From

$ 2838

per person, twin share


7 Nights | Mekong River Cruise between Saigon & Siem Reap (or in reverse)

Highlights

There are not many river cruises on this planet that are as diverse and offer as much variety. Click on the Heritage line video link in the menu on the right for details of The Lost Civilisation Cruise. A life-long memorable experience which combines wonderful places along the Mekong with a mix of world heritage sites, local life, cultures, personal encounters and both on shore and onboard activities. The Jahan is an elegant way to cruise, with a maximum of 52 guests you will have a truly boutique and memorable cruise exploring life along the Mekong and Tonle Sap Rivers.

We are offering The Jahan cruise as a 7 night stand alone experience that allows us to create your own individual program with inclusions and destinations that appeal to your sense of wonder.

What's Included

  • 7 nights Mekong and Tonle Sap River cruise Jahan '
  • Choice of Superior Balcony or Deluxe Balcony Cabin
  • 7 Breakfasts  – 7 lunches – 7 Dinners
  • Daily group shore excursions from The Jahan and entrance fees
  • Mekong and Tonle Sap River Port Charges
  • Transfers from Saigon to the Jahan or in reverse
  • Transfers from the Jahan to Siem Reap or in reverse
  • Free flowing Mineral water, soft drinks, juices, tea and coffee
  • Free flowing local brand beer and house wine by the glass during lunch and dinner
  • Drinking water in cabin and on excursions  
  • Internet throughout the boat subject to cellular network signal

Cost:

Superior Cabin: $ 2838 per person twin share

Deluxe cabin: $ 3235 per person twin share

Upgrades to Signature Suites and Nobel Suites available – price on application

Alternate cruise dates and Single cabins available – price on application

Travel Dates:

Departs Saigon:  13, 27 July  –  10, 24 August – 7, 21 September 2019

Departs Siem Reap: 6, 20 July – 3, 17, 31 August – 14*, 28 September 2019

* Special Heritage Line 10th Anniversary cruise. 

Offer Ends:

Mid 2019

unless sold out prior. Availability is limited.

Itinerary:

Day One  Saigon - My Tho - Cai Be  We gather before noontime at our welcome lounge in Saigon. Lean back with a drink as our staff welcomes you and collects your details for boarding. We bid farewell to the hustle and bustle of Saigon and travel 70 klms south overland to My Tho to embark on your luxury floating home for the upcoming journey along the Mighty Mekong. 

After our crew warmly welcomes you, you check in to your well prepared staterooms. The ship sets sail and a fascinating voyage along the Mekong begins. Lunch buffet is served in the restaurant while the vessel steadily glides upstream to reach the overnight spot. Make yourself familiar with all the ship facilities. Now it is time to become one with one of the largest streams in Asia. 

The afternoon allows you to leisurely pass time on your private balcony or join our tea time at the open air bar as the twilight bathes the Mekong Delta in a golden haze. 

During the time you savour your dinner, the ship reaches Cai Be. It is a charming town, famous for its Catholic French church and the manufacturing of traditional crafts and food products. The foating market of Cai Be is getting smaller every year, since trading on the water is shifting more and more to the modern central markets. 

We anchor mid-stream near Cai Be for dinner and moor there overnight. After dinner our lounge cinema features selected classic movies (every night). 

Day Two  Cai Be - Sa Dec -Tan Chau Reap  Each morning, we offer our guests an invigorating Tai Chi class on the sun deck. Start your day, just as many local people do in Asia, as the sun begins its gentle glow. A sumptuous buffet breakfast is served for the day in the Mekong Delta. 

Our morning tour takes you to Cai Be. We can still see some boat to boat trading of local goods such as fruits and agricultural products. Our guide will explain the particularities of this long lasting trading culture. Each boat has a special marker that lets buyers know what goods it is selling. 

Cai Be is a rustic town crisscrossed by many water canals. We go on-shore to visit a workshop and learn how rice paste, rice paper, rice cookies and rice wine is manufactured. Cai Be and its surrounding areas are covered with palm trees and hence the region is also famous for the production of coconut candies. With our local boat we continue to explore the lush and green canal network and observe the farmers working in the fields. 

Back on board lunch is served.You can enjoy time for yourself then to either enjoy a trueVietnamese coffee at the bar or simply watch the life on the riverbanks floating by. 

In the afternoon, we reach the area of Sa Dec. We embark on a traditional local boat and head towards Binh Thanh Island. This island is one of the larger ones in the vast stream of the Mekong. Some communities have settled here and make their living by growing water hyacinths and we visit one of those untouched areas. By wandering through the village, we get a deep understanding of the native life. Moreover, we see the whole process of mat making.You can try weaving yourself, which is still done manually. We will meet also an elderly local couple who shares their story on this island. They are happy to engage in a conversation with you. 

