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Saigon to Phnom Penh with RV Jahan Cruise 4 Days

Jahan Mekong Cruise Ben Thanh Market Cai Be Cai Rang Floating Market Chau Doc Royal Palace - Phnom Penh - Cambodia
Destination: Saigon - Cai Be - Chau Doc - Phnom Penh
Starting: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) - Vietnam
Ending: Phnom Penh - Cambodia
Rate: $870 - $2840

Day 1: Saigon - Cai Be “The Sea of Mangroves” (D)

Bid farewell to the hustle and bustle of Saigon as we travel 70 kilometers south by land to My Tho to embark 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. .

 

Day 2: Cai Be - Chau Doc “Vietnamese inventiveness” (B, L, D)

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*. 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 Long An 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. The Ship will moor midstream overnight.
 
*sampan - a flat bottomed traditional Vietnamese wooden boat.

 

Day 3: Chau Doc- border crossing "Taste of aqua cultural life” (B, L, D)

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.

 

Day 4: Phnom Penh “Pearl of the East” (B)

Off we go early in the morning to witness a truly indescribable scene while approaching Phnom Penh’s river promenade. Sadly, after breakfast, it is time to disembark the cruise and transfer to the hotel at 10:00.
Dates in 2014
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Departure Dates in 2015
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Prices quoted in US$ nett per person 
Cabin 01 Jan - 31 Mar 01 Jan - 31 Mar 01 Jun - 04 Oct 05 Oct - 19 Oct 20 Oct - 31 Dec
Double Single Double Single Double Single Double Single Double Single
Superior 1326 1990 1060 1590 870 1310 1060 1590 1326 1990
Deluxe 1605 2405 1245 1870 1020 1540 1245 1870 1605 2405
Signature  1690 2540 1398 2095 1140 1710 1398 2095 1690 2540

Suite

 1750 2630 1460 2190 1190 1790 1460 2190 1750 2630

What’s included

  • Entrance fees
  • Transportation
  • Tour guide services (English speaking)
  • Taxes, fuel, pilots, port dues
  • Full board
  • Welcome and farewell dinner, mineral water, coffee and tea during breakfast
  • Transfers in Siem Reap from or to the meeting point

What’s not included

  • Phnom Penh port taxes per passenger of 65 USD levied by the Cambodian Port Authority Gratuities
  • Visa
Note:
  • Peak season surcharge - 250 USD for the New Years Eve cruise and Christmas cruise per cabin.
  • Extra bed supplement - 70% off on regular cruise price (price per cabin). Extra beds are available in Deluxe rooms only.
  • Single occupancy - 25% off on regular cruise price
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The guest accommodation consists of 27 expansive and carefully designed staterooms and junior suites with floor to ceiling panoramic sliding glass doors onto a private French balcony offer privacy and matchless luxury.

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.

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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.

 

Ship Concept:

  • Heritage Line's flagship - a real boutique style FIT river cruise liner
  • Distinctive British Indian colonial theme design (a Heritage Line collection)
  • Cruise concierge desk and private shore excursions (chose from the excursion menu or tailor made excursions) assisted by a shore butler
  • A floating sanctuary ideally for couples and small groups
  • Highest staff-passenger ratio

Facilities:

  • Steam/Sauna:
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    Steam sauna with shower (on reservation only)
  • Gymnasium: Bicycles, treadmill and Work-out center
  • Spa: Spa and beauty center at the observatory (Spa, beauty, massage, nails, resting area). 2 treating rooms.
  • Pool: Pool/jacuzzi 2.5 x 5 meter, located on terrace deck with outdoor shower and sun beds
  • Restaurant: 170m2 Located on Pool deck (buffet/set menu). Kitchen is located below main deck, connected by a dumb waiter. Floor to ceiling windows and sliding doors.
  • Observatory: 50m2 Library and lounge with comfortable large sofas and a view to all sides through panoramic windows
  • Wheelhouse deck: Sun beds with a view - on top of the wheelhouse
  • Funnel bar: Outdoor bar with comfortable sofa style seating
  • Reception: Entrance area at the lobby lounge
  • Lounge, 160m2: Comfy seating area for movies and lectures
  • Cruise concierge:
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    Multimedia concierge desk located at the observatory
  • Tour leader cabin: 1 TL cabin with single bed and en suite bathroom
  • Boutique shop: Clothes, souvenir and amenities shop located in the lounge

Accommodation: 26 balcony cabins in 4 categories

  • 12 Superior staterooms: 30m2, on the Upper Deck with balcony
  • 8 Deluxe staterooms: 30m2 on the Upper Deck with balcony
  • 4 Signature staterooms: 32m2 on the Upper Deck with balcony and 35m2 on the Main Deck with balcony
  • 2 Suite staterooms: 51m2 located on the Upper Deck with balcony

All cabins

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    All cabins with audio entertainment system
  • Bedside controls including AC, light and music
  • Hot water kettle (Tea) and Espresso machine (Pads)
  • Floor to ceiling sliding door's 4.5m2 balcony with 2 chairs and table
  • Mini bar, hair dryer, beauty mirror, vintage phone, desk, chairs, sofa, luggage rack, 2-door wardrobe

Facts & Figures

  • Launch: October 2011
  • Class: River vessel S1, sailing under Vietnamese flag, VIRES registered
  • Itinerary: My Tho - Siem Reap
  • Length: 70m length overall
  • Width: 12.5 m
  • Draft: 1.7 m (maximum)
  • Capacity: 52 Guest
  • Crew:
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    40 Crew Cambodian/Vietnamese
  • DWT: 1000 tons
  • Speed: Cruising speed 10 knots, Maxi upstream 12 knots, Maxi downstream 16 knots
  • Engine/Gen set: Twin diesel engine, 3 independent gen set's
  • Central AC: VRV system computer controlled
  • Cabins: 26 cabins, 4 categories
  • Decks: 4 decks (incl. below main deck)
  • Height: 9 meter from waterline until sundeck ceiling

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