an incredible variety of birds, including rare   and endangered   feathered life.
    At 12 pm (noon), we gather at the meeting point followed by a quick transfer to the boutique ship. The ever-smiling crew welcomes us with unbridled warmth. A refreshing welcome drink awaits us followed by a sumptuous lunch on the ship.
    Then, it is a lazy afternoon as the ship glides along the water. Dinner is at Dining Hall. Enjoy a spectacular experience on the sun-deck as we bathe in the glow of the moon and the radiance of the stars.
    The ship then moors overnight on The Great Lake. Including Lunch, Dinner
    Day 2: Kampong Chhnang – Kampong Cham
    “Cambodia’s province and the wetlands”
    The day   in fact everyday – starts with an invigorating Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck, just as the sun begins its slow rise. Coffee and tea awaits the early bird. Before dawn, the ship sets sail across the Tonle Sap Lake. As the ship is about to exit the lake, we see spectacular marshlands floating along the river banks of Kampong Chhnang province.
    The afternoon cruise continues with a languid meander along the Tonle Sap, which narrows through leafy swaths of the Southeast Asian jungle. Here, the river is very narrow and we are greeted by kids waving enthusiastically at us from the banks.
    Follow a short bus trip to the see the Khmer-styled pottery at the Aundaung Russey village. We then embark on a truly marvelous motorboat excursion from Kampong Chhnang to see the wetlands, floating houses and fish farms in the region before reaching Kampong Cham in the evening.Further down the river we take part in an ox cart rally before being introduced to the Heritage Line pro bono literacy projec. (www.cambodialiteracyproject.com)
    Overnight in Kampong Cham. Including Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
    Day 3: Kampong Cham – Wat Hanchey
    “Monks and hilltops”
    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 the 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 tea-coloured 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 midstream near Phnom Penh. Including Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
    Day 4: Phnom Penh
    “Pearl of the East”
    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. A variety of cocktails will be served followed by a traditional Apsara dance performance onboard. 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 sundeck. It is indeed a truly marvelous experience, dining in the open with the stars and the moon as our companions.
    Overnight in Phnom Penh. Including Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 5: Phnom Penh – border crossing
    The Highway Blues
    The cruise liner then sets sail for a lazy day of cruising along the main Mekong Channel. As this is an international shipping route, you will witness large commercial ships plying this route. Later, in the afternoon, we set off to the Vietnamese border for the requisite cross border paperwork. As the process tends to take some time, we bask in the glow of the afternoon sun on the Sun Deck, pamper ourselves silly at the Spa, or sharpen our culinary skills with the Heritage Line’s Cambodian and Vietnamese cuisine cooking class. The ship moors midstream overnight
    Including Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
    Day 6: Chau Doc – Sa Dec
    “Circus of fish”
    Welcome to the fish sanctuary of Vietnam. We begin our day with a hearty breakfast at the Indochine Dining Hall or in the quiet sanctuary of your balcony. 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.
    We will certainly enjoy watching schools of basa fish being fed by hand. Then, it is back to the ship for a lunch. In the mid afternoon, we will set off for My An Hung Village. Passengers walk to the family house through the vegetable garden to see the boat building yard, canals. We will cross a monkey bridge and see chili, corn and beetle nut plantations amongst other vegetable fields. Then gather at the family s house to taste tea with honey with local delicacies and fruits before back to the ship to set off for Sa Dec.
    In the late afternoon we will set off for Sa Dec. Including breakfast, lunch and dinner. Overnight in Sadec.
    Day 7: Sa Dec – Cai Be – My Tho
    “Vietnamese inventiveness”
    In the morning we embark a traditional sampan(a flat bottmed tranditional Vietnamese wooden boat) to tour Binh Thanh Island and its man-made canals. Here, every villager is involved in the process of growing and processing water hyacinths into natural fibre floor mats and rattan baskets.
    After lunch onboard, the ship arrives in Cai Be. The tour starts with a visit to Cai Be’s boisterous and colorful floating market where traders gather in a cacophonous congregation. During the languid ride, we discover breathtaking landscapes along the river and quaff the rustic life on the Mekong Delta. The evergreen islands along the Mekong River remains unknown to many people. The cruise will halt intermittenly 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 dinner. We then board the ship for a tranquil evening cruise towards My Tho. A wonderful farewell party awaits us on the terrace deck.
    Including breakfast, lunch and dinner. Overnight in My Tho.
    Day 8: My Tho – Ho Chi Minh City
    “Good morning Saigon”
    ur cruise on the magnificent cruiser comes to an end as the ship winds its way to My Tho, approximately 70km south of Saigon on the upper Mekong river in Vietnam. 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 disembark at around 8:30 am and we join the transfer to madding crowd of Saigon. Drop off will be at the meeting point in Saigon.
    Including Breakfast.
    Although it is our intention to operate the itinerary as detailed proposal, we will do our utmost to stick to the set itinerary, however we cannot be held responsible for any last minute changes that might occur. It may be necessary to make some changes as a result of climatic conditions, alterations to cruise schedules or other operational factors.

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  • As the sun slowly sets…Step out on to your private balcony…sip on your drink and become part of the river life unfolding around you.
    Start your day on the Mekong with Thai Chi lessons on the Sun Deck. Or bathe in the rays of dawn shining through your balcony as you lay in bed. A journey full of reverberating sights, colors and sounds awaits you.
    Whether it is a refreshing sundowner drink at the lounge or a pampering time at the “Apsara” beauty salon, this is a time for reflection and relaxation.
    When night falls, dancers perform and dinner is served. The ship changes hue at night and the staff emerge the following morning in their exquisite Cambodian traditional outfit.

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