Back on board you may like to pamper yourself with a spa treatment or take a dip into the pool on the sun deck. Our expert guide offers a presentation on the“Life on the Mekong Delta”as the ship continues sailing to Tan Chau – near the border to Cambodia. We moor mid- stream. 

Dinner is served and afterwards you can join our evening cinema session (offered every night) featuring selected classic movies. 

Day Three-Reap Tan Chau - Border crossing - Phnom Penh  Welcome to the sh sanctuary of Vietnam. Begin your day with a hearty breakfast at the dining hall or in the quiet privacy of your balcony. 

Brace yourself for a tour around Tan Chau, a pleasant, slow-paced town with a sizeable Chinese, Kinh and Khmer community. Once on-shore we hop on“xelois”to explore Tan Chau. A“xeloi”is a local vehicle which is still used as a taxi in this region. We slowly move around the streets to see all the workshops, houses and domiciles. Get to feel the laid-back vibes of this place. We stop at the colourful local market near one of the town’s temples. This is the best time to interact with the vendors of this friendly town to practice your bargain- ing skills. We board our local boat and cruise past floating houses and to reach a floating fish farm. This region is the source of a sh production that is sold all over the world. Here we get a deep insight on how sh farming works. 

Back on board our “home”we sail towards the Vietnamese-Cambodian border. Get ready for a fascinating and leisurely cruise through the deep Cambodian countryside towards Phnom Penh. 

The whole afternoon is at your own arrangements. Now is the time when even the last passenger will switch into cruise mode and experience the therapeutic influence that this mighty river radiates. It is time for massages, for relaxation on the sun beds, for private balcony kick-backs - it’s the time to merge with the river. 

A culinary class is offered in the afternoon to sharpen your knowledge and skills on the local cuisine. Some may like to visit the bridge - the captain always has a little story to share about“his”river. Float into a state of mild bliss and join our afternoon High Tea for sweet treats before you totally drift away in relaxation. 

Dinner is served before we arrive at the capital of Cambodia. Around seven o’clock the boat docks at the pier of Phnom Penh.You are free to go for your first exploration by yourself. Stroll along the river promenade and watch the locals chit-chatting, selling odds and ends or have a drink in one of the numerous bars (kindly inform our crew once you are leaving the ship on your own). 

Day Four Reap Welcome to Phnom Penh - once called the Paris of the East. Despite its rapid development, it has retained a lot of its rustic charm and elegance. It is an amazing town with centuries of incredible history and culture which can still be felt at many street corners. 

After breakfast we bid farewell to our passengers of the Pearl of the Orient Cruise (3-nights). At the same time we welcome our passengers of the Serenity Cruise (4-nights). 

We start with a full sight-seeing tour right after breakfast. By bus we visit the Killing Fields at outside of the city and after, the centrally located prison“S21”. Both historic sites display the sad and cruel chapter of Khmer history when the Khmer Rouge ruled the country with terror and suppression. Those places have not changed much since this horrific time back in the early seventies and it can be heartbreak- ing. Alternatively, explore the city in the morning on your own before re-joining the group. 

We will have lunch at a fine restaurant in town. Our exploration of Phnom Penh continues on the fascinating cultural heritage of Phnom Penh. The Royal Palace with its Silver Pagoda and the exceptional Khmer crafts at the National Museum are the afternoon highlights. The day trip ends with a“cyclo”ride back to the ship through the bustling streets of downtown Phnom Penh. 

Take some rest in your spacious cabin or join other fellow passengers at the bar for some refreshing drinks before our captivating evening activities start: 

We move to the lounge which is set up for a lecture about Cambodian modern history, held by a professor of the Royal University of Phnom Penh. Definitely among the highlights of this cruise receiving knowledge first hand as our lecturer has studied the subject extensively and personally. 

After the lecture a barbecue dinner feast on the sun deck commences. The dinner is accompanied with an Apsara dance performance. You have to witness the brilliance and richness of this dance along with the soothing sounds of traditional music. 

As the evening unwinds, enjoy your supper with a glass of wine and marvel at the skyline of Phnom Penh, and the calming ow of the Tonle River. 

Day Five  Low Water Cruise Phnom Penh – Kampong Chhnang (Tonle)  Before the sun peeks over the horizon, the cruiser sets sail to- wards Kampong Tralach on the Tonle River – an amazingly nar- row river. Gently gliding through leafy swaths of this jungle-like landscape we reach Kampong Tralach. Breakfast is served before we anchor and get ready for our rst Tonle discovery. 

We reach the shore by local boat and cacophonous children wave enthusiastically while bringing their livestock for a bath in the meandering river. We will stop at the“Green School”which is partly supported by Heritage Line. See all the river life, which is so different than ours - by a local ox cart ride. Back on board our staff is keen on showing you a variety of traditional Khmer fashion. Lunch is served afterwards. 

The ship cruises along the narrow Tonle River towards Kam- pong Chhnang, Cambodia’s“water world”, where everything is on sticks and balanced on water-rich soil. Perhaps it’s the most fascinating cruising spot in Cambodia. 

Back on land in Kampong Chhnang, we take mini buses to a rural village nearby for a walking tour. Our guides introduce you to the village specialties – Khmer style pottery and the making of palm sugar. Before returning to the boat we explore the oat- ing villages and wetlands of the region. 

Day Six High Low Water Cruise Tonle River - Kampong Cham (Mekong) 

In the early morning during breakfast we sail from the lower Tonle River towards the Mekong passing their confluence at Phnom Penh. We arrive at the island of Koh Oknha Tey. This spot in the middle of the Mekong owns its fame for the manufacturing of high class silk products. 

By tuk tuk we explore the island with its workshops and learn how silk is processed from its source, provided by little silk- worms, to a final top quality product made of original Cambodian silk. 

Before lunch our expert guides offer a presentation about“Geography of the Mekong and Tonle Sap”. Afterwards a Monks’ blessing ceremony on board delivers spirits and wishes for our health and prosperity for all. 

The ship sails towards the small Angkor Ban village up in the Mekong River. The Angkor Ban village is famous for its un- spoiled community and beautiful, traditional houses. It feels like being transported back a hundred years ago into an era unaffected by modernity.Villagers are characterised by their unbridled warmth. 

Afterwards it’s time for some fun at a cocktail party on the riverbank. We continue cruising for a while until dinner is served. The boat finds its overnight spot at the riverbank of Kampong Cham. 

Day Seven Low Water Cruise Kampong Cham (Mekong) 

After breakfast by bus we visit the enchanting pre Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey, built in the 7th century. This small complex sits on a hill top right on the shore with breath taking views over the Mekong. 

We return to the ship for lunch and some relaxation. In the afternoon we head to the tiny, colourful monastery of Wat Nokor. Here we might get the chance to engage in light banter with some of the monks living in the area. As it is low water season we are able to see a bamboo bridge which connects 

the mainland with the island. Local communities re-build the bridge every year when the water levels drop. 

We continue our journey and visit a local school to understand more about the education of the young Cambodian generation (NGO project). The children here are always excited to show their skills in music and art and will bathe you in smiles upon your applause. 

As the sun sets, our crew invites for a farewell event. Enjoy some dancing and music together with the crew before dinner is served. 

The boat moors at the riverbank of Kampong Cham. 

Day Eight Low Water Cruise Kampong Cham (Mekong) - Siem Reap 

 Enjoy your last breakfast on board our floating sanctuary. We disembark the ship for a transfer by bus to the drop off point in Siem Reap. The transfer takes about 4.5 hours. Snacks are provided during the trip. You will arrive in Siem Reap in the early afternoon. We hope that you enjoyed this fascinating river just as our crew does every single time. Moreover, take plenty of memories and friendships along with you that will linger on with your stories of this amazing river - the Mighty Mekong. 

MEALS = B: breakfast, L: lunch, D: dinner

This individual travel itinerary has been especially hand created and is a sample of the choices on offer at each destination in Vietnam. Durations, locations, hotels and touring can be altered to suit your individual requirements and needs. When you speak with us, we will tailor and book your travel arrangements to your exact tastes and budget to ensure your individual experience is perfect for you. We aim in providing you your ultimate holiday to interesting destinations.

As we are in the era of dynamic flight pricing we will book you the best available airfare at the time you make your reservation to Vietnam. Considered travelling Premium Economy or Business class ? Ask us about our combination airfare available for your travel to Vietnam.

*Conditions apply. Prices correct as at 22 April 19 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Offers subject to availability. Payments by credit card will incur a surcharge.  Airfare not included unless otherwise stated. All savings and bonus nights (if applicable) are included in the advertised price. Offers may be withdrawn without notice and are not combinable with any other offers unless stated. Please check all prices, availability and other information before booking. The Travellers Hut and operator booking terms and conditions apply, Travel Insurance is compulsory. For details of this Destination Journey call, email or drop by The Travellers Hut lounge.

